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Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain set for Peace Center / Greenville Journal

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Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain come to Greenville SC's Peace Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6.  Fleck has spent over 40 years redefining his chosen instrument, the banjo, into something beyond what pioneers like Uncle Dave Macon or Grandpa Jones could ever have imagined. Sure, players like Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe took the instrument beyond the basics of bluegrass in their respective times, but Fleck has blazed trails that no one ever even considered.

Along with musicians like Dobro player Jerry Douglas and mandolin player Sam Bush and a few others, Fleck pushed bluegrass into new territory in the early 1980s either in the aptly named New Grass Revival or on his own periodic solo releases. Then he dove headlong into jazz with his band the Flecktones, before taking on classical music with his 2001 album "Perpetual Motion." He's also explored folk music with his wife, fellow banjo player Abigail Washburn, and even dipped his toe into jam-oriented rock with an appearance on the Dave Matthews Band's "Before These Crowded Streets" album.

Along the way, Fleck has become one of the most respected players and composers in any genre of music, as proven by the range of categories his 14 Grammy wins have come in. He's taken home trophies for best instrumental country performance, best contemporary jazz album, best classical crossover album, best folk album, and even best contemporary world music album.

That is a broad resume, which Fleck himself acknowledges.

"Perhaps it's a short attention span issue?" he muses. "I certainly see myself as a lifelong student of music, and I love to put myself in situations where I can learn a lot and need to rise to the occasion. I started wanting to learn about classical music simply because I was looking for the next step in complexity after learning the bluegrass fiddle tunes and instrumentals. I found that in Bach and Paganini and, really, all over the place in classical music."

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