Dumped my complicated Flash website and went for the DIY WordPress. Check it out: www.johnbeasleymusic.com. It has all the, what I call, self-esteem buttons LIKE, SHARE, COMMENT. When did I start slipping backwards and become so needy? Social Media is going to drive us to need collective therapy. We present ourselves as willing game-show contestants with GIANT BUTTONS we ask the world out there to hit in an instant they LIKE your music, SHARE the passion with friends, and COMMENT to know what was provocative.
Was ignorance bliss in the first 30 years of my career? I’m now a slave to Google Analytics. Every day, I have pick the petal off the metaphorical rose “fan loves me, fan loves me not.” Social Media, you make me more vulnerable, but I welcome the connectivity and transparency. I’ve learned a lot from all of you out there who push my buttons. So, keep poking and stroking and my end of the bargain will be to make creative intelligent music.
And, this is website is a work in progress…more oil changes every 3,000 hits!
WEBSITE LAUNCH GIVEAWAYS
Free Downloads of Mix Messages for existing people on email list and for anyone who signs up. SPREAD THE WORD!
I’m nearing the 5,000 friends cut-off mark, so I’m begging you to sign up to the band page as I will be shutting down the personal page: https://www.facebook.com/johnbeasleymusicfans. Bear with me during this process.
I just became a regular and loving the 140-character limitation. So fun to follow your posts and again I’ve ushering that me-too personality and being challenged to be as informative, passionate or equally a twit. Follow me @johnbeasley
ENUF on words, here’s MUSIC….come out for the LIVE experience and participate using your media!
WHAT’S UPCOMING with JOHN BEASLEY
Fri/Sat/Sun: May 20-22 7:30-midnight Los Angeles
Lee Ritenour featuring John Beasley, Melvin Davis, Sonny Emory
Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W. Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 – (323) 466.2210 – http://www.catalinajazzclub.com/
Fri/Sat: 8pm + 10pm $25/$30/$35; Sun: 7:30pm + 9:30pm – $25/$30
Saturday, May 21 8pm Los Angeles
Luckman Jazz Orchestra: Tribute to Clifford Brown
Featuring arrangements by John Beasley on Daahoud and I Remember Clifford
Clifford Brown’s impact on the jazz world resonates strongly today with over 20 album credits and numerous tributes from Benny Golson to Arturo Sandoval.
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State LA
5151 State University Drive, LA, CA, 90032 – (323) 343.6600 – http://www.luckmanarts.org/events/tag/LJO
Wed, May 25 8 and 9:30pm Los Angeles
Bob Sheppard Quartet, featuring John Beasley, Darek Oles, Steve Hass
4349 Tujunga Avenue, LA, CA 91604-2752 – (818) 769.0905 – http://www.vitellosrestaurant.com/
Friday, May 27 6-8pm Los Angeles
Dwight Tribble featuring John Beasley, Trevor Ware, Dexter Story, Munyungo Jackson
Vocalist Dwight Trible is a singer who combines the best of vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike.
Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) – BP Grand Entrance
Free, no reservations
Saturday, May 28 5:30pm Los Angeles
LA Jazz Institute – Big Band Olympics: 4 day Jazz Festival
Tommy Vig Big Band, featuring John Beasley on piano
Los Angeles Marriott Hotel
5855 West Century Boulevard • Los Angeles, California 90045 – (526) 200.5477 – http://www.lajazzinstitute.org/images/e1.pdf
Friday, June 3 9pm and 11pm Los Angeles
John Beasley Positootly! Jazz Circle
Introducing Rashawn Ross (trumpet for Dave Matthews), Oscar Seaton – drums, Kevin Brandon – bass and John Beasley – piano/composer.
Special guest: Dwight Trible, vocals
Special feature: Urban Noir Photography Projection
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, 3rd Floor, LA, CA 90012 – (213) 620-0908 – http://www.bluewhalemusic.com/
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – John Beasley Positootly! Jazz Circle
• Playing music from GRAMMY-nominated Positootly! CD and Letter to Herbie album
• New material – ragas I learned from AR Rahman’s tour,
• Sneak preview of Dwight and John’s upcoming DUET album
• Sneak Sneak preview of Urban Noir – photographs by Helen K Garber with score by John Beasley
YouTube: Urban Noir – New York – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqq_F1mVTvk
YouTube: Urban Noir – Los Angeles – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv7T8zZ8Xjs
COME EARLY – last shows in January were SOLD -OUT, Standing-room ONLY, and line-up for the late show.
Sunday, June 12 3pm-10:30pm Los Angeles
Tribute to Oscar Peterson: Bill Cunliffe and the Resonance Big Band
featuring Marian Petrescu and John Beasley, Guest Conductor/Arranger
Master of Ceremonies: Bill Crosby
$20-$40 – 310-450-1173 – http://www.playboyjazzfestival.com/artists.html
S P R E A D THE W O R D!
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