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Bela Fleck

Just in case you aren't familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he's the premiere banjo player in the world. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings.

Born and raised in New York City, Béla began his musical career playing the guitar. In the early 1960's, while watching the Beverly Hillbillies, the bluegrass sounds of Flatt & Scruggs flowed out of the TV set and into his young brain. Earl Scruggs's banjo style hooked Béla's interest immediately. “It was like sparks going off in my head” he later said.

It wasn't until his grandfather bought him a banjo in September of '73, that it became his full time passion. That week, Béla entered New York City's, High School of Music and Art. He began studies on the French horn but soon switched to the chorus. Since the banjo wasn't an offered elective at Music & Art, Béla sought lessons through outside sources. Erik Darling, Marc Horowitz, and Tony Trischka stepped up and filled the job. Béla joined his first band, “Wicker's Creek” during this period. Living in NYC, Béla was exposed to a wide variety of musical experiences. One of the most impressive was a concert by “Return to Forever” featuring Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke. This concert encouraged further experimenting with bebop and jazz on the banjo, signs of things to come.

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March 21, 2013

Jazz This Week: Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, Alarm Will Sound, Tributes...

March 29, 2012

Jazz This Week: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Nicholas Payton, Larry...

February 23, 2012

Sheldon, Metrotix Offering Online Presale of Tickets for Bela Fleck and...

February 18, 2012

Delfest Adds Bela Fleck, RRE, Leftover Salmon, Greensky

February 13, 2012

Bela Fleck & The Flecktone Win Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition

February 08, 2012

Kevin Eubanks Band, Walter Trout, Bela Fleck & The Marcus Roberts Trio...

October 21, 2011

Enter the "Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Rocket Science" Giveaway at...

October 23, 2011

Andy Statman, with Bela Fleck and Ricky Skaggs - Old Brooklyn (2011)

October 16, 2011

Shows I'll Never Forget: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Nov. 18, 2003

October 05, 2011

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Spring 2012 U.S. Tour Dates

September 01, 2011

Bela Fleck: World Premiere of Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra

June 23, 2011

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Summer Tour Dates

May 25, 2011

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Rocket Science (2011)

May 21, 2011

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Court 'Danger' With Return to Original...

April 20, 2011

Pollstar: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones to Play the Sheldon Next March

March 29, 2011

Five-Time Grammy Award-Winning Bassist Victor Wooten Teams with Béla...

March 15, 2011

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: New Album and North American Tour

November 25, 2010

Bela Fleck: Jingling All the Way

September 17, 2010

Howard Levy Named Harmonica Player of the Year, Hosts "A Chat with Bela...

September 17, 2010

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Holiday Jingle All the Way Tour

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Apr10Wed
Bela Fleck And Abigail Washburn
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy, NY
$34
Apr25Thu
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck Duet
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts (University of Connecticut)
Storrs, CT
$15-45
Apr27Sat
Chick Corea, Béla Fleck
Keswick Theatre
Glenside, PA
May8Wed
Chick Corea, Béla Fleck
Majestic Theatre
Dallas, TX
May11Sat
Bela Fleck And Chick Corea
Sandler Center For The Performing Arts
Virginia Beach, VA
$18.75-65.00
Jun1Sat
the Flecktones, Victor Wooten, Béla Fleck, Howard...
Wilma Theatre
Missoula, MT
Jun6Thu
the Flecktones, Béla Fleck
Crest Theatre
Sacramento, CA

Discography

Across The Imaginary Divide

Across The Imaginary...

Rounder Records
2012

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Bela Fleck & The Flecktones: Rocket Science

Bela Fleck & The...

Unknown label
2011

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Throw Down Your Heart

Throw Down Your Heart

Rounder Records
2009

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The Hidden Land

The Hidden Land

Columbia Records
2006

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Little Worlds/Ten From Little Worlds

Little Worlds/Ten...

Columbia Records
2003

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Little Worlds

Little Worlds

Columbia Records
2003

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