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Jim Beard
Jim Beard is a keyboarder, not a typical organ player. His main instruments are the piano and the synthesizer. Nevertheless, there are some recordings on which Jim also plays the Hammond organ.
 
Since moving to New York in 1985, Jim has toured the world extensively with some of the greatest names in music including Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin and Wayne Shorter. He has recorded with artists from an extremely wide range of musical styles. From Dizzy Gillespie to the Brecker Brothers. Dianne Reeves to Meshell Ndegeocello. Toninho Horta to Steve Vai.
 
Jim has over 100 published compositions featured on recordings by John McLaughlin, Michael Brecker and many others and in books such as The New Real Book. He has appeared with the Metropole Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and performed in major festivals such as JVC, Montreux, Live Under the Sky, North Sea, Montreal, and stages in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Blue Note (New York and Japan), CBGBs, Montmartre and many more. His writing has been used in television, movies and radio call signals and his piano playing can be heard in major Hollywood film scores.
 
He has produced dozens of recordings for artists such as Mike Stern, Bob Berg, Bill Evans, Eliane Elias and others. Jim has sat in the producer's chair for projects that have included Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, Medeski Martin and Wood, Bill Frisell, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona and Esperanza Spalding. Jim has taught and continues to teach at renowned music institutions around the world such as the Mason Gross School of Arts, Berklee College of Music, Aaron Copland School of Music and the Sibelius Academy in Finland.
 
Jim's music productions and compositions have been nominated for seven Grammy awards and Jim won a Grammy in 2007 as a featured performer on 'Some Skunk Funk' (Randy and Michael Brecker).
contact: askjim@jimbeard.com
homepage: www.jimbeard.com
on tour Click on the logo to see Jim's tour dates.

 

Discography
Time In Place
Atlantic Jazz 7 81840-1
recorded December 1987 in New York City/USA
Mike Stern, guitar
Bob Berg, tenor sax, soprano sax
Michael Brecker, tenor sax
Jim Beard, keys
Jeff Andrews, ass, fretless
Peter Erskine, drums
Don Alias, percusion
Don Grolnick, organ
In The Shadows
Denon 81757 6210 2
recorded 1990
Bob Berg, sax
Dennis Chambers, drums
Jim Beard, keyboards
Lincoln Goines, bass
Mike Stern, guitar
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Will Lee, bass
Back Roads
Denon CY-79042
recorded 1991 (?) in USA
Bob Berg, sax
Jim Beard, piano, Hammond organ, synthesizers
Mike Stern, guitar
Lincoln Goines, bass
Dennis Chambers, drums
Manolo Badrena, percussion
Riddles
Stretch Records SCD-9008-2
recorded April-May 1994 in USA
Bob Berg, tenor sax, soprano sax, recorder
Arto Tuncboyaciyan, vocals, percussion
Gil Goldstein, ccordion
Jim Beard, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, clavinet
John Herington, guitar, mandolin
John Patitucci, bass
Victor Bailey, bass
Steve Gadd, drums
Is What It Is
Atlantic Jazz 7567-82571-2
recorded in New York, NY/USA and Stamford, CT/USA
Mike Stern, guitar
Michael Brecker, sax
Bob Malach, sax
Jim Beard, synthesizers, piano, Hammond organ
Will Lee, bass
Harvie Swartz, acoustic bass
Dennis Chambers, drums
Ben Perowsky, drums
Escape
Cream Records CR 380-2
recorded 1996 (?) in Bronxville, NY/USA
Bill Evans, soprano sax, tenor sax
Jim Beard, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards
Ken Meccia, trombone
Wallace Roney, trumpet
Jon Herington, guitar
Gary Poulson, guitar
Lee Ritenour, guitar
Nick Moroch, guitar
Ron Jenkins, bass
Mark Egan, bass
Victor Bailey, bass
Marcus Miller, bass
Manolo Badrena, percussion
Billy Kilson, drums
Steve Ferrone, drums
Chelsea Orchestra, strings
Loni Groves, vocals
Mark Ledford, vocals
Robin Beck, vocals
These Times
ESC Records ESC 4911

Mike Stern, guitar
Jon Herington, additional rhythm guitars
Kenny Garrett, soprano sax, alto sax
Bob Franceschini, tenor sax
Bob Malach, tenor sax
Jim Beard, piano, organ, synthesizers
Bela Fleck, banjo
Richard Bona, vocals, bass & percussion
Elizabeth Kontomanou, vocals
Will Lee, bass
Victor Wooten, bass
Dennis Chambers, drums
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
Arto Tuncboyaclyan, percussion
Don Alias, percussion
Fuzzy
Magnatude Records MT-2314-2
recorded September 2007 in Englewood, NJ; October in Los Angeles; October in New York City/USA
Oz Noy, guitar
Jim Beard, organ, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer
George Whitty, organ
Shai Bachar, synthesizer
James Genus, bass
Jimmy Johnson, bass
Will Lee, bass
Anton Fig, drums
Keith Carlock, drums
Vinnie Colaiuta, drums
Big Neighborhood
Heads Up HUCD 3157

Mike Stern, guitar
Eric Johnson, guitar
Steve Vai, guitar
Bob Franceschini, sax
Bob Malach, sax
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Richard Bona, vocals, bass
Esperanza Spalding, vocals, bass
Jim Beard, piano, keyboards, Hammond B-3 organ
John Medeski, piano, clavinet, Hammond B-3 organ
Chris Wood, bass
Chris Minh Dokym, bass
Lincoln Goines, bass
Cindy Blackman, drums
Dave Weckl, drums
Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
Billy Martin, drums
Lionel Cordew, drums

 
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