Adam Nussbaum was born November 29, 1955 in New York City. He was raised in Norwalk, Connecticut where he started to play drums at the age of 12 after studying the piano for 5 years. He also studied the bass and saxophone as a teenager. As a youth, Adam was active in local bands and in the youth symphony. Moving back to New York City in 1975 he attended the Davis Center for Performing Arts at the City College of New York.
Adam's professional career began with Albert Dailey, Shiela Jordan and Joe Lee Wilson. He then played with Sonny Rollins in 1977. In 1978 he joined Dave Liebman's quintet and did his first European tour with John Scofield in a celebrated trio with Steve Swallow. In 1983 he became a member of Gil Evans Orchestra and also worked with the Stan Getz Quartet. Nussbaum joined the Elaine Elias/Randy Brecker Quartet in 1984 and Gary Burton Group in 1985. A long association also began with "Toots" Thielemans.
In 1987 he began touring with the original Michael Brecker Quintet. The next year they recorded the Grammy Award winning "Don't Try This At Home". During 1992 he toured with the Carla Bley Big Band and that same year John Abercombie hired him to complete his organ trio with Dan Wall.
Today Adam is active with Abercombie, Joe Sample Trio, James Moody Quartet, We3 with Dave Liebman and Steve Swallow, Miroslav Vitous Quartet, Uffe Steen Trio and Jerry Bergonzi Quartet. He's also busy maintaining an active freelance schedule touring and recording worldwide.
Adam teaches as an Adjunct professor at New York University, the New School and State University of New York at Purchase. He has also done clinics and master classes around the world.
"The sound from my mind's ear!!! I love them."