Adam Neely is a bassist, composer and YouTuber with an engaged subscriber base of 800,000 people. His educational content explores what music means, and what it means to be a musician. He has appeared on NPR, TEDx, Vox, SiriusXM, SXSW, Ableton Loop, MAGfest, Bass Player Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine and Ultimate Guitar. His videos cover a wide range of topics in music theory, music cognition, jazz improvisation, musical performance technique, musicology and memes.
Adam graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music in 2009, and graduated with an MM in Jazz Composition from the Manhattan School of Music in 2012, studying under Jim McNeely. He has since worked as a bass player and educator in New York City with artists like Shubh Saran, Zac Zinger, Aberdeen, the NYChillharmonic, the J-Music Ensemble,
As a composer, Adam won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer award in 2011, 2012, 2014, as well as the Jerome Fund commission in 2014 for his piece exigence. He has performed and toured across North America and Europe as a bassist for a wide variety of rock, pop and jazz artists, included performances on Live with Kelly and Ryan, SXSW and more.