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Adams, Mark

Adams, Mark

Curriculum Vitae

Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: 718-262-2411
Office Location: AC-1B11

Office Hours  
Mondays  12pm - 2pm or (appointment) 
Tuesdays  1:30pm - 3:00pm or (appointment) 
Thursdays  2pm - 3pm or (appointment) 


Degree Institution Field Dates
MA  Queens College  Music Performance  2014 
BFA  City College  Music Performance (Classical & Jazz)  1991 
As a published author, Mark’s book Basics debuted in August 2010, mirrors the courses he teaches at York College that include music theory, piano techniques, keyboard harmony, jazz techniques and improvisation. In addition to his personal accomplishments, Mark’s extensive musical career has him working and performing with with such Jazz greats as Roy Ayers, Ron Carter, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekela, Bobbi Humphrey, Dave Valentine, Wayne Henderson and Tap-Dancer Savion Glover; R&B artists Erika Badu, Maysa, Bilal, Jocelyn Brown and DJ Pete Rock. Mark has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Africa, and Cuba, Japan and the U.S. with Roy Ayers, as well as under his own name.

Areas of Expertise

Classical Piano
Jazz Piano
Jazz Harmony
Jazz History
African American Music
Western European Music
Popular Music

Books in Field Of Expertise

Mark Adams. Basics: A Comprehensive Approach to Learning the Basic Concepts to Music Theory,Keyboard Harmony,Piano Techniques, Jazz Styles and Improvisation. : Linus Publications, 2010. 142.

Mark Adams. Basics 2nd edition. : Linus Publishing, 2014. 172.

Mark Adams. Piano Magic Method (Piano Book). : Linus Books, 2021. 86.

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Monographs in Field Of Expertise

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Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Lecture on "The Globalization Of Jazz " March 16, 2019: California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Student Government Association (SGA), Excellence in Leadership: 2014-2015.

National Society of Leadership and Success {Sigma Alpha Pi} Excellence In Service To Students Award: 2017.

York College Male Initiative Program, Division Of Student Development - Outstanding Musical Contribution & Influence To The York College Campus and Community: 2016.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Solo Jazz Pianist and Recording Artist: 2002 - Present.

Pianist and Recording Artist, founder of Soulful Night Of Keys featuring Lonnie Liston Smith, Brian Jackson and Mark Adams: 2011-2015.

Music Director for Roy Ayers: 1991-1997, 2002-2010, 2016-present.

Pianist for Broadway Musical "Five Guys Named Moe": 1997-1998.

Pianist for Savion Glover: 1998-2000.

Discography of Professional World Wide Cd Releases: "Asceticism"2002, "Feel The Groove"2007, "Embellishments"2011, "Love & Dance" 2012, "Conversations" 2014, "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" 2018: .