Matt Adams is very active in the Central Ohio area as a saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader. His first CD, Case in Point, drew comparisons to John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson, and Sonny Rollins.
A 1994 graduate of Capital University, Matt has been on the scene ever since, playing with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Bootsy Collins, The Temptations, Bobby Vinton, Vaughn Weister's Famous Jazz Orchestra, The New Basics Brass Band, Madrugada, Brasillera, and his own Matt Adams Quartet.
Utilizing the amazing history of the tenor sax is a tall order for anyone, yet Matt has paid his dues and plays enough history to have made it 'in the door'...he has come up with his own direction, followed his own heart, and truly found his own voice. I think the listener will agree that Matt Adams' voice on the saxophone, as evidenced on this recording, is one to behold.
- Dr. Michael Cox, Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies, Capital University; Columbus, OH
Matt Adams Quartet
It’s easy to hear saxophonist Matt Adams’ influences. There’s the edgy, visceral sound of his hero John Coltrane, the adventurousness of Dewey Redman, the phrasing of Joe Henderson, the freewheeling improvisations that recall Joe Lovano and, when he does ballads, the soulful approach of Ben Webster.
But Adams, whose quartet will perform Nov. 10 at Dick’s Den, has forged a sound of his own: dark, lyrical and imaginative.
“When I got to high school, I joined the jazz band, and that’s where I learned to make things up” says Adams, 33, who grew up in Navarre, Ohio
Willing to teach