Walter Beasley

Louis Johnson (Of The Brothers Johnson)

Friday, May 22, 2015

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend and please take some time to say a prayer for the family of one of the baddest players ever Louis Johnson(of the Brothers Johnson) I remember Derek Cannon and I would listen to and learn his bass lines sometimes before even learning horn lines as we were that impacted by his playing. I have always believed and still do that he never got the credit he deserved. God bless his loved ones and all who respected and loved his musicianship ...

Home

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nice to know when I get off the road my clothes will be clean, house will be clean and I will have food in the fridge. Thanks Southborough :) ...

A nice review for my album Backatcha! by Alonda Washburn on jazzreview.com

Thursday, January 5, 2012

"This is Walter Beasley's fifteenth album which was released on October twenty-six of 2010. This album was produced by Chris "Big Dog" Davis and Phil Davis. Walter Beasley is a best-selling contemporary jazz artist of today. He is a recording artist, performer, full professor at Berklee College of Music, performance consultant, and music entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Affable Publishing and Affable Records) who hit number one on the contemporary jazz charts. He plays the soprano/alto saxophone as well as sings. His performance genres includes R&B instrumental, vocal jazz, and contemporary jazz. His musical influences are: Grover Washington, Jr., ...

There is a choice

Saturday, April 23, 2011

"You can either spend your extra time making an outside institution stronger or you can spend that time becoming an institution" ...

Review of Walter Beasley Live (In The Groove) Saxshed.com

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Walter Beasley Live – In the Groove Saxophonist and Berklee professor Walter Beasley has just released his first live CD on Affable Records. Walter Beasley Live - In the Groove features Beasley on alto and soprano saxophone as well as lead vocals. Glen Douglass on keyboards, Wayne Jones on guitar, Webster Roach on bass and Lil John Roberts on drums round out this tight knit group. Walter Beasley is a native of California who continued his studies at Berklee College of music 30 years ago. As a classmate of Walter's I was well aware of his abilities on saxophone as ...

Mr. Jimmie Cannon my musical mentor of 40 years. I owe my career in music and education to him.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Valley loses music icon Jimmie Cannon By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer Thursday, May 21, 2009 11:37 PM PDT EVAN MALLORY FILE PHOTO Jimmie Cannon, shown here with his fluegelhorn, died Thursday in El Centro. JOSELITO VILLERO PHOTO FROM LEFT: Maxine Cannon and her son, Derek, stand in front of a portrait of Jimmie Cannon on Thursday at the Cannon home in El Centro. Maxine Cannon recalled Thursday the first time she saw the man who would one day become the local icon of jazz music in the Imperial Valley. She was at a nightclub in Little Rock, Ark., in January 1958, watching a band perform when ...

Review and interview for Free Your Mind, Sax Meditations and Music Education

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Walter Beasley has been a working musician and a music educator for 25 years.  Today, he talks about his dual career, as well as his upcoming CD, Free Your Mind, which releases on the Heads Up label on February 24th. Smoothviews (SV): I want to talk about your current release, Free Your Mind.  This CD is a reflection of moments in your life, of moments in time.  It speaks of things that have happened in your life, so that makes this very personal.  How different is that from your previous releases?  Or, is that how you approach music generally, you ...

Review and interview for Free Your Mind

Monday, February 23, 2009

Free Your Mind A Conversation with Walter Bealey Artist Interview by: Kevin Cox In the sea of chaos and uncertainty that is modern life, one of the most crucial struggles we wage is the struggle to achieve, and hold onto, peace of mind. Free Your Mind is both sage advice and the title of Boston-based Saxophonist/vocalist/educator Walter Beasley's new CD. "All I wanted to do", explains Beasley, "was accurately reflect the times and how I felt about them". JazzReview: Your last CD, Ready For Love, was widely considered an artistic and commercial success. What have you been up ...

Thanksgiving at my Home !

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Today I cooked and had Thanksgiving at my Home. Though I know I am not the best cook the food is now gone and there were happy faces among those who I call my closest friends. I am just now starting to feel very comfortable in knowing that Boston is my Home and my future. I have loved and been supported by many people here and feel so grateful to have the opportunity to do for others on this very special day. I love my life I love my home Happy Thanksgiving Walter ...

What a day

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Man today while going to the store I happen to meet my first ever baseball hero. His name is Luis Tiant. Now for those of you who don't know he was a great pitcher for the Boston Redsox. In fact growing up in Cali he and Tony C were the only players I knew from the sox but of course Luis was my favorite. The way he struck fear into batters by turning his head away from them and looking straight up in the sky before he let the ball go was amazing. I even called my little league ...

VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE. WHAT A PRICE PEOPLE PAID SO THAT I COULD HAVE THIS FEELING. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL ...

Aunt Minnie

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Give me peace as this is a new feeling. I have never known life without you, your grace your wisdom and kindness. The world is much different now. Music does not sound the same love does not feel the same. We all new this day would come but it is not easy Aunt Minnie. When my Mother could not comfort me you were there. When my heart was broken you were there. When I was excited about a woman you were the first person I called. You were a Mother to us all. You showed us how to love ...

My Endorsement for Barack Obama

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I remember seeing my Father cry only twice in my life, when he lost his mother and when we lost Martin Luther King. I was just a kid but I remember looking at him and seeing what I viewed to be a sense of hopelessness. I can't sit by and say and do very little when a person who represents the kind of hope that my Father had in King asks me to become involved in creating the kind of change Dr King represented. Barack Obama has already surpassed everthing I could have ever asked of him as a ...

Interviews

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

http://www.baystatebanner.com/issues/2007/03/15/arts/arts03150741.htm College Professor, Recording Artist by Jim Newsom If you visit Walter Beasleys website, youll find a listing entitled points of note. The most intriguing of these little factoids is this: the best-selling full-time college professor and recording artist. It took a lot of work, he said when I called him at his home in Boston. Duke Ellington once wrote a book called Music is My Mistress. I read it my first year in college and I said, This is me. My love is music, whether its playing it, teaching it, learning about it. Shes my first, my last, my everything, as Barry ...

Fan Appreciation

Friday, June 15, 2007

There are a few artists that I purchase simply because its them. Walter is one of them. I melt like butter when I hear him and his SEXY SAX. Thanks Walter JUST BE THANKFUL - YOU GO BOY!!! Walter Beasley is so talented. I never even knew he started out as a singer. Truly fantastic. I enjoyed his show so much. Rhonda from Queens, New York -- Tuesday, July 10th 2007 12:00PM I went to visit my sister in Maryland last week and got to see you preform in Georgetown. What an entertaining show. I am so glad that I had the ...

This is why I Teach.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Walter, I attended berklee '94-'98 and you were my ear training 3 & 4 teacher. I'm a drummer, but I can pick out chords better than most of my guitarist buddies. In fact, for the past 2 years I've been doing local arrangements for big bands for the Houston Junior League. Your ear training class and Scott McCormick's Harmony were TOTALLY influential. I've been so proud to see your career grow over the years! Whenever I'm in a record store w/ my friends I always point to your albums and say"That Guy was my teacher and he's SUPER BAD!" ...

concert reviews

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Jazz Caf  Charlotte N.C. January 20th, 2007 I was fortunate enough to catch Walter Beasleys fourth show at the Jazz Caf in Charlotte North Carolina this week. It was a great setting to kick off a new release from this smooth sax artist. The club is set in an upscale area of the citys south side, and is most impressive from the time you open the door. Candle lit tables adorn the lower tier, with bar area and standing area in the upper tier. The contemporary design was an indication of the contemporary jazz that graces the club. The ...

Ready for Love. What people are saying

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"Throughout Ready for Love, you feel the love and dedication that has come to characterize Walter Beasley's music. His R&B background along with his ability to sing and play saxophone creates arrangements that continue to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz. " Luxury Experience "This CD is HOT, HOT, HOT! If you're ready for love, then this is the perfect set to help you get it on! Walter Beasley's smooth alto and soprano saxophone language has a definite track record for being sexy and seductive and has turned lovers on for years. Ready for Love follows that great sound and is ...

Sound Production For The Saxophone Feedback

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Walter, Thanks for sending the DVD and Performance Inight for Musicians (this was the second book I ordered as I loaned one out and it was not returned.) I must say that I listened and watched in amazement to the Sound Production DVD twice before picking up the horn. What I heard when I did pick up the horn (at first) was very depressing almost to the point of tears! As I continued in the very short time ( three days) I began to hear that beautiful tone that I had years ago and thought I lost forever and ...

Performance Insight

Friday, February 16, 2007

Walter Beasleys Performance Insight for Musicians Inspires Performers One Page at a Time Musicians learn to maximize their playing skills and be better performers BOSTON  Affable Publishing announces the release of Performance Insight for Musicians, by smooth jazz impresario and Berklee College of Music professor Walter Beasley. The handbook of essential performance tips is the perfect stocking-stuffer for musicians and vocalists of all levels, helping them to maximize their playing skills and be better performers. Beasley, a well-known music educator and recording artist (currently No. 3 on the Billboard Contemorary jazz Chart), developed Performance Insight for Musicians to help musicians who strive ...