Born in Highland Park and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Pepper grew up playing with a number of jazz legends including Donald Byrd and the legendary Jones brothers (Elvin, Thad, and Hank) before moving to New York City. In his career, Adams played on over 600 sessions including notable dates with Charles Mingus, Stan Kenton, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.
Pepper Adams - Episode 1
This show will highlight his musical influences, his early work with Toots Thielmans and first important albums under his own name from the late 1950’s.
Blues and Roots
Harry Carney with Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington at the Stratford Festival
I Got it Bad
Harry Carney with Strings
Bird’s Best on Verve
Wardell Gray’s Los Angeles All Stars
Pepper Adams Quintet
East of the Sun
Man Bites Harmonica
Hastings St Bounce
10 to 4 Five Spot
Pepper Adams - Episode 2
This podcast will highlight some of his most memorable recordings made with Donald Byrd, Charles Mingus and Duke Pearson from the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. His association with trumpeter Donald Byrd and pianist-composer Duke Pearson from this period yielded some of Pepper’s most memorable recordings. He went on to have a long career as a studio musician, jazz performer, composer, and bandleader through the mid 1980’s working with many of the most important musicians in jazz.