The music of Greg Beaman combines the strongest elements of musical tradition with the thrilling call of tomorrow. Supremely thoughtful and energetic, Beaman's trumpet summons listeners to urgent action and sweet sentiment, as the occasion demands. Raised in small town Indiana and nurtured in the clubs of New Orleans, Beaman's tone evokes his Midwestern roots and the fabled music of the humid city where he started his career.
As a child in Vincennes, Indiana, Beaman took guitar lessons from Tom V. Ray (Bottlerockets, Neko Case) at the legendary Kemp Music store. In his teenage years, he studied with Dave Parman (John Mellencamp) at Vincennes University. Beaman lived and breathed rock and roll as a young man, performing with a number of bands in and around Vincennes. During his junior year of high school, Beaman heard Miles Davis for this first time, triggering a lifelong passion for jazz. From 2000 to 2004, he studied trumpet at DePauw University with Indianapolis trumpeter the late Larry Wiseman (Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra) and Lennie Foy (Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek). In 2005, Beaman landed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but soon migrated to New Orleans. The well-regarded lounge-metal act Good Guys provided a musical home for Beaman during his first years in the city, resulting in the classic album The Social Engagement (2008). With the sad demise of Good Guys, Beaman opened a two-year "living room residency" at the famed Circle Bar, performing every Saturday night as the Jazzholes. The Jazzholes earned a small measure of local praise for their off-kilter arrangements of New Orleans classics and culminated with the 2010 live album, Jazzholes: Live at Circle Bar. At the beginning of 2010, Beaman entered Loyola University-New Orleans as a graduate student in Trumpet Performance, studying with Nick Volz (Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Vivaz). Upon earning his M.M. from Loyola in 2012, Beaman formed The High Beamans, continuing the tangled pursuit for his unique musical voice.