About Adam Brenner – Saxophonist

Saxophonist Adam Brenner

Noted saxophonist and composer Adam Brenner has performed with many of the world’s greatest jazz figures such as Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Slam Stewart, Mel Torme and many others.

Adam began his professional career playing in local jazz clubs in the Newark, NJ area at age 19.  He performed with many great artists in the newark jazz scene such as organists Gloria Coleman and “Big” John Patton as well as basist Vinnie Burke in clubs like Sparky J’s and the Peppermint Lounge.  In 1982, He graduated with a B.A. in Music from Rutgers University. During his four years at Rutgers University, he performed with the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble with legendary artists such as Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon, Philly-Joe Jones, James Moody, George Coleman and Sonny Stitt. He studied with saxophonist Paul Jeffrey, pianist Kenny Barron and guitarist Ted Dunbar. While in the Rutgers/Livingston jazz ensemble, he also performed at the NAJE convention in Philadelphia and the Kool Jazz Festival in Saratoga, NY, with guest performer, Barry Harris.

In 1982, He began a long association with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and participated in many European tours, a South American tour for the US State Department and various recording sessions. Adam also had the opportunity to perform alongside many guest performers with the Hampton band such as Milt Jackson, George Benson, Harry “Sweets” Edison, George Duvivier, and saxophone greats such as Arnett Cobb, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz and “Illinois” Jacquet.

In 1987, he left the Lionel Hampton Orchestra to pursue career as a bandleader and free-lance artist around the New York and New Jersey area. He performed and recorded with vocalist Mel Torme, Vernel Fournier, George Coleman, Slide Hampton and noted bassist and composer Bill Lee. He has led various ensembles of his own, and has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Stan Getz, Lou Donaldson, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Frankie Dunlop, Junior Cook, Billy Higgins, Harold Mabern, Jamil Nasser and many others. He has recorded with Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme’ and George Coleman, Bill Lee and Arnold Lee and others.

In 1989, he was awarded a National Endowment For The Arts study grant to study one on one with saxophone master George Coleman.  This led to a rewarding relationship with George Coleman.  George has been a teacher, mentor and friend for over 20 years.  Adam gained much from studying directly with George Coleman as well as having numerous performing opportunities both in sitting in with George at New York jazz clubs as well as working with his world famous octet.  Adam performed with the George Coleman Octet at Birdland, Smoke and Small’s in NYC as well as Jazzmobile concerts with the legendary saxophonists Junior Cook and Frank Foster.

In 1996, he was chosen to participate in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. He continues to lead his own groups in and around the New Jersey and New York areas. His playing has received the praise of such artists as George Coleman, Michael Brecker and Lou Donaldson.

His first CD release as a leader should be out sometime later this year featuring pianist David Hazeltine. Adam plays alto and tenor saxophones.

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