Walter Beasley

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Walter Beasley
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Background information
Birth nameWalter Beasley
Born(1961-05-24) May 24, 1961 (age 53)
OriginEl Centro, California, United States
GenresSmooth Jazz, R&B
OccupationsMusician, Professor, Recording Artist, Performer, Performance Consultant
InstrumentsSoprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Voice
LabelsShanachie Records
Warner Bros. Records
Mercury Records
Headsup/Affable Records
Websiteofficial site
 
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Walter Beasley
WalterBeasley.jpg
Background information
Birth nameWalter Beasley
Born(1961-05-24) May 24, 1961 (age 53)
OriginEl Centro, California, United States
GenresSmooth Jazz, R&B
OccupationsMusician, Professor, Recording Artist, Performer, Performance Consultant
InstrumentsSoprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Voice
LabelsShanachie Records
Warner Bros. Records
Mercury Records
Headsup/Affable Records
Websiteofficial site

Walter Beasley is an American saxophonist, a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music, and founder of Affable Publishing and Affable Records.

Biography[edit]

Beasley grew up in El Centro, California.[1] By the age of 13 he was singing in Spanish in a band called Los Elegantes, and he played in various bands and performed at clubs throughout middle and high school.[2]

Beasley graduated from Berklee in 1984,[3] and a year later took a short-term teaching position at the same school, which became a permanent career.[1] He is now professor at the school.[4]

In 1987, he released his first, self-titled, album,[3] and since 1998 has been one of the top ten best-selling African American saxophonists in the world.[4] Having grown up as a fan of R&B and funk and trained in classical and jazz saxophone,[5] his own style falls between contemporary R&B and contemporary jazz,[6] a blend which has been called "smooth jazz".[3]

He is not only an alto and soprano saxophonist and a singer,[7] but also a composer and producer.[5] He is the founder and CEO of Affable Publishing, and the owner of Affable Records.[3]

Discography[edit]

AlbumYearLabel
Walter Beasley1987[3]Polydor
Just Kickin' It1989Mercury
Intimacy1992Mercury
Private Time1995[5]Mercury
Walter Beasley Live and More1996Affable
Tonight We Love1997Shanachie
For Your Pleasure1998Shanachie
Won't You Let Me Love You2000Shanachie
Rendezvous2002Shanachie
Go With The Flow2003N-Coded Music
Midnight Love2003Shanachie
The Classic R&B Collection2004Shanachie
For Her2005[2]Heads Up
Greatest Hits!2005Shanachie
Live2006Shanachie
Ready for Love2007[3]Heads Up
Sax Meditations2008Affable
Free Your Mind2009[8]Heads Up
Backatcha2010Shanachie[9]
Walter Beasley Live - In the Groove2010Affable
Live in the Club2013Walter Beasley

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beasley, Walter (2007-12-20). "Walter Beasley's Official Site: Professional Profile". Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Lebovitz, Susan Chaityn (2006-01-22). "Beasley on the sax". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cox, Kevin (2007-03-15). "Boston-based saxophonist helps keep jazz alive". The Boston-Bay State Banner 42 (31). Retrieved 2009-02-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Faculty Biography: Walter Beasley". Berklee. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  5. ^ a b c Rowland, Hobart; Bob Burtman (1996-05-23). "Saxy Stuff". Houston Press. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  6. ^ Buckley, Michael (2009-02-05). "Music Box: Big Head Todd brings heartfelt rock to D.C.". HometownAnnapolis.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  7. ^ Lowenthal, Kevin (2005-08-12). "Onstage, his smoothness turns funky and soulful". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  8. ^ Joyce, Mike (2009-02-06). "WALTER BEASLEY "Free Your Mind" Heads Up". The Washington Post. pp. WE07. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  9. ^ Backatcha! - Walter Beasley | AllMusic
  10. ^ "Walter Beasley's Official Site | Selected Discography and Equipment". Walterbeasley.com. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  11. ^ "Walter Beasley's Official Site | Fact Sheet". Walterbeasley.com. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 

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