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John Beasley Circle – Just Jazz: Live Concert Series 1 Year Anniversary

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Date(s) - 05/22/2019
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location
Mr Musichead Gallery

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BUY TICKETS | $25 Tickets include complimentary wine/beer tasting. This event is a 16+ only engagement.

  • 6:30PM Doors Open
  • 7:30PM Music Starts

Live jazz every Wednesday evening after work and celebrates 1 Year of performances with the John Beasley Circle!

Mr Musichead Gallery, in partnership with Los Angeles Jazz Radio Broadcaster and Producer LeRoy Downs and All Music Television Founder/CEO Frederick Smith, Jr. presents a weekly lineup of internationally recognized Jazz artists.

Jazz lovers will enjoy an early evening wine and beer tasting on the back patio, as well as a rotating display of jazz art and photography with special guest performers.

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, John Beasley is third-generation musician who was raised in a house filled with music. His grandfather, Rule Oliver played trombone in territory bands and was a junior high school band director for 50 years in Arkansas. His mother, Lida Beasley, is a brass instrumentalist, who for most of her career taught music at various public schools and colleges, along with being band director and conducting operas, earning a local Emmy award for her work in Faust.

Growing up around musicians, Beasley learned how to play trumpet, oboe, drums, saxophone, and flute, mostly because of his mother’s need for wind instrumentalists for her bands. His father, Rule Curtis Beasley (b. 1931), is a pianist and bassoonist, who played with the Fort Worth Symphony. Rule Beasley also was a professor of music composition at University of North Texas College of Music and at Santa Monica College, where he taught many musicians performing today.

Beasley created a drum set with garbage can lids and kitchen pots and pans when he was around two years old. His grandfather started bringing him drum parts, which he put together, and had a drum set from age four to high school. Beasley began piano lessons at the age of seven and stopped taking formal lessons when he started high school. In sixth grade, he had private lessons with a university oboe teacher that lasted three years. He taught himself to play the sax, flute, and trumpet and began playing for the John Adams Junior School and Santa Monica College orchestras that his mother led.

Beasley started writing music in junior high school. After his father bought him a Bobby Timmons record, he wanted to play jazz. In Grade 7, he formed a jazz band with high school-aged friends. Always mesmerized by inner melodies and day-dreaming, on family camping trips he packed his score pad to compose and arrange.

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