Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Something Special

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Something Special

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The Jimmy Amadie Trio

Something Special

TPRecordings TPR 1/23/65

Jimmie Amadie (p) Tony Marino (b) Bill Goodwin (d) Red Rock Studio, Pocono Mountains, PA. March and November 22, 2010

Blues for Sweet Lizzie/All the Things You Are/Con Alma/Autumn Leaves/ Sweet Lorraine/Happy Man's Bossa Nova/Sweet Georgia Brown/My Funny Valentine/Get Happy/Fly Me To The Moon TT: 61:16

Jimmy Amadie is a remarkable pianist who has suffered more than his share of adversity.

Over half a century ago, Jimmy was an enthusiastic participant in competitive sports - football, baseball and boxing - but was forced to give up those activities as the result of injuries. He then devoted his time to music, studying at the Brahms Conservatory of Music. In his early twenties, he worked with Woody Herman, accompanied Mel Tormé and, for three years, was the leader of the house trio at the well known Red Hill Inn in Pennsauken, New Jersey where he backed many visiting jazz legends. The trio later performed at the Copacabana in New York City.

During those years, between performing and rehearsing, he was reportedly playing as much as seventy hours a week and this activity took its toll. He developed a severe and chronic form of of tendonitis which may or may not have been aggravated by his already existing sports injuries and the resulting pain forced him to give up playing for over thirty years. He then turned to writing, teaching and composing for his livelihood and achieved a great deal of success in those fields.

After repeated bouts of surgery, Jimmy was able, slowly and painfully, to regain his ability to play. …

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