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Once in a while a musician comes along with impeccable technique, deep understanding of the jazz repertoire, an innate tendency to swing and the rare ability to communicate the heart and soul of a tune to listeners. That musician is Beegie Adair. About her music Adair says, “Falling in love with jazz is like falling in love with a person, except with jazz you never get over it.” About Beegie (say B-G) Adair, what do others say? Jazz great Helen Merrill salutes her “inventive jazz sense, her wonderful sense of time and improvised melody.” Christopher Louden of Jazz Times magazine says Adair is “an accomplished artist with a delicate touch.” The Los Angeles Times calls her music “Elegant.” Entertainment News writes, “Beegie Adair is one of the finest piano players in the world.” Intrigued? So are thousands of jazz fans, who agree with critics about Adair’s sophisticated and listenable jazz performances, and who have made her recordings among the biggest sellers in the jazz world. Citing George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner among her influences, Adair has recorded 24 CDs, ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Remembering Pianist Beegie Adair: 1937-2022

Read "Remembering Pianist Beegie Adair: 1937-2022" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The broadcast includes new releases from pianists Sharp Radway, Addison Frei, vocalists Giacomo Gates, Shawnn Monteiro and Wild Blue Herons, with birthday shoutouts to Lil Hardin Armstrong, Bettye LaVette, Ed Reed, Melody Gardot, Jen Allen plus a special remembrance for pianist Beegie Adair, a jazz master in the country capital of jny: Nashville for over sixty ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Edward Simon and Beegie Adair

Read "Edward Simon and Beegie Adair" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 738th Episode of Neon Jazz with music by San Francisco-based jazz pianist and SFJAZZ Collective member Edward Simon and a song from his Solo Live (Ridgeway Records, 2021) release. We follow “Monk's Dream" with music by one of Simon's influences, Stan Getz. We also hear music from long-time Neon Jazz friend and a ...

News: Obituary

Beegie Adair: 1937-2022

Beegie Adair: 1937-2022

Beegie Adair, who was one of the busiest unbusy studio and lounge pianists in Nashville who recorded more than 100 albums, died on January 23. She was 84. Unbusy, because Beegie (born Bobbe Gorin Long) played simply with a straight-ahead style, adding a dash of jazz along the way. While not widely known outside of Nashville ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jordan Seigel, Christopher Burnett, Kamasi Washington

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We start the 697th Episode of Neon Jazz with Jordan Seigel, an Los-Angeles-based pianist and composer who has done TV and film scores with a song off his 2020 release Beyond Images. We also catch up with another Los Angeles-based musician and actor in Clifton Davis who teams with Beegie Adair on his debut album. Kansas ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Women's History Month Begins and A Broad Spectrum Celebrates Four Years!

Read "Women's History Month Begins and A Broad Spectrum Celebrates Four Years!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Happy fourth birthday to A Broad Spectrum! We hope to be on the air for many years to come. The first broadcast of Women's History Month includes new releases from vocalists Sinne Eeg, Aubrey Johnson, Judy Niemack and Gina Saputo, pianists Lara Driscoll, Jen Allen, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, with birthday shout ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Women Who Wrote With Harold Arlen

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Halfway through February Fundraising, this broadcast included new releases from pianist Brittany Anjou, saxophonist Jessica Jones, vocalists Kristen Lee Sergeant and Juno nominee Diana Panton, drummer Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom plus a special release from duo Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake, with birthday shout outs to Blanche Calloway, Sergio Mendes and Nicole Mitchell, among others. ...

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You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!

Read "You've Got a Friend - Happy Birthday to Carole King!" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast fell on the day of the Grammy awards and included new releases from vocalists Catherine Russell and Tierney Sutton respectively, composer Miho Hazama, pianist Beegie Adair and trombonist Jennifer Wharton, with birthday shout outs to Natalie Cole, Anne Marie Moss, plus a few jazz treatments of songs by Carole King in the fourth hour ...

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Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: As Long As I Live; I Thought About You; I’ll Close My Eyes; Witchcraft; This Could Be The Start of Something Big; Change Partners; Oh! Look At Me Now; Lullaby Of The Leaves; Fly Away; You Fascinate Me So; Whisper Not; It Amazes Me; Will You Still Be Mine?; Why Did I Choose You?

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Article: Album Review

Beegie Adair: Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio

Read "Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The true beauty of any Beegie Adair recording is that it will be straight down the middle mainstream jazz. It is money in the bank. Adair's 50-year career has found her leading her jazz trio, writing advertising jingles and accompanying vocalists, as she does on the present Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio. Ramey, a ...


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