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Jimmy Amadie

Philadelphia born Jimmy Amadie is a veteran jazz pianist, called “a serious keyboard talent” by Billboard Magazine and one of “America's leading jazz educators” by Jazz Forum Magazine. While Amadie's skill and musicianship have been compared to Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones, his determination to overcome devastating obstacles has equally inspired.

Jimmy Amadie is known today as a musician and music educator, but his first love was competitive sports. Jimmy was a good athlete and participated in the citywide Sand Lot Sports League playing baseball, the Pop Warner Conference for football, and learned to box at Lighthouse Boys Club. Sports related injuries prevented Amadie from further competition. He then devoted all of his time to music.

Amadie studied classical piano at the Brahms Conservatory of Music. He came to jazz piano in his early twenties when he toured with The Woody Herman Band, accompanied Mel Torme, and played with legends like Red Rodney, Charley Ventura, and Coleman Hawkins. He was the leader of the house trio at the famous Red Hill Inn in Pennsauken, NJ for three years and later brought his trio to New York's Copacabana.

During these years, playing up to 70 hours a week, Amadie's hands developed a severe form of tendonitis. His condition was so extreme that he could not play for over thirty years. This resulted in the loss of his livelihood as a performer. He then turned to writing. He authored two textbooks, “Harmonic Foundation for Jazz and Popular Music” (1981) and “Jazz Improv: How to Play It and Teach It” (1990). Amadie's books are widely utilized and sections have been translated into Italian, French, German, and Japanese.

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Jimmy Amadie Trio:...

Self Produced
2013

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Kindred Spirits

TP Recordings
2010

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Let's Groove!

TPR Recordings
2006

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Live at Red Rock...

TP Recordings
2004

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In A Trio Setting

TP Recordings
2003

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