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Mica Bethea

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Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, Mica is a composer, arranger, and band leader in the jazz vein. He received his graduate and undergraduate degrees, both in music, from the University of North Florida. In 2012, he received the undergraduate arranger award by Downbeat Magazine. He is co-owner of the Cue Note, a billiard room and jazz venue, as well as a boardmember of the Jazz Discovery Series. Though he writes for many mediums of ensembles, most of his music is set to the big band format and is primarily written for his own amusement. He has released two albums with his own group that show his fervor for this instrumentation: the self-titled Mica Bethea Big Band and Stage n' Studio. His big band incorporates some of the highest level of performers in the North Florida region, and the occasional special guest

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Suite Theory

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Crystal Clear; Destiny's Boat; Meniscus; Guardian Of Forever; Destiny's Boat (alternate take).

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Stage 'n Stash

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Disc 1: Studio -- Hang Up Your Hangups; Jonesin’ for Thad; Tenderly; Frahm Out of Nowhere; Coal; Our Love Is Here to Stay; Birth Rite; Wind Warriors. Disc 2: Stage -- Hang Up Your Hangups; Jonesin’ for Thad; Birth Rite; Frahm Out of Nowhere; Self Defense; Stormy Weather; Just Friends; Our Love Is Here to Stay.

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Stage 'n' Studio

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017

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Stage 'N Studio

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: STUDIO: Hang Up Your Hang Ups*; Jonesin' For Thad**; Tenderly*; Frahm Out Of Nowhere*; Coal**; Our Love Is Here To Stay**; Birth Rite**; Wind Warriors*. STAGE: Hang Up Your Hang Ups; Jonesin' For Thad; Birth Rite; Frahm Out Of Nowhere; Self Defense; Stormy Weather; Just Friends; Our Love Is Here To Stay; Coal.

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Stage 'n Studio Discs

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Disc 1: Studio -- Hang Up Your Hangups; Jonesin’ for Thad; Tenderly; Frahm Out of Nowhere; Coal; Our Love Is Here to Stay; Birth Rite; Wind Warriors. Disc 2: Stage -- Hang Up Your Hangups; Jonesin’ for Thad; Birth Rite; Frahm Out of Nowhere; Self Defense; Stormy Weather; Just Friends; Our Love Is Here to Stay.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...


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