Beegie Adair

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Beegie Adair
Birth name Bobbe Gorin Long
Born (1937-12-11) December 11, 1937 (age 79)
Barren County, Kentucky, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Labels Adair Music Group, Green Hill, Village Square Music

Bobbe Gorbeegin "Beegie" Adair, née Long[1] (born December 11, 1937, Barren County, Kentucky, United States) is an American jazz pianist. She studied piano at Western Kentucky University. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she did graduate work at Peabody College. She later went on to form the Beegie Adair Trio.[2]


Beegie Adair began taking piano lessons at age five. She continued to study piano throughout college, earning a B.S. in Music Education at Western Kentucky State College (later to become Western Kentucky University) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 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 Radio. After nine years at the station, she began freelancing studio work, in addition to TV orchestra work. She was rehearsal pianist and utility keyboard on the Johnny Cash Show on ABC from 1969 to 1971. She has many album credits with musicians all around the world, including John Loudermilk, J. J. Cale, Ronnie Milsap and Mickey Newbury. shows with Peggy Lee, Cass Elliot, Dinah Shore, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball. She has accompanied such artists as Urbie Green, Nat Adderley, Lew Tabackin, Perry Como, Wayne Newton, Steve Allen and Henry Mancini in concerts.[citation needed]

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. She made her first album under her own name, Escape to New York, with a rhythm section consisting of Bob Cranshaw and Gregory Hutchinson.

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. She has released a six-CD Centennial Composers Collection of tunes by Rodgers, Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, Carmichael and Berlin. Adair cites George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner among her influences.

In the late 1980s, Adair hosted Improvised Thoughts, a radio talk/music show on the local NPR affiliate, featuring local and international jazz artists including such musicians as Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Marian McPartland, Benny Golson and Helen Merrill. She has guested on McPartland's Piano Jazz show twice. In 2002, Adair became a Steinway Artist.[citation needed]

Over the span of her career, many for her contributions to music have honored Ms. Adair. Among her many accolades, she was been inducted into the Western Kentucky University Hall of Fame, the Cave City, KY Hall of Fame and was the inaugural Heritage Award recipient from the Nashville Jazz Workshop in Nashville, TN. In 2012, she was honored as an international “Jazz Hero” by Jazz Journalist Association and was appointed a Kentucky Colonel by KY Gov. Steve Beshear. Additionally, her hometown named dedicated the Beegie Adair Community Center in her honor for her many contributions to music, education and her hometown community.

She and her trio continue to play in jazz clubs and festivals around the world and was the top-selling jazz artist in Japan in 2010.[citation needed] Since 2011, Beegie has received a very warm welcome from her fans in New York, with her multiple appearances at the legendary Birdland, with her trio and vocalist Monica Ramey and Feinstein's/54 Below with Monica Ramey. In January 2017, the Trio sold out its debut at London’s famous PizzaExpress Jazz Club and will be returning to the venue for two evenings in January 2018. Her solo concerts at Steinway & Sons galleries across the United States sell out within days and attract fans from all around the world. The Beegie Adair Trio's sold out Carnegie Hall debut performance on October 7th, 2016 was the first appearance by a Nashville-based jazz trio in Carnegie's history. They were met with equal enthusiasm during their return sold out engagement in October of 2017.

She lives in Franklin, Tennessee. Her late husband, Billy, was an associate professor of jazz studies at the Blair School in Vanderbilt University until his death in February 2014.[3] She is a Board & Faculty member of the Nashville Jazz Workshop and performs regularly in Nashville.


  • 1997 Frank Sinatra Collection: A Musical Tribute (Green Hill)
  • 1998 Escape to New York (CAP)
  • 1999 Jazz Piano Christmas (Green Hill)
  • 2001 Dream Dancing: Songs of Cole Porter (Spring Hill)
  • 2002 I'll Take Romance (Spring Hill)
  • 2003 Centennial Composers: Duke Ellington (Green Hill)
  • 2003 Centennial Composers: Richard Rodgers (Hillsboro)
  • 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 1950's (Green 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 Yesterday: A Solo Piano Tribute to the Music of the Beatles (Green Hill)
  • 2009 Moments to Remember (Green Hill)
  • 2009 Parisian Café (Green Hill)
  • 2009 Winter Romance (Green Hill)
  • 2010 Swingin' with Sinatra (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)
  • 2012 After the Ball (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Christmas and Cocktails (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Christmas Elegance: Elegant Holiday Instrumentals Featuring Piano and Violin (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Cocktail Party Piano (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Jazz and the Movies (Green Hill)
  • 2012 Jazz for the Road (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 (Green Hill/Adair Music Group)
  • 2013 A Time for Love: Jazz Piano Romance (Green Hill)
  • 2014 The Good Life: A Jazz Piano Tribute to Tony Bennett (Green Hill)
  • 2015 Too Marvelous for Words (Adair Music Group)
  • 2016 Some Enchanted Evening (Green Hill)
  • 2017 By Request (Green Hill)[4]


  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. 
  3. ^ "The Tennessean". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Beegie Adair | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 

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