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 appears in a number of groups in both New York and Baltimore as a leader and sideman. As a sideman he closed 2017 with performances led by Henry Threadgill as well as a European tour with John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet. He performs regularly with Ideal Bread, Christopher Hoffman Trio, Kate Gentile Mannequins, Laila & Smitty, BeepHonk (w/ Dave Ballou), Anna Webber’s Rectangles, Patrick Breiner’s Double Double & Practical Mysticism, Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems, Dustin Carlson’s Air Ceremony. He currently leads three NYC-based bands (Adam Hopkins Sextet, Bells & Wires, 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.
In addition to being a performer he has extensive experience as a curator. In 2009 he co-founded an improvised music collective called Out of Your Head, which maintained weekly performances in Baltimore for 5+ years at The Windup Space. Upon moving to New York in 2011 he started a Brooklyn-based chapter, which continues to be active today at various venues around the city. He also co-curates a weekly performance series in Crown Heights called A.E. Randolph Presents, now in its fourth year.
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 ensembles. 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.