Richard S. Adams

Richard S. Adams


Film Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger Styles include: Classical, New Music (20th C.), World Music, Jazz, Pop/R&B


Rich Adams received his B.M in jazz composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz arranging and composition with Phil Wilson and Michael Gibbs. He also holds a M.A. in composition from Middle Tennessee State University, and has studied privately with jazz drummers John Ramsay and Bob Gulloti.

Adams works include compositions and arrangements for big band, jazz combo, string quartet, chamber orchestra, percussion ensemble, as well as electronic pieces and film scores. His string quartet, Journey of The Soul , was performed with the Vanderbilt University Modern Dance Group at the Langford Auditorium. Other credits include scoring music for the Epiphany Dance Company¹s performance of The Horse and His Boy, which premiered at The Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. This past year, Adams completed scores for two documentary films, and an independent film which premiered at the Bellcourt Theater in Nashville.

As a drummer, Adams has been a leader of his own jazz groups and a sideman with numerous jazz artists including vibist, Ludwig/Musser endorser Jerry Tachoir. His groups have performed at such notable clubs as Ryles and The Willow in Boston, as well as the Bitter End in New York city. His Nashville based jazz group, Sudden Exchange, performances include a live radio broadcast/concert on WUOT from the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Highlights of Adams commercial music credits include sessions for Capitol Records recording artist, Jennifer Hanson, as well as concert dates for rock & roll legends Shirley Reeves and the Shirelles. His performances also includes concerts at Nashville¹s Ryman Auditorium and international tours with country artist Ronnie Prophett, were he opened for recording artists Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Wynnona Judd, Neal McCoy and Merle Haggard.


Paragon Park

Written By: Deborah Jean Salvucci-Adams

Paragon Park

Cotton Candy, Penny Arcade, Tunnel of Love, Tilt a whirl
Ferris wheel, Bumping Cars, Hot summer nights under the stars
Where you’d squirt the clown and the balloon would pop
And we held hands and kissed a lot
At Paragon Park

That ol’ wooden Roller Coaster, Oh how it raddled, Oh how it shook
Still we held our hands up high and we screamed with each turn and we laughed till we cried
Where the Himalaya would push us close, that was the ride I loved the most
At Paragon Park

Then somebody had a brilliant idea they said let’s tear down this park
Get it out of here
And build up some condos and a beach front hotel
In essence they just told us kid’s we could all go to Hell
At Paragon Park

That winter day I went and I watched as they tore her down to a vacant lot
Down fell innocence down fell trust down fell the place where we fell in love
When nothing is sacred nothing is saved progress turns the past into an unmarked grave
And that was Paragon Park

Cotton Candy, Penny Arcade, Tunnel of Love, Tilt a whirl
Ferris wheel, Bumping Cars, Hot summer nights under the stars
Paragon Park

Words and Music by Deborah Jean (Salvucci) Adams


Orchestral: Black Sea Philharmonic, Costanza, Romania: Arranger/Orchestrator - Violin Concerto

Film & Television Music Credits:
The Land of the Setting Sun - Documentary
America's Heroes - Independent Sci. Fi. Film
The Battle of Nashville - Documentary
The Time is Now - WGBH Boston, PSA
Exceptional Frontline Book Selling - Industrial