Henry Beal is a freelance bassist and composer based in Los Angeles. He is best known for recording bass guitar on every season of Netflix’s House of Cards and the documentary Blackfish. He has also recorded double bass on the album Lab 2017 with the Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band. His debut EP, Finding Center, is now available on Bandcamp. He is also known for recording bass guitar on the House of Cards Symphony album with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.
Beal recently acquired his masters degree in contemporary performance from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. It is an intensive, one year program that awards its 20 masters students full-tuition grants. He was mentored by an impressive list of faculty including John Patitucci, Steve Bailey, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
In addition to performing, recording and composing, Beal also has a passion for music education. He has experience teaching private lessons up to the collegiate level and has also taught workshops and clinics through the FeduJazz organization in the Dominican Republic. While there, Beal also performed at the jazz festival with artists such as Anat Cohen and George Garzone.
During his undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas, Beal performed and recorded with several ensembles, including the Grammy nominated One O'Clock Lab Band under the direction of Alan Baylock. With this band, Beal was able to work with musicians such as Sean Jones, Stefon Harris, Bob Curnow, Tim Ries and others. During his time at UNT, he studied with Lynn Seaton. He also recorded CDs with the Two O’Clock Lab Band, and the Toshi Clinch Big Band.