The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 06.12.11

The Pace Report: "A Major Milestone" The Adam Cruz Interview

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Born to jazz and Latin drummer Ray Cruz, Adam Cruz has given the jazz world his own voice as a musician. After playing on well over 40 session as a in-demand drummer, Adam released his first solo project titled 'Milestone' on the Sunnyside Records imprint. The New York City native finally took a major leap of faith and wrote and composed what would become 'Milestone.' The recording was made possible by the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, a grant that allows young jazz musicians the opportunity to record and document the elements of roots music which includes jazz. His writing and playing on this recording is enhanced by the stellar line-up which includes: Steve Wilson, soprano saxophone; Ben Street, bass; Edward Simon, fender rhodes/piano; Steve Cardenas, guitar; Chris Potter, tenor saxophone; and Miguel Zenon, alto sax. Many of the musicians that are on 'Milestone' are musicians that he's recorded and played with during his 20 years in the business. As a child Adam's father took him to legendary jazz greats like Buddy Rich to Willie Bobo, and that laid some of foundation for him getting the exposure to play and learn jazz music. It was while he was in college that he studied both piano with Grammy-Award Winning and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at Rutgers University before he transferred to the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 1993. It was also during this time Adam was becoming a young and in-demand session and sideman playing with likes of Paquito D' Rivera, the Mingus Big Band, amd Hilton Ruiz. But it wasn't until he got the call from legendary pianist Chick Corea to join his Origin group that many people took notice. It was in this group where Adam met and played extensively with saxophonist Steve Wilson, who's currently on Milestone. Over the last decade he's been part of the Danlio Perez Trio. Currently, Adam is on tour promoting his new CD. For upcoming dates or to order MIlestone, please visit him on line at adamcruz.net .moreless

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