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La Jolla Music Society

Charles & Friends: John Beasley and the Next Generation

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 • 6 PM & 8:30 PM



John Beasley, piano
Bruce Harris, trumpet
Erena Terakubo, alto saxophone
Russell Hall, bass
Anthony Fung, drums

John Beasley, two-time GRAMMY winner, curates a program with the help of Charles McPherson, legendary saxophonist and our inaugural Jazz @ The JAI Guest Curator. The evening includes songs from nearly all the eras of jazz up to what’s happening now. Beasley is joined by a roster of rising star jazz artists with a special appearance by McPherson himself.

A versatile pianist, composer, and arranger, John Beasley began his career in his 20s backing jazz icons Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. Since then, he has performed with a wide range of artists, including Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Chaka Khan, and Carly Simon, to name a few. He was music director for international tours with Steely Dan, AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and Queen Latifah. He also co-music directed for Chucho Valdés’ La Creation tour.

As a recording artist, Beasley has made over a dozen albums and has earned 11 GRAMMY nominations. His solo project, MONK’estra, is a trilogy of albums which has earned six consecutive GRAMMY nominations and a win.



Cabaret Vibes! This performance is held in The JAI, our intimate concert space where one can enjoy wine, cocktails, table-service, and more.