Adam Rafferty


Adam Rafferty was born in New York City, NY on January 26th, 1969 and is the Guitarist. At the age of 55, Adam Rafferty biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 26, 1969
United States
Place of Birth
New York City, NY
55 years old
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Jazz Musician
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Adam Rafferty Life

Adam Rafferty (born January 26, 1969) is a guitarist and composer.

He is best known for his arrangement of pop songs by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and the Beatles, as well as the use of beatboxes while playing guitar.


Adam Rafferty Career


Rafferty was born in January 26, 1969, and raised in Harlem, New York. His father was the first inspiration for him when he heard a Martin D-28 guitar.

He was attending Woody Mann and discovering blues and country music by the age of six. Woody Mann is to blame for a large part of his growth. Rafferty was introduced to classical guitar by Dennis Cinelli and Pat O'Brien a few years ago, and Pat O'Brien taught him how to play.

He enrolled at Purchase, New York's State University, majoring in classical guitar. John-Christian Urich, a childhood friend and drummer, continued to work with him. They performed in a variety of settings, from hard rock to R&B. Rafferty had switched to electric guitar by the time he had finished high school.

Rafferty and Urich formed the duo Raf and Cooly C, backed by a live band, with Rafferty playing guitar and playing guitar, and Urich adding drums and beatbox by the mid-to-late 1980s. The two groups sparked a local stir. They were chosen by the Austrian band Edelweiss for Atlantic Records to perform on the album, Bring Me Edelweiss. The album went gold in Europe, though Rafferty and Urich never made any money.

Rafferty left Raf and Cooly C in 1989 and began to investigate jazz. Mike Longo, a pianist from New York, took lessons from him after hearing him perform at the Birdland club. He attended jam sessions and gigs in New York City after graduating from college. He performed with Bob Cranshaw, Lou Donaldson, Virgil Jones, Gloria Lynn, Buster Williams, and Jimmy Owens' Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. Eric Person, Norah Jones, and Chris Potter were all destined for success from his own generation. He spent almost a year with organist Jimmy "Preacher" Robbins, who was attracted to Harlem's jazz scene. He has also worked with the Tippy Larkin Quintet.

He released his debut album, First Impressions, with his mentor Mike Longo on piano, Paul West on bass, and Ray Mosca on drums. In Just Jazz Guitar magazine, the album was given a warm review. He began leading his own trio in the mid-1990s, often taking them on annual tours of Europe, particularly in Austria and Germany. He settled on a Danton Boller and Tomas Fujiwara combo by the late 1990s. On his third album, Three Souls, the same band appeared. With bassist John Menegon and drummer Jeff Siegel, he formed an experimental jazz trio called the New York Trio Project. Boller introduced him to tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace, who was given tours. He met Alvin Queen, who used him as a sideman in his quintet with alto saxophonist Jesse Davis and trumpeter Joe Magnarelli. He was asked to substitute on Lonnie Smith's organ trio in 2006. They appeared at jazz festivals, the Jazz Standard, and Smoke in New York City.

Tommy Emmanuel, a friend of his, showed him a video of fingerstyle guitarist Tommy Emmanuel in 2007. He began to experiment with pop songs, resulting in his ability to play bass lines, melody, and middle voicings simultaneously. He brought the R&B to fingerstyle guitar, which he loved as a kid: disco, hip hop, funk, jazz, and R&B. He also used beatboxing, which he learned from Run–D.M.C. Singers from the 1980s and his time as a rapper.

Gratitude, Gratitude's first album as a solo acoustic guitarist, was recorded in Jackson Heights, New York, on his own. He began posting his home videos on YouTube. His "Billie Jean" and Stevie Wonder's "Megastition" videos received more than one million views, as did Michael Jackson's cover version.

Rafferty went to the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in 2008 to meet like-minded fingerstyle guitarists, at the suggestion of a YouTube fan. He was invited to appear at a Tommy Emmanuel concert in B.B. In New York, the King's Club is located in the City of New York. In 2009, he appeared with Emmanuel at the Bangkok Guitar Festival in Helsinki, Finland, and then B.B. In 2010, King's Club formed a new one. Since being Emmanuel, he was able to meet and perform with other well-known acoustic musicians, including Michael Fix and Joe Robinson.


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