Walter Beasley

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Walter Beasley
Background information
Birth nameWalter Beasley
Born(1961-05-24) May 24, 1961 (age 51)
OriginEl Centro, California, United States
GenresSmooth Jazz
OccupationsMusician
InstrumentsSaxophone
LabelsShanachie Records
Warner Bros. Records
Mercury Records
Headsup/Affable Records
Websiteofficial site
 
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Walter Beasley
Background information
Birth nameWalter Beasley
Born(1961-05-24) May 24, 1961 (age 51)
OriginEl Centro, California, United States
GenresSmooth Jazz
OccupationsMusician
InstrumentsSaxophone
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.

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Biography

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

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
For Her2005[2]Heads Up
Ready for Love2007[3]Heads Up
Sax Meditations2008Affable
Free Your Mind2009[8]Heads Up
Backatcha2010Shanachie[9]

DVDs

Educational

Live

Awards and accolades

References

  1. ^ a b Beasley, Walter (2007-12-20). "Walter Beasley's Official Site: Professional Profile". http://www.walterbeasley.com/index.php?page=bio. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  2. ^ a b Lebovitz, Susan Chaityn (2006-01-22). "Beasley on the sax". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/01/22/a_long_bumpy_road_for_a_high_school_dropout/. 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). http://www2.baystatebanner.com/issues/2007/03/15/arts/arts03150741.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-23.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Faculty Biography: Walter Beasley". Berklee. http://www.berklee.edu/faculty/detail/walter-beasley. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  5. ^ a b c Rowland, Hobart; Bob Burtman (1996-05-23). "Saxy Stuff". Houston Press. http://www.houstonpress.com/1996-05-23/music/saxy-stuff/. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  6. ^ Buckley, Michael (2009-02-05). "Music Box: Big Head Todd brings heartfelt rock to D.C.". HometownAnnapolis.com. http://www.hometownannapolis.com/cgi-bin/read/2009/02_05-01/ENT. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  7. ^ Lowenthal, Kevin (2005-08-12). "Onstage, his smoothness turns funky and soulful". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2005/08/12/onstage_his_smoothness_turns_funky_and_soulful/. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  8. ^ Joyce, Mike (2009-02-06). "WALTER BEASLEY "Free Your Mind" Heads Up". The Washington Post: pp. WE07. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/05/AR2009020500944.html. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
  9. ^ Backatcha! - Walter Beasley | AllMusic
  10. ^ "Walter Beasley's Official Site | Selected Discography and Equipment". Walterbeasley.com. http://walterbeasley.com/index.php?page=bio&display=40. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
  11. ^ "Walter Beasley's Official Site | Fact Sheet". Walterbeasley.com. http://walterbeasley.com/index.php?page=bio&display=39. Retrieved 2012-05-02.

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