My latest for JazzTimes — Pianist @JohnBeasley is the Zelig of the jazz and pop music world, playing with everyone from Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to Steely Dan, Carly Simon and Rickie Lee Jones, arranging music for American Idol, playing on James Bond movie scores, and serving as musical director for Jazz at the White House and International Jazz Day. But it’s his brilliant writing for the Grammy-winning MONK’estra that has won him his greatest acclaim. And he’s got a few stories… https://jazztimes.com/features/profiles/john-beasley-reflects-on-miles-herbie-and-of-course-monk/
Category Archives: Steely Dan
Fresh off his highly successful 2013 Steely Dan tour with partner Walter Becker, Donald Fagen demonstrated his continued relevance and creativity with a big win in this year’s DownBeat Reader’s Poll for the album “Sunken Condos” (Reprise), his fourth solo effort. He is also the author of a new book of musical memoirs, “Eminent Hipsters” (Viking). I’ve been a fan since, well, forever, so it was an honor to interview him for the December DownBeat. Read it here — or buy the magazine (at all Barnes & Noble stores).
At the Steely Dan concert last night at the Beacon Theater, after the last encore, the greatest road band ever played an “outro” — Nelson Riddle’s big band theme from “The Untouchables” (not the movie – the old Fifties TV show). Amazing way to close. (You can hear it here – it’s the first in a series of old detective show themes.)