Douglas Beardsley

Date of Death: November 2, 2023
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Douglas Arthur Beardsley, of Johnson City, NY, passed away at Wilson Memorial Hospital after a brief illness on November 2, 2023. He was born in East Rockaway, NY to Albert and Lillian Beardsley. Doug started piano lessons at the age of 4 and continued to play the piano and many other instruments as he grewContinue Reading

Lou Ann (DePofi) Scarton left a message on December 2, 2023:
My deepest sympathies to all who loved Doug. He was my teacher and a dear friend to our family. He played at my wedding, Jackie’s, and my Dad and Rick’s memorials. Hearing of this loss was heartbreaking. Thank you, Doug, for everything. ❤️🙏
Donald Cook left a message on November 22, 2023:
I am very sorry for your loss Ellen
Mark Kross left a message on November 8, 2023:
I'm so sorry, Darren, Jason, and Ellen. I studied with Doug from 1974 - 78, first in the Harpur practice rooms, then Ely Park, then Floral Ave. He turned me on to Bill Evans, unlocked the mysteries of the ii-v, taught me left hand walking bass, and helped me become the musician I am today. I loved his stories, his humor, his cynicism, and his optimism... and his playing. I have this image of him swinging his ass off on his Wurlizter, stomping his foot, cigarette butt hanging from his lips, one eye closed to keep out the smoke. Goodbye and thank you, Doug.
Andrew Meagher left a message on November 8, 2023:
I am so very saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. I was his piano student in junior high and high school. He introduced me to jazz. He was kind and patient and also demanding and even funny in lessons. He wrote me a recommendation to his Alma Mater, Ithaca College where I earned my undergraduate degree in piano. While I did not pursue a career in jazz piano, what Doug taught me opening countless opportunities including playing in big bands, which was a blast! I ended up pursuing graduate degrees in organ performance, but the knowledge that Doug gave me has had a tremendous impact on my career. I am now a Cathedral musician and when I interviewed they asked me if I could also do contemporary music on piano. I mentioned my jazz piano lessons and I believe that I would not have been hired for such a prestigious position without Doug’s invaluable contributions to my musical education. R.I.P. Doug. You will be sorely missed by all of your students. Andrew Meagher Director of Music Cathedral of St. Joseph, Jefferson City, Missouri
Kim, Pat, Noah (Alexandra), and Willow left a message on November 5, 2023:
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Kimberly Harris left a message on November 5, 2023:
Ellen (Mrs. B), Darren, Jason, and family, Having grown up in your home, I have always felt like you all were a second family to me. There are millions of memories, from watching Mr. B ecstatic during a winning Giants game to witnessing the insane talent and beautiful sounds he made with his instruments. I will always remember him with the greatest fondness, and I am so very sorry for your loss. He has an amazing family and a beautiful legacy that lives on in all of you. We cannot be there on Thursday, but we will spend some time enjoying some smooth jazz and honoring his memory. Fair winds and following seas Mr. B ❤️
Maryellen Trask left a message on November 5, 2023:
I’m truely sorry about this he was such a nice man so quiet.I know he’ll be entertaining the lucky souls in heaven and be truely missed on earth..my deepest condolences to you all
Cathie Coiro left a message on November 4, 2023:
Moving up from NYC area as a professional semi retired singer was tough. After sitting in singing Jazz with some Binghamton musicians, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Doug. The way he approached music was on an entirely different plateau. His voicings and substitutions inspired me vocally to challenge myself even more. I had sang with many accomplished bands and players but Doug was clearly unique. I later formed a tribute Jazz band to my Dad, a trumpeter called Jazz 4 Joe. Doug naturally was my first choice for my keyboard player. So many fun times with him never ceasing to surprise me with these amazing sounds coming from his gifted mind and hands. We had many laughs and enjoyable times. My singing career grew more up here to now I am back and no longer semi retired. Among a few others, Doug is responsible for that. I was truly blessed to share a stage with such talent and wonderful, interesting man. You will be greatly missed, my friend. I can’t thank you enough for the charts you wrote, I still have and use and cherish and the countless moments of inspirationtt . Rest in peace keep writing and playing wherever you are…… 🙏♥️
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