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Adam Knight

Title: Professor / Guitar
Department: Jazz
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Adam Knight is a dynamic, soulful, and versatile guitarist. He’s also an accomplished composer, writing for jazz, rock, funk and fusion  in formats such as small combos, guitar ensembles and big band orchestras. Adam joined the University of South Carolina jazz faculty in 2022. He is also on the music faculty at both Clemson University and USC Upstate. Adam has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance from Georgia State University. He also earned a Master of Music degree in jazz performance from New England Conservatory of Music, where had the opportunity to study with such legendary performers as Dave Holland, Ben Monder and Jerry Bergonzi.

Throughout the years, Adam has been a writer and performer in many projects, touring, recording, and opening for artists such as Maceo Parker, Incubus, and Robert Randolph. His music has received major market radio airplay and has been placed on episodes of MTV’s, The Real World and Road Rules. In 2011, he formed Earsight, an original, high energy funk/jazz project. Earsight has recorded and released an album, plus multiple singles, which have received positive reviews and local radio play. In addition, Adam performs in the Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band, a nonprofit contemporary jazz orchestra based in Greenville, SC. In 2018, the Greenville Jazz Collective released an album which included Adam’s big band composition, City of Roswell. Adam also leads his own jazz trio, performing at festivals, venues and events around the Southeast.


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