Walter Beasley

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

https://www.walterbeasley.com/

Biography

Beasley grew up in El Centro, California. 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.

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

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

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

Discography

DVDs

Educational

  • Sound Production for the Saxophone (Affable Publishing, 2003)
  • Hip-Hop Improvisation (Affable Publishing, 2003)
  • Circular Breathing with Walter Beasley
  • 14 Steps to Maximizing Your Performance (for Saxophonists)
  • Walter Beasley's Performance Workshop
  • Walter Beasley presents Vocal Performance
  • Improv Using Pentatonics
  • Performance Insight
  • Playing Blues
  • Resolution Warm-Up
  • Using Vibrato
  • Improvisations and Delivery Clinic

Live

  • Live at Scullers (Affable Records, 2003)
  • Live in the Club (Walter Beasley, 2013)

Books

  • Performance Insight for Musicians

APPs

  • Walter Beasley Smooth Jazz Alarm App
  • Walter Beasley in Concert Transcriptions
  • Music Lessons by Walter Beasley
  • Hip hop Improvisation
  • Walter Beasley Transcriptions
  • Circular Breathing
  • Sound Production for Saxophone
  • Sax Meditations

Awards and accolades

  • 2001 Boston Music Awards, Outstanding Jazz Artist
  • 2001 Berklee College of Music Trustee Award for advancing the mission and values of the college
  • 2001 South Middlesex Men's Club Leadership Award for community service and support of youth development in music.
  • 2001 SESAC National Performing Activity Award for the song "Comin' at Cha"
  • 2002 SESAC National Performing Activity Award for the song "Rendezvous"
  • 2003 Boston Music Awards, Jazz Album of the Year (Go With the Flow)
  • 2013 Forever Ink Achievement Award

References

External links

  • Official site
  • Faculty biography
  • MySpace Page
  • YouTube Page
  • Facebook Page
Source : Wikipedia

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