Musician-composer Béla Fleck

Béla Fleck
Tavis Smiley

The groundbreaking banjoist reflects on a career of defying labels and demonstrates his talent with a performance of a track featured on his CD, “The Imposter.”

Described both as the world's premiere banjo player and a musician that's reinvented the image and sound of the banjo, Béla Fleck has had a remarkable career that's taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. He's well known for his work with the Flecktones and has appeared as a sideman with a wide range of artists, including the Dave Matthews Band, recorded with African traditional musicians and toured with the likes of Chick Corea. Fleck's total Grammy count is 15 wins and 30 nominations—in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history, including pop, jazz, classical, as well as composition and arranging.