You know that we love to give you the Elders of Jazz - those who have paved the way in multiple ways. You're about to hear one of those Beloveds - Beegie Adair! Born in Cave City, Kentucky, in the 1930's, Beegie was playing piano at five. And learned those continuing lessons well. She left Bowling Green for more education in Nashville - and landed a prime gig at WSM Radio and TV - where she was a studio musician for nine years.
Ms. Adair also found her way to "The Johnny Cash Show" - where she served from 1969 to 1971. And in the days to come, she would work with a Who's Who of childhood heroes for many of us: Dinah Shore, Henry Mancini, Peggy Lee, Chet Atkins, Lucille Ball and more!
In 1982, Beegie formed a musical partnership with saxophonist, Dennis Solee. Called the Adair-Solee Quartet, the unit evolved into the Be-Bop-Co-Op, a Jazz Sextet. Eventually, she would record an album called "Escape to New York" under her own name. To research her discography is a night's work! Over 100 recordings - and her Beegie Adair Trio is responsible for about 35 of those.
The fabulous Jazz musicians that surrounded her: Nat Adderley, Bob Cranshaw, Gregory Hutchinson...well, that's enough for another show! And this amazing artist has also taught children the miracle of music - she freelanced in Nashville when women who were doing so were considered an oddity. And she formed a jingle company with her late husband. Matter-of-fact, our beautiful guest STILL plays for the Nashville Jazz Workshop - she has dates in August :)
You might have heard of the radio show, "Improvised Thoughts" via NPR? That was Beegie Adair! And she was invited to be on the syndicated "Piano Jazz" show with fellow keyboard Master, Marian McPartland.
Please join us for a VERY special time on 8/5/2014
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