Beegie Adair is a long time friend and supporter of WMOT. She's a Steinway Artist, and cites George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner among her influences. She has recorded and appeared on over 100 CDs (35 of which are recorded with her trio), ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads. Her 6-CD Centennial Composers Collection of tunes by Rodgers, Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, Carmichael and Berlin became an instant collectible classic upon its release.
Selling over a million records, the Beegie Adair Trio is one of the most respected and successful jazz trios in the world. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Adair appeared twice on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” and cited McPartland as a friend and influence.
We hope you will enjoy hearing her voice again on WMOT Sunday nights at 7:00.
IMPROVISED THOUGHTS with Beegie Adair – The Encore Series
This week we welcome Shelly Berg whose debut recording as a bandleader, "The Joy", had just been released (DMP-1996). It was a well-received, straight ahead jazz piano trio recording. "The Joy" would serve as an introduction to a remarkably talented and articulate musician who’d quickly excel at a broad range of musical disciplines. Though referred to back then as "a talented if somewhat obscure pianist", he was the chair of Jazz Studies at U.S.C. in Los Angeles and had just accepted a new role as president of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), a position he held from 1996-98.