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New York native Adam Cordero is a saxophonist, composer, educator, environmentalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Queens, New York. His dedication to music has led him to play at the most established jazz venues in the NYC area such as The Jazz Gallery, Smalls Jazz Club, Roulette Intermedium, Bar Next Door, Dizzy's, and Williamsburg Music Center. Adam has also performed internationally for a week-long engagement at the Bern Jazz Festival, held in Switzerland. Adam’s quintet, “Arcadia” strives to unite people in the 

need to preserve our environment. "Arcadia" mainly holds benefit concerts— their most recent benefit event on November 18th, 2021 was held as a livestream, and it raised hundreds of dollars for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Adam also released his first album, "Ashland" alongside guitarist Odin Scherer on October 2nd, 2020, 50% of proceeds were donated to the Latino Community Foundation's California Wildfire Relief Fund. "Ashland" has been regarded by master composer Kirk Nurock as "lush, soaring, and healing— the compositions weave through offbeat meters with intellect and grace." Adam was named a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in 2018 and in 2019, he performed and was broadcasted on the East Coast's premier jazz radio station, WBGO. Adam has shared the stage with incredible artists such as Henry Threadgill, Morgan Guerin, Ingrid Jensen, and Tyshawn Sorey. In addition to playing saxophones, Adam also plays clarinet, flute, bass clarinet, and bassoon.

 

Growing up in Roslyn Heights, NY, Adam was often captivated by the simple beauties of nature he was surrounded by. In the past few years, his fascination with the natural world began to entangle itself with his artistry. While Adam’s music explores a crossing of different genres & modern jazz, his compositional process is most inspired by nature. Whether it be hearing a bird call or staring in awe at a tree, Adam uses nature as a catalyst for writing compositions. He hopes his duo project with Odin Scherer and his quintet, “Arcadia”, will inspire listeners to consider their relationship with nature and climate change. 

 

Adam holds a Bachelor's degree with high honors from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Adam currently teaches his own studio of students privately, in addition to being an adjunct faculty member at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music. 

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