Jeff Beal is a film and television Music composer in America. His expertise includes Jazz and instrumentalism. Beal was born in Hayward, California, where he studied trumpet since third grade in Castro Valley’s Marshall Elementary school. Beal got this talent from his grandmother, who herself was a pianist and a great admirer of Miles Davis. He got a recording of Miles Davis with Gil Evans, Sketches of Spain from his grandmother. Jeff wrote his first composition when he was in the same school for the Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra.
He went to study composition at Eastman School of Music in
. He also graduated from the same school with a music degree in 1985. Jeff got married to Soprano Joan Beal and both moved to New York. At first, he started with small gigs until he was signed by Island Records. It was then when he recorded his debut album, Liberation, followed by his performance at The Blue Note and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. He also composed songs for Dave Samuels, Larry Coombs and Turtle Island String Quartet. He also wrote a song for Netflix’s House of Cards. His achievement went higher when he bagged five Emmy awards and nominated for fourteen others.
He is noted for working on his music without the assistants and playing all the instruments on his own. His compositions have been performed in several ensembles, including St. Louis (Marin Alsop), Pacific (Carl St. Clair), Frankfurt, Munich, Berkeley (Kent Nagano), and Detroit (Neeme Jaarvi).
Some of his award-winning composition includes award-winning scores for the films Pollock (2000), Appaloosa (2008), Wilde Salome (2011), Blackfish (2013), etc. In the year 2007, Beal disclosed his medical conditions when he was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis. At present, he continues to encourage young composers as a participant in the Sundance Film Composer seminars. He also is a guest lecturer at conservatories.