Composer, pianist, recording artist Bunny Beck holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts where she studied primarily with Andy Jaffe, Roger Zahab and Rick Baitz, and where she was awarded the Women Composers Fellowship.
A native New Yorker, Bunny is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art (La Guardia HS), SUNY Potsdam and NYU. As a teenager, she was teaching private piano students, both adults and children.
Trained as a classical pianist starting at age six, Bunny studied with a range of teachers and feels honored to have been the only child student of renowned concert pianist Selma Kramer. Up until 2004, although always keeping her fingers on the keys, so to speak, Bunny’s professional career was in the non-music world until she evolved into a full-time jazz musician.
Bunny composes contemporary classical music and jazz. Her most recent works are the jazz ensemble pieces Breathe, Suite for Sarro for string trio, Fantasy for Saxophones and Two Rivers and An Ocean, a tone poem suite for pitched and non-pitched percussion.
Her compositions have been performed by violinist Jennifer Choi, violist Jessica Meyer, cellist Andrew Yee, saxophone musicians Ken Thompson, Peter Hess, Ed Rosenberg, Jay Rattman and Anna Webber, the Talujon percussion ensemble, percussionist River Guerguerian, jazz drummer Vinnie Sperrazza, guitarists John Benthal, Ed MacEachen, and bassist Tom Hubbard, among others.
Bunny’s composition for string trio Suite for Sarro was selected by the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and performed by the BAMA Players at the Birmingham New Music Festival, October 2018.
Bunny is a member of the New York Composers Circle, Chamber Music America, Local 802 AFM, ASCAP, and International Women in Jazz.
Jazz Piano and Performances
Bunny sought out jazz mentors Lee Evans, Fernando Hernandez, and Harold Mabern. In 2002 Bunny had the unique opportunity to study and play in Cuba with Reinaldo Gomez Ruiz and his band, Gens, and in 2013 honed her skills and played jazz clubs in Rio de Janeiro. In 2010 PARMA Recordings released her album of jazz standards, Sound Tapestries, which features the Bunny Beck Trio.
Bunny’s composing began primarily with jazz tunes and ballads. From the Spirit, an album of her compositions performed by the Bunny Beck Jazz Ensemble was released by PARMA Recordings in 2014.
The album received a thoughtful and frankly wonderful review in Fanfare Magazine, November 2014 by Lynn Rene Bayley, along with a comprehensive interview of Bunny.
In 2015 she went to Cuba to have her Jazz Instrumental Suite and Jazz Vocal Suite recorded in Havana by professional Cuban musicians. She composed the music for piano, and the compositions were then adapted by a Cuban music director for a seven-piece jazz ensemble. The suites, consisting of three movements each, are on the PARMA Recordings album Abrazo: The Havana Sessions released 2016.
CLIENTS (Partial List)
Make Music New York (MMNY) Sponsored by Time Out NY
Sidewalk Performances at Pommes Frites
Queens Public Television, NY
25th Anniversary Celebration
Entertainment Fusion Group, (P.R. Firm) Los Angeles, CA
Promotional Special Event
Carmela Sutera Couture Bridal Collection
Collection Show Cocktail Party
Holliswood Hospital, NY
Staff Holiday Party
Carl Schurz Park Association, NYC
Benefit Cocktail Parties
Bryant Library, Roslyn NY
“What Makes Jazz, Jazz?” Performance and Discussion
The White Peach Restaurant, Gaylordsville, CT
On-going gigs; Saturday nights & Sunday brunch 2007 – 2009
The Riverdale Garden Restaurant, Riverdale, NY
On-going Sunday Brunch gig 2004-2005
LPG Music, Westchester NY
Numerous engagements at various venues for this entertainment company
Queensboro Council for Social Welfare, NY
Luncheon/Reception Annual Salute to Community Leaders
Health and Business Alliance, Queens, NY Corporate Fair
Community Chest of Englewood, NJ Benefit Cocktail Party
U Thant Peace Institute, Westport, CT UN Ambassadors’ Luncheon
Brown Harris Stevens, NYC Corporate Cocktail Receptions
The Brookhill Management Group – EFE Foundation, NYCHoliday Cocktail Parties
E P Entertainment, Long Island, NY Cocktail Receptions
Council of Protocol Executives, NYC Cocktail Reception
The Becket Fund, Washington, DC Gala Benefit Cocktail Receptions 2012, 2013, 2014
eXo Restaurant, Whitestone, NY On-going monthly gigs 2011-2012
Colin Cowie Celebrations Corporate Client Dinner Special Event
Numerous Private Events
Solo, Duo, Trio, Ensemble: Special Events, Cocktail Parties, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Events and Receptions, Banquets, Private Celebrations, Fund Raisers. Holiday Events.
VENUES (Partial List)
The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NY
The New York Palace Hotel
The Four Seasons Restaurant, NYC
The Grill Room, World Financial Center, NYC
The Park Avenue Café Townhouse, NYC
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Boston
Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC
The Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria NY
Terrace on the Park, Queens, NY
The Riverdale Garden Restaurant, NY
La Guardia Marriott Courtyard Hotel, NY
The Crawford Mansion, Ryebrook NY
Griffins Restaurant, Cresskill NJ
White Peach Restaurant, Gaylordsville CT
The Regency, Glen Cove NY
Knickerbocker Country Club, Tenafly NJ
Shore and Country Club, East Norwalk CT
Riverside Church, NYC
Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich CT
Matrix Conference and Banquet Center, Danbury CT
Morningside Castle, NYC
Harmonie Club, NYC
Friars Club, NYC
Palm West, NYC
Fife and Drum Restaurant, Kent CT
Water’s Edge Restaurant, NYC
Ridgewood Country Club, NJ
Beach Point Club, Mamaroneck NY
Three Sixty (Event Space in Tribeca), NYC
Hotel Pierre, NYC
Montauk Club, Brooklyn NY
Alison 18, NYC
The Water Club, NYC
The Carlyle Hotel, NYC
Glen Island Harbour Club, New Rochelle NY
The Rose Room, Mt Kisco NY
Larchmont Shore Club, Larchmont NY
Club Bonifide NYC
Somethin’ Jazz Club NYC
The Maze (Jazz Club) Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Abdala Studios, Havana Cuba * Monitored the melodic and harmonic accuracy of my 6 compositions in my Jazz Instrumental Suite and Jazz Vocal Suite during the recording sessions for “Abrazo: The Havana Sessions”