Alumni Profile: Adam Schroeder

Saxophonist finds niche,
releases first solo album

Adam Schroeder

By Britney Munguia

Success came quickly for baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder.

Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, Schroeder graduated from Texas State University in 2000 with a bachelor of music in jazz studies. Currently he is based in Los Angeles.

In June of 2000, Downbeat magazine named him co-winner of the “Jazz Instrumental Soloist Award,” marking the first time a baritone saxophonist earned the honor.

Later that year, Schroeder was invited to play with Ray Charles. He wound up playing with the legendary singer for 4½ years, until Charles’ death in 2004.

Schroeder also has played with some of the world’s most notable musicians, including Clark Terry, Anthony Wilson, Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli, Bill Cosby, Bennie Wallace, Michael Bublé, Sting and Chris Botti. He released his debut album, A Handful of Stars, on July 10.

Visit Schroeder’s website for more information, gigs and music.

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