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Adam Smale / Bio

“Guitarist Adam Smale plays with great authority and confidence right from the opening. . .keeps the focus on strong original compositions and terrific interplay.” – Jazz Report

“Adam Smale . . . is a master guitarist with a nice subtle tone and great comping skills with a knack for pulling off some truly inventive soloing.” – Riffage.com

Audiences love the sound of Adam’s seven string guitar. What emerges are distinctive yet subtle nuances, a piano-like quality creating an illusion, luring the ears into hearing two guitars.
Drenched in traditions of the illustrious past, with a respectful nod to legendary jazz masters, you hear Modern Jazz that is genuine, and self realized through an investigation into his art. Whether it is his own compositions, or interpretations of jazz classics, Adam’s music ranges from up-tempo and dynamic to gentle and soft, but always infused with passion and his love for music and performing which listeners recognize and appreciate.

For the past 33 years, since the age of 12, Adam has been playing professionally and has performed all styles of music, from Bluegrass and Country to Rock, Reggae and R&B. For the past two decades, however, Jazz has been Adam’s sole avenue of expression as a musician, composer and recording artist. His natural propensity for improvisation and skill at creating full, vibrant sound from his guitar has afforded him the privilege and pleasure of performing with top Canadian Jazz luminaries such as Don Thompson, Terry Clarke, Bob Mover, and Norman Marshall Villeneuve. In August of 2009, after obtaining a Masters in Jazz Performance in Michigan, Adam moved to Brooklyn, New York.

More About Adam:
• Plays self-designed, unique seven string guitar

• Fun City CD, an independent debut release, reached No.9 in the Canadian National Jazz Chart: “. . .FUN CITY is a tasty treat for jazz ears. Attuned to innovation. . . excitement. . .” – Tien Providence, CKLN 88.1 FM

• Adam Smale Jazz Quartet placed 2nd in the prestigious Grand Prix du Jazz during the 2002 Montreal Jazz Festival

• Adam’s Song “It Was Something She Said” made it to the “Top 20” in the Jazz/Blues category of the 2005 Unisong International Songwriting Contest, even though this song is an instrumental competing against songs with lyrics

• Over 20 years performing in clubs, theaters & festivals in Greater Toronto Area, New England and Mid West performing Jazz Standards & his own original compositions. Festivals Include: Toronto Jazz Festival (1997-2002, 2005 & 2008); Detroit Jazz Festival (2008); Sault Ste. Marie Jazz & Blues Festival
(2004 & 2007); Montreal Jazz Festival (2002)

• Adam continues to enhance and refine his playing by independent study with renowned jazz musicians such as Pat Martino, and Ben Monder. Presently, he is composing new, original tunes for his third CD, anticipated release in Fall 2012

• While not playing or teaching, Adam writes. He recently wrote and self-published a book for guitarists, A New Approach to Scales for Guitarists: A Practical Modern Direction (newapproachtoscales.com). A second book based upon his “new approach” is in the works

General Info

Band Members
Jay Sawyer (drums), Michael O'Brien (bass)
Artist Name
Adam Smale
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Post Modern / Be Bop influenced

Contact Info

New York, NY

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