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Adam Swanson - Ragtime and Early Jazz Pianist
Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 2pm


Haddonfield United Methodist Church
29 Warwick Road
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Adam, who first performed for Tri-State in 2015 while a student at the Peabody Conservatory, returns as a seasoned veteran of ragtime festivals and winner of many competitions. Adam was originally on our March 2020 schedule.

camden logoMade possible by funds from the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts


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Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s in classical piano and a master’s in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Although he is only twenty-seven years old, Adam has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. In 2007, he appeared alongside John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary and has also toured in Switzerland and Australia. Adam made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of nineteen, where he performed with Michael Feinstein. Adam has accompanied silent films at the prestigious Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and played privately for noted Disney/Hollywood composer Richard M. Sherman (Mary Poppins, etc.). In 2013, Adam made his first appearance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C.

Adam enjoys working with other musicians and has recorded albums with pianist Frederick Hodges, former rock star Ian Whitcomb, and legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox, who was one of Adam’s greatest influences. Adam’s recordings have been used on the CBC TV show Murdoch Mysteries. He frequently performs in the Diamond Belle Saloon at the Historic Strater Hotel where he makes his home in Durango, Colorado.

“Considering all that Adam Swanson has accomplished in his first quarter century, it is exciting to anticipate how this true professional will fill out the rest of his career. He has only scratched the surface working in television, film, and multi-media."   - Larry Melton Syncopated Times


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