Sunday, 7 August 2011

Beegie Adair

Beegie Adair (born in Barren County, Kentucky in 1937) is a jazz pianist. She studied piano at Western Kentucky University. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she did graduate work at Peabody College. She later went on to form the Beegie Adair Trio.

She went to work as a pianist on WSM-TV and Radio. After 9 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 for 3 years. She has many album credits with musicians all around the world, including John Stewart, John Loudermilk, J.J. Cale, Ronnie Milsap and Mickey Newbury.

Her TV credits include shows with Dolly Parton, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball. She has accompanied such artists as Urbie Green, Nat Adderley, Lew Tabackin, Perry Como, Wayne Newton and Henry Mancini in live concerts. She has 23 jazz recordings with her trio, the Beegie Adair Trio, which consists of bassist Roger Spencer and percussionist Chris Brown. She currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, Billy who is an associate professor of jazz studies at the Blair School in Vanderbilt University.

 Beegie Adair - An Affair to Remember (2005)

01. An Affair to Remember   
02. Three Coins in the Fountain   
03. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing   
04. The Bad and the Beautiful   
05. A Certain Smile   
06. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White   
07. Moonglow   
08. Pete Kelly's Blues
09. From Here to Eternity   
10. Blue Gardenia   
11. Ruby   
12. Fascination

Acclaimed jazz pianist, Beegie Adair, teams up with arranger and orchestrator, Jeff Steinberg, to present twelve romantic movie songs of 1950s cinema. The recording is produced by Jack Jezzro and also features Adair's regular bassist, Roger Spencer, and drummer, Chris Brown.

Beegie Adair - The Nearness of You (2005)

01. Georgia On My Mind 
02. In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening 
03. Heart And Soul 
04. Skylark 
05. Ole Buttermilk Sky 
06. Stardust 
07. Ivy 
08. The Nearness Of You
09. Small Fry 
10. Memphis In June 
11. Two Sleepy People    k
12. One Morning In May 
13. I Get Along Without You Very Well

From the American classic "Stardust" to legendary tunes like "Georgia On My Mind" and "The Nearness of You", Hoagy Carmichael is a true songwriting legend bridging both the jazz and pop worlds with his enormous talent. This latest release from the Centennial Composers Collection features these treasured gems and many more performed in pianist Beegie Adair's signature romantic style.


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