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John Beasley Positootly​! Quintet @ Jazz Standard


When Jul 27, 2011
from 08:00 pm to 11:20 pm
Where Jazz Standard
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FIRST NEW YORK PERFORMANCE FEATURING 2010 GRAMMY-NOMINATED CD POSITOOTLY! Jeff “Tain” Watts / James Genus / Antonio Hart / Rashawn Ross Pianist/Composer John Beasley’s Positootly! album earned critical praise with the Jazz Times describing it as “a good example of what happens when masters instrumentalists get together. This is what Jazz is all about… creative, virtuosic musicians with a high level of technique and artistry. 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.”

With any new jazz album, bandleaders are expected to tour heavily soon after a release. John Beasley had a launch concert at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles the month of the release, but had to make a tough sacrifice and put his Positootly! tour on hold to take on a year-long project as Music Director for multiple Oscar- and Grammy-winner, A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire/127 Hours) World Tour set in arenas.

Despite not touring to feature Positootly!, the album earned a coveted Grammy nomination (Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group - 2010); made Top 10 lists; and received critical reviews, including: All About Jazz “On Positootly!, the finest work on the record is the music that [Beasley] lives and breathes, body and soul and that is the music of the South, with its gris-gris and gumbo flavor. “Caddo Bayou” and “Positootly!” are two of his finest pieces to date. “Shatita Boom Boom” (Club Desire)” is a flaming track as is “Black Thunder,” dedicated to the legendary drummer, Elvin Jones. Beasley has learnt well from the last glory days of Miles Davis’ funky groove. [He] has pulled a memorable follow-up to his earlier Letter to Herbie. Only this record need not be reverential to a mentor and so can be more versatile and free to express the heart and soul of this ever-growing pianist. “

John has returned to the jazz scene this year:

Ø joining the Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Band in Chicago with upcoming concerts in the Fall, featuring other Miles alumni: Dave Liebman, Darryl Jones, Gary Thomas, Badal Roy, Robert Irving, III, Blackbyrd McKnight, Mino Cinelu, and featuring Nicolas Payton;

Ø touring with Mike Stern and Lee Ritenour in Japan in Feb and again this September;

Ø taking over Christian McBride’s chair of host of “Jazz and the Orchestra” 6-concert series with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in Feb;

Ø playing at the Cape May Jazz Festival with his Postootly! band (Jeff “Tain” Watts and Scott Colley);

Ø standing in as Music Director for a Tribute to Billy Higgins @ Catalina’s Jazz Club featuring George Duke, Charles Lloyd, Kenny Burrell, and Stanley Clarke; and

Ø on September 12, Beasley will step into George Duke’s role as Artistic Director for the Monk Institute’s 25th Gala Event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with confirmed performers Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, Esperanza Spaulding, George Duke, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Arturo Sandoval, Terrence Blanchard, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ellis Marsalis, Ben Williams, Jane Monheit, Kevin Eubanks, with special tribute to Aretha Franklin.

In New York, featuring Positootly! album, John Beasley reconvenes the rhythm section Jeff “Tain” Watts and James Genus from the 2010 Grammy-nominated CD, along with Antonio Hart (sax) and Rashawn Ross (trumpeter for Dave Matthews) to showcase his original, propulsive, multi-layered compositions from funk and soul to bop, bossa nova, and nuevo tango along with three choice covers. sums up the listening experience aptly, “Positootly! is pure art. Consider the CD as fuselage, fasten your seatbelt and get ready for takeoff. Beasley's creativity rewards my ears. He's both complex and masterful on the keys. He's avant garde one minute and down-home-soulful the next; a masterful mix.”

John Beasley Positootly! Quintet Jeff “Tain” Watts, James Genus, Antonio Hart, Rashawn Ross