Testimonials

"Thanks so much to you and your trio for a wonderful evening of music. Your presentation, programming and artistry were all superb. Further, you and the members of your band are excellent role models for aspiring musicians. The Elmhurst College students were all deeply impressed with your performance. The Q & A was top notch as well, and you all provided thoughtful, insightful answers to the student questions."

- Doug Beach, Elmhurst College

"I was fortunate to have the opportunity to invite Adam to adjudicate the 2015 Rochester School of the Arts Jumbo Gumbo Jazz Band Festival.  I have been aware of Adam's talent as a saxophonist and composer since he was a high school student in Bloomington-Normal Illinois, and assumed that his teaching ability would be equally well-developed.  As it turns out, "well-developed teaching" is an understatement.  Adam was sensitive and empathetic towards the wide variety of experience and ability levels of the students at the festival.  He immediately and accurately addressed areas where improvement was needed in each student band.  He utilized a number of tried-and-true teaching techniques to improve weaknesses; singing, chanting, moving, and asking students to respond physically, vocally, and on their instruments.  As he did so, each band showed marked improvement.  Adam was able to address students on their level, whether they were just starting their journey into the world of jazz music at the middle school level, or they were the most advanced high school musicians at the festival preparing for a career in music.  Each comment Adam made was clear, concise, correct, and truthful.  I hope that in future years Adam will consider utilizing his uncanny teaching ability on a more full-time basis.  Jazz education, music education, and education in general needs Adam Larson.Secondly, Adam's musical performance on All The Things You Are during the concert portion of the festival was outstanding.  His command of the jazz vocabulary, his rhythmic feel, his flowing ideas, his style, his articulation, and his sound were an inspiration to all in attendance.Thirdly, Adam's professionalism was remarkable.  His interaction with the other judges, school personnel, and students was courteous, respectful, and of the highest level of professionalism.  I hope that I have the opportunity to bring this wonderful teacher, musician, and person back to Rochester, New York to work with my students frequently.  "

Doug Stone

Director of Jazz Ensembles: Rochester School of the Arts 

Jazz Department Chair, Eastman Community Music School

“ Adam Larson is that rare individual who is as formidable in the classroom as he is on the bandstand. Watching him perform for and work with my students at Northern Illinois University, I was impressed with his ability to break down not only the technical aspects of the music, but also elements of the modern business of the jazz musician that too frequently go unaddressed in the classroom. Adam has a firm grasp of the skill set every young musician needs today, and I would highly recommend him as a clinician in the high school or college classroom.”

-Geoffrey Bradfield Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Jazz Studies Northern Illinois University

"Adam Larson is just as outstanding of an educator as he is a performer and composer. His passion for jazz is infectious and he uses his talents most effectively to motivate and inspire young jazz musicians of all levels.  As a true professional, Adam will remain a valuable resource to saxophone and jazz communities!"

-Jessica Maxfield, Northern Illinois University Classical Saxophone Faculty, Host of North American Saxophone Alliance Region 5 Conference

“Adam Larson is an engaging speaker: in his presentation he offered students his candid experience, practical examples, positive approach, and valuable advice on the skills and attitude needed to succeed.”

- Angelea Beeching, Manhattan School of Music

"Adam and his group did a clinic for the University of Illinois jazz forum and the insights not only about the original music they were performing but about the music business especially from a band leader perspective, were thoughtful, true, and very helpful to all of our students".  

- Chip McNeil, Professor and Chair of Jazz Studies, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

"Adam Larson is a young, impassioned musician who is able to connect with university students on a smart, creative level. His performance and discussion about his journey as a jazz artist in today's cutthroat industry was impactive and inspirational to my students at Illinois Wesleyan University."

- Tim Pitchford, Director of the Jazz Program at Illinois Wesleyan University

“Adam Larson is a gifted saxophonist whose musical proficiency is evident in both performance and instruction. His master class at the University of North Texas was informative and accessible to a variety of musical levels.”

Bradford C. Leali, Associate Professor/Jazz Saxophone/Director, 3 O'Clock Lab Band, The University of North Texas

"Adam Larson was a magnificent role model for my students and he was very insightful and approachable.  I was delighted at his ability to diffuse the pre-concert anxiety that was so apparent amongst the students with humor that helped build band solidarity.  Adam is an incredible performer and provided an exceptional example of elite musicality that greatly helped to elevate the standard of excellence in this jazz program."

Nick Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies, Hutchinson Community College

“Adam is one of the finest young musicians on the scene today; his technique, creativity, and musicianship are perhaps eclipsed only by his work ethic.  My bands have worked with Adam in clinic and performance settings on several occasions, and each time he and his bandmates have bonded immediately with the students.  I highly recommend him for an informative, interesting, and lively clinic via skype or live”

Kevin Cole, director of Bands, Webster Groves High School, Webster, MO

“Adam is a great teacher, a consummate professional, and relates well to his audience. Our students are still talking about his session.”

- Phil Dunlap, Jazz St. Louis, Director of Education and Community Engagement

"Adam has been to Wisconsin twice in the last five months to share his numerous talents with my high school jazz ensemble.  After the first performance at our state convention I asked Adam If we could commission a piece for our band.  The result was a composition of wonderful complexity, refleshing harmony and orchestration that met the many abilities of my students.  We are hoping to engage him again in the near future for another piece. " 

- Clayton Waccholz, Cedarburg High School Band Director, Cedarburg, WI

"I am so grateful to Adam Larson for sharing his incredible expertise and experience with my students. In addition to being a world-class player and teacher, Adam is young and energetic, and he is able to easily identify with students at the college and high school level. My students learned valuable lessons on practicing, jazz harmony and professionalism during Adam's clinics. I look forward to having him back to my school soon, and I would recommend him as a clinician to any jazz educator looking to enrich their students' learning."

- David Lown, Jazz Director, Carroll Senior High School, Southlake, Texas