Walter Beasley is an award winning saxophonist, singer and instructor whose musicianship has been described as an anomaly, says friend and fellow saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Marsalis describes Walter as a successful performing musician who possesses the rare skill of understanding the musical process beyond the intuitive. Walter has released several albums and since 1998, has been one of the top five best-selling African-American saxophonist in the world.
Walter came to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, and – stayed. The student became the teacher with what was supposed to be a temporary teaching gig – that turned into over three decades of passing along his talents to thousands.
At the time, he was the highest selling full-time professor and recording artist in history – having balanced an exemplary career as a recording artist and performer with the influential presence in music education. But life changed and Walter took upon the extraordinary opportunity to take care of his father in his last years. He shared much of their time together through posts and social media, much to the sadness of his fans when he had to announce to the world his father had passed. He shared spending this time with his dad was a true gift.
So, Beasley’s address may have changed, but his music - and his inspiration are more impressive than ever.