Adam Rogers (musician)

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Adam Rogers
Oslo, Norway, 2017
Oslo, Norway, 2017
Background information
New York City
LabelsCriss Cross
Associated actsLost Tribe, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter

Adam Rogers is an American jazz guitarist.

Early life[edit]

The son of Broadway performers and musicians, he began playing piano and drums at just 5 or 6. He became "obsessed" with Jimi Hendrix and began collecting Hendrix recordings after starting guitar at age 11. He listened a great deal to the Hendrix recordings, and by 14 had learned to play in the style of Hendrix. It was at this time that he was exposed to the music of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery and began to study Jazz music. His jazz guitar teachers have included John Scofield and Barry Galbraith.


For five years, Rogers studied classical guitar at Mannes School of Music. Beginning in the 1990s, he spent over ten years as a member of the jazz fusion band Lost Tribe with David Binney, David Gilmore, Fima Ephron, and Ben Perowsky. For several years he was a member of Michael Brecker's bands, and was a founding member of the quartet Forq. He leads a quartet and the trio Dice.[1][2][3]

He has also worked with Kenny Barron, Brian Blade, Walter Becker, Michael Brecker & Randy Brecker, Ravi Coltrane, Christian McBride, Uri Caine, James Carter, Regina Carter, Ravi Coltrane, Larry Coryell, Eliane Elias, Marcus Miller, Joe Jackson, George Russell, David Sanchez, Bill Evans, Gil Evans Orchestra, Forq, Norah Jones, Jack McDuff, Mingus Big Band, John Patitucci, Chris Potter, Paul Simon, Alex Sipiagin, Phillip Bailey, Kenny Werner, Cassandra Wilson, Lizz Wright, and John Zorn.[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Art of the Invisible (Criss Cross, 2002)
  • Allegory (Criss Cross, 2003)
  • Structure (ACT, 2004)
  • Apparitions (Criss Cross, 2005)
  • Time and the Infinite (Criss Cross, 2007)
  • Heaven on Earth (Half Note, 2009)
  • Sight (Criss Cross, 2009)
  • R&B (Criss Cross, 2015)
  • Dice (Adraj, 2017)

With Lost Tribe

As sideman[edit]

With David Binney

  • Point Game (Owl, 1990)
  • Free to Dream (Mythology, 1998)
  • South (ACT, 2001)
  • Afinidad with Edward Simon (Red, 2001)
  • Balance (ACT, 2002)
  • Welcome to Life (Mythology, 2004)
  • Out of Airplanes (Mythology, 2006)
  • Oceanos with Edward Simon (Criss Cross, 2007)
  • Anacapa (Criss Cross, 2014)

With Ralph Bowen

  • Dedicated (Posi-Tone, 2009)
  • Due Reverence (Posi-Tone, 2010)

With Randy Brecker

  • Into the Sun (Concord, 1997)
  • Hangin' in the City (ESC, 2001)
  • 34th 'n' Lex (ESC, 2003)
  • The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion (Piloo, 2013)
  • Randy Pop! (Piloo, 2015)

With Regina Carter

  • Reverse Thread (E1, 2010)
  • Southern Comfort (Sony, 2014)

With Scott Colley

With Alana Davis

With Bill Evans

  • Live in Europe (Lipstick, 1995)
  • Starfish & The Moon (Escapade Music, 1997)
  • Touch (ESC, 1999)

With Giora Feidman

  • The Dance of Joy (plaene, 1992)
  • Klassic Klezmer (plaene, 1993)
  • Klezmer Celebration (plaene, 1997)

With Phillip Johnston

  • Phillip Johnston's Big Trouble (Black Saint, 1993)
  • Music for Films (Tzadik, 1998)

With Norah Jones

  • Come Away with Me (Parlophone, 2002)
  • Turn Me On (Blue Note, 2002)

With David Krakauer

  • Klezmer Madness! (Tzadik, 1995)
  • Klezmer, NY (Tzadik, 1998)

With Monday Michiru

  • Episodes in Color (SAR, 2002)
  • Naked Breath (ArtistShare, 2004)
  • My Ever Changing Moods (Geneon, 2008)
  • Nexus (Pony Canyon, 2008)
  • Don't Disturb This Groove (Grand Gallery 2011)
  • Soulception (Adventure Music, 2012)

With John Patitucci

With Chris Potter

With Edward Simon

  • Simplicitas (Criss Cross, 2005)
  • Sorrows & Triumphs (Sunnyside, 2018)

With Alex Sipiagin

  • Images (TCB, 1998)
  • Mirrors (Criss Cross, 2002)
  • Returning (Criss Cross, 2005)
  • Out of the Circle (ArtistShare, 2007)
  • Generations: Dedicated to Woody Shaw (Criss Cross, 2010)
  • Balance (Criss Cross, 2015)

With others


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  2. ^ Miller, David (12 September 2005). "Adam Rogers: Tonal Beauty". All About Jazz. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ Milkowski, Bill (20 August 2012). "Before & After with Guitarist Adam Rogers". JazzTimes. Retrieved 8 March 2017.

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