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Adam Waldmann is an award winning saxophonist, composer and bandleader living in London, England. Graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2006, (receiving the award for ‘Outstanding Student’ from the Jazz Faculty), Adam received expert tutelage from British master saxophonists Julian Argüelles and Mark Lockheart as well studying under the fine Dutch saxmen Russell Van Den Berg and Yuri Honing, the latter during a six month exchange period in the Netherlands as a participant on the “New York comes to Groningen” program at the Noord Netherlands Conservatorium. During these months he also got to study and play with the likes of David Berkman, Don Braden and Ralph Peterson while performing in the band of award winning Dutch pianist Anne-Guus Teerhuis. Other highlight performances include Alicia Keys, Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, Boy George, Beth Ditto, Tinie Tempah, beatbox sensation Shlomo with Polar Bear, The Sam Crowe Group, The Emilia Martensson Band, Will Vinson, Jim Hart, Jules Buckley and Dutch group FinnSilver amongst others.

But it was with the self-released, 2010 debut album ‘Kairos Moment’ that Adam started make waves as a leader with his band Kairos 4tet. ‘Kairos Moment’ was met with considerable critical acclaim and the band picked up rave reviews for both their debut album and live shows, not to mention extensive radio play throughout Europe and worldwide. This led to Waldmann being described as “a powerful new voice in British Jazz” by the BBC, “a young master in the making” by Time Out and a “precociously talented composer and player” by All About Jazz. With comparisons to some of his musical idols including Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd and former teacher Julian Arguelles, Waldmann’s unique voice and approach on his instrument make him “one of the most distinctive saxophonists in the UK” according to the Manchester Evening News.  Adam’s group Kairos 4tet won the MOBO Award for ‘Best Jazz Act’ for their album ‘Statement of Intent’ and it also made it to #2 in MOJO Magazine’s Albums of the Year’ and #14 in Jazzwise’s ‘Albums of the Year’.