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.

Next time on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair, we're joined by Carol Sloane. She is a "singer's singer" - one of those rare vocalists whose name may not be universally known, but is immediately identifiable, respected and admired by those who play the music & follow it closely.  

Improvised Thoughts w/ Beegie Adair & our guest tonight, Arturo Sandoval – in a program first heard in 1993.  Our featured music tonight – the CD Flight to Freedom, Arturo Sandoval’s first recording under the GRP label AND I Remember Clifford, released in March of '92, and received two Grammy nominations.

Grammy winning jazz pianist Bill Cunliffe will perform at MTSU  Saturday March 21st as part of the Jazz artists series.  Listen to an archived hour of Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair, with Bill Cunliffe as guest.

This week on Improvised Thoughts with Beegie Adair the late, great pianist James Williams is our guest in a program first heard in 1996. We get a rare opportunity to hear this exceptional, multi-faceted musician perform in 3 different settings - two of them from live performances, all from the same time period (the mid-1990s). He talks about each.