Walker Adams

NYC drummer playing jazz and rock

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Walker Adams is a drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, producer, bandleader, and music teacher based in NYC. As a side man he’s toured with St. Vincent, The Ludlow Thieves, Miggs, Carmine Appice and Percy Jones. He tours with his funk/jazz group Walker Adams Project and also sings original pop music at clubs around NYC. Whatever the style, Adams is known for his intuitive and creative playing and bringing a steady and energetic groove to the music. 

Born and raised in rural Vermont, Walker’s early influences were the sounds of nature and his parents' vinyl collection of 60s and 70s rock, pop, and jazz. He moved to a suburb of NYC at age twelve and played in his high school jazz band and with local rock bands. Walker attended Berklee where he played with Annie Clark of St. Vincent, Mark Kelley of The Roots, and briefly with Esperanza Spaulding and Christian Scott. 

After graduating Berklee with honors he moved to NYC where he did session work and played with bassist Percy Jones. He then toured with St. Vincent for over a year which included opening for Arcade Fire and playing at Coachella. He joined the percussion group SLAMM lead by Carmine Appice and performed with them at Modern Drummer Festival. Adams went on to record albums with The Ludlow Thieves, and was soon on tour with Miggs opening for Plain White T’s, Scott Weiland, and KT Tunstall.

Walker is currently active with his original band Walker Adams Project and plays drums with numerous artists. He endorses Ddrum drums and Amedia Cymbals. Sign up on the home page to receive announcements about upcoming concerts and album releases.