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Adam Bernstein

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“Regardless of format, Adam Berstein is a brilliant tunesmith whose colorful vibes blind the shady music industry” - Home News (NJ)

 Adam Bernstein played bass on Laurie Berkner’s first three award-winning and critically acclaimed releases, 1997’s Whaddaya Think Of That?, 1998’s Buzz Buzz, and 1999’s Victor Vito before officially joining the band.   On 2008’s Rocketship Run, and the 2011 DVD Party Day! he expanded his contribution to the band by lending his singing, songwriting and arranging talents.

 An accomplished composer, arranger and educator, Adam led the successful folk/rock/klezmer/funk 14-piece big band All God's Children for six years. He later performed and/or recorded with a wide range of talented musicians and dancers, including Levon Helm;  Sahib Shihab; Perry Robinson; Walter Perkins; Ethel (string quartet); Teocinte (from El Salvador); Jack Hardy; Claire Daly; The Angstones; Solar; David Driver; Sean Altman and Jennifer Muller/The Works. In 1990 Adam toured Japan with Hilario Soto's Higher Culture, and in 1993 studied percussion at the Escuela Nacional De Danzaq Moderna Y Folklorica in Havana, Cuba.  Adam has composed and arranged many scores for dance, which have been presented at performances spaces such as Columbia and Rutgers universities.

In 1998, while continuing to perform and record, Adam turned his attention toward jazz education. He recently ended his tenure as jazz director at the Berkeley-Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY and faculty member at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and currently heads the Jazz Mindfulness Program, an innovative music program combining meditation and jazz instruction for young people and adults. He has received a proclamation for his outstanding work in jazz education from Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz.

Adam has released four solo CDs, including Dust Off The Timeless Night, produced by They Might Be Giants’ drummer Marty Beller, and featuring special guest Laurie Berkner!  His latest self-produced, arranged and recorded CD The World becomes Your Mirror was released in December, 2011 and features Marty Beller, Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright/Fab Faux), Paul Carbonara, and many others.  

Adam left the Laurie Berkner Band in 2013 and is still actively making music! You can find him at or on Twitter: @iamthebassman