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.
A Sunday night in March, Women's History Month, is ideally suited for a conversation with Beegie Adair and this week's guest on Improvised Thoughts, pianist Joanne Brackeen. Allmusic.com describes the remarkable Brackeen as "a gifted pianist and composer whose harmonically advanced, creatively complex, and rhythmically adventuresome music greatly enhanced the development of jazz during the closing decades of the 20th century." We agree, and bring you this program first heard in 1994.