Starting tonight, I’m back playing jazz, my reality! It was a lot of fun for 3 months working as MD for Duets (ABC TV) singing competition and backing John Legend Kelly Clarkson Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke with my Killa Bee house band (Little John Roberts, Sam Sims, James Harrah, Herman Jackson, Sharlotte Gibson, Jessie Collins, Ashley Rodriguez. Joining us occassionally were horns and strings: Bob Sheppard, Gina Kronstadt Christine Wu, Dan Fornaio, Willy Moreno, Andy Martin, Francisco Torres, Amy Wickman, Bijon Watson. Hand over heart to all of you, especially Rickey Minor for your guidance and Robert Deaton for your confidence. If you missed the episodes or don’t know who WON, watch http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/duets/.
I released a record with Ndugu Chancler and Darryl Jones. It’s swampy, greasy, and tasty! See quotes from reviews below. Ck us out on YouTube http://bit.ly/LTN7hV and if you like, buy the record b/c it is our blood, sweat and tears project. Along for the ride were Sy Smith, Gregoire Maret, Bob Sheppard, Francisco Torres, Steve Tavaglione, Dwight Trible, Monet Owns and Leon Mobley. Steve Kempster, Yasu, and Grant William Nicolas polished it.
Hope to catch you at one of the concerts I’m playing over the next month. Vinnie Colauita and I are going to make noise with Tal Wilkenfeld while she sings and plays music from her new CD just before I head to London to record at Abbey Road Studio. Then to Sardinia to get the latin going when I reunite with Horacio, Yosvany, Kip, Richie, Robby, Yunior. Just before that,
Have a musical summer! – -beas buzzing in the jazz hive
WHAT’S ON with JOHN BEASLEY – Summer 2012 – SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC!
Jul 26, Thursday 8:30pm Los Angeles, CA
Frank Fontaine Quartet, featuring
John Beasley (piano), Ric Fierabracci (bass), Raul Pineda (drums)
Aug 03, Friday 6:30pm-11:30 Los Angeles, CA
Bob Sheppard and the Pat Senatore band, featuring John Beasley
Aug 04, Friday 8:30pm Los Angeles, CA
Dwight Trible – The Music of Oscar Brown Jr.
Oscar Brown Jr, is a celebrated singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist and actor— famous for songs: All Blues, Dat Dere, The Snake and Water Melon Man. Trible and Oscar performed Brother Where Are You together for a documentary and maintained a decades-long friendship. On more than one occasion Oscar would take one of his poems and hand it to Dwight imploring him to “do something with it!” Dwight and company are excited about putting a new twist on these rare gems and invite you to come along on this magical excursion.
Aug 09/11-Thur/Sat 7:30p San Diego/Los Angeles, CA
Tal Wilkenfeld feat. Vinnie Colauita and John Beasley playing from Tal’s new CD
Just turned 26, she’s already recorded with Prince and Herbie Hancock and played with Jeff Beck, Sting, Steven Tyler, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Buddy Guy, and Macy Gray.
“There are plenty of bassists with staggering technique and chops, but few can make the instrument truly sing, as Wilkenfeld does…” allaboutjazz.com
Aug 26/28 Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia Jazz Festival
Project: Conjure 33 year old project based around Ishmael Reed’s African-American riot/realist writing
Musicians: Ishmael Reed (voice) David Murray (sax) Yosvany Terry (sax, voice, checkere) Chris Thomas King (voice, guitar) Fernando Saunders (voice, bass) Anthony Cox (bass) Robby Ameen (drums) Horacio El Negro Hernandez (drums) Luisito Quintero (congas) Brandon Ross (guitar, voice) John Beasley (piano) Kip Hanrahan (musical director)
Kip Hanrahan / Beautiful Scars
Musicians: Brandon Ross (voice, guitar Carmen Lundy (voice) Fernando Saunders (bass, voice) John Beasley (piano) Charles Neville (sax) Alfredo Triff (violin) Yosvany Terry (sax, checkere) Richie Flores (congas) Luisito Quintero (congas, timbales) Horacio El Negro Hernandez (drums) Yunior Terry (bass) Robby Ameen (drums) Kip Hanrahan (musical director)
Time: 7:00pm – Address: Piazza Martiri, 3 09010 Sant’Anna Arrresi – Venue phone: +39 781 966102