Influences: John Patitucci, Marcus Miller, Dominique di Piazza, John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius, Gary Willis, and great drummers
Instruments: Curbow 5 and 6 string fretted and fretless basses, SWR amplification, D'Addario strings
-Bass department head administrator and instructor at the Atlanta Institute of Music, Atlanta, GA
-Touring clinician and endorsee, SWR amplification systems
-Clinician and endorsee, Curbow String Instruments
-Endorsee, D'Addario strings
-Reviewed in May 1997 issue of Bass Frontiers magazine
-Reviewed in September 1996 issue of Bass Player magazine
-Adam Nitti & Liquid Blue's debut CD received a 4 1/2 out of 5 star rating in September 1995 issue of Strictly Jazz magazine
-Featured in May/June 1995 issue of Bass Player magazine
-Featured in July 1994 issue of Strictly Jazz magazine
-Bassist, frontman, writer, and producer for Adam Nitti & Liquid Blue, a contemporary electric jazz quartet whose first CD release has won universal appeal from listeners in a variety of musical genres, from classical to jazz to rock. Liquid Blue has opened for such acts as Acoustic Alchemy, Mike Stern, the Yellowjackets, Lou Rawls, and Joey Defrancesco.
-House columnist, www.basslessons.com
-First-call commercial session player in Atlanta, with extensive experience in such styles as jazz, R&B, heavy metal, classical, country, and alternative rock. Featured in hundreds of corporate commercial spots such as Coca-Cola, Atlanta Braves, Disney, IBM, Uptons, Atlanta Hawks, Home Depot, and U.S. Marines
-Bassist and writer for Beehive, an Atlanta-based pop/funk band with a fan base encompassing states from the entire Southeastern region. Beehive's unique blend of funk, R&B, and rock influences can be heard on their debut CD release on 'Ol School Records, titled, "Buzz Bits"
-Contributing performer and writer appearing on "The SWR Sound" album, released January, 1998. This is a compilation CD of SWR artists and endorsees, including performances from such world-renown bassists as Marcus Miller, Michael Manring, Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and P-Nut (311). Adam's featured track, "Skitzo," is taken from his soon to be released album of the same name.
-Performed with Oteil Burbridge (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers) at 1998 Winter NAMM, Los Angeles, CA
-Performed with Victor Wooten at his "What Did He Say?" concert, Smith's Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA, December, 1997
-Performed with Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey at their 1997 Ampeg bass clinic, Atlanta, GA
-Performed with Oteil Burbridge and Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit) at 1997 Summer NAMM, Nashville, TN
-Bassist for Peter Erskine at his April 1997 Atlanta Institute of Music clinic
-Bassist for Mike Stern at his May 1997 Atlanta Institute of Music clinic
-Bassist for Wayne Krantz at his July 1997 Atlanta Institute of Music clinic
-Performed with Doug Wimbish at his 1996 Summer Trace Schools clinic
-Bassist for Scott Henderson at his 1995 Atlanta Institute of Music clinic
Current Projects (as of 6/97):
-currently completing my second album, tentatively titled, "Skitzo", which includes guest performances from such high-profile players as:
-Dave Weckl (solo artist, drummer: Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Michel Camilo, Steve Khan)
-Kirk Covington (drummer: Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech)
-Victor Wooten (bassist: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, solo artist)
-Shane Theriot (guitarist: Neville Brothers)
-Steve Bailey (solo artist, bassist: Larry Carlton, the Rippingtons)
-Jimmy Herring (guitarist: Billy Cobham, Aquarium Rescue Unit)
-currently recording and producing Beehive's second album
-touring 5 state Southeastern region with Beehive, supporting their debut EP, titled, "Buzz Bits"
-playing bass clinics for D'Addario, SWR, and Curbow
Future Plans: My long-term goals are centered around my desire to be identified as a world-class player who is contributing something stylistically unique to the bass world. Ultimately, I would love for my music to take me around the globe, allowing me to share my compositions and bass playing with new audiences on every continent. However, I still have other goals I would be happy to achieve, such as landing a tour with one of my jazz or pop idols, and/or appearing on their future releases. Although much of my time is spent writing and arranging for more commercial musical contexts, my hopes of becoming a world-renown solo bassist are closest to my heart. In the meantime, I will continue to play bass clinics, appear on as many gigs as possible, continue to write bass books and curriculum, and create new bass programs for my students. My main bass-playing and writing outlet right now is Adam Nitti & Liquid Blue, a contemporary jazz project which I lead. I also perform and tour!
with a variety of other bands, and try to claim as much commercial session work as my schedule allows. In the words of my personal idol, John Patit
ucci, "Saturation is the key." I'll just continue to drown myself in as much music as possible!
P.O. Box 585
Bethlehem, GA 30620
World Wide Web: Official Adam Nitti website
John Casey, Jr.
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