October 19, 2007

Beegie Adair, jazz pianist

LEWISBURG, Pa. —The Beegie Adair Trio will perform classic piano jazz Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free to the public, is the third event in the fall semester's Janet Weis Cabaret Jazz Series at Bucknell, a series made possible by funding from the Weis family with additional support from the Degenstein Foundation.

One of the finest

Adair will perform with Roger Spencer, bass, and Chris Brown, drums, in a program of standards, classics and sophisticated, cool jazz. Entertainment News writes, "Beegie Adair is one of the finest piano players in the world."

Adair has recorded 24 CDs, ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads. She has accompanied such legendary performers as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash, and also worked with Lucille Ball, Dinah Shore, Mama Cass Elliott and Peggy Lee.

Leading jazz light

Born and raised in Kentucky, Adair lives and records in Nashville where she has been a leading light in the city's vibrant jazz scene for decades. She has recorded eight projects for Village Square Records in Nashville; her most recent CDs are "Sentimental Journey," a popular collection of World War II-era songs, and a solo piano recording, "Quiet Romance."

Roger Spencer has performed, traveled and recorded with such artists as Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Harry James, Rosemary Clooney, Sam Butera, Tony Bennett, Ray Conniff, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco and Carl Fontana.

Chris Brown, a veteran of the Maynard Ferguson ensemble, is one of the most sought after jazz drummers in the South. He has recorded and played with many great musicians while in Nashville, including Don Grolnick.

For more information, visit http://www.beegieadair.com/

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 19, 2007

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