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Adam Nussbaum performing during a jazz festival in Puerto Rico.
|Born||November 29, 1955|
|Years active||1970s - present|
Adam Nussbaum is an American jazz musician.
Nussbaum grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut, and started to play drums at the age of 12 after studying piano for five years. He also played bass and saxophone as a teenager. He moved to New York City in 1975 to attend The Davis Center for Performing Arts at City College. While there he began working with Albert Dailey, Monty Waters, Joe Lee Wilson, Sheila Jordan and he played with Sonny Rollins in 1977 in Milwaukee. In 1978 he joined Dave Liebman's quintet and did his first European tour with John Scofield.
During the early 1980s he continued working with John Scofield in a celebrated trio with Steve Swallow. In 1983 he become a member of the Gil Evans Orchestra and also played with Stan Getz. He later joined the Eliane Elias/Randy Brecker Quartet, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielemans. In 1987 he began touring with the Michael Brecker Quintet. In 1988 they recorded the Grammy-winning "Don't Try This At Home". During 1992 Nussbaum was part of the Carla Bley Big Band and that same year John Abercrombie hired him to complete his organ trio.
Since then Nussbaum has kept active in a wide variety of groups, among them a recently formed quartet "B A N N" with Seamus Blake, Jay Anderson and Oz Noy, a co-op quartet "NUTTREE" (the literal translation of his name, German "Nuss" = "Nut" and "Baum" = "Tree") with Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi and Gary Versace, the James Moody Quartet, "We Three" with Dave Liebman and Steve Swallow, the Eliane Elias Trio, "Playing in Traffic" with Steve Swallow and Ohad Talmor, while maintaining an active freelance schedule with prominent artists of every generation such as Steve Swallow, Mike Stern, Dekel Bor, Ravi Coltrane & Bill Charlap among others.
Nussbaum has taught as an Adjunct professor at New York University, the New School and the State University of New York at Purchase. He also does clinics and master classes around the world.
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With John Abercrombie
- While We're Young (ECM, 1992)
- Speak of the Devil (ECM, 1993)
- Tactics (ECM, 1996)
- Open Land (ECM, 1998)
With Paul Bley
- If We May (SteepleChase, 1993)
With Michael Brecker
- Don't Try This at Home (Impulse!, 1988)
With Gil Evans
- Live at Sweet Basil (Gramavision, 1984 )
- Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 2 (Gramavision, 1984 )
With Hal Galper
- Ivory Forest (Enja, 1979)
With John Scofield
- Rough House (Enja, 1978)
- Who's Who? (Jive, 1979)
- Bar Talk (Jive, 1980)
- Shinola (Enja, 1981)
- Out Like a Light (Enja, 1981)
With Ed Summerlin
- Eye on the Future (Ictus, 1999)
With Steve Swallow
- Damaged In Transit - (ECM/XtraWATT, 2003) with Chris Potter
With Tom Varner
- Motion/Stillness (Soul Note, 1982)
With Miroslav Vitous
- Universal Syncopations II (ECM, 1995)
- Yanow, Scott. "Adam Nussbaum: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- Kenny, Jack. "Local Drummer Nussbaum Heads to Europe; Now Firmly Established in Jazz Firmament. The Norwalk Hour. September 19, 1979. Retrieved 2013-03-31.