Part-time Instructor of History of Rock, Introduction to Music, Group Guitar, Applied Music-Guitar
Humanities and Performing Arts Center, 108
Adam Knight began playing the guitar at age 13. By his senior year of high school, he was playing clubs in and around Atlanta, Georgia. In 1996, he formed the band KGB, which gained notoriety in Atlanta for its creative blend of hip-hop, funk, and jazz. While with KGB, Adam shared the stage with such major label acts as Incubus and Maceo Parker.
Adam’s growing interest in jazz and improvisation led him to Boston for a summer session at Berklee College of Music and later to Georgia State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance. While developing the jazz language at Georgia State, Adam performed at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the Montreaux Atlanta Music Festival, and the DeKalb Council of Arts Jazz Festival. In 2003, Adam formed The Subject, a nu jazz and funk band for which he was the primary songwriter and guitarist. With The Subject, he played regularly at many of the major jazz clubs in Atlanta. During this same time, Adam performed in other diverse settings, from the Georgia State Big Band, where he shared the stage with Kenny Garrett and Gary Motley, to small jazz ensembles for weddings and private events.
To augment his skills further, Adam enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he received a Master of Music degree in jazz performance in May 2006. At the New England Conservatory, he had the opportunity to study with such performers as Dave Holland, Ben Monder, Jerry Bergonzi and Cecil McBee. Adam was also able to strengthen his skills as a composer and arranger through study with Ken Schaphorst and others.
Since his return to the South in 2006, Adam has been teaching at the collegiate level as well as in his private studio. He is currently the head of guitar and assistant jazz band director at The University of South Carolina Upstate. In addition to being a jazz musician and educator, Adam is an active member of the rock band GOLDEN. GOLDEN has performed at venues and festivals all across the Southeast including the 2006 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. They have shared the stage with acts like Robert Randolph and Sister Hazel. GOLDEN’s music has recently been placed on episodes of MTV’s, “The Real World” and “Road Rules.”