Jimmy Amadie

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Jimmy Amadie (January 5, 1937 – December 10, 2013) was a jazz musician from Philadelphia.[1] He was a music educator known for his bebop style of piano-playing. He worked with such luminaries as Coleman Hawkins, Mel Tormé, Woody Herman. For much of his career his severe tendinitis limited his playing ability to a few minutes per month, but his passion for jazz history and theory energized his teaching and inspired many others.[citation needed]

Amadie died of lung cancer on December 10, 2013 at the age of 76.


Amadie wrote two books on jazz theory:

  • Amadie, Jimmy (January 1981). Harmonic Foundation for Jazz and Popular Music. Thornton Publishing. ISBN 0-9613035-0-6. 
  • Amadie, Jimmy (January 1991). Jazz Improv: How to Play It and Teach It. Thornton Publishing. ISBN 0-9613035-1-4.