This Saturday will be a special treat at Becky’s Bungalow Jazz. Students from the Ohio State University Jazz Studies program will join OSU Jazz Studies Assistant Professor Kenyatta Beasely in a live performance along with jazz saxophonist Dan White. The show is this Saturday, December 3, at 7:30pm. Suggested donation is $10 and just $5 for students. OSU students and especially school of Music and Jazz Studies students are encouraged to attend. Kenyatta Beasley joined the OSU Jazz Studies faculty in 2009. He holds an MM from New York University in Music Composition and Film Scoring, received his BA in Jazz Composition from the Mannes School of Music, and is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
At NYU, Kenyatta studied with Sonny Kompaneck (Three Kings, De-Lovely) and composed the score for the short film Earnie, which won the NYU/New York Magazine First Run Film Festival Award for Best Original Score (2004), as well as being a finalist at Sundance. He then went on to win Best Original Score at the 2007 Brooklyn Arts Council Film Festival for another short film, Heroes Wanted. Other short films that Kenyatta has composed for include Jeffrey’s Calypso (2005), Dentist Visit (2007), Heart Attack (2007) and the award-winning Pariah (2007). His first solo, full-length film score was written for the Vivica Fox romantic comedy Three Can Play That Game, released in 2007. He recently wrapped up production for his latest film, A Jersey Christmas and is currently set to score a Spike Lee/40 Acres and a Mule feature entitled, The Showcase.
Saxophonist Daniel White is no stranger to the Columbus jazz scene and elsewhere. Some of Dan’s recent accomplishments include:
– July 2011: Disneyland All American College Band Presented By Yamaha
– November 2010: JEN Student Composer’s Showcase (Fire Blossom)
– June 2010: Rochester Jazz Star Contest Winner
– September 2009: Released first project: Fran’s Place
– May 2007: 5th place at Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. Featured soloist with the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra
– April 2007: Collaborated with award winning poet Sonia Sanchez.
Dan has shared the stage with: Arturo Sandoval, John Clayton, Roy Hargrove, Sean Jones, Carl Allen, Kurt Rosenwinkle, John Fedchock, Anthony Wonsey, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Bobby Sanabria, Kenyatta Beasley, Shawn ‘Thunder’ Wallace, Bruce Johnstone, Robin Eubanks, Bob Lark, Bob Sneider, David Bixler, Scott Belk and many others.
OSU Jazz Studies Students
Dan White, saxophone
& the Art Blakey ensemble
featuring OSU Jazz Faculty’s
Kenyatta Beasely, trumpet
Suggested donation: $10, $5 students
Saturday, December 3, 7:30
2539 East Fifth Avenue in Columbus