Though rooted in jazz, Denver-based trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator Adam Bartczak reaches into many walks of music. His compositions have been performed by the West Point Academy’s Jazz Knights, the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, Denver’s 9th and Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, and his own Adam Bartczak Republic, among other groups. Adam is in demand as a performer, composer, arranger, and clinician throughout the country.
A Colorado native, Adam grew up playing in jazz, rock, reggae, Afro-Cuban, and Dixieland bands, to name a few. In addition to jazz, blues, and soul, his music and playing are influenced by various
popular and world musics, particularly those of Africa and Latin America.
He earned a BM from the University of Colorado at Boulder before joining Denver-based hip-hop/jazz collective Yo, Flaco! (American Music Award nominee and winner of Jim Beam’s Best Un-signed Band in America) with whom he recorded three albums and toured extensively.
He moved east to attend the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Bob Brookmeyer, earned a MM in Jazz Composition, and had numerous works performed by the Jazz Composers’ Workshop Orchestra and the Jazz Composers’ Ensemble.
Recent projects have included presentations of works at the Jazz Education Network Conference, and for the West Point Jazz Knights Composers Forum, where he worked with esteemed jazz composer Jim McNeely. Adam worked on The Soul of Jewish Music, which premiered in Los Angeles and featured iconic violinist Itzhak Perlman. Performances of his arrangements for jazz orchestra have featured artists such as Donny McCaslin, Jeff Coffin, Robin Eubanks, Brian Lynch, Billy Pierce, and Geoffrey Keezer. He also recently won the Ithaca College Jazz Composition Contest, and groups he has performed in have won numerous awards in Downbeat magazine.
Currently, he performs and teaches in Colorado and is an adjunct faculty member at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He also taught at the University of Northern Colorado, where he recently earned a Doctorate in Jazz Studies with a secondary emphasis in Classical Composition. He plays with several local groups, including his own jazz quintet, which has performed at the Telluride Jazz Celebration on three occasions. His first release as a leader, the Adam Bartczak Republic’s “Grass Is Greener” is available here and on Dazzle Recordings.