American popular music. His specialties include ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States and abroad. His concerts are always entertaining as he plays the music of times gone by while informing his audience about the background of the music, presenting a real Americana show.
Adam’s professional abilities came to the fore through his classical background, as he holds a bachelor’s degree in performance as well as a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He was mentored by other ragtime artists, including the famed Max Morath and 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, who are two of his greatest influences. Adam had his Carnegie Hall debut at age nineteen where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has performed privately for Oscar-winning Disney®/Hollywood Composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, etc.)
To add to his credits, he performed a solo concert at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, DC., at only twenty-one years old.
An evening of great entertainment is in store for your audiences as Adam Swanson takes the stage and interprets American music through ragtime, early jazz of the 1920s and ‘30s, and the Great American Songbook.
Presenters: you may want to invite your audience to dress in the era of the 1920s and 30s, making this a real party event.
“Hanging out with Adam Swanson is the closest you’ll ever come to time travel.”
—The Durango Herald