Adam Neely is a bass guitarist, composer, and music educator living in Brooklyn, NY.
Adam grew up in a musical household, and picked up the bass to join a rock band at the age of 13. He quickly graduated from garage band tinkerings to playing in rock and jazz venues across the DC area while still in high school. Adam began composing during this time, including a big band composition premiered for his graduating high school class of 2006, and was recognized as a 2006 Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. In 2007 he was accepted into the Berklee College of Music, and studied composition with Greg Hopkins, Scott Free, Ken Pullig, Marti Epstein and Yakov Gubanov, among others. In 2009 he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Jazz Composition and soon moved to New York City to study with jazz composer and pianist Jim McNeely at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded his Masters degree in Jazz Composition in 2012.
Adam has had big band and chamber jazz works of his performed at the Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club, DAR Constitution Hall, the David Friend Recital Hall and the Lawrence & Alma Berk Recital Hall (at Berklee), Borden Auditorium and Ades Auditorium (at MSM), and the 2009 Maryland State Jazz Band competition. He was a recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer’s award, as well as the 2009 Herb Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Jazz Composition. He is an active member of the BMI Jazz Composers workshop.
In addition to composing, Adam is an active theater musician, playing bass for Will and Anthony Nunziata, as well as playing bass for the Off-Broadway cast recording of Triassiq Park the musical. He also regularly performs with Christine PLG (NBC’s the sing-off), the Bloodline, the L Train, Justina Soto, and a variety of up and coming pop/rock artists in the city. He co-leads the electronic jazz project inside//outside.