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Adam Klipple, who has been described as "a standout pianist who has gone to school on McCoy
Tyner and Cecil Taylor and earned his degree," plays piano, Hammond organ, sampler and a variety
of vintage keyboards. He leads three of his own groups. Drive-By Leslie, his Hammond organ quartet,
explores many styles of electric jazz from the organ trio to the present. Sneak makes melodic,
otherworldly songs featuring vocalist Becca Stevens. The Masters of Tashkent is his eight-piece
In addition to his personal endeavors, Adam has been involved in stage and recording projects with
Craig Harris, Graham Haynes, Joseph Bowie and Defunkt, Ron Affif, Vinny Valentino, Jason Marshall,
and Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe. His credits also include performances with the Sun Ra Arkestra,
Sekou Sundiata, Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Carla Cook, Dave Fiuczynski, David
Gilmore, Josh Roseman, Vincent Gardner, Peter Apfelbaum, Joel Harrison, Jay Rodriguez, Groove
Collective, and Smokey Robinson.
Also a composer and arranger, Adam Klipple and Drive-By Leslie toured southeast Asia and the Pacific
Rim as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2006 Rhythm Road. Adam has garnered touring and composing
grants from Arts International and Meet the Composer, to travel to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to
collaborate with local folk musicians. His jazz piano quartet toured as a Jazz Ambassador in 2003, and
was sponsored by the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of State on a six-week tour of
concerts and master classes in Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
He has appeared at such renowned venues as the Blue Note, Iridium, the Jazz Standard, Blues Alley
and the Knitting Factory, and at international jazz festivals ranging from the Umbria Jazz Festival,
to the JVC Jazz Festival, the Moers Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Free
Jazz Festival in Rio de Janeiro, the JazzNOJazz Festival in Zurich, the Akbank Jazz Festival in Turkey,
and the Poretta Soul Festival in Italy.
Photo by Richard Vignola.
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