Bobbe Gorin (BG) "Beegie" Adair, née Long[1] (born December 11, 1937 in Cave City, Barren County, Kentucky, United States), is an American jazz pianist. Beginning piano lessons at age five, she continued to study piano and received her B.S. in music at Western Kentucky University. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she did graduate work at Peabody College and became a session musician working at WSM-TV and on "The Johnny Cash Show" (1969-71), where she accompanied such legendary performers as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Lucille Ball, Steve Allen, Dinah Shore, Mama Cass Elliott, and Peggy Lee. She formed the Beegie Adair Trio[2], which has sold over 1.5 million albums[3].

Beegie Adair
Birth nameBobbe Gorin Long
Born (1937-12-11) December 11, 1937 (age 82)
Barren County, Kentucky, United States
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsPiano
LabelsAdair Music Group, Green Hill, Village Square Music
Websitewww.beegieadair.com

BiographyEdit

Adair has recorded and appeared in over 90 recordings (37 of which are recorded with her trio, the Beegie Adair Trio, which consists of bassist Roger Spencer and percussionist Chris Brown), ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads to jazz covers of Christmas songs. In 2002, she released a six-CD centennial collection, entitled The Great American Songbook Collection, with tunes by Rodgers, Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, Carmichael, Berlin and other classic American composers. Adair cites Jimmy Jones, George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, and Russ Freeman (Chet Baker's pianist) among her influences.

Adair lives in Franklin, Tennessee, her husband's hometown. Her husband, Billy Adair, was an associate professor of jazz studies at the Blair Music School in Vanderbilt University until his death in February 2014.[4][5] Beegie was also an adjunct professor of jazz studies at the Blair Music School. She is a faculty and board member of the Nashville Jazz Workshop, and performs regularly in Nashville.

DiscographyEdit

  • 1997 Frank Sinatra Collection: A Musical Tribute (Green Hill)
  • 1998 Nat King Cole Collection: A Jazz Piano Tribute (Spring HIll)
  • 1998 Escape to New York (Cap Records)
  • 1999 Jazz Piano Christmas (Green Hill)
  • 2000 Love, Elvis (Beegie Adair Trio) (Spring Hill)
  • 2001 Dream Dancing: Songs of Cole Porter (Spring Hill)
  • 2002 I'll Take Romance (Spring Hill)
  • 2002 Centennial Composers Collection (Green Hill)
  • 2003 Days of Wine and Roses (Village Square)
  • 2004 Embraceable You (Green Hill)
  • 2004 Quiet Christmas (Village Square)
  • 2004 Sentimental Journey (Village Square)
  • 2004 The Way You Look Tonight: The Romantic Songs of Jerome Kern (Green Hill)
  • 2005 An Affair to Remember: Romantic Movie Songs of the 1950s (Green Hill)
  • 2005 The Nearness of You (Spring Hill)
  • 2005 Sinatra on Sax (Beegie Adair Trio and Denis Solee) (CD Baby re-release 2012)
  • 2005 Bon Appetit (Rivercrest Music)
  • 2005 Christmas Cocktail Party (with Denis Solee, Chris McDonald, and David Huntsinger) (Rivercrest Music)
  • 2006 Cheek to Cheek (Spring Hill)
  • 2008 Dream Dancing (Spring Hill)
  • 2008 Dancing in the Dark: A Tribute to Fred Astaire (Green Hill)
  • 2008 Dinner Music: Light Jazz (Green Hill)
  • 2008 In a Sentimental Mood (Green Hill)
  • 2008 My Romance: Romantic Songs of Richard Rodgers (Green Hill)
  • 2008 Yesterday: A Solo Piano Tribute to the Music of the Beatles (Green Hill)
  • 2009 Moments to Remember: Timeless Pop Hits of the 1950s (Green Hill)
  • 2009 Parisian Café (with David Davidson) (Green Hill)
  • 2009 Winter Romance (Green Hill)
  • 2009 Jazz Piano Christmas (Chordant Music Group)
  • 2010 Swingin' with Sinatra (Green Hill)
  • 2010 Christmas Jazz: Instrumental Jazz for the Holidays (Green Hill)
  • 2011 Cocktail Party (Green Hill)
  • 2011 I Love Being Here with You: A Jazz Piano Tribute to Peggy Lee (Green Hill)
  • 2011 Into Somethin' (Green Hill)
  • 2011 Love Letters: The Beegie Adair Romance Collection (Green Hill)
  • 2011 Piano Music for Quiet Moments (Spring Hill)
  • 2012 After the Ball (with Jaimee Paul) (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Christmas and Cocktails (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Christmas Elegance: Elegant Holiday Instrumentals Featuring Piano and Violin (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Cocktail Party Piano: Elegant (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Jazz and the Movies (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Jazz for the Road (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Trav'lin' Light: Instrumental Jazz for the Open Road (Denis Solee and the Beegie Adair Trio) (Burton Avenue Music)
  • 2012 Days of Wine and Roses: Songs of Johnny Mercer (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Piano Music for Moms: Mother's Day Music Collection (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Piano Music for Weddings (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Save the Last Dance for Me: A Jazz Trio Salute to Timeless Pop Hits of the 1960s (Green Hill)
  • 2012 The Real Thing: Live (Green Hill/Adair Music Group)
  • 2013 As Time Goes By: Silver Screen Classics From The Golden Age Of Cinema (Green Hill)
  • 2013 A Time for Love: Jazz Piano Romance (Green Hill)
  • 2013 Jazz on Broadway (Beegie Adair Trio with Jack Jezzro) (Green Hill)
  • 2013: Sentimental Journey: Saluting the Greatest Generation With Classic Gems of the World War II Era (Green Hill)
  • 2014 The Good Life: A Jazz Piano Tribute to Tony Bennett (Green Hill)
  • 2014 Vintage Jazz (Green Hill)
  • 2014 By Myself (Green Hill)
  • 2015 Too Marvelous for Words (with Don Aliquo) (Adair Music Group)
  • 2015 Quiet Christmas: Solo Piano (Green Hill)
  • 2016 Some Enchanted Evening (with Monica Ramey) (Green Hill)
  • 2016 Jazz Romance (Green Hill)
  • 2017 By Request (Green Hill)[6]
  • 2018 Gershwin on Sax (Beegie Adair Trio and Denis Solee) (Green Hill)
  • 2019 Grover's Hat Project (CD Baby)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hall of Distinguished Alumni – Ms. Beegie Adair (Inducted in 2006)". Western Kentucky University Alumni Association. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-01-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Beegie Adair - Bio". beegieadair.com. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  4. ^ Patterson, Jim. "Blair School of Music stalwart Billy Adair has died". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  5. ^ "The Tennessean". Blogs.tennessean.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  6. ^ "Beegie Adair | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 October 2017.

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