Walter Beasley is an American saxophonist, a professor of music at the Berklee College of Music, and founder of Affable Publishing and Affable Records.
Beasley grew up in El Centro, California. By the age of 13, he was singing in Spanish in a band called Los Elegantes, and he played in various bands and performed at clubs throughout middle and high school.
Beasley graduated from Berklee in 1984, and a year later took a short-term teaching position at the same school, which became a permanent career. He is now a professor at the school.
In 1987, he released his first, self-titled, album, and since 1998 has been one of the top ten best-selling African American saxophonists in the world. Having grown up as a fan of R&B and funk and trained in classical and jazz saxophone, his own style falls between contemporary R&B and contemporary jazz, a blend which has been called “smooth jazz”.
He is not only an alto and soprano saxophonist and a singer, but also a composer and producer. He is the founder and CEO of Affable Publishing and the owner of Affable Records.
Walter Beasley 1987 Just Kickin’ It 1989 Intimacy 1992 Private Time 1995 Walter Beasley Live and More 1996 Tonight We Love 1997 For Your Pleasure 1998 Won’t You Let Me Love You 2000 Rendezvous 2002 Shanachie Go with the Flow 2003 Midnight Love 2003 The Classic R&B Collection 2004 For Her 2005 Heads Up Greatest Hits! 2005 Live 2006 Shanachie Ready for Love 2007 Sax Meditations 2008 Free Your Mind 2009 Backatcha 2010 Walter Beasley Live – In the Groove 2010 Live in the Club 2013 Sax Meditations II 2014 I’m Back 2015 Blackstreams 2017 Going Home 2019
Walter Beasley #5
Walter Beasley is the man! His tune "Here (Aqui) is classic Walter, smooth. Walter has moved up this week to #5 on my Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown for the week of February 15, 2020.
Why WRIP - Ripped Radio Smooth Jazz? Well, I love the music. For me, it is the perfect mix to drive by, to think by, to work by, to play by, and to chill by. It inspires, soothes, and quiets the soul. Enjoy! - Ronnie J.