KENYATTA BEASLEY

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Kenyatta Beasley arrived in New York in 1994 to attend the prestigious Mannes School of Music where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz composition and Performance. Earlier, (at the age of nine) Beasley’s precocious talent was evident when he was selected over 2,000 musicians to portray a young Louis Armstrong in the touring musical Satchmo: America’s Musical Legend. He later studied at the esteemed New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, whose alumni include Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Terence Blanchard.Blanchard was an early influence on Beasley who also wanted to venture into scoring for films. “I fell in love with the concept of film scoring after seeing Malcolm X. It was fascinating to me how music adds another character to the screen. One that is heard, but not seen.”

Cutting through the clutter of New York City’s musical landscape, Beasley’s innovative sound led to his
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Brooklyn Mardi Gras
Hard Bop 2001

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Hard Bop 2019

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