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Seriously, yours truly was going to lay back and enjoy the opportunity for a day off from the show on 10/17 - the day after my birthday. BUT the opportunity arose for an interview with the phenomenally respected Jim Beard - so I gave up my free day!
Philly born and classically trained, Jim is an internationally known "musician's musician" who showed promise VERY early as a multi-instrumentalist with a primary focus on keyboard. As a teenager, he studied with the great arranger, Don Sebesky. And developed a love for arranging as well - along with composition and production skills.
Moving to New York in 1985, Jim rapidly advanced his career by working with a myriad of top shelf artists that were entranced with his sophistication and innate knowledge of their artistry. We're talking about Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter and the Brecker Brothers now! AND John McLaughlin, Dianne Reeves, Meshell Ndegeochello and a list of other in-your-face names that you've known for YEARS.
Jim also has countless compositions that have been heard in major films, TV and on radio. He has been a respected instructor as well - and his love of multiple genres (having been inspired by Classical, Rock, Pop, R & B and Jazz) has - in turn - inspired hundreds of students.
Five highly touted solo projects - with a debut in 1990 - and now a sixth: "Show of Hands." Jim just wrapped up a tour with Steely Dan and he's relaxing (somewhat!) at home - and will join us for as much time as he can give on 10/17/2013. What an honor! It's my pleasure to give such brilliance - Grammy Award-winning, I might add - strong focus during a special week :)
The show starts at ONE p.m. Eastern time. Jim drops by at two!
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