Mark Adams is a worldly soul jazz pianist who is proving to be the premiere jazz pianist of his generation. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mark was introduced to the piano by his mother, Velma, a music teacher, at the tender age of 5. With a move to New York at the age of 12, Mark continued to prefect his craft with the encouragement of his father Kenneth, a successful classical and Broadway woodwind musician. Mark further augmented his musical talents at Greenwich House of Music School specializing in jazz and classical music; this followed up by receiving a Bachelor degree in Music and Performance and Fine Arts at City College of New York.
Currently, on tour with a show, Adams created called "Soulful Night Of Keys," featuring Lonnie Liston Smith, Brian Jackson and Mark Adams. This show has been selling out across the country and going to Europe from July 3rd – July 18th 2012.
Among Mark’s many accomplishments are composing; performing in the Broadway musical production of “Guys Named Moe” and becoming an active faculty member of York College (CUNY) where he teaches music theory, as well as beginning and advanced piano techniques.
As a published author and professor, Mark’s book Basics debuted in August 2010, mirrors the courses he teaches at York College that include music theory, piano techniques, keyboard harmony, jazz techniques and improvisation. The inspiration and motivation for the book came from Mark’s observations that the development of one’s musical skills is essential to the development of jazz, that young people represent the future and their talents must be nurtured.
Mark’s heart, passion and love of music are reflected in the free private piano instruction he gives to young, talented pianists who cannot afford the high cost of private lessons.