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Adam Bernstein: Bio

"..regardless of format, AB is a brilliant tunesmith whose colorful vibes blind the shady music industry." - Home News


Adam is currently on the road with Jonathan Coulton.


Adam Bernstein's new CD "The World becomes Your Mirror" will be out in October. Produced, arranged and recorded by AB. Featuring the great musicianship of Marty Beller, Jack Petruzzelli, Paul Carbonara, and many others!


Adam Bernstein's CD " Dust Off The Timeless Night" is also available. Produced by "They Might Be Giants" drummer Marty Beller, the CD features the great songwriting, and fantastic musicianship you always expect from AB. Special guests include Laurie Berkner, Jack Petruzzelli (Rufus Wainwright/Fab Faux), Peter Kiesewalter (East Village Opera Co.) and Tricia Scotti.


An accomplished composer, arranger and educator as well as bassist, Adam led the successful folk/rock/klezmer/funk 14-piece big band All God's Children for six years. The Aquarian Weekly (NJ) named Adam "Best Bassist" and the band "Best Band" in 1993. He later performed and/or recorded with a wide range of talented musicians and dancers, including Levon Helm, Jonathan Coulton, 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. As a composer and arranger, Adam has composed many scores for dance, performed at Columbia and Rutgers universities as well as other performances spaces.


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 on the faculty at Jazz at Lincoln Center. He received a proclamation for his outstanding work in jazz education from Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz on June 3, 2005. He runs the Jazz MIndfulness Program, an innovative music program combining meditation and jazz instruction for all age students.

Currently, Adam is a freelance bassist playing with Jonathan Coulton, The Laurie Berkner Band and others. His new record, The World Becomes Your Mirror, will be available this fall.



"The songs written by Bernstein resonate amongst those of us who are trapped in the concrete jungle. The memories of lost loves, unattained loves and desired loves flood all who listen with images of their own experience." - Vos Valley News "

Bernstein provides fine original songs including "Room For The New" and "Long Way Down"" - The Advocate

"The ensemble led by eccentric genius AB, are entertaining as well as enlightening." - The Courier News

"Led by bassist AB whose influences lie more in classic jazz arrangers like Sun Ra and Charles Mingus uses those influences to beef up an addicting style of pop." - Internet Music Service

"Easily sandwiched between Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' and the Beatles 'Hey Jude'.." - The Courier News


discography (as a player, composer and arranger)

Adam Bernstein - Dancing on a Minefield - 2010

All Gods' Children - The Studio Recordings - 2009

All Gods' Children - Love, Treason and the Vegetarian Spacepeople (LIve) - 2009

Adam Bernstein - Dust Off the Timeless Night - 2007

Solar - Suns of Cosmic Consciousness - 2005

Rebecca Martin - Land of My Dreams - 2005

Claire Daly with Solar (CD) - Heaven Help Us All - 2004

Adam Bernstein - Yo Mama Yo (CD) - 2001

The Saras - Siamese Connection (CD) - 2000 (arrangements only)

Driver Quartet - Big And Strong And Lonely (CD) - 1998

Driver Quartet - Night Time (CD) - 2000

Laurie Berkner Band - Rocketship Run (CD) - 2008

Laurie Berkner - Whaddaya Think Of That (CD) - 1997

Laurie Berkner - Buzz Buzz (CD) - 1998

Laurie Berkner - Victor Vito (CD) - 1999

Land Of Minerals - Songs about getting' out there and doing your thing (cassette) - 1997

Eli Yamin - Pushin'30 (CD) -1998

Mark Bradley - Extraordinary (CD) - 1995

Fisherman's Stew - Letter to Norway (CD) - 1995

All Gods' Children - Thorazine Stretch Factor comp CD (Guns and Humus)-1990

All Gods' Children - self titled (cassette) - 1990

All Gods' Children - Zapata and other love songs (cassette) - 1993

All Gods' Children - unreleased (cassette) - 1994

All Gods' Children - Nice Garden (cassette) - 1996