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"...A superb scatter, Adams precisely navigates thrilling hairpin vocalise amid keen solos for Hopkins' trumpet, agile pianist Tim Ray, bassist Fernando Huergo, flutist/engineer Bob Patton and altoist Shannon LeClaire."
- Fred Bouchard, Downbeat Magazine


Featuring: Kris Adams - Voice
Greg Hopkins - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Tim Ray - Piano
Paul Del Nero - Bass
Mark Walker - Drums
Rick DiMuzio - Tenor Sax/Clarinet
Shannon LeClaire - Alto Sax/Clarinet
Bob Patton - Flute
Fernando Brandao - Flutes
Ben Whiting - Baritone Sax

Possessing an innate sense of time and a voice rich with the echoes of the masters, vocalist Kris Adams is truly a unique artist in the world of jazz. For over 30 years, she has sung at venues and given educational instruction worldwide, and has shared stages, recording studios and teaching clinics with such luminaries as Joe Lovano, Luciana Souza, Gregory Hutchinson, Billy Drummond, Wayne Escoffery Michelle Hendricks and Paul Bley. Kris also has three solo albums to her credit, as well as multiple guest appearances and featured turns on a variety of jazz recordings and projects. She has adjudicated a many national music festivals, as well as participated in conferences around the world.

After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 1982, Kris began performing professionally all over the northeast and subsequently joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Extension Division. There, in addition to her role as instructor, she pursued and received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 1993, studying with respected jazz artists Paul Bley (keyboards), Jimmy Guiffre (reeds) and Dominique Eade (vocals), as well as participating in workshops with such luminaries as Sun Ra, T.S. Monk, Jr. and Claire Fischer. Upon completion of this degree, she joined the faculty at Berklee and is currently a full-time professor in the Harmony, Voice and Ensemble departments and is also a faculty member of the Performing Music at Wellesley College.

Kris is also a successful author, publishing her book “Sing Your Way Through Theory ; A Music Theory Workbook For The Contemporary Singer” (Gerard & Sarzin) in May of 2011. “Longing,” her latest album, is available from CDBaby, iTunes, and Spotify.

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