Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Musician CLIFFORD ADAMS Has Trenton Roots, But Global Reach
Musician Affiliation: KOOL AND THE GANG
Today, Anwar's Reflections was fortunate enough to sit down with well-known trombonist Clifford Adams. Many know him as being part of the top selling jazz group KOOL AND THE GANG, but few know that Adams grew up right here in Trenton, New Jersey. Throughout his illustrious career, Adams has played with many of the jazz greats, including but not limited to, Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan. Thankfully, Adams decided to take his unique talents on the road. In the process, he has been fortunate enough to tour the world and traverse locations the likes of South Africa, Japan, Australia, and Russia, just to name a few. Let's face it, not everyone gets a chance to go on tour with legendary songstress Patti Labelle and the Bluebells at the tender age of 18. Nowadays, you can find Adams traveling the world, doing shows, and accumulating critically acclaimed awards. From American Music Awards (AMA's) to the well-known Grammy's, Adams has seen it all.
Even though you would think a man of his stature would just as easily overlook community outreach due to his fame and fortune, Adams has never forgotten where he comes from. As a result, he has given back to the community through the non-profit organization, DRUM (Developmental Roundtable for the Upward Mobility of Musicians). The organization is fighting to make sure inner city youth have access to music education. In addition to that, Adams truly supports community bloggers like myself and for that I am forever grateful. Below you will find a video recording of my exclusive interview with the one and only CLIFFORD ADAMS: