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Béla Fleck (born July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. Events 100 BC-AD 1899 48 BC - Battle of Dyrrhachium, Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia. AD 1778 - American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares... July 10, 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). Events January January 1 - Treaty of Rome founding the EU is implemented January 4 - Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit (launched on October 4, 1957) January 8 - 14 year old Bobby Fischer wins the... 1958 in This is an article about New York City; see also NYC, New York, and New York, New York. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005. New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States and is at... New York City, State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13.3%) Population ( 2000)  - Population 18,976,457 (3rd... New York) is an The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America¹, the States, or (archaically) Columbia — is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii... American The banjo is a string instrument, derived from banjar, an African string instrument. Some etymologists derive it from a dialectal pronunciation of bandore, though recent research suggests that it may come from a Senegambian term for the bamboo stick used for the instruments neck. The modern banjo comes in... banjo player. He is most well known for his work with the band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue-bop. The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, which he has described as "a mixture of acoustic and electronic music with a lot of roots in folk and bluegrass as well as funk and jazz." [1]


Fleck was drawn to the banjo when he first heard Earl Scruggs (born January 6, 1924) created a banjo style that is one of the defining characteristics of bluegrass. He joined Bill Monroes Blue Grass Boys in late 1945 and his syncopated, three-finger picking style quickly became a sensation. In 1948 he left Monroes band and formed... Earl Scruggs play the theme song for the television show The Beverly Hillbillies is a TV sitcom about a hillbilly who strikes oil while rabbit hunting, becomes a millionaire and moves with his family to Beverly Hills, California. It appeared on the CBS network from September 26, 1962 to September 7, 1971. Soon after its debut episode, it shot to... Beverly Hillbillies. He received his first banjo at age fifteen from his Grandfather (1973).[1],[2] Later, Fleck would enroll in New York City's, High School of Music and Art where he would study French Horn. Almost immediately after high school, Fleck traveled to Boston to play with Jack Tottle and Mark Schatz in Tasty Licks. It is with Tasty Licks that Fleck would play on his first major album. During this period, Fleck would release his first solo album (1979): Crossing the Tracks. It was Fleck's first foray into progressive-bluegrass composition.[5]


Fleck would play on the streets of Boston with bassist Mark Schatz until the two formed Spectrum: the Band in 1981. Fleck toured with Spectrum until 1981. That year, Fleck was also asked by Sam Bush Sam Bush (b. April 15, 1952 in Bowling Green, Kentucky) is an American bluegrass musician. Bush plays mandolin, fiddle and guitar as well as sings. He was the founder of the New Grass Revival and has been called a modern day Bill Monroe. Discography Solo Projects Ice Caps... Sam Bush and company to join New Grass Revival. Fleck performed with New Grass Revival for nine years. During this time, Fleck recorded another solo album, "Drive." It would be nominated for a Grammy in the then first-time category of Best Bluegrass Album (1988).

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After a 1988 phone call with bassist Victor Lemonte Wooten (born September 11, 1964) is one of the most celebrated electric bass players of all time. The youngest of five brothers, his oldest brother Regi taught Victor to play bass at age three. The Wooten Brothers band (Regi, Rudy, Roy, Joseph and Victor) played for many years... Victor Wooten, Fleck and Wooten formed Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, rounded out with harmonica player Howard Levy is a harmonica player. In 1997, at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards he and the rest of Bla Fleck and the Flecktones won the award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, for their 1996 song The Sinister Minister. He developed the overblow and overdraw techniques, in order to... Howard Levy and Wooten's percussionist brother Roy Wooten (stage name Future Man; born October 13, 1957) is a drummer and member of the jazz quartet Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. The other members are banjoist Béla Fleck, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, and his brother, bassist Victor Wooten. Future Man is most widely recognized... Roy "Future Man" Wooten, who plays synthesizer-based percussion.


With the Flecktones, Fleck has been nominated for and won several Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Grammy awards. Fleck has shared Grammy wins with Asleep at the Wheel is the name of an Austin, Texas based Western swing band, winner of nine Grammy Awards. The name is derived from the expression asleep at the wheel which means one has fallen asleep while driving a vehicle, or behind the wheel. It can also describe someone... Asleep at the Wheel, Alison Brown, and Edgar Meyer is a prominent contemporary bassist. His styles include bluegrass, newgrass, jazz, and classical. Meyer is noted for achieving virtuosity on an instrument usually neglected by exceptionally talented players. His skill has allowed him to perform difficult music originally composed for other instruments, as in his recordings of Bach... Edgar Meyer. He has been nominated in more categories than any other musician including country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, and spoken word, as well as composition and arranging.


In 2000, Fleck collaborated with long-time friend and playing-partner Edgar Meyer is a prominent contemporary bassist. His styles include bluegrass, newgrass, jazz, and classical. Meyer is noted for achieving virtuosity on an instrument usually neglected by exceptionally talented players. His skill has allowed him to perform difficult music originally composed for other instruments, as in his recordings of Bach... Edgar Meyer to record an album of classical material played on the banjo along with an assortment of accompanists, including There have been several noteworthy men named John Williams: John Williams (actor) (1903-1983), actor John Williams (archbishop) (1582-1650), archbishop John Williams (composer) (born 1932), U.S. film music composer John Williams (delegate) (1731-1799), North Carolina delegate to Continental Congress John Williams (equestrian), American equestrian John Williams (guitarist... John Williams, Evelyn Glennie (born 1965) is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist. Glennie tours extensively in the northern hemisphere and performs with an extraordinarily wide variety of orchestras and contemporary musicians, giving over 100 concerts a year as well as master classes and music in schools performances. She frequently commissions percussion works from... Evelyn Glennie, Joshua Bell (born December 9, 1967) is an American violinist. Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana and studied the violin at the University of Indiana under Josef Gingold. At the age of fourteen, he appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. He made his debut at... Joshua Bell and Gary Hoffman. Perpetual Motion won two Grammy's in 2000 for Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Arrangement for Fleck and Meyer's arrangement of Doctor Ad Grassus Parnum by Claude Debussy Claude Achille Debussy (August 22, 1862 – March 25, 1918), composer of impressionistic classical music. Born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, France, Claude Debussy studied with Guiraud and others at the Paris Conservatoire (1872-84) and as an 1884 Prix de Rome winner, went to Rome, Italy... Debussy. Fleck and Meyer have also composed a Banjo Conerto that has been played numerous times with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.


Fleck names Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer who is arguably best known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion, although his contributions to straight-ahead jazz have been tremendous. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement... Chick Corea, This is about the jazz musician and composer. For other uses, see the disambiguation page Charles Parker Charlie Parker ( August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955) was a jazz saxophonist and composer, and one of the top musical innovators of the 20th century. Parker is commonly considered one of the... Charlie Parker, and the afore-mentioned Earl Scruggs (born January 6, 1924) created a banjo style that is one of the defining characteristics of bluegrass. He joined Bill Monroes Blue Grass Boys in late 1945 and his syncopated, three-finger picking style quickly became a sensation. In 1948 he left Monroes band and formed... Earl Scruggs as influences. He regards Scruggs as "certainly the best" banjo player of the three-finger style. [1]


Solo and with the Flecktones, Fleck has appeared at Telluride Festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montral is one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world. It is held annually in Montreal, Quebec during the summer season (usually the beginning of July) and attracts artists from around the world and is typically attended by hundreds of thousands of people... Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and The Newport Folk Festival is an annual folk-oriented music festival founded in 1959 by George Wein, founder of the already-well-established Newport Jazz Festival, and his partner, Albert Grossman. Grossman was soon to become the manager of Bob Dylan, who would become the artist most famously (and infamously... Newport Folk Festival, among others.

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Grammy Awards

  • 1995
    • Best Country Instrumental Performance, "Hightower" (single) by Asleep at the Wheel is the name of an Austin, Texas based Western swing band, winner of nine Grammy Awards. The name is derived from the expression asleep at the wheel which means one has fallen asleep while driving a vehicle, or behind the wheel. It can also describe someone... Asleep at the Wheel with Béla Fleck and Johnny Gimble
  • 1996
    • Best Pop Instrumental Performance, "The Sinister Minister" (track) by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • 1998
    • Best Instrumental Composition, "Almost 12" (track) by Béla Fleck, Future Man, and Victor Lemonte Wooten
  • 2000
    • Best Country Instrumental Perfomance, 'Leaving Cottondale' (track) by Alison Brown and Béla Fleck
    • Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Outbound by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue-bop. The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • 2001
    • Best Instrumental Arrangement, 'Claude Debussy "Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum" from Children's Corner' Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer (Béla Fleck with Joshua Bell (born December 9, 1967) is an American violinist. Bell was born in Bloomington, Indiana and studied the violin at the University of Indiana under Josef Gingold. At the age of fourteen, he appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. He made his debut at... Joshua Bell and Gary Hoffmann).
    • Best Classical Crossover Album, Perpetual Motion, with Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and others

Grammy Nominations

  • 1986
    • Best Country Instrumental, "Seven by Seven", by New Grass Revival
  • 1987
    • Best Country Instrumental, "Metric Lips", by New Grass Revival
  • 1988
    • Best Bluegrass Album, "Drive", by Béla Fleck
  • 1989
    • Best Country Instrumental, "Bigfoot", by New Grass Revival
  • 1990
    • Best Jazz Album, "Béla Fleck & the Flecktones", by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue-bop. The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • 1991
    • Best Jazz Album, "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo", by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue-bop. The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
    • Best Jazz Instrumental or Instrumental Composition, "Blu-bop", by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue-bop. The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • 1992
    • Best Jazz Instrumental or Instrumental Composition, "Magic Fingers", Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue-bop. The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • 1994
    • Best Spoken Word for Children, "The Creation", by Amy Grant, Age To Age, 1982 Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia) is an American singer-songwriter whose music has strong Christian themes. She was initially most successful in the Christian pop or CCM genre, and is notable for being one of the first CCM artists... Amy Grant with Béla Fleck
  • 1995
    • Best Country Instrumental, "Cheeseballs in Cowtown", by Béla Fleck
  • 1996
    • Best World Music Album, "Tabula Rasa", by Béla Fleck et al
  • 1998
    • Best Pop Instrumental, "Big Country", by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue-bop. The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
    • Best Country Instrumental, "The Ride", by Jerry Douglas is an actor, who has been on The Young and the Restless for 25 years. Jerry Douglas is a country musician. This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. If an article link referred you here... Jerry Douglas with Béla Fleck
  • 1999
    • Best Bluegrass Album, "Tales from the Acoustic Planet: Volume 2: the Bluegrass Sessions", by Béla Fleck
  • 2000
    • Best Pop Instrumental, "Zona Mona", by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is a primarily instrumental group that draws equally on bluegrass, fusion and jazz band, sometimes dubbed blue-bop. The band formed in 1988, initially to perform once on the PBS series Lonesome Pine Specials. The Flecktones have toured extensively since then, often playing... Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • 2002
    • Best Country Instrumental Performance, "Bear Mountain Hop", from The Country Bears Soundtrack (with Bela Fleck)

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