Jazz

Next time on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair we spend some time with singer/pianist Freddy Cole in a program first heard in 1993.  He was in town for a performance at the World Baptist Center and was kind enough to give us some time to chat about a new album he'd just released, "Freddy Cole Live at Birdland West."   Documenting his concert and nightclub performances during 1992 and '93, the CD featured an outstanding band including, among others, Red Holloway (sax) and Jerry Byrd (guitar).  The disc is a collection of a dozen gems including two original nods to his brother Nat ("He wa

This week on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair we'll spend the hour with the great composer/arranger/pianist and bandleader Frank Mantooth in a program from early 1996.  At that time Mantooth had a new big band album "Sophisticated Lady" - a 70+ minute, ten track collection (seven are composed and/or arranged by Mantooth) on SeaBreeze Jazz.  Mantooth assembled a band of great soloists & section players from all across the country for this recording.  The list of talent included: Pete Christlieb, Nick Brignola, Bobby Shew, Paul McKee, Marvin Stamm, Pat LaBarbera, Tom Matta & sing

Sunday night on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair we'll be joined by the consummate song stylist, Nancy Wilson in a program first heard in 1994.  A musical icon of international renown, this NEA Jazz Master Award recipient, NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award winner, International Civil Rights & 3-time Grammy Award-winner was kind enough to join us for an hour to talk about her career and a new CD 'Love, Nancy' - produced by Andre' Fischer.  We'll talk about her upbringing, early recordings with Cannonball Adderley, the 'Love, Nancy' recording and other highlights in the remarkable car

Our next edition of Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair is a special visit with Dee Dee Bridgewater, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress and radio host.  She received a Grammy nomination for this featured recording, her first self-produced CD, "Keeping Tradition".  The recording is also a great showcase for her European trio:  pianist Thierry Eliez; Hein Van De Geyn-bass and Andre Ceccarelli-drums.  

Next time on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair, we spend the hour with Allen Farnham.  He's a New York-based pianist, composer/arranger and producer.  Alongside his own projects he's a highly regarded accompanist for singers (Mel Torme, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy, Liza Minnelli, Susannah McCorkle, Roseanna Vitro, and Helen Merrill), and is well known for his thoughtful direction & production of other musicians' recordings (Charlie Byrd, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Lew Tabackin, Chris Potter, Buddy DeFranco and Jack McDuff).

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