Selected Alumni Bios

Adam Stoler

Adam Stoler (B.M. Jazz Studies, 2005, M.A. Jazz Studies, 2007) has, at an impressively young age, established himself as a highly in-demand guitarist and music collaborator involved with a diverse range of projects from jazz, funk and R&B, Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova, Middle Eastern and singer-songwriters with a psychedelic Nashville tinge, not to mention his own work which encompasses contemporary jazz and pop harmony with rhythmic and melodic influences from around the world.

Born and raised in the New York metro area, Adam received his B.M. (2005) and Masters' (2007) degrees in Jazz Studies the NYU Steinhardt School. Before that, Adam’s interest and talent for music was discovered early on and he studied and performed an eclectic array of instruments. He recalls his first exposure to music as equally diverse, ranging from Beethoven piano sonatas that his father would play, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone records, and a Stan Getz/Gilberto/Jobim box set that would later prove to have a profound impact on him.

During his studies at NYU, Adam studied with acclaimed Steinhardt Jazz faculty including John Scofield, Wayne Krantz, Kenny Werner, Antonio Sanchez, Brian Lynch, and Gil Goldstein. In addition, he also studied with and performed with jazz faculty member Lenny Pickett, horn leader of the 70’s funk group Tower of Power and current music director of Saturday Night Live. These influences have encouraged Adam to explore musical styles and possibilities including and beyond the traditional jazz repertoire, applying his broad based knowledge to his love of popular music from around the world.

Adam has performed/worked with a variety of other artists including producer, composer, and vibes virtuoso Mike Mainieri, Moroccan Gnawa star Hassan Hakmoun, Will Calhoun, (NYU Steinhardt Jazz faculty member) Jim McNeely, and doo wop front man Eugene Pitt. He is currently working with the up and coming singer/songwriter talent Anna Rose as well as touring with Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui. When home in NYC Adam remains an active, sought after performer, recording artist, and producer. You can hear his guitar playing on several TV commercials for companies including Avon and Wachovia.

In fall of 2007, Adam toured internationally with NYU Jazz Faculty member Richard Bona as part of the Richard Bona Group. For his latest itinerary and projects, please visit his website at or at