Adam Larson

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.

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”...a player for whom the word “prodigious” was coined.”- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“…There’s no shortage of advanced, fresh playing on River Styx, the debut disc from the German-born, New York-based drummer Bastian Weinhold. He’s joined by tenor saxophonist Adam Larson, who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind…Speaking of Larson, he contributes an original, Space, to River Styx, and that go-get-’em track provides the CD with its catchiest, most tuneful moments…” – Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

“…Weinhold is supported harmonically by pianist Fabian Almazan and finds an indispensable accomplice in saxophonist Adam Larson, who shares intricate, chopsbusting unison lines with the guitarist on “The Almost Too Loud One,” “Forgotten Plains” and “Dragonfly…”- Bill Mikowski, JazzTimes

“…Larson shows a lot of fire with a powerful solo on the high octane ”Kungafuh.” It pairs nicely with his later statement on the brief, pastoral “Last Line,” where he milks the song's complex rhythms and deceptively simple sound with delicate runs amidst perfectly chosen spaces…”- Warren Allen, All About Jazz

“ up-and-coming young artist who, despite his age, has already begun to establish an impressive and varied career

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Beginner to advanced


Adam Larson Saxophonist/Woodwind Specialist Teaching Resume New York, New York [email protected] (309) 533 2135 2012 • Clinician; Various schools in Germany • Saxophone Instructor; Afro Latin Jazz Alliance at Bronx School for Writers, Bronx, NY • Teaching Assistant; Birch Creek Summer Jazz Camp Session I; July 2011 • Master Classes in Taipei, Taiwan as an Endorsed Artist for P. Mauriat Saxophones • Private Instructor through Musika Organization; New York, New York • Private studio; ages 10-55; all ability levels • Lessons via Skype • Clinician at Quincy High School; Quincy, IL • Clinician at PM Woodwind; Evanston, IL 2011 • Teaching Assistant; Birch Creek Summer Jazz Camp Session I; July 2011 • Faculty; Illinois State University Jr

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Simple Beauty

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Overdue Ovation

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Good Day Without You

From: Simple Beauty
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