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  • Steve Adams (2014)

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    Saxophonist Steve Adams was born in Rockville Centre, New York, and spent his teenage years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his father was a professor. Steve is a graduate of the School of Contemporary Music in Brookline, Massachusetts, and studied composition with Alan Crossman and Thomas Oboe Lee, saxophone with David Birkin, and Indian music with Peter Row and Steve Gorn.

    Steve has appeared on over 50 recordings and projects, half a dozen of them as leader or co-leader. He performed Edmund Campion's "Corail" for saxophone and computer-generated electronics, first with the Berkeley Symphony and then at the Ojai Music Festival, and was a member of the 25th Anniversary performance of Terry Riley's "In C".

    If that's not enough, Steve writes for theater, and in recent years has also begun to create graphic scores—now numbering over three dozen. Somehow he manages to find time to teach at Mills College.

    Steve has been a member of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet for over 25 years—but is still the new guy!
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Carla Bley and Phil Woods Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill Lost in the Stars A&M
    # 2 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Far East Suite Isfahan RCA
    # 3 Charles Mingus Blues and Roots Moanin' Atlantic
    # 4 Steve Lacy and Charlie Rouse That's the Way I Feel Now Ask Me Now A&M
    # 5 Paulo Moura and Raphael Rebello Dos Irmãos Um a Zero Caja
    # 6 Christian Tetzlaff J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo Sarabanda from Partita No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1004 Hänssler Classic
    # 7 Jackie Byard Amercord Nina Rota Amercord A&M
    Book Thomas Pynchon, "Against the Day"
    Luxury Item A lifetime supply of iced Earl Grey tea
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