Adam Nussbaum

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Adam Nussbaum
Adam Nussbaum at a jazz festival in Puerto Rico
Adam Nussbaum at a jazz festival in Puerto Rico
Background information
Born (1955-11-29) November 29, 1955 (age 66)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1970s–present

Adam Nussbaum (born November 29, 1955) is an American jazz drummer.

Early life[edit]

Nussbaum was born in New York City on November 29, 1955.[1] He grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut, and first played the drums at the age of four.[1] After five years of piano study, he got his first drum set when he was around twelve.[1] He later studied music at the City College of New York, during which time he also played in local clubs.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

In 1978 he joined Dave Liebman's quintet and did his first European tour with John Scofield.[2]

Nussbaum played with saxophonist Stan Getz in 1982–83.[3] In 1983 he also became a member of the Gil Evans Orchestra, and toured Europe and Japan with it two years later.[1]

He later joined the Eliane Elias/Randy Brecker Quartet, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielemans.[1] In 1987 he began touring with Michael Brecker's band.[1] During 1992 Nussbaum was part of the Carla Bley Big Band and the previous year John Abercrombie hired him to complete his organ trio.[1]

Nussbaum has kept active in a wide variety of groups and as a freelance.[1] His recording debut as leader was in 2018, with The Lead Belly Project.[1] This quartet album was released by Sunnyside Records.[4]


Adam Nussbaum (2015) in Aarhus, Denmark
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As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With John Abercrombie

With Paul Bley

With Michael Brecker

With George Cables

With Ted Curson

With Gil Evans

With Hal Galper

With Lee Konitz

With David Liebman

With Rick Margitza

  • Color (1989, Blue Note)

With Karlheinz Miklin

  • Last Waltz (1997)

With Tisziji Munoz

  • Visiting This Planet (Anami Music, 1980's)
  • Hearing Voices (Anami Music, 1980's)

With John Scofield

With Ed Summerlin

  • Eye on the Future (Ictus, 1999)

With Steve Swallow

With Sigurd Ulveseth

  • To wisdom, the prize (Taurus Records, 1995)
  • Infant eyes (Taurus Records, 1997)
  • Wish I knew (Taurus Records, 2001)

With Tom Varner

With Miroslav Vitous


Web sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kernfeld, Barry (2003), Nussbaum, Adam, Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J334400
  2. ^ Kenny, Jack. "Local Drummer Nussbaum Heads to Europe; Now Firmly Established in Jazz Firmament. The Norwalk Hour. September 19, 1979. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Adam Nussbaum: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  4. ^ Murph, John (April 2018). "Adam Nussbaum: The Lead Belly Project". DownBeat. Vol. 85, no. 4. p. 50.

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