ADAM CARLSON – Eugene drummer – is a native of Bend, Oregon and was born in 1991. He began playing drums at the age of 13 when he joined the middle school jazz band. From there, his interest in jazz grew exponentially and eventually become an addiction. Inspired by local Bend jazz educators, such as Andy Armer and Jody Henderson, he immersed himself in the Bend jazz scene. Whether he was taking classes at the Cascades Community School of Music, playing in local musical productions, like Caberet, or playing gigs at Bebop Coffee House, Adam was playing the drums. He began attending summer jazz workshops -- like the Mel Brown Summer Jazz Workshop and the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Camp -- and sought out the best drum instruction he could. Among his many teachers are Portland drummers Mel Brown, Todd Strait, Charlie Dogget, Jason Palmer, and Carlton Jackson. In 2008 & 2010, he was selected to drum for the OMEA All State groups, and in 2009 he was chosen as the drummer for the MENC All Northwest Jazz Choir. He was also awarded an Outstanding Musician Award at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2009 &2010, and then again in college in 2011 & 2012.
Currently, Adam is a Junior in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Oregon and studies with drummer Gary Hobbs. He plays drums in the top University combo and the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, the premiere UO big band under the direction of Steve Owen. As a musician who is extremely involved in what the program has to offer, he takes every opportunity to work with musicians like Mike Denny, Carl Woideck, Steve Owen, Tyler Abbott, Olem Alves, and Don Latarski. Adam has been privileged enough to play drums on numerous debut albums including that of Paul Krueger, Torrey Newhart, Tony Glausi, and Nick Hamel. He also plays in Olem Alves' funk/jazz fusion band called Inner Limits, which recently recorded a new CD. To check out any of these projects be sure to click on Links!
Along with playing many styles of music, Adam also enjoys composing and arranging his own music. He strives to be the best musician he can be and hopes to make a career out of creating music.
Adam plays with a variety of musicians. Check out the groups he is apart of!
Inner Limits (Funk Band):
Paul Krueger Quartet: