Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Mears, Adrian, trombone, didgeridoo, composer; b. Waratah,N.S.W Australia (Tasmania),1 May 1969. Waratah is near Newcastle on the east coast of Australia in N.S.W (2 hours north of Sydney). That's where he grew up and later after he left school and moved to Sydney. He then moved to Europe in 1993.
His reputation in Europe as soloist has lead him to perform with the likes of the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra, McCoy Tyner`s Big Band, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Bobby Shew, James Morrison, Don Pullen, Eddie Palmeri, Charlie Mariano, Mark Soskin, Paquito DiRivera, Klaus Doldinger, Jeff Williams, Joey Calderazzo, Peter O`Mara, Peter Herboltzheimer, Conexion Latina and many more. On his recordings, Adrian proves that the Aboriginal instrument the Didgeridoo has "not only the function to create amazing sounds but also as a intrigal complement to the rhythm section".(Handelsblatt, Germany) As a composer he has not only been featured on the last four "Ugetsu" recordings but also in T.V Documentaries, his own 10-piece group, for chamber orchestra and several classical brass ensembles. Together with the "Scales Brothers" he has become the first Australian to record for Blue Note records. As main soloist featured in the 150th year anniversary of Seimens (Germany), Adrian performed from Australia via satellite together with the Berlin Opera Symphony Orchestra. Back in Australia he was voted "Best Australian Trombonist" and awarded "Best Jazz Group". As Jazz Educator Adrian has had a wide experience conducting workshops in Austria, Australia, Switzerland and throughout Germany and tea ching trombone for 2 years in Cologne Conservatorium in the absence of Jiggs Whigham. He has led the trombone department in Mannheim Conservatorium for the last 7 years and is also teaching trombone and ear-rraining in Switzerland at the Basel Jazz School.
The Adrian Mears & Johannes Enders Quintet: Discoveries; Bach, Blech & Blues; East West Wind; All For One
Monica & The Moochers: Too Darn Hot; The Marcus Plattner Trio with Adrian Mears: The Song Man; The Harald Rushenbaum Quintet: Free Spirits; Cocinando: iStill Sun (featuring Paquito D`Rivera); Bobby Burgess Big Band Explosion: Butters Idea; A-STRAIN (featuring Peter O`Mara, Adrian Mears, Patric Scales & Falk Willis); Till Martin: On the Trail; Babamadu: Bitama; Ugetsu: Live in Athens, There's Something On The Way, Grounded, Live In Shanghai, Cape Town Blues; The Bamberg Symphony Big Band; Thomas Stabenow: Sammelsurium; Connexion Latina; Lungau Big Band: Live at Montreux; Sidewinders (featuring Adrian Mears: The Bestie; Thommy Fuchsberger: Didgeridoo Project; Vienna Art Orchestra: Artistry in Rhythm, Art & Fun; Carlo MombelliYs & the prisoners of strange: Bats in the Belfry ; Christian Stock Trio feat. Shiela Jordan and Adrian Mears; The Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra; Tromonefire: Sliding Affairs; Frank Eberle Septet
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