John Beasley's Positootly!


featuring Bennie Maupin October 2, 2011

"John's 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." LA Times

photo_credit_Catalina_Manzano    John Beasley is a veteran pianist, composer, and arranger, having earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for Positootly! (Best Jazz Instrumental Album) John's credits reads like a who's who in the music world. He has performed/recorded with illustrious artists, including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Thad Jones, Hubert Laws, Dianne Reeves, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Wallace Roney, James Moody, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, and Kenny Rankin; took the lead as Music Director for Steely Dan, Queen Latifah, Carly Simon and AR Rahman's tours; played on Wall-E, Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo; composed for TV series Star Trek, Cheers and Fame; and arranged music/Music Director for American Idol and Pussycat Doll and arranging for The Tonight Show.


bennie-maupin2-web  Bennie Maupin's highly personal bass clarinet sound helped define such classic jazz recordings as Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, Big Fun and On the Corner, as well as recordings by Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band, and the Headhunters. The multi-woodwind player has also recorded with Marion Brown, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson and Woody Shaw, to name only a few.  Maupin's approach to his music is intentional and profound, yet alive in the interpretation of the moment.

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