Adrian Harpham is a songwriter, session drummer, and record producer. He grew up mainly in the Philadelphia area (later Boston). He currently resides in New York City. He started playing drums at fourteen and his early drum mentors were Andy Kravitz and Steven Wolf. Initially, self taught, he decided to get serious at 16 -beginning private lessons with Russell Leach followed by jazz legend Alan Dawson. He also joined the High School Jazz band, Marching band and Orchestra. Later, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and continued private studies with Ed Uribe and Alan Hall. After 6 semesters at Berklee, he moved to New York.
In New York City Adrian became an in-demand session drummer, sharing the stage and studio with a wide range of artists, including: Lucy Pearl-Raphael Saadiq, Chromeo, Amel Larrieux/Groove Theory, Dr.John, Henry Butler, Bernie Worrell, Donald Harrison, Fred Wesley/Pee Wee Ellis, Thalia, Doug Wamble, Patti Rothberg, Charlie Hunter, Imani Coppolla, Robin Mckelle and the Flytones, Brazilian Girls, Coolio, Letters To Cleo, Leona Naess, Tom Scott, Monday Michiru, Leo Nocentelli (of the Meters), Oz Noy, Tre Hardson (from the Pharcyde), Adam Cohen, Fisher, Gregory Porter, Julian Coryell, Jason Miles and DJ Logic/Global Noize, Jen Chapin, Screaming Headless Torsos, Ruben Wilson, John Tropea, Tavares, Gloria Gaynor and Melvin Sparks– among others.
He has also shared the stage, studio in one-off situations with instrumental music/jazz instrumentalists: Gerald Veasley, Anthony Jackson, Adam Rogers, David Binney, Fima Ephron, Lou Marini, Jerry Jemott, Adam Holzman, Tim Lefevbre, Bruce Bartlett, Walter Beasley, Eric Alexander, Jay Rodriguez, Seamus Blake, David Kikoski, Alex Sipiagin, Reggie Washington, David Gilmore, Andy Milne, Steven Bernstein, Jeff Golub, Don Byron, Peter Apflebaum, Jim Campilongo, Will Bernard, Falu, Michael league, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Cowherd, Matt Garrison, Bill Dickens, Amp Fiddler, Bill Sims, Scott Kinsey, Andy Hess, Kermit Driscoll, Henry Hey, Brian Mitchell, Clark Gayton, Kenny Rampton, Deron Johnson, Teddy Kumpel, Hugh Mccracken – to name a few.
Currently, Adrian is emerging as a record producer and artist in his own right. He has worked on twelve albums in the past five years. The artists he has worked with include: Monty Alexander, Little Jackie/Imani Coppola, Henry Butler, Jean Paul, Bobby Harden, Christian Carroll, Jodi Arlyn, Julia Brown, Emilie Cardinaux, EJ Simpson, Alex Domschot, Jack Snyder, Deron Johnson/ Gabriel Gordon. Adrian has also produced and engineered two of his own records, on which he plays drums, guitars, keyboard, percussion, bass, and performs all vocals.
In 2010, Adrian released his first album,”Music From The Mind’s Eye” ,on Amel Larrieux’s label, Blisslife records. Is it melodic rock or art pop? It is certainly totally modern, yet reminiscent of the golden age of rock. The songs were tight and well- crafted, and they reached for diversity, self-expression, and soulfulness. His second album, “On The Edge Of Change” came out independently in 2014. This time around, the music encompassed the full range of Adrian’s travels as a journeyman musician, record producer and drummer. These songs went beyond rock and traditional song forms into R & B, soul, jazz, electro and soundscape, but with one foot still in modern/classic rock sound.
In 2016 – Adrian has released a new record as part of a collective: LIGHT BLUE MOVERS featuring Deron Johnson: Keyboards/Gabriel Gordon: Guitar, Vocals/Jonathan Levy: Bass/Adrian on Drums, Percussion, backing vox, add’l gtrs, add’l keyboards and drum programming. Their debut album ATLAS (on Ropeadope Records) features compositions from all the members, with Adrian producing. It is a very forward work that is at times: somber, impressionistic, soulful and multidimensional. Rhythmic sophistication balanced with jazz, funk, hip hop and rock lay the foundation, with stunning vocals from guests Stephanie Mckay, Leyeux, Julian Coryell, Megan McCauley and Miss Kenichi.