The sound of Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. A musical journey that has spanned more than four decades from the time he first arrived on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene of the early ‘70s. Greg has been a driving force to define artistry that transcends musical genres, still seeking out a course not yet traveled, is at his best when set to explore a new artistic destination.
In sync with an ever evolving musical landscape and a life’s work that has included success as an arranger, songwriter, producer and performer, taking him on worldwide tours and contributing to some of the most important recordings in pop culture. Earning both Grammy and Emmy nominations and an International Broadcasting Award from The Hollywood Radio and Television Society.
Adams is a founding member of Tower Of Power, legendary for the arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. Beginning early with his arrangements on Santana’s “Everything Is Everything”, Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back”, Chaka Kahn’s “Fool’s Paradise”, Little Feat’s “High Roller”, and Heart’s “Tell It like It Is” to name a very few.
Greg’s diversity has made him the consummate performer, setting no boundaries and seeking no labels. Greg has arranged, performed and recorded with countless artists as diverse as his career, including The Eurythmics, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovett, Heart, Linda Ronstadt, Luther Vandross, Aaron Neville, The Brothers Johnson, Phish, Little Feat, Wilson Pickett, Huey Lewis and the News, Raphael Saadiq, Al Green, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Everclear, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Peter Frampton, Mariah Carey, Billy Preston, Terrence Trent Darby, Josh Groban, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Celine Dion.
Greg has played on over five hundred recordings. You’ve heard Greg’s collaboration with Paul Shaffer on the opening theme of The Late Show With David Letterman and on score arrangements in such films as, Duets, Mask, Top Gun, Saving Silverman, Austin Powers In Goldmember with Smashmouth. Teaming up with Stanley Clarke on Little Big League and on Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band with the illustrious Sir George Martin.
A deep commitment to music education and the art of jazz and contemporary music is realized through his continued involvement in music education in our public schools, and colleges through seminars, clinics, performances and development of new artists. Greg strongly believes in music programs at all levels of education.
Adams finds himself doing again what he has always done writing, digging deep and looking forward to the next step on the path that is his musical travelogue.