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Park Adams III, 8 October 1930, Highland Park, Michigan, USA, d. 10 September 1986, New York City, New York, USA. While Adams was still a child his family moved to Rochester, New York, where he became involved in the local jazz music scene. Inspired by Coleman Hawkins, Adams decided to become a tenor saxophone player, but quickly fell under the spell of Harry Carney, taking up the baritone in the mid-40s (somewhat self-depreciatingly, Adams later insisted that the chief reason he took up the baritone was because he was able to buy a cheap instrument). A stint with Lionel Hampton, allied to freelance work, mostly around Detroit, with Wardell Gray, Barry Harris, Frank Foster, Tommy Flanagan and others, gave Adams a broad musical base. For a time he was involved in the big bands of Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson, but still found time to work with Chet Baker, Donald Byrd, Benny Goodman and Thelonious Monk. His robust, big sound and forceful soloing made him an...