Originally from Nashville, TN, Kurtis Adams found his passion for music at an early age. As a child, he gave pretend concerts in between raiding his parents’ music collection. Eventually, the pretend concerts became real when he began playing the saxophone at age nine then deciding to pursue music professionally while in high school. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Kurtis moved to Boulder for graduate studies at the University of Colorado. He has been privileged to share the stage with great musicians including Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Lovano, Conrad Herwig, Bob Mintzer, Tom Harrell, Greg Gisbert, Pat Bianchi, Brad Goode, and Chip Stephens. In 2005, Downbeat Magazine named Kurtis Winner for Best Original Composition for his composition "Instable Mate?" and in 2007 he was selected to participate in the Paquito D’Rivera Latin Jazz Workshop performing with the Grammy-winning saxophonist at Carnegie Hall in New York. As an educator, Kurtis has served on the faculties of Gordon College and Boise State University and is currently Director of Jazz Studies at Shepherd University.