Adam Hopkins is a bassist, composer, and educator born and raised in Baltimore, MD and currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He has extensive experience performing jazz and improvised music and has played with professional orchestras in Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the DC metro area.
Adam currently performs in a number of groups in the New York, Baltimore, and DC areas both as a leader and sideman. In February 2009 he co-founded Out of Your Head, a collective of improvising musicians in Baltimore devoted to broadening the local creative music scene. In February 2012 he began a second chapter of OOYH in Brooklyn, NY. Adam has released albums featuring his compositions with Quartet Offensive and Turn Around Norman, and performs regularly with Ideal Bread, Kate Gentile Trio, Laila & Smitty, Patrick Breiner’s Double Double, Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems, BeeP HonK, How To Make A Mountain, and a Baltimore-based dectet called Lubbock which he co-founded with Dave Ballou. He currently leads two NY-based bands, Haverchuck and Party Pack ICE–for more information about any of these groups please refer to the Projects section of this site. Adam has studied double bass with many great performers and teachers of the instrument, including Michael Formanek, Jeffrey Weisner, Jack Budrow, Rodney Whitaker, and Sam Cross and additional studies with Drew Gress and Gary Thomas.
He held a faculty position at Loyola University for six years as a professor of double and electric bass, music theory, ear training, and jazz ensemble. Currently he teaches privately in his home studio and designs improvisation-based workshops for business through sfz Creative, a company he co-founded with musical associates Eric Trudel and Danny Gouker. He holds a graduate performance diploma from Peabody Conservatory in Jazz Studies, a master’s degree from Michigan State University in Orchestral Bass Performance, and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Music Industry.