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Beegie Adair

Beegie Adair is a prolific, award-winning jazz pianist and arranger known for her interpretations of jazz and popular standards and show tunes. She has sold over two-million recordings globally. Her melodic, fleet-fingered style reflects the sounds of her major influences, including George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Erroll Garner.

Adair grew up in Cave City, Kentucky, where she began taking piano lessons at age five. She continued to study piano throughout college, earning a B.S. in Music Education at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. During and after college, she played in jazz bands, and spent three years teaching music to children before moving to Nashville, where she became a session musician, working at WSM-TV and on The Johnny Cash Show (1969-1971). She and her husband also started a jingle company to write music for commercials.

In 1982, she and saxophonist Denis Solee formed the Adair-Solee Quartet, which evolved into the Be-Bop Co-Op, a jazz sextet. In 1998, she released Escape to New York, her first trio-led date with a rhythm section consisting of Bob Cranshaw and Gregory Hutchinson.

She signed to the fledgling Hillsboro label for 2001's Dream Dancing: The Songs of Cole Porter; bassist Roger Spencer and drummer Chris Brown joined her. Dream Dancing was the first of dozens of themed albums devoted to songwriters and singers. In 2002, she was named a Steinway Artist.

Most of Adair's recordings have been issued by the independent jazz label Green Hill Productions. They include 2008's Yesterday: A Solo Piano Tribute to the Music of the Beatles, 2010's Swingin' with Sinatra, and 2012's The Real Thing (which spent 20 weeks on the jazz charts and was chosen one of the year's best 100 jazz albums). In 2015, her trio collaborated with saxophonist Don Aliquo on Too Marvelous for Words.

Since 2011, Adair and her trio have played Birdland in New York. While visiting, they have often collaborated with vocalist Monica Ramey. In the spring of 2016, that partnership bore fruit on the album Some Enchanted Evening. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: By Myself

1. By Myself

2. You've Changed

3. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You

4. But Not For Me

5. The Night We Called It A Day

6. The End Of A Love Affair

7. Don't Blame Me

8. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life

9. Can't We Be Friends

10. I'm A Fool To Want You

11. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

12. Last Night When We Were Young

13. Goodbye

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Track List: Save The Last Dance For Me

1. Watch What Happens

2. For Once In My Life

3. The Girl From Ipanema

4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

5. Say A Little Prayer

6. If Ever I Would Leave You

7. Up On The Roof

8. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)

9. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

10. People

11. Save The Last Dance For Me

12. What A Wonderful World

13. Once Upon A Time

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Track List: Into Somethin'

1. In Walked Bud

2. All In Love Is Fair

3. Lovesick Blues

4. Try Again

5. I Can't Make You Love Me

6. Along Came Betty

7. Here's That Rainy Day

8. No Way Out

9. Stablemates

10. Miss Ferguson, I Presume

11. They Can't Take That Away From Me

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Track List: Love Letters: The Beegie Adair Romance Collection

Disc 1

1. Love Letters

2. Strangers In The Night

3. So In Love

4. Unforgettable

5. In A Sentimental Mood

6. Stardust

7. Young At Heart

8. Always

9. The Nearness Of You

10. All The Things You Are

11. I've Got A Crush On You

12. Because Of You

13. Every Time We Say Goodbye

14. That Sunday, That Summer

15. Always On My Mind

Disc 2

1. The Shadow Of Your Smile

2. As Time Goes By

3. The Last Time I Saw Paris

4. What A Difference A Day Makes

5. Tea For Two

6. I Wish You Love

7. Wave

8. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered

9. This Masquerade

10. Where Is Your Heart

11. At Last

12. Black Orpheus

13. Fascination Waltz

14. I'll Be Seeing You

15. Only The Lonely

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Track List: I Love Being Here With You

1. I Love Being Here With You

2. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis

3. Fever

4. There'll Be Another Spring

5. I Don't Know Enough About You

6. Black Coffee

7. He's A Tramp

8. Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe

9. Sugar (That Sugar Baby O'Mine)

10. Why Don't You Do Right

11. He Need Me

12. Blue Prelude

13. Don't Smoke In Bed

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Track List: Moments To Remember

1. Secret Love

2. Because Of You

3. Canadian Sunset

4. Misty

5. Old Cape Cod

6. Stranger In Paradise

7. Nevertheless

8. Hey There

9. Teach Me Tonight

10. So Rare

11. Trying

12. You Belong To Me

13. Moments To Remember

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Track List: Yesterday: A Solo Piano Tribute To The Music Of The Beatles

1. And I Love Her

2. If I Feel

3. Can't Buy Me Love

4. Here There And Everywhere

5. All My Lovin'

6. Got To Get You Into My Life

7. In My Life

8. Michelle

9. When I'm 64

10. Something

11. Eleanor Rigby

12. Yesterday

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Track List: Dancing In The Dark: A Tribute To Fred Astaire

1. Cheek To Cheek [From Top Hat]

2. Way You Look Tonight [From Swing Time]

3. Dancing In The Dark [From The Band Wagon]

4. Puttin' On The Ritz [From Puttin' On The Ritz]

5. Change Partners [From Carefree]

6. They Can't Take That Away From Me [From Shall We Dance]

7. By Myself [From The Band Wagon]

8. Nice Work If You Can Get It [From A Damsel In Distress]

9. Pick Yourself Up [From Swing Time]

10. Lets Face The Music And Dance [From Follow The Fleet]

11. They All Laughed [From Shall We Dance]

12. Isn't It A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain) [From Top Hat]

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Track List: In A Sentimental Mood (Romantic Songs Of Duke Ellington)

1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

2. In A Sentimental Mood

3. Satin Doll

4. Solitude

5. Caravan

6. Sophisticated Lady

7. I'm Beginning To See The Light

8. Mood Indigo

9. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

10. Daydream

11. Take The "A" Train

12. All Too Soon

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Track List: Cheek To Cheek (The Romantic Songs Of Irving Berlin)

1. Alexander's Ragtime Band

2. Cheek To Cheek

3. How Deep Is The Ocean

4. Say It Isn't So

5. Easter Parade

6. Always

7. Blue Skies

8. They Say It's Wonderful

9. Isn't This A Lovely Day

10. Remember

11. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody

12. White Christmas

13. God Bless America

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Track List: My Romance (Romantic Songs Of Richard Rodgers)

1. Have You Met Miss Jones

2. The Lady Is A Tramp

3. Bewitched

4. Dancing On The Ceiling

5. My Romance

6. It Never Entered My Mind

7. Where And When

8. I Could Write A Book

9. Spring Is Here

10. You Took Advantage Of Me

11. Manhattan

12. My Funny Valentine

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Track List: The Nearness Of You

1. Georgia On My Mind

2. In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening

3. Heart And Soul

4. Skylark

5. Ole Buttermilk Sky

6. Stardust

7. Ivy

8. The Nearness Of You

9. Small Fry

10. Memphis In June

11. Two Sleepy People

12. One Morning In May

13. I Get Along Without You Very Well

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Track List: An Affair To Remember: Romantic Movie Songs Of The 1950's

1. An Affair To Remember (Our Love Affair)

2. Three Coins In The Fountain

3. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

4. The Bad And The Beautiful

5. A Certain Smile

6. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White

7. Moonglow

8. Pete Kelly's Blues

9. From Here To Eternity

10. Blue Gardenia

11. Ruby

12. Fascination

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Track List: Embraceable You (Romantic Songs Of George Gershwin)

1. 's Wonderful

2. Our Love Is Here To Stay

3. Someone To Watch Over Me

4. Fascinating Rhythm

5. I've Got A Crush On You

6. Love Walked In

7. Foggy Day

8. Embraceable You

9. They Can't Take That Away From Me

10. Soon

11. But Not For Me

12. Summertime

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Track List: The Way You Look Tonight (The Romantic Songs Of Jerome Kern)

1. The Way You Look Tonight

2. Pick Yourself Up

3. Can't Help Lovin' That Man

4. I'm Old Fashioned

5. A Fine Romance

6. All The Things You Are

7. The Song Is You

8. The Last Time I Saw Paris

9. Yesterdays

10. They Didn't Believe Me

11. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

12. Long Ago And Far Away

13. Old Man River

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Track List: I'll Take Romance

1. Isn't It Romantic

2. I'll Take Romance

3. The Look Of Love

4. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

5. The Way You Look Tonight

6. Let's Fall In Love

7. Some Enchanted Evening

8. These Foolish Things

9. What's New

10. Dancing In The Dark

11. P.S. I Love You

12. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

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Track List: Dream Dancing: Songs Of Cole Porter

1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

2. You're The Top

3. I Love Paris

4. So In Love

5. I Concentrate On You

6. Dream Dancing

7. I Love You

8. What Is This Thing Called Love

9. Easy To Love

10. Every Time We Say Goodbye

11. It's All Right With Me

12. Why Shouldn't I

13. From This Moment On

14. Begin The Beguine

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Track List: As Time Goes By: Silver Screen Classics From The Golden Age Of Cinema

1. I'll Remember April

2. It Might As Well Be Spring

3. As Time Goes By

4. On The Atchison, Topeka And Sante Fe

5. Invitation

6. Swinging On A Star

7. Golden Earrings

8. On Green Dolphin Street

9. Over The Rainbow

10. Stella By Starlight

11. Buttons & Bows

12. When You Wish Upon A Star

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Love,love,lo v e her music. Listen to it morning, noon & night. Wish I had that nice touch!
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Now this is music!! The best you can hear.
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BUT I MYSELF ,, "" l'll Take Romance "" !!!!
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Sounds like one of those pianists that gets hired to play in the lobby at Nordstroms to make shoppers think they are in some special store and it's OK to buy overpriced items.
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Mmmmmmmm...e x c e l l e n t , WOW!
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Love the way she tickles the ivories.
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dougwalker5
I'd love to be your drummer, call me :)
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I love your style and try to copy it. Thank you for such joy.
Irene Wagers
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ME TOO BRIAN !!!
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Anyone with the discipline can learn jazz theory and improvisatio n . But the ear and the touch are part of the gift that you either have or you don't. Beegie has a "double portion" to put it in Biblical terms. Truly awesome!
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michaelshand y
Thank you for this music. This my first time listening to this artist and really enjoy it.
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lyonheart46
Beautiful skill she has, what a gift
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I don't know much of this fine lady but she is a good musician and arranger, hope to see her soon in New York.
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Thanks Pandora for offering this music. It just does not get any better than this. Thank You!
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Stereo lusts after music worthy of the technology. BEEGIE offers a superior style that compels the listener to stop reading awhile and just emerge into her delightful style and rippling emotions ranging the length and breadth of eighty eight keys. Thanks Pandora for Bertie Adair.
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First time hearing her today,thanks Pandora
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Classic elegance flies
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michaelmagee 7 7
Just awesome...Be e g i e and Pandora!
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Change she to a he and you just about have it right Brian!!
I love this song!! Almost not sung as just played !! Both speak volumes!! I am Bewitched !! By you!!!
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They don't make music like this any more...what a pity!
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bruce02matar e s e
.her music is divine ��
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Love you Beegie x
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Oh Beegie...... I ' m in love with your music x
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martham857
Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop. If you read this and ignore it you will get Bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins when done hit space bar. Your crush name will appear
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Bibnnibbbuhh h u h h
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Nostalgia plus! The musicians know what they're doing...no make believe stuff, true music on real instruments!
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beautiful... . . . a n d sublime
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At 85 years young this is my kind of music
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Definitely want to hear more of Beegie. Beautiful!
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Bể gỉ a dải mức sịt Nicholas Payton Ford gold
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cathyrobinso n 7 3 8
Awesome talent beautiful music great wouldn't be anywhere else but on PANDORA LOVE HER THANKS PANDA!!!
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music8147
Music to my soul - smooth and perfect - the very best.
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Chord progression is what she is all about--best around.
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diamondduo67
I wish Pandora would play only Beegie Adair's amazing music and not all the others also. I love listening to just her for hours and hours on end. :) She is the best!
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This is a very hip woman we have here!
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It is on all the time, it doesent get better than this. RDF
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Music you just want to listen all day long, superbly great!
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christmse
She ABSOLUTELY does. There's a music genome; she has it. Wonder which gene it's on...
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She possesses a genuine feel for the music that cannot be taught...
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If I Fell
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And, her improvisatio n s are remarkable
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Superb and fluent
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Definitely her own style and it is truly magnificent! Thank you so very much.
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Her music is music to my soul. just so soothing..
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carolbeelynx
She is so honey-like. I am from E. TN, now live in UT. She proves wrong what many here think, Southern and dumb. She knows how to feel each note. Oboe player.
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mkclewis
Smooth, just smooth add anything else you want. She is awesome.
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wilbudge
Whew is all I can say!!!
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Holy smokes!
She's the cat's meow.
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