Adam Holzman

Keyboard, Outreach Music Academy, Synthesizer Programming
(4 reviews)
50+ lessons booked on Lessonface

Lesson Fees
from $75.00 / 45 Minutes


Keyboard player Adam Holzman was a member of the Miles Davis Band from 1985 to 1989. He performed with the trumpet legend in more than 200 concerts worldwide. He can be heard on the albums "Tutu," "Live Around the World,” “Rubber Band” and "The Complete Montreux" box set (all on Warner Bros.). In 1988 he became Miles's musical director. For his session and live performances, Adam was praised by the New York Times for his "innovative keyboard work," and by Keyboard magazine as "one of the most promising synth soloists."

Adam has also toured and recorded extensively with Grover Washington, Jr., Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan, Steps Ahead, Wallace Roney, Michel Petrucciani and many others.

Adam currently tours and records with British rocker Steven Wilson. Adam is featured on Steven's acclaimed albums ”The Raven That Refused To Sing,” "Hand.Cannot.Erase,” “4 1/2” and “To The Bone,” as well as appearing in the full-length concert videos Get All You Deserve and Home Invasion: Live at Royal Albert Hall.

Adam has released 10 albums as both a solo artist and with his band, Adam Holzman & Brave New World. His most recent full band CD of hard-edged jazz-rock is titled Truth Decay, released in March 2018. The album features many guest artists, including appearances by members of the Steven Wilson band and Adam’s longtime New York-based group, Brave New World. Truth Decay has received some great reviews and was selected as one of the top albums of 2018 by All About Jazz’s John Kelman. (The Deform Variations, a solo piano CD recorded while on tour with Steven Wilson, was released in 2015.)

Adam has been nominated for 'best electric jazz keyboard player' several times by Keyboard Magazine. In 2007 he was awarded by the Jazz Journalists Association for his work co-producing (with Bob Belden) the Miles Davis box set "The Cellar Door Sessions" (Sony). Adam is now gaining attention in the rock world, placing high in the 'Best Keyboard Player' category in Classic Rock/Prog Magazine polls for the past several years.

Adam has written a synthesizer instructional book which has just been published by Mel Bay (see link below).  Adam is also a part-time faculty member of the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music department, and has been teaching and performing at the Outreach Music Academy every summer for the past 20 years.  

My instructional book "Creative Synthesizer Technique"  was recently published by Mel Bay and can be found on Amazon.


Performed and recorded with:
Miles Davis, Grover Washington, Jr., Chaka Khan, Steven Wilson, Steps Ahead, Adam Holzman & Brave New World and many others.

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