Award-winning jazz composer and saxophonist Kurtis Adams found his passion for music at an early age while raiding his parents’ eclectic music collection. As a member of the jazz scenes in Denver, Atlanta, and points in between, he has been privileged to share the stage with great musicians including Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Lovano, Conrad Herwig, Bob Mintzer, Tom Harrell, Greg Gisbert, Pat Bianchi, Brad Goode, John Gunther, and Chip Stephens. His compositions have received high praise including an award for Best Original Composition from Downbeat Magazine. He can be heard on Seabreeze Records as a member of the Mike Pagan Big Band as well as on various small group recordings including his first release as a leader, Two Weeks From Tuesday, and newest release, Collage
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Kurtis Adams plays tenor and soprano sax like a wild man.
- Edward Blanco, eJazz News
Willing to teach
Dr. Adams is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Shepherd University in the beautiful Eastern panhandle of West Virginia. He has also served on the faculties of Boise State University and Gordon College. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Studies and a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Colorado as well as a Bachelor of Music Education from Tennessee Technological University.