I am very excited to anounce that
Jonny Beckett "Son of a Mother"
Has just received a favorable review (click to see review)
from Cadence magazine for the July 2014 issue (3rd quarter)!!
Son of a Mother now available on iTunes and
Hi, I'm Jonny Beckett. I recently was awarded the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Before coming to Urbana, I received my Master of Music degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas in Denton. I am an alumnus of the One O'clock Lab band, and I can be heard on Lab 2004 on lead alto saxophone.
I earned my Bachelor of Music degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. I was fortunate to be classmates with Rick Margitza, Mark Mullins, Jon Cowherd, Tim Champeaux and John "Papa" Gros during that time.
I have been a fan of Steve Grossman for a long time. My doctoral research paper is an introduction to the music and influence of Grossman.
I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting and interviewing Gene Perla, Dave Liebman, and Gary Campbell. These interviews are important source material for my research, and will be posted on this site.
Read thesis here
Gary Campbell interview here
Gene Perla interview here