The beloved radio talk/music show “Improvised Thoughts” with jazz piano legend Beegie Adair, returns to the airwaves beginning Sunday, February 9, on WMOT-FM 89.5. It will air weekly on Sundays at 7pm, its original time slot.
“Improvised Thoughts” is hosted and co-produced by jazz piano legend Beegie Adair and jazz radio veteran Greg Lee. Recorded at WMOT-FM from 1991 to 1997, the popular program featured local and international jazz artists, including such greats as Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Marian McPartland, Benny Golson and Helen Merrill.
Most shows will air as they were originally heard in the 1990s with updated information available on the station’s website, http://www.wmot.org.
“The WMOT audience and fans of Beegie Adair will enjoy ‘Improvised Thoughts,’” said Lee, who is program director for WMOT. “Ms. Adair is an accomplished musician, loved by fans worldwide, and is a terrific interviewer.
“Good music and conversation about good music by the people who make it is a delight to hear. To have such an influential musical figure at the helm, interviewing some of jazz’s most iconic players, along with those who were then rising-stars, is well worth a visit to WMOT on Sunday nights at 7. Many will remember the series when it was in production in the ’90s, but an entirely new listenership should have the opportunity to hear it, too.”
Adair added that she’s “incredibly pleased that ‘Improvised Thoughts’ is about to be rebroadcast with all the wonderful musicians and singers I was privileged to interview back then. I’m very proud of this project.”
“Improvised Thoughts” will be formatted for radio, live streaming and on-demand for fans worldwide at http://www.wmot.org where a complete list of programs and more details can be found. More information on Adair can be found at http://www.beegieadair.com.
Adair, a Steinway Artist who lives in Franklin, Tenn., cites George Shearing, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Erroll Garner among her influences. She has recorded and appeared on more than 100 CDs — including 35 recorded with her million-selling Beegie Adair Trio — ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads. Her six-CD Centennial Composers Collection of tunes by Rodgers, Gershwin, Kern, Ellington, Carmichael and Berlin became an instant collectible classic.
WMOT-FM, founded in 1969, is a listener-supported, educational and public service of MTSU. Its 100,000-watt signal reaches the entire Metropolitan Nashville area. The station broadcasts classical music and news during the daytime hours, with jazz in the evenings and on weekends. It also broadcasts most MTSU Blue Raiders athletic events.