John Beasley has been conducting masterclasses/clinics at music schools around the world. 

Big Band or Combo Clinics

*arranging/orchestrating/conducting reimagining from Monk, Bird, Chick to Weather Report & Joey DeFrancesco; writing original songs for big band: commissions for Carnegie Hall Youth Orchestra and LA Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Los Angeles


Music Director role

*from concept, determining combos, arrangements, rehearsing, producing and directing using experience from annual International Jazz day and Competition; tours with Steely Dan, Queen Latifah, A.R. Rahman; and TV singing competition shows, including American Idol, Duets with John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.

Jazz and production

*improvisation, composing, accompanying vocalists, music production

Writing for Film

*using experience working on 1917, James Bond’s Skyfall & Spectre, Finding Nemo

Writing for TV series

*Fame title song, Cheers, Family Ties, Star Trek: The Next Generation

Producing and Mixing albums
*Peter Erskine, Dianne Reeves, Maria Mendes, SWR Big Band

“John Beasley, the one-time keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, whose playing reflects a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice.” –Los Angeles Times

“Beasley is a very clever arranger who works his charts hard, and this album iscontinuously surprising… an ingenious interpreter of Monk conducts like Thad Jones.” –JazzTimes

“[Beasley] brings Monk to life once again for modern-minded listeners. Beasley hitsus dead center… features rapid-fire surprises, spiky asides and a quirky sense of truthful swing. Beasley’s band will leave you rapt.” –Downbeat – 4.5/5 stars

“MONK’estra brought the project thrillingly to life with their razor-sharp ensemblework and rhythmic authenticity… hip-hop merges with swing and sensuous Ellingtonia sits on a sparse contemporary pulse. – Financial Times – 4*

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