During the early eighties he continued working with John Scofield in a celebrated trio with Steve Swallow. In 1983 he become a member of Gil Evans Orchestra and played with Stan Getz as well. He later joined Eliane Elias/Randy Brecker Quartet, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielemans. In 1987 he began touring with the Michael Brecker Quintet. In 1988 they recorded the Grammy winning "Don't Try This At Home" During 1992 he was part of the Carla Bley Big Band and that same year John Abercrombie hired him to complete his organ trio with Dan Wall.
Since then he's keeping active with Abercrombie, Joe Sample Trio, James Moody Quartet, 'We Three' w/ Dave Liebman & Steve Swallow and also busy maintaining an active freelance schedule. Adam has taught as an Adjunct professor at New York University, the New School and State University of New York at Purchase. He's also done clinics and master classes around the world.
All Music Guide's Biography: Adam Nussbaum
A very versatile drummer who generally plays in advanced settings, Adam Nussbaum is considered a major asset no matter where he appears and one of the finest jazz drummers of the 1990s. Although he started on piano, bass and alto, he eventually settled on drums.
Nussbaum studied at the Davis Center and City College of New York, and by 1978 was making a strong impression in the jazz world, playing regularly with both Dave Liebman and John Scofield (1978-83). Other important associations through the years include Stan Getz (1982-83), Gil Evans, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Michael Brecker, Don Grolnick, James Moody, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, NHØP and Charles Lloyd, along with countless others.
Tours & Festivals...
USA, Europe, Japan, Canada, China, Korea,
South America, Australia & New Zealand
New York University
The New School of Social Research
Long Island University
Jamey Aebersold's Summer Jazz Band Camps
Clinics - USA, Europe, Australia & New Zealand
CCNY/Davis Center - NYC 1975 - 1978
Emerson College - Boston MA. 1974
Sonor - drums
Zildjian - cymbals & sticks
Evans - drum heads
Shure - microphones
Drum Workshop - hardware
Canopus - snare drums
Latin Percussion - percussion
Fredrico - accessories
XL Specialty Percussion - cases.