WKU graduate and internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Beegie Adair will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Van Meter Hall.
She will be joined by her jazz trio and fellow WKU alumnus/pianist Mike Longo. Tickets for An Evening of Jazz Piano with the Beegie Adair Trio featuring Mike Longo are $25 ($10 for students) and are available at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121.
A Kentucky native, Adair is a working musician, recording artist, performer, clinician and teacher. She grew up in Cave City, studied piano from the age of 5 and graduated from WKU in 1958.
Entertainment News writes “Beegie Adair is one of the finest piano players in the world!”
Adair lived in Nashville, Tennessee, during the heyday of country music, accompanying legendary performers like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, Peggy Lee and Mama Cass Elliot. She also was the staff pianist for WSM-Radio and Television and served as a singer on WSM-Radio’s “Walking Crew.” As a studio musician and vocalist, Adair has recorded with such diverse artists as Perry Como, J.J. Cole, Connie Francis, Al Hirt, Englebert Humperdinck, Eddy Arnold, Jerry Reed, Petula Clark and Mickey Newbury. She has also appeared on NBC’s “Today Show,” “Kraft Music Hall,” “The CMA Awards” and “The Grammy Awards.”
Among her many accolades, Adair has been inducted into the WKU Music Wall of Fame, the WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni and the Cave City Hall of Fame, and was the inaugural Heritage Award recipient form the Nashville Jazz Workshop. In 2012 she was honored as an international “Jazz Hero” by the Jazz Journalist Association and was named a Kentucky Colonel.
Adair and her trio continue to play in jazz clubs and festivals around the world and were the top selling jazz artist in Japan in 2010. Since 2011, she has received a warm welcome from her fans in the New York City with her multiple appearances at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club. Adair lives in Franklin, Tennessee, and performs regularly in Nashville.
Contact: Music Department, (270) 745-3751