John Beasley Sept-Oct Gig Calendar


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September 12 (Monday) Washington, DC
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
25th Anniversary Gala Concert @ Kennedy Center
John Beasley—Music Director

All-Star Gala Concert will honor Aretha Franklin with the Founder's Award. Performers include:

Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Danilo Perez, Marcus Roberts, Jacky Terrasson, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Carl Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, TS Monk, Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire, Terence Blanchard, Joshua Redman, Kevin Eubanks, Lionel Loueke, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Roberta Gambarini, Jane Monheit, Gretchen Parlato, Dianne Reeves, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and others.

Co-chaired by Madeleine Albright, Quincy Jones, Debra Lee and Colin Powell.

Sep 16 +17 (Friday/Saturday) Napa, CA

Lee Ritenour featuring John Beasley, Melvin Davis, Chris Coleman

Sep 16 Bankhead Theater @ 9pm, 2400 First Street, Livermore, 925-373-6800

Sep 17 Napa Valley Opera House @ 8:30pm, 1030 Main Street, Napa 707-226-7372

September 24 (Saturday) 2-3pm Los Angeles

The 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Christian McBride and Mitch Glickman (John Beasley on piano). The program features the world premiere of a new work composed by SJO co-music Director George Duke for McBride and the orchestra, along with other specially commissioned works.

Free event, UCLA, Royce Hall Tickets in person, UCLA Ticket Office: M-F 10am-4pm

October 2 (Sunday) 7-9pm Boise, Idaho
Boise Jazz Society Concert
John Beasley Circle
featuring Bennie Maupin (sax), Kevin Brandon (bass), Marvin (Smitty) Smith (drums) Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. 9th Street, Boise

October 7 (Saturday) 6-11pm Venice Beach, LA
First Friday's Music @ Joe's Restaurant
John Beasley Circle
featuring Kevin Brandon (bass), Marvin (Smitty) Smith (drums)

Make early reservations for jazz and fine dining at 4-star legendary Joe's Restaurant in my hood or come to the last set and get drinks at the bar and walk in to hear the music.

Joe's Restaurant, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, 310-399-5811

Freeway Jam Band
Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour, Simon Phillips, John Beasley & Melvin Davis
Live at Blue Note Tokyo (Ward Records)
If you like jazz fusion, check this new LIVE concert DVD with the Freeway Jam Band, featuring music by Jeff Beck, Mike Stern and Lee Ritenour. DVD includes interviews with each.

Extreme Measures: Simplexity
Re-release by BFM Digital (October 2011)
Simplexity is a hyper-dimensional electronic jazz project recorded over a couple days of jam sessions and overdubs. John von Seggern brought together some of the most innovative and respected jazz players: LA sound designer/top studio musician Steve Tavaglione, keys player John Beasley, drummer Gary Novak, trumpeter Walt Fowler, and clarinetist/EVI player Judd Miller, featuring the last recordings of bassist Dave Carpenter. Concert schedule in the works

Dwight Trible sings, John Beasley swings
Release by BFM Digital (November 2011)
Launch CD concert to be announced.

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