Edition #36 – John Beasley answers 7 questions

by | Nov 12, 2022

1. Why are you a musician?

I am a third generation musician. Music was everywhere in my house. I was carted to rehearsals, concerts and lessons from the time I can remember. So, I fell in love with making music at an early age!

2. Who are your musical inspirations?

My parents, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bach, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Chucho Valdes, Monk.

3. What is your practice routine?

I try to get it in during the morning before I start writing or producing. If I start writing then I’m in it for the long haul. I usually start with playing free and allowing my hands to do what they want, then gradually work in technique, classical etudes and material I have to learn for a gig.

4. Why did you make this album?

By John Beasley

I always enjoyed holiday music. I’ve long wanted to make an album with these familiar songs.

5. What were the biggest obstacles in making this music?

Finding time to arrange the material. For jazz projects finding funds is always a challenge. I look at challenges as a way to be creative. In this case we did the whole record in 3 hours, even live mixes…just like our heroes recorded back in the day.

6. Who is featured on the album?

Its a trio record, no overdubs.

  • Edwin Livingston – Bass
  • Christian – Drums- Drums

7. Where may we find you online?