Hometown Franklin, TN
Joined SMP in 2009
Once in a while a musician comes along with impeccable technique, deep understanding of the jazz repertoire, an innate tendency to swing and the rare ability to communicate the heart and soul of a tune to listeners. That musician is Beegie Adair.
Intrigued? So are thousands of jazz fans, who agree with critics about Adair’s sophisticated and listenable jazz performances, and who have made her recordings among the biggest sellers in the jazz world.
Citing George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner among her influences, Adair has recorded 24 CDs, ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads. Her 6-CD Centennial Composers Collection of tunes by Rodgers, Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, Carmichael and Berlin became an instant collectible classic when it was released in 2002.
Kentucky born and raised, Adair lives and records in Nashville – something of a surprise to people who associate the city solely with country music. In fact Nashville lives up to its “Music City” nickname by hosting a vibrant jazz scene, in which she has been a leading light for decades. A sought-after studio musician in her early days there, Adair 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.
Her guests on Improvised Thoughts, Beegie’s radio talk/music show on the local NPR affiliate, included such greats as Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Marian McPartland, Benny Golson and Helen Merrill. She has guested on McPartland’s Piano Jazz show and has performed with Nat Adderley, Bill Watrous, Lew Tabackin, Terry Clarke, Urbie Green and Jim Ferguson, among many others.
When she’s not in the studio or appearing in clubs and concert halls around the country, Adair wears a variety of hats, from adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University to teacher and mentor at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Recently she co-wrote and scored an innovative theatrical production, Betsy, which in April 2006 premiered off-Broadway in New York.
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.
She performs solo and with the Beegie Adair Trio, whose members include drummer Chris Brown, a veteran of the Maynard Ferguson ensemble, and bassist Roger Spencer, who has played with the Les Brown Band, Ray Conniff, the Page Cavanaugh Trio and Pete Jolly. They are, she says, “my main guys. They’re so tuned into the way I visualize music that it’s effortless to play with them.”
In clubs and concert venues from Los Angeles to New York, Beegie and her “main guys” win kudos from audiences and critics alike who appreciate her unique take on classic jazz. She fell in love with the music a long time ago, and indeed she’s never gotten over it -- a love affair the jazz world is much the better for.
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Hometown Burbank, CA
Joined SMP in 2010
Corey's professional background covers the entire range of the music business.
As a record producer Corey has produced jazz, R&B, pop, gospel, jazz/fusion and musical theatre recordings including 10 solo CDs for Manhattan Transfer soprano, Cheryl Bentyne:
“Something Cool” – co-produced with Mark Isham for the Columbia/Sony label, “Dreaming of Mister Porter”, “The Talk Of The Town”, “The Lights Still Burn”, “Waltz For Debby”, “Moonlight Serenade”, (featuring a vocal über-group comprised of singers from Take 6, The Manhattan Transfer and Bobby McFerrin’s “Voicestra”,) “Songs Of Our Time” and “The Cole Porter Songbook” for King Records and “Let Me Off Uptown” and “The Book Of Love” for the Telarc record label.
Corey produced two CDs for Dutch guitarist Emiel van Egdom, the cast album for the musical revue “The All Nite Strut”, the debut CD for the Spanish jazz vocal group “Vocalese”, Glenn Burleigh’s gospel cantata – “Let God Arise” and “Getaway” for the R&B singer “Indeya”. He produced saxophonist Peter Gordon’s CD, “Double Play” and the CD “Plus Fort Que Moi” for the French - Canadian pop singer, Katee.
Corey’s vocal and orchestra arrangements can be heard on recordings by The Manhattan Transfer with the Cincinnati Pops and the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra, New Age pioneer Suzanne Ciani, television star David Hasselhoff, vocalists Erin Boehm, Kevin Mahogany, American Idol’s sentimental favorite Sherman Pore and the Japanese vocal group “Suite Voice”.
His film and TV credits include the title music for the feature film, “Live Nude Girls” staring Dana Delaney and Kim Cattrall, he contributed music to the feature film “Just Cause” starring Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne; the Showtime original film, “Noriega: God’s Favorite” starring Bob Hoskins and the Biography Channel’s presentation of “Carman Miranda – The South American Way”. Corey recently composed the soundtrack to the documentary film “The Powder And The Glory”, about the lives of cosmetics industry pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Corey has composed and/or arranged music for “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, Fox Television’s “Late Show with Joan Rivers”, “Eye On Hollywood” and “The Pat Sajak Show”.
In live theater Corey won the Los Angeles Drama Critic's award for outstanding musical direction for “Niteclub Confidential”. He was Musical Director for a joint tour of The Glenn Miller Orchestra and the revue “The All-Nite Strut” and a production of “Romeo And Juliet” starring Esai Morales. Corey performed his original score to “Dancin’ It” at the Hollywood Bowl with choreographer, Lula Washington and the “Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Ensemble”.
As a musical director/conductor, Corey has conducted the Saint Louis Symphony Pops, The City Of Prague Symphony and Skagit Valley Symphony Orchestras in addition to numerous studio and pit orchestras from Los Angeles to Monte Carlo.
Corey has worked with an exceptionally wide variety of show business celebrities and jazz greats: Arif Mardin, Lou Rawls, Bruce Vilanch, Kim Bassinger, Doc Severinsen, Jack Jones, Chuck Mangione, Esai Morales, Scott Bacula, Dianne Reeves, The Manhattan Transfer, Charo, Kevin Mahogany, Arthur Fiedler, Max Morath, Bob Berg, Eric Gale, Keely Smith, Dave Koz,
Bill Holman, John Patitucci, Jack Sheldon, Lewis Nash, Alex Acuna, Grant Geissman, Lainie Kazan, Kenny Barron, James Moody and Frank Gambale.
Equally at home at the piano and electronic keyboards, Corey recorded 21 disks for the PianoDisk company and three disks of solo jazz piano music for Yamaha’s Disklavier™ library including his solo CD “My Romance”. He is a founding member of the LA Jazz Trio. The trio recorded 101 standards from the “American Songbook” for King Records. The group has released two CDs in Japan – “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “A Jazz Piano Christmas”.
As an educator, Corey wrote and presented "What's In A Song?" – an interactive, TV/Internet simulcast for high school and middle school students that explained the processes involved in producing a music CD – from composing the song to the finished disk. "What's In A Song?" was produced by the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET).
His book, “Arranging in the Digital World” (published by Berklee Press) is a “how-to” guide written to help beginners and amateur arrangers use technology to write better arrangements.
Corey taught at the Berklee College of Music from 1980 to 1985 and again from 2002 to 2004.
He was Guest Professor at the Univerität Duisburg and lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik in Aachen, Germany and was “Composer in Residence” at the University of Maine at Augusta.
Corey helped develop a music theory program for the Jazz Studies department at the University of Southern California (USC). He is currently writing two new books: a contemporary keyboard harmony book and a course on vocal arranging. He is also finishing his first symphony.
Corey’s education includes: a Master of Music degree (candidate) from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Music degree (Cum Laude) from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, private study with Atilio Poto in conducting at the Boston Conservatory of Music, private study in composition with Dr. Thomas Oboe Lee and the BMI film-scoring course with Earle Hagen.