Blue Note Jazz Festival – Napa

Adam Blackstone

Appearing Friday, July 28

On TV, radio or at a live concert at your favorite stadium, the Adam Blackstone sound has certainly permeated your eardrums.

Blackstone is not only a multi-faceted bass player, Emmy award-winning music director and GRAMMY award-winning writer, he is the musical mastermind behind the live shows of many of today’s biggest artists.

He has served as the musical director for acts such as Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5 and more. Recently he cultivated the explosive Super Bowl 56 halftime show featuring Dr Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg & Mary J. Blige. With each new endeavor, the artists he works with become family and fall in love with Blackstone’s easy demeanor and standard for excellence. Blackstone’s TV legacy continues to expand as music director and on-screen personality. His expertise has shaped today’s biggest shows including NBC’s “The Voice,” the GRAMMY awards, numerous BET, VH1 and MTV specials and as the music director for the hit Fox show “The Masked Singer,” NBC’s “That’s My Jam” and the 94th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars).

Blackstone was born in Trenton, New Jersey and it was there that he began to hone his craft under the guise of his father, a jazz musician, who remains one of his greatest musical influences. It was in a church playing drums at the age of 6 that his father discovered he had rhythm and perfect pitch. Once his family moved to Willingboro, NJ which has never been short on talent, he picked up bass in high school and the rest is history.

After earning a scholarship to the university of the arts in Philadelphia, it didn’t take long for Blackstone to become engulfed in the soul music pulse that was flowing through the city at that time. Beginning as a session musician, shortly after his start, he was touring the world.

In 2009, Blackstone partnered with his wife to start company Bassic Black Entertainment, LLC (BBE). BBE is a broad-based music service company that specializes in live music production, connecting musicians and studio production. Under the same moniker, they launched the BBE record label in 2013.

Adam Blackstone’s versatility and musical ability keeps him on stages and screens across the world but his faith and family keep him on the ground as he continues to create his own musical legacy.