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Béla Fleck

Read reviews of Béla Fleck from Sound and Noise: An Evening of Esoteric Banjo Music: Béla Fleck at the Winspear

Born and raised in New York City, Béla Fleck began his musical career playing the guitar. In the early 1960s, while watching the Beverly Hillbillies, the bluegrass sounds of Flatt & Scruggs hooked his interest immediately. In September of 1973 the banjo became his full time passion. He entered New York City's High School of Music and Art. Since the banjo wasn't an offered elective at Music & Art, Mr. Fleck sought lessons through outside sources. Living in NYC, he was exposed to a wide variety of musical experiences. A Return to Forever concert encouraged further experimenting with bebop and jazz on the banjo, signs of things to come.

Béla Fleck moved to Lexington, KY to form Spectrum. While in Spectrum, he and bandmate Mark Schatz traveled to California and Nashville to record his second album Natural Bridge with David Grisman, Mark O'Connor, Ricky Skaggs, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, and other great players. In 1981, Mr. Fleck was invited to join New Grass Revival. Through the course of five albums, they charted new territory with their blend of bluegrass, rock, and country music. During the nine years Béla Fleck spent with NGR, he continued to record solo albums for Rounder, including the ground breaking 1988 album Drive. He also collaborated with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, and Mark O'Connor in an acoustic super group called Strength in Numbers. Mr. Fleck put several musical sounds together with his banjo, a string quartet, his Macintosh computer, and also the more jazz based combo. It would become Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

Still releasing albums and touring, the Tones have garnered a strong and faithful following among jazz and new acoustic fans. They have shared the stage with Dave Mathews Band, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, and the Grateful Dead, among many others. In 2006 the band released The Hidden Land, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2007. The band's 2008 holiday album, Jingle All The Way, was voted best Pop Instrumental Album at the Grammys. Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock, and world beat, Béla Fleck made the classical connection with Perpetual Motion, his critically acclaimed 2001 Sony Classical recording that won two Grammys. The recipient of multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Fleck's has won 14 Grammys, and has received 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.

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