Ken Beilman the Jazz Musician:
Dr. Beilman studied classical piano for 10 years in his youth but has always had a penchant for jazz. His mother was a pianist, as was her mother and Ken was exposed to jazz from an early age. However, he did not seriously pursue performing jazz until he completed his training as a physician and had the time to pursue it. Ken has studied jazz piano privately with Steve Crews, Dick Sisto, Todd Hildreth, Chris Fitzgerald, and John Bizianes and has participated in University of Louisville jazz combos. He has hosted and performed at his annual jazz party, Celebration of Jazz, in his home for the past 20 consecutive years. The Celebration of Jazz event features performances by local and regional jazz musicians, as well as by some nationally known artists, such as Mulgrew Miller. Dr. Beilman is also known for being a regular sponsor of University of Louisville Jazz Fest. Other performances of his have been at the Rudyard Kipling and sitting in at the Seelbach Hotel with Dick Sisto. On five occasions, Ken has appeared at the Jefferson County Medical Society's annual Evening of Arts and Medicine as the pianist in the group, Dr. B. and the Boppers.
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