Adam Kolker

Adam Kolker is a multi-talented performer, composer and arranger. He performed and recorded with latin-jazz artist Ray Barretto from 1994 through 2002 (with whom he received two GRAMMY nominations). He also appears in New York City with groups including the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Fred Hersch's “My Coma Dreams,” the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Bruce Barth, Judi Silvano, Lucia Pulido, and his own groups with John Abercombie and Billy Hart. He has recorded with Bruce Barth, John Hébert, Marty Ehrlich, The Story, Bobby Previte, Gunther Schuller, Bruce Saunders, Frank Carlberg, among others.

Adam is also a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, was a full time Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1999-2008 and currently teaches at Kutztown University and Prinz Claus Conservatory in the Netherlands.

Kolker’s first release as a leader, “Crazybird”, on A Records with Tim Hagans, Kevin Hays, Jeff Ballard and Doug Weiss, reached the Top Ten on the CMJ Charts, and received critical acclaim from such publications as Jazz Times, JazzIz and the Village Voice.

Other CDs include “Sultanic Verses” (Satchmo Jazz Records) with Bruce Barth, Billy Hart, Ray Barretto and John Hébert, “Change Of Time” (OmniTone Records) a trio with Russ Lossing and John Hébert, performing music based on music by Bela Bartok which received 4 1/2 stars in Downbeat Magazine and was voted one of the Top CD's of the Decade.

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Aqua Piazza Records



Aqua Piazza Records 002


Hiding Out

Zoho Music



Sunnyside Records



Sunnyside Records



From: Hiding Out
By Adam Kolker


Chris Potter
saxophone, soprano
David Binney
saxophone, alto
Mark Turner
saxophone, tenor
Donny McCaslin
saxophone, tenor
Seamus Blake
saxophone, tenor
Sam Rivers
saxophone, tenor
Ted Nash
Chris Cheek
saxophone, baritone
Steve Lehman
saxophone, alto
Jerome Sabbagh
saxophone, tenor
Adam Rudolph
Benny Reid
saxophone, alto
Deidre Rodman
voice / vocals

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