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Jimmy Amadie

Jimmy Amadie

The title of Jimmy Amadie’s second release on TPR Recordings, Savoring Every Note, has great significance for the Philadelphia-based pianist. Because of a painful tendinitis condition that delayed his recording debut for decades (Amadie was “ready” in the late ’50s, gigging with the likes of Red Rodney and Woody Herman), he cannot play for more than a few minutes before resting. It’s just too painful. “I don’t waste any notes,” he reveals. “They all hurt. I mean every note I play because I know I’m going to pay for it, that’s just the way it is.”

Sports injuries first led Amadie, a star athlete, to music. Dedicated and inspired by his love of jazz, and Bud Powell in particular, he practiced incessantly, then gigged and frequented jam sessions almost daily. “There’s a difference between playing wrong and overplaying. I never played wrong, I overplayed,” he explains.

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