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Adam began musical studies in grade school with the violin at 9, clarinet at 10 and the alto saxophone at age 11. At age 15 or 16, his high school band director let Adam borrow a few jazz recordings by Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane that had a profound impact upon him.
Adam studied at Rutgers University from 1978 to 1982, where he graduated with a B.A. in music performance. At Rutgers, Adam made a life-long connection with his professor, Paul Jeffrey. Paul was a great inspiration to Adam who became a pivotal force at Rutgers and brought many great guest artists-in-residence to Rutgers including George Coleman, Sonny Stitt, James Moody.
Adam joined the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in July 1982 and began a 5 year stint with Lionel Hampton. After over a dozen European tours and a tour of South America, Adam left Lionel Hampton and began to work with various bands in and around the New Jersey and New York City area.
Adam began a fruitful association with legendary saxophonist George Coleman in 1987, beginning with joining the George Coleman Octet. The first gigs included Frank Foster and Junior Cook in the saxophone section of the octet. Around this time, Adam also began studying privately with George Coleman. Adam is very thankful for the opportunity to have performed, recorded and studied with George Coleman.
Adam has had the opportunity to perform regularly with the groups of Vernel Fournier, Bill Lee and George Coleman as well as many others. He has received high praises from his peers, as well as many legendary artists such as Ahmad Jamal, Michael Brecker, James Moody, Lou Donaldson and Benny Golson.