Adrian Mears

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Adrian Mears in concert, Munich 2009
Adrian Mears in the Unterfahrt jazz club (Munich 2008)

Adrian Mears (born May 1, 1969 in Waratah near Newcastle (Australia) ) is an Australian jazz trombonist and composer who has particularly distinguished himself in the field of modern jazz . In addition to the trombone, he plays the piano, drums and didgeridoo .

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Mears studied until 1989 at the Sydney Conservatorium for Music in Australia, among others with Mike Nock , and later privately with Steve Turre , Robin Eubanks , Richie Beirach , Slide Hampton and Conrad Herwig in New York. While still a student he won awards for "Best Australian Trombonist" (1992 and 1994); In 1990 his band, the Free Spirits , was named the best Australian jazz group. In 1988 and 1992 he won the Australian jazz composition competition. He also played with the top of the Australian jazz scene, including Paul Grabowsky , Bernie McGann , Ten Part Invention , Dale Barlow and James Morrison .

Since around 1991 he has composed for various jazz ensembles, classical brass ensembles, chamber orchestras and choirs, as well as for Australian television, travel and documentary films. In 1992 he moved to Munich , where he played with Harald Rüschenbaum and with the "Connexion Latina" by Rudi Fuesers . In 1994 he appeared in during a European tour Big Band of McCoy Tyner with. He also worked with Dusko Goykovich , Michael Henning's “Experimenti Berlin”, Klaus Doldinger , Peter O'Mara , Bobby Burgess, the sextet by Roman Schwaller (2005-08) and the Federal Youth Jazz Orchestra . He was a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra from 2000–2009 .

He also played with Kenny Wheeler , Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra , the NDR - Big Band with Tim Hagans , Johannes Herrlich's Trombonefire and with Bobby Shew , Don Pullen , Eddie Palmieri , Charlie Mariano , Vitold Rek , Paquito D'Rivera , George Mraz , Adam Nussbaum , Don Friedman , Adam Taubitz , Carla Bley and Steve Swallow . Since 2012 it belongs to the second generation of the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble of Wolfgang Dauner .

With Johannes Enders he led his own quintet. In 1993, Enja Records released his album "Discoveries", recorded in New York with Johannes Enders, Joey Calderazzo , Ronnie Burrage and Ed Howard. There were two more recordings for this label, u. a. All for One 1999. Recordings by his working band , the Adrian Mears New Orleans Hardbop , have been released by TCB, the first being “Jump On In” (2005) and “Birdseye View” (2008). The Adrian Mears Electric Trio is currently on the road in Europe.

He taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim , but also in Cologne and Berlin and is currently professor at the Basel University of Music , where he a. a. Trombone and ear training has been teaching for 19 years.

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Web links

Commons : Adrian Mears  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. JAZZCAMPUS - Adrian Mears. Retrieved March 15, 2018 .