Adam King

Adam King

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Double Bass

Biography

Adam was introduced to jazz by his father, a saxophonist, who would practice and play jazz in the King household. Pop/R&B classic recordings such as Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions & Marvin Gaye’s Midnight Love, as well as jazz classics by greats such as Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and Horace Silver, were ever present and these would provide the formative basis for future musical endeavours. After initially playing alto sax he then moved to bass guitar after being blown away by the genius of Jaco Pastorius.

Adam studied Jazz at Middlesex University, gaining a First Class Honours. Taking up double bass in the second year of his studies, he has become one of the most in demand bassists on the UK scene. He has played with some of the most prolific musicians on the UK and international jazz scene including Peter King, Stan Tracey, Julian Joseph, Joe Cohn, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton and Nigel Hitchcock amongst many others. He can often be seen playing at London’s top jazz establishments such as Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Jazz Club and Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Adam currently is based professionally in the UK and has toured internationally with various bands and artists. He is also just as comfortable in the studio as on stage having recorded for the likes of Warner Brothers, Universal and the BBC. He is also a busy composer and producer and writes in many different genres for commercial purposes.

Adam is the winner of The Musicians’ Company’s Young Jazz Musician Award 2015.

He can be contacted at adamkingbass@icloud.com.