Jazz Artist Adam Larson with UWM & UJAY Jazz Ensembles
October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Described by critic Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”; by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”; and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “the sort of jazz musician who gets flagged early on as a promising talent and then hustles to meet every requirement for success,” jazz artist Adam Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation.
Larson has been a part of several tours that have allowed him to see more of the world than he once thought possible. He was a guest artist at the 2017 Sopot Jazz Festival in Sopot, Poland and has toured India,Taiwan, Holland and Germany as well much of the United States. In 2015, Larson’s quartet was selected as one of ten ensembles to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program and toured Africa for 35 days visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin and Ghana.
Beyond maintaining an active touring and recording schedule, Larson continues to be a sought after clinician and master class presenter at several high schools and universities across the Midwest and beyond, including appearances at HKU Conservatory-Utrecht, University of Iowa, Drake University, University of Northern Iowa, Temple University, Yale, Manhattan School of Music and University of North Texas among many others.
Larson authored the jazz etude book, “Leaps & Sounds: 12 Contemporary Etudes for Jazz Saxophone,” which has been sold in more than 30 countries. He maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writing for school jazz ensembles, having written more than thirty original works to date. Larson was commissioned by the Illinois Music Educators Association to compose the All-State composition for the 2020 convention. Larson is a teaching artist for jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Let Freedom Swing” program, The New York Pops Ed education programs, and has a diverse private lesson studio of Skype students from the U.S. and abroad. He endorses P. Mauriat saxophones, Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures and Boston Sax Shop saxophone necks.
General – $10* / Senior & Faculty and staff – $8* / Students & under 18 – free
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