J.J. Beck graduated from Bennington College in 2006 with a BA in Music Composition and Performance concentrated around piano. He continued his studies in New York City under jazz pianist and arranger Frank Ponzio. He is also the lead engineer and one of the founders of Akin Studios in Hoosick Falls, NY, where he currently composes.
J.J.'s music naturally draws from the harmonically and rhythmically rich, complex music of his father (his father is noted jazz guitarist Joe Beck) but is truly driven by his own sense of innovation. The results reveal influences from Thelonious Monk, Claude Debussey, Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, Arvo Part, Radiohead, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, and Jaki Byard.