Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Adam Schneit grew up in Portland, Maine, and has made Brooklyn his home since 2006. He earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with esteemed artists including Steve Lacy and Bob Brookmeyer. Since moving to New York, he has contributed to the work of performers in a range of genres, from jazz musicians to singer-songwriters. His main project, the Adam Schneit Band, combines the freewheeling, improvisational spirit of jazz with the visceral directness and melodic purity of rock and folk music. The band (featuring Sean Moran, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, bass; and Kenny Wollesen, drums) released its first album, “Light Shines In,” on Fresh Sound New Talent records in December 2016.
Among the other creative artists he has made music with are David Ambrosio, George Schuller, Jacob Sacks, Chris Lightcap, Vinnie Sperrazza, Devin Gray, Flin van Hemmen, Sunny Kim, Heather Masse and Sofia Koutsovitis. He was a co-leader of the cooperative group Old Time Musketry, and regularly plays as a sideman in a number of groups, including the Anna Weber/Angela Morris Big Band and the Jesse Peterson Quartet. He also played on the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
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“…like songs without a singer. The leader’s tenor saxophone voice is up-close and warm…seeking emotional communication, giving space to lyrical ideas.”
-Martin Longley, Downbeat
“There’s a Leonard Cohen reference in the title track, which is perhaps a reminder that Schneit’s main inspiration isn’t heads-and-chords jazz noodling but properly shaped songs by real songsmiths…Schneit has the authority and distinctiveness to make a virtue of diversity. Strongly recommended.” (Four stars)
-Brian Morton, Jazz Journal (UK)
“…ups the ante with songs that have the power of Ornette Coleman’s work with Pat Metheny…The tenor solo covers a wide swath of melodic and sonic territory, dancing along atop the splashing cymbals, chunky guitar chords and bouncing bass lines…”Light Shines In“ has influences in the blues, country, jazz, and folk music, stirs in a generous helping of melody, conversational interaction and a sympathetic rhythm section, and asks that you just listen