Sunday, January 2, 2011

Another year of learning and creating in the Killer Beas Hive

2010 was so full of life lessons. My mother and musician Lida Beasley taught me to live in ‘present moment,’ to work at being happy, and think of playing music as ‘playing’ as opposed to ‘working. She passed last Spring, but she is always ‘in my pocket’ – her expression. I feel so blessed to be an artist and to be able to create with people who cultivate, nurture and pollinate the love of music and the music of love.

I made a new musical family last year with the musicians, dancers and crew of AR Rahman’s troupe, including the inestimable talents of AR, the raw passion of creative director Amy Tinkham, and the nimble problem solving by Amos Newman and Nick Jeen. Looking forward to running away with the circus again to Asia, Australia and beyond.

The year is starting off with a gumbo of creative projects, from my own gig this coming Saturday, to NAMM madness, writing for a documentary film, heading to Japan for some jamming with Mike Stern and Lee Ritenour, going 70s with a Bowie song and suiting up with the LA Philharmonic.

………the details:

GRAPPLING with the GRAMMY nomination

Yeah, I’m still slack-jawed about this honor. I was humbled again for Wilbert Sostre’s review of Positootly! in Jazz Times. Here’s the link: and today’s review by Andrea Canter @ the Jazz police . I’m going to keep the “absotootly positively” spirit that fueled my CD right until the 53rd GRAMMY award ceremony on Feb 13.

Save the Date –NEXT SATURDAY - Jan 8 – Playing @ Blue Whale
So, come out and hear LIVE the music from Positootly! downtown at the newest hippest jazz club in LA, Blue Whale featuring Bennie Maupin, Oscar Seaton and Kevin Brandon. ONLY $10! Two sets.

See you at NAMM and to my Japanese friends, I’ll see you in Nagoya, Osaka, Yokohama and Tokyo with Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Simon Philips and Melvin Davis.

Going FAME on you arranging the David Bowie song for Jeff Weber+Mike Clark Project.

LA Philharmonic
And, bring yourself and your children to Disney Hall where I’ll be hosting and playing a series called Jazz and the LA Philharmonic Orchestra.

Here’s my calendar:

Support LIVE music!

Saturday, Jan 8 9+11pm downtown Los Angeles
John Beasley Positootly! Jazz Circle

Featuring Bennie Maupin, Oscar Seaton, Kevin Brandon, John Beasley

Playing music from GRAMMY-nominated Positootly! CD, which showcases Beasley's original, propulsive, multi-layered compositions from funk and soul to bop, bossa nova, and nuevo tango.

Blue Whale
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, 3rd Floor, LA, CA 90012 (map) - validated parking 2nd Fl
(213) 620-0908

Two sets: 9pm and 11pm

NAMM – Jan 13-16
Find me at the Keyboard magazine, Rhodes piano and Behringer booths.

Jeff Weber+Mike Clark Project
Arranging and playing David Bowie’s Fame, featuring Jason Morales, Tariqh Akoni, Rhonda Smith, Michael Bland

Feb 2-11 Nagoya, Osaka, Yokohama, Tokyo,Japan
Lee Ritenour, Mike Stern featuring John Beasley, Simon Philips, Melvin Davis

Feb 02: Nagoya, Japan - Blue Note
Feb 03: Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro
Feb 04: Yokohama, Japan - Motion Blue
Feb 05: Tokyo, Japan - Cotton Club
Feb 07 to11 Tokyo, Japan - Blue Note

Feb 13 Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles

This is Positootly! it! Last ballot date is Jan 12 to all you voters out there!

Jazz Times review
John is truly an amazing pianist, imaginative composer, creative improviser and arranger. And with Positootly he created an album that people will look back as one of the first Jazz classic albums of the 21th century.
Free Download of “So Tired”

Saturdays: Feb 19 + 26 11am Disney Hall, Los Angeles
Jazz and the Orchestra: Symphonies for Youth
Los Angeles Philharmonic:
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
John Beasley, host

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Ave., LA, CA 90012

Join the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Joshua Weilerstein, and Grammy nominated jazz artist John Beasley in a musical celebration of the exuberance of jazz music. What kind of roles do the musicians have when making music? How is the job of a bass player in the orchestra different than that of a jazz bass player? These and other musical questions are explored with John Beasley, highlighting the differences and similarities of jazz for the orchestra and for a quintet.

Have a Positootly! Positootly! Positootly! 2011.

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