Adam Glasser- Mzanzi
Introduced to jazz at an early age by his father, Adam Glasser studied jazz piano in South Africa in the 1970s. He moved to London where he became a regular keyboard player on the commercial jazz circuit, performing with musicians such as Martha Reeves and Jimmy Witherspoon. In 1990, he was the pianist and musical director of the Manhattan Brothers who had re-formed for a massive Wembley Stadium concert celebrating the release of Mandela. This lead to a 16-year stint of high profile gigs and concerts, many of these associated with great South African figures and musicians. During this time, Glasser began to master the rarely-played chromatic harmonica, leading to his participation in various albums, films and performances, some of these with stars such as Stevie Wonder, Sting and the Eurythmics. Glasser’s prowess on the harmonica has seen him perform at top venues across London. The year 2010 was a pivotal year for Glasser as a South African: his first CD Free at First, produced in 2009, earned him a SAMA for Best Contemporary Jazz Album; the Adam Glasser Quartet performed in South Africa to wide acclaim; and he recorded a jazz album Mzansi with South Africa musicians, which received rave reviews across South Africa and across the world.