Composer Spotlight: Kenyatta Beasley
Award-winning trumpeter/composer Kenyatta Beasley began playing the trumpet at the age of three under the tutelage of his father.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Kenyatta has recorded and performed with a wide array of internationally-renowned artists ranging from Shakira, Wynton Marsalis, Matchbox 20 and Jay-Z to Ben Harper, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Mary J. Blige, the Saturday Night Live Band and countless others.
A graduate of New York University’s Composition for TV, Film/Multimedia program, he has written musical underscores to over 20 short films, 3 feature films and has written music for countless TV and radio ads. Under the direction of Quincy Jones, Kenyatta contributed to the underscore to Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, then won Best Original Score at the 2007 Brooklyn Arts Council Film Festival for the short film, Heroes Wanted.
Other recent short films Kenyatta has composed for include Doubles With Slight Pepper (2012), Boneshaker (2013 Sundance selection) and the award-winning short, Pariah. His first feature film score was written for the Vivica Fox romantic comedy, Three Can Play That Game.
Kenyatta continues to record compose and perform at many venues in the New York City area and throughout the world.