Adam Birnbaum/Chris Madsen Duo

May 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
IL 60605
Adam Birnbaum/Chris Madsen Duo @ PianoForte Studios

New York-based pianist Adam Birnbaum and Chicago saxophonist Chris Madsen reunite for a one-night-only performance of jazz standards. Having attended the Juilliard School together and recorded in the mid-2000s, the two are excited to join forces once again after many years apart.

Christopher Madsen’s credits as a saxophonist include performances and recordings with Paul Simon, Bobby Short, Wynton Marsalis, Victor Goines, Jeff Hamilton, Lage Lund, Michael Dease, Ulysses Owens, Ben Williams, Marquis Hill, Jon Irabagon, and countless others. He is a published composer with Kendor Music, Inc., the UNC Jazz Press, and Walrus Music. From 2008 to 2014, he served as Jazz Studies Coordinator for Northwestern University and is currently Jazz Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. A graduate of the Juilliard and DePaul University music schools, Madsen is also a Vandoren and Conn-Selmer artist and member of the College Music Society, NAfME, National Educator’s Association, and JEN. He has presented clinics, conducted ensembles, and performed around the U.S. and the world.  He is one of the most in-demand and versatile saxophonists in Chicago, maintaining an active performance schedule and private studio. For more information, visit

Adam Birnbaum is emerging as one of the top young voices in jazz piano. Since arriving on the New York scene in 2003, he has become increasingly prominent performing in clubs and festivals around the world, working with artists as diverse as Greg Osby, Al Foster, Wynton Marsalis, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Adam’s early education took place in Boston. In 2001 Adam became a member of the inaugural class of Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School. After graduating in 2003, Adam won the American Jazz Piano Competition in May 2004 to become the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter fellow in Jazz.  Since then Adam has established a busy performing career as a sideman and as a leader. “Three Of A Mind, Adam’s latest album as a leader, was hailed as “an eloquent dispatch from the heart of the contemporary piano trio tradition” by the New York Times.