Adam Stanley was born on April 29, 1988 in Baytown, Texas, a suburb of Houston. He grew up in nearby Highlands, Texas. His earliest musical experiences took place in church, where he started playing drums when he was a young teenager. He played drums in a christian rock band called Essay with his older brother, Travis, and their friend Jimmy from about 2001 to 2002.
Around 2003, during high school, Adam turned his focus to the guitar and started up a punk rock band, with whom he still records and gigs with occasionally. He also joined his school's jazz band and quickly became the first-call guitarist for music functions around school, despite never having taken formal guitar lessons. Near the end of his high school career he began applying to some the best jazz studies departments in the southern region. After being offered an academic scholarship from the University of New Orleans, Adam moved to Gretna, LA with his brother, who was already in the Navy Band at Algiers, and began studying jazz at UNO in the fall of 2006.
Under the tutelage of New Orleans guitar guru Hank Mackie, Adam's talent exploded immediately. According to Hank, the difference in Adam's skill at the end of that first semester was "night and day." This was the beginning of Adam's formative period on the guitar. Soon Adam would study with the world renowned, New Orleans guitar icon Steve Masakowski, as well as the inspirational jazz educator and guitarist Brian Seeger, who probably had the strongest influence on Adam while he was at UNO. Adam also had the honor of studying jazz theory, improv, and arranging with two other jazz veterans at UNO: piano genius Victor Atkins (formerlly of Los Hombres Calientes) and New Orleans' mad scientist of the tenor sax, Ed Petersen.
In New Orleans, Adam had the privilege and great honor of sharing the stage with a huge roster of great professional musicians, such as guitarists Gene Bertoncini and Larry Coryell, the iconic jazz tabla player Badal Roy, New Orleans legends Johnny Vidocovich, Warren Batiste, Wendell Brunious, and the founder of it all: Ellis Marsalis. Adam also had the pleasure of playing at the premiere New Orleans jazz club, Snug Harbor, as well as at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse during the 2010 French Quarter Festival, and at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival that same year.
Now with a BA in Jazz Studies, Adam lives back home in the Houston suburbs, doing anything and everything with music that he can.
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