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Mica Bethea: Suite Theory

Read "Suite Theory" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If nothing else is known about Mica Bethea, it should be clearly understood that he has never been one to brush aside or turn away from a challenge. When Bethea was twenty-one years old and a student / musician at the University of North Florida, a horrendous auto accident left him a quadriplegic. For most people, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mica Bethea Big Band: Suite Theory

Read "Suite Theory" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In 2005 Mica Bethea was studying music at the University of Northern Florida when he was involved in a serious traffic accident that left him a quadriplegic. That ended his being able to play any musical instruments so instead he threw his energies into learning composition and arrangement. He has released two previous albums of music ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mica Bethea: Quintessential Band Geek

Read "Mica Bethea: Quintessential Band Geek" reviewed by Barbara Salter Nelson

It's Sunday afternoon. Mica Bethea rolls into the Cue Note Billiard Room in Palm Coast, Florida. The 34-year old arranger, composer, bandleader and entrepreneur has arrived for Cue Notes weekly Sunday Afternoon Jazz Rendevous.

Bethea (sounds like 'buffet') is the “Note" part of Cue Note, which he co-owns with partner and pool guru John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mica Bethea: Stage 'N Studio

Read "Stage 'N Studio" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When listening to the Mica Bethea Big Band's generally admirable two-CD set, Stage 'n Studio, the first thought is, “Why hasn't anyone done this before?" That query is immediately replaced by a second thought: “Perhaps someone has and we simply overlooked it." In either case, Bethea's decision to perform (basically) the same material in a recording ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Mica Bethea Big Band: Stage 'N Studio

Read "Stage 'N Studio" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A young composer from Jacksonville, Florida, Mica Bethea shows an impressive command of big band writing and arranging on this set. Traces of all the usual modern large ensemble influences can be heard in his work, but he also brings his own ideas to the table and creates something fresh and energetic.

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NEWS: RECORDING

Composer/Arranger Mica Bethea Releases Stage ‘n Studio -- Unique Concept Double-disc Big Band Album

Composer/Arranger Mica Bethea Releases Stage ‘n Studio -- Unique Concept Double-disc Big Band Album

Mica Bethea’s music isn’t easy to categorize. He composes and arranges charts for big bands, but he’s unlike any other artist working in the genre. Stage 'N Studio is his second CD as a leader. The release is a two-disc set, and, staying true to his own muse, he decided to record the music twice, first ...