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My roots are profoundly affected by American popular music, jazz, ragtime, swing, rock. I'm not a quoter, nor a musical chameleon like William Bolcom
, but my personal style does not deny its roots. In today's so-called classical music, we've lost track of the vernacular. [Opera News, October 1987]
Son of Carl John Adams and Elinore Mary Coolidge Adams, both of whom were jazz musicians.