Los Angeles based Baritone Saxophonist Adam Schroeder has rapidly become a major force throughout the global jazz scene. Schroeder; a first call for a growing multitude of musical circumstances, is known equally for his hard-driving muscular swing, ferocious be-bopping, meticulous musicianship and leadership as well as his exquisite sound. For Schroeders debut release A Handful of Stars (Capri Records July 20th, 2010), his approach has been described as possessing soul a la Carney, intricate lines like those of Chaloff and Adams, the in-the-pocket swing of Mulligan and the hard-driving take-no-prisoners approach of Smulyan. This description of Schroeders approach is a concise short list of the baritone saxophone lineage with which Schroeders name should duly be added for he is truly a master of the most unwieldy of traditional jazz instruments.
Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, Adam began his musical studies on alto saxophone while in grade school. After an introduction to Charlie Parker in 1992, Schroeders musical interest became fixed solely within the jazz idiom. Mr. Schroeder finally discovered his saxophonistic voice between his junior and senior years, switching from the alto over to the baritone saxophone. Later that same year, Adam was asked to fill the baritone role in the college big band at Clark Terrys International Institute of Jazz Studies. The acceptance of this position sparked a relationship with the famed Clark Terry, which lead to a multitude of musical opportunities shared between the two players, ongoing still today.
In June of 2000, Downbeat Magazine named Mr. Schroeder the Co-Winner of the Jazz Instrumental Soloist Award (the 23rd Annual Student Music Awards); the first time that a Baritone Saxophonist has been given this prestigious honor. Later that same year, Mr. Schroeders career took off with calls coming in from Columbia Artists (Maureen McGovern & John Pizzarelli in Concert), Clark Terry (The QE2s 17th Annual Floating Jazz Festival), & Ray Charles; a call that started a four and a half year relationship up until the singers untimely passing.
Throughout his career, Adam has had the fortunate opportunity to play and record with a growing list of musical greats. Among them are the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Wilson, Diana Krall, Bill Cosby, Bob Mintzer, Bennie Wallace, Michael Buble, Sting, Chris Botti, Louie Bellson, Gerald Clayton, American Idol, Gordon Goodwin, SUPERSAX, Mary Mary, Max Weinberg, the Los Angeles Philharmonic along with the late Nick Brignola and Jack Nimitz. He is a Yamaha Artist and endorses Vandoren Reeds & Mouthpieces. Recently he was voted a Rising Star on the Baritone Saxophone in the 59th Annual Critics Poll as well as the 76th Annual Readers Poll (Down Beat, 2011).