Originally from Normal, IL, twenty five year-old saxophonist-composer Adam Larson, endorsed artist for P. Mauriat saxophones, D'Addario Woodwinds, Lebayle and Bari mouthpieces, began playing saxophone at the age of 11. As a high school student, Larson was a member of virtually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student All-Stars, Jazz Band of America and many others. Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”, and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “a self-assured young saxophonist”, Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Upon completion of his Bachelors degree at The Manhattan School of Music in May of 2012, Larson was selected as a member of the inaugural Manhattan School of Music Jazz Institute to continue his studies as a Master’s student, where he graduated with honors as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding performance in Jazz Performance in 2014.
Released in January of 2013, Larson’s debut album “Simple Beauty” and Larson’s follow up album (released in September of 2013), entitled “Overdue Ovation”, have received high praise from critics such as Peter Hum (Ottawa Citizen), Andrea Canter (The Jazz Police), and Peter Bacon (The Jazz Breakfast-UK), to name a few. Larson keeps an active schedule with his quintet and as a sideman, having performed at several New York City venues including The Jazz Gallery, The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, Cornelia St. Café, The Kitano, Dizzy’s Club-Coca Cola, and several others. Larson has also headlined at the historic Jazz Showcase in Chicago, IL and as a sideman, Adam has performed with numerous groups including Jamie Cullum, Ted Rosethal, Ari Hoenig Nonet, The Otis Brown III Band, Michael Rodriguez Quintet, Nils Weinhold Quintet, Helen Sung Quartet and Sharik Hasan Quartet. Larson's unique sound has been an integral part of several recordings, including guitarist Nils Weinhold’s Shapes, drummer Bastian Weinhold’s River Styx and Cityscape, Till Bennewitz' New York Sessions and trombonist Marcus Lewis’ Facing East. Larson's third record as a leader entitled “Selective Amnesia”, featuring guitarist Matthew Stevens, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Jimmy Macbride, is slated for official release on the Inner Circle Music Label on November 3rd, 2015.