Steely Dan keyboardist Jim Beard has died at the age

Steely Dan keyboardist Jim Beard has died at the age of 63


Published March 6, 2024, 4:51 PM ET

Jim Beard, solo artist and touring keyboardist for Steely Dan, has died. He was 63.

Beard's representative told the Post in a statement that Beard died of complications from a sudden illness on March 2 in a New York City hospital surrounded by family.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our friend and colleague. Jim Beard 1960-2024,” the band wrote on their website.

He has been a member of Steely Dan since 2008 and recently toured with the band on the Eagles' current “Long Goodbye” tour.

Beard's final performance with the band was on January 20th in Phoenix, AZ.

Jim Beard and Rob Schwimmer pose for a photo. Facebook/Rob Schwimmer Jim Beard died on March 2nd. Facebook/Rob Schwimmer Beard suffered complications from a recent illness. Facebook/Jim Beard

Beard was born on August 26, 1960 in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. He worked with jazz legends Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin and many others and also released six solo albums.

He has also taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York and the Sibelius Academy in Finland.

He is survived by his son and daughter Victor and Caitlin Beard, as well as his mother Sarah, his sister Nancy Canale and his brother Bill Beard.

Steely Dan's current lineup includes Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jon Herington (guitar), Walt Weiskopf and Roger Rosenberg (saxophones), Michael Leonhart (trumpet), Jim Pugh (trombone) and singers Carolyn Leonhart . Catherine Russell, LaTanya Hall and Cindy Mizelle.

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