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lunes, 2 de mayo de 2016

Beegie Adair • The Ultimate Playlist

Beegie Adair began taking piano lessons at age five. She continued to study piano throughout college, earning a B.S. in Music Education at Western Kentucky State College (later to become Western Kentucky University) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. During and after college, she played in jazz bands, and spent three years teaching music to children before moving to Nashville, where she became a session musician, working at WSM-TV and Radio. After nine years at the station, she began freelancing studio work, in addition to TV orchestra work. She was rehearsal pianist and utility keyboard on the Johnny Cash Show on ABC from 1969 to 1971. She has many album credits with musicians all around the world, including John Loudermilk, J. J. Cale, Ronnie Milsap and Mickey Newbury. shows with Peggy Lee, Cass Elliot, Dinah Shore, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball. She has accompanied such artists as Urbie Green, Nat Adderley, Lew Tabackin, Perry Como, Wayne Newton, Steve Allen and Henry Mancini in concerts.

She and her husband also started a jingle company to write music for commercials. In 1982, she and saxophonist Denis Solee formed the Adair-Solee Quartet, which evolved into the Be-Bop Co-Op, a jazz sextet. She made her first album under her own name, Escape to New York, with a rhythm section consisting of Bob Cranshaw and Gregory Hutchinson.

Adair has recorded and appeared in over 90 recordings (34 of which are recorded with her trio, the Beegie Adair Trio, which consists of bassist Roger Spencer and percussionist Chris Brown), ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads. She has released a six-CD Centennial Composers Collection of tunes by Rodgers, Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, Carmichael and Berlin. Adair cites George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner among her influences.

In the late 1980s, Adair hosted Improvised Thoughts, a radio talk/music show on the local NPR affiliate, featuring local and international jazz artists including such musicians as Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Marian McPartland, Benny Golson and Helen Merrill. She has guested on McPartland's Piano Jazz show twice. In 2002, Adair became a Steinway Artist.

She and her trio continue to play in jazz clubs and festivals around the world and was the top-selling jazz artist in Japan in 2010.[citation needed] Adair made her debut appearance at Birdland, with Monica Ramey in January 2011. They made a second appearance at the jazz venue one year later.

She currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Her late husband, Billy, was an associate professor of jazz studies at the Blair School in Vanderbilt University until his death in February 2014. She is a Board & Faculty member of the Nashville Jazz Workshop and performs regularly in Nashville.

01. They Didn't Believe Me (3:27)
02. Manhattan (3:38)
03. The Girl From Ipanema (4:10)
04. Have You Met Miss Jones (3:15)
05. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (4:24)
06. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (4:28)
07. The Song Is You (3:10)
08. Route 66 (2:54)
09. What's New (4:05)
10. For Once In My Life (3:35)
11. Cheek To Cheek (4:05)
12. The Lady Is A Tramp (3:09)
13. L-O-V-E (2:57)
14. I've Got You Under My Skin (3:14)
15. Chicago That Toddling Town (2:51)
16. You Make Me Feel So Young (3:25)
17. Smile (3:59)
18. Satin Doll (3:44)
19. Georgia On My Mind (3:42)
20. New York, New York (4:08)
21. 's Wonderful (3:15)
22. Over The Rainbow (4:22)

Released: 2016
Styles: Jazz: Piano Jazz
Label: Green Hill Productions

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