Currently alive, at 59 years of age.
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1958 – Béla Fleck, born on the 10th of July in New York City, New York. He is an American virtuoso banjo player. He is most well known for his work with the band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, which he has described as "a mixture of acoustic and electronic music with a lot of roots in folk and bluegrass as well as funk and jazz".
1973 – He started playing banjo when he was 15, but later studied French horn at the New York City High School of Music and Art.
1979 – After high school, Fleck moved to Boston, where he joined the Tasty Licks before releasing his first solo album and starting the Flecktones nine years later. In the interim between the two bands, he also performed with Sam Bush’s Newgrass Revival and his own Spectrum: The Band.
1988 – Received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album for his solo effort Drive that drove him to start the Flecktones with bassist Victor Wooten, harmonica player Howard Levy, and percussionist Roy Wooten. Levy would eventually leave the band, to be replaced by Jeff Coffin on the saxophone.
2006 – He joined young banjo vituoso Abigail Washburn as part of the Sparrow Quartet touring Asia. He’s also had a hand in at least 25 other recordings.