Pianist Bobbe ‘Beegie’ Adair dies at 84

Pianist Bobbe 'Beegie' Adair dies at 84

L.A, 2022-01-25 19:54:05. Pianist Bobbe ‘Beegie’ Adair dies at 84


Nashville, Tenn. Pianist, jazz musician, and leader of the band Bobbe Long “Beegie” Adair, who played more than 100 records during their six-decade career, has passed away. She was 84 years old.

Her manager, Monica Ramy, said Adair died on Sunday in Franklin. The cause of death was not immediately released.

Raised in Cave, Kentucky, Adair began playing at the age of five, attended college in Kentucky and then moved to Nashville to work in the city’s music scene in the 1960s. She has worked as a musician on the Johnny Cash TV Show and on the Ralph Emery TV Show, as well as on the albums of Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Chet Atkins and many others.

She created her own commercial company with her husband and started recording with her own bands. She has released 35 albums with her trio of bassist Roger Spencer and drummer Chris Brown. Her trio has performed regularly at places like Carnegie Hall and Birdland Jazz Club.

She was vital in building Nashville’s jazz scene as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Jazz Workshop, where she used to teach and hold performances.

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