Adam Carrillo was born in San Antonio, Texas to musical parents and honed his jazz chops in the curriculum of the highly revered Texas Music Education Association system.
Under the direction of Mr. Roland Sandoval of O'Connor High School in Helotes, TX, Adam was selected to the Texas All State Jazz Band his sophomore, junior, and senior year. In 2007 Adam was selected by audition to the Yamaha Jazz Band of America where he performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra alongside the top high school jazz musicians in the country.
Adam was awarded a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz performance and saxophone. He completed his undergraduate studies in jazz performance at Baylor University under the direction of Mr. Alex Parker and Dr. Michael Jacobson. He completed his graduate studies in jazz performance at Indiana University under the direction of Dr. David Baker and Dr. Thomas Walsh.
Adam is currently busy teaching and providing private lessons to students ranging in age from elementary to collegiate levels. On nights and weekends Adam can be found gigging at hot spots like JAZZ, TX as part of the Doc Watkins Little Big Band and at venues supported by the South Texas Jazz Organization. In addition to the traditional jazz repertoire Adam also performs regularly with bands that hit the soul, R&B, funk, and reggae genres. On Sundays Adam can be found anchoring the keys at multiple churches in contemporary worship services.
Adam's style has been coined "Millennial Jazz" because it has been heavily influenced by access to social media arts. Couple that with a rich traditional jazz history and you get an improvisational language that reaches every generation.
Below is Adam's audition video for the Jazz Band of America: