Adam Kolker performed and recorded with latin-jazz artist Ray Barretto from 1994 through 2002 (with whom he received two Grammy nominations). He also appears in New York City with groups including the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Fred Hersch's "My Coma Dreams," the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Bruce Barth, Judi Silvano, Lucia Pulido, and his own groups with John Abercombie and Billy Hart. Kolker is also a member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, and was a full time Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1999 to 2008. His first release as a leader, Crazybird, reached the Top Ten on the CMJ Charts, and received critical acclaim from such publications as Jazz Times, JazzIz and the Village Voice. To learn more about Adam Kolker, visit