2019 Performer

 Highland Mills, New York

Adam Nussbaum is considered one of the finest drummers working today. He has played with a virtual Who's Who in the jazz world, including John Abercrombie, Eliane Elias, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Vic Juris, James Moody, John Scofield, Joe Sample, Ohad Talmor, “Toots” Thielemans and Kenny Wheeler. Nussbaum has joined forces with other musicians to form such groups as BANN with Seamus Blake, Jay Anderson and Oz Noy; We3 with Dave Liebman and Steve Swallow; and The Impossible Gentlemen with Gwilym Simcock, Steve Rodby and Mike Walker. He has recently formed the Lead Belly Project. He has been on countless recordings, including the Grammy-winning Don't Try This at Home with Michael Brecker.

Nussbaum is an in-demand educator, doing clinics and master classes at such institutions as Berklee College of Music, New York University, the New School and at numerous conservatories. He has been invited to collaborate with the finest makers of all things drum-related. He worked with Sonor drums to design a line in the HiLite series; with Zildjian cymbals, he helped develop the Renaissance and Pre-Aged K cymbals. He also co-produced with Hudson Music The Art of Playing Brushes.

Born in New York City, Nussbaum grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut, and started to play drums at age 12 after studying piano for five years; he also played bass and saxophone as a teenager. He moved to New York City in 1975 to attend the Davis Center for Performing Arts at City College. He eventually focused on drums.