Jim Beard

Jim Beard, who moved to New York in 1985 with the best names in music, has toured extensively around the globe since then, including performances with Steely Dan, Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin. He has recorded with many artists, from a wide variety of musical styles. He has recorded with artists as diverse as Dizzy Gillespie and the Brecker Brothers. Dianne Reeves and Meshell Ndegeocello. Toninho Horta and Steve Vai. Jim has more than 100 published compositions that have been featured on recordings by John McLaughlin and Michael Brecker, as well as in books like The New Real Book. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Metropole Orchestra, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. His writing can be heard in movies, television and radio call signals. You can also hear his piano playing in major Hollywood films. He has produced numerous recordings for artists like Mike Stern, Bob Berg and Bill Evans. Jim has been a producer on projects including Chick Corea and Al Jarreau, Medeski Mart and Wood, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona and Esperanza spalding. You can hear his work on Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures, Blue Note. Blue Note. Blue Note. Blue Note. CBS/Sony. Jim has taught at many renowned music schools around the globe, including the Mason Gross School of Arts and Berklee College of Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, and Sibelius Academy in Finland. Jim has released six solo CDs: “Song of the Sun”, featuring Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, and “Lost at the Carnival” which was voted in the top 10 CDs of Jazziz Magazine critics in 1995. “Truly” was voted in the top 10 CDs in 1997 by Jazziz Magazine readers. “Advocate,” in 2000, and “Revolutions,” in 2008. Jim also won a Grammy as a featured performer in “Some Skunk Funk” (Randy and Michael Brecker). from http://www.jimbeard.com

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