The pianist Adam Kromelow has the respect of his elders. Jason Moran notes his “adventurous spirit on the piano,” and Arturo O’Farrill heralds him as a “creative and unique voice.” He’s also starting to earn accolades from the press: All About Jazz has proclaimed that Adam is “the real deal,” and the Philadelphia Inquirer describes his trio, featuring the bassist Raviv Markovitz and the drummer Jason Burger, as “scary good.”
Adam grew up in Wilmette, a suburb north of Chicago, and developed his love of music early on. He began classical piano lessons in elementary school, but his attention shifted after he fell in love with the jazz canon, and rock bands like Genesis, in his high school years. At the age of eighteen, the pianist made the move to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music, where he furthered his concept under the tutelage of Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran, who he cites as having been “absolutely pivotal” in his development. While in New York, Kromelow has worked with a range of artists including Bob Mintzer, Jon Irabagon, DJ Logic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In 2012, Adam’s trio with Raviv and Jason released its debut album, Youngblood, on Arturo O’Farrill’s label, ZOHO Music. The release reached the number fourteen position on the CMJ radio charts and was selected as one of the Top Ten CDs of 2012 by the Philadelphia Inquirer. We look forward to hosting Adam, Raviv, and Jason this Thursday at our new home (1160 Broadway, 5th floor) as part of our debut series.
Watch this video of Adam, Raviv, and Jason performing “Monster Bite” live at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago.