Organist Adam Scone remains true to his art form. “The organ is such a vital part of popular music”, he says, “and it’s important that people around the world get to hear it. It is critical that it is not forgotten.” Adam has dedicated his life to keeping the sound of the Hammond B3 organ alive. His new focus is to melt the stylistic preconceptions of the instrument, to break away from the artistic norm, and anticipates showing this creativity to a wider audience with his upcoming solo releases. Currently Mr. Scone has four records under his own name and over 30 as a sideman.
From 2004 to 2009, Scone played organ with JJ Grey & MOFRO, including their breakthrough performance at the Bonnaroo Festival, the Austin City Limits Music Festival and many others. In 2007 JJ Grey & MOFRO performed at the Fairgrounds at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival, as well as returning to Austin City Limits Festival, Langerado Festival, Wakarusa Festival and many others.
In the Jazz world Adam has worked in alto great Lou Donaldson’s band, playing in New York’s two most prestigious Jazz Clubs, the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note. Previously Mr. Scone has worked with Jazz legends Jimmy Cobb, Ben Dixon and Al Harewood, Bubba Brooks, George Braith. He has also recorded with other great musicians in the R&B field, including drummer Bernard Purdie and bassist Fred Thomas.
Adam is also member of the world renowned funk group the Sugarman 3, who have played many of the worlds top music festivals including the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Purple Weekend in Spain, and the Glastonbury Music Festival in the United Kingdom.
In 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007, Mr. Scone was chosen as a Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Jazz Ambassador. This enabled him to bring the organ sound to 24 Countries throughout Africa, South America and throughout the Middle East.
Adam was born September, 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio but grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. He began playing piano at the age of 5. At the age of 16 he switched to the organ after hearing the phenomenal organist Gene Ludwig play. He was highly encouraged by the great Youngstown drummer Shedrick Hobbs. Adam graduated from William Paterson University in New Jersey. In 2003 Mr. Scone also received an Honorary Degree of Music from the Honduras Conservatory of Music.
* Profile photo by Laura Hanifin