Adam Booker is the current Associate Professor of Double Bass at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, USA. He was awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Double Bass Performance from the University of Texas, Austin and also holds a MM in Composition and a BM in Jazz Studies from Texas State University, San Marcos. In addition to Adam’s academic instruction, he also studied with François Rabbath, Eric Revis, and the legendary Milt Hinton, as well as members of the San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Adam Booker has presented his research in Early Jazz Double Bass Performance Techniques, and performed at the Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, TX, International Society of Bassists bi-annual conference in Ft. Collins, CO, and at the 2016 European Double Bass Congress in Prague, Czech Republic and the 2018 conference in Lucca, Italy.
Aside from being a sideman on numerous recordings, his first album as a leader, Unraveled Rival, was released in October of 2015 under the Shifting Paradigm Records label. His follow up record in 2018, Seven Last Worlds, is a collaboration between himself and David Heyes, juxtaposing Adam’s jazz performance and compositions with David’s masterpiece for unaccompanied double bass, Seven Last Words from the Cross. His third album, Live in Lucca, released in 2019, is a memento from a UK and Italy teaching and performing tour that occurred prior to the COVID Pandemic