As a passionate young bassist on the scene, Adam Olszewski draws inspiration from the standard set by his jazz idols. Music always held Mr. Olszewski's interest, even more so when he started piano lessons in elementary school. Beginning the cello at age 11, he readily switched to the bass at 12 after being drawn to its beautiful sound. He started playing jazz within that year, a music that quickly became a channel of his energetic personality and creative spirit. He considers his first idol Ray Brown, and is also heavily influenced by great Detroit bass players such as Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Bob Hurst and Rodney Whitaker, his long-time mentor and current private instructor. Mr. Olszewski participated in the Michigan Jazz Festival's Playing with the Pros, is a winner of Ann Arbor's Rick Burgess and MSU's Alumni Distinguished scholarships and has attended several audition-only international jazz camps such as Jamey Aebersold, Interlochen Arts Camp, Centrum Port Townsend and the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead.
Besides being an Ann Arbor Pioneer and Community high graduate, he also is a product DSO's Civic Jazz program, and it is there he had the opportunity to share the stage with Sean Jones and Terence Blanchard. Through his studies at Michigan State University, he has had the honor to perform with Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Russell Malone, Tim Warfield and Brian Lynch. Outside of school, he has had the opportunity to open with Christian McBride's Big Band for a concert starring Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer. He recorded as a sideman on Jason Hainsworth's Third Ward Stories, which also featured Michael Dease, Johnathan Blake, Glen Zaleski and Josh Evans.
Mr. Olszewski also currently gigs as a leader and a sideman in Metro Detroit, as well as all across Michigan. At MSU he continues to learn about the jazz legacy and art form, simultaneously running forward-looking modern groups with peers from both Ann Arbor and East Lansing campuses. He considers among his priorities helping his and future generations share the love he has for jazz, which he sees as a very alive and relevant art form.