Nims’s passionate energy
and dazzling musicianship as a solo artist and with her talented bands
inspiring and unforgettable entertainment experience.
Her dynamic, sensual voice on the saxophones,
flutes and many more global indigenous instruments express not only a
array of musical culture and style but the magic and mystery of life. Adrienne performs
contemporary, Latin and
classic jazz infused with irresistible grooves as well as elegant,
melodies which have both moved audiences throughout San Diego
and well beyond. Her
expressive intensity and love of music
will linger with you long after the last note.
She has performed openings for such greats as Spyro
Gyra, Joe Cocker, Al
DiMeola, Fourplay, Steppenwolf, Najee and Boz Scaggs, to name a few.
was born in Colorado,
raised in New England,
started playing piano at the age of five, and quickly moved on to flute
then saxophone upon hearing her musician grandfather blow his horn. Her most intensive musical
studies began with
professors from the University
New England Conservatory and Boston Symphony Orchestra, while
performing in New
England Conservatory ensembles as a teenager.
She continued her studies at Ithaca College in
York where she was
featured as a guest artist in numerous Cornell University
faculty concerts focusing primarily on jazz, electronic and
she represented women in the musical arts in Ithaca. Adrienne lived and
performed in the Northeast
performing jazz, R&B, pop-rock, Latin, gamelan and classical
orchestral performances include playing
under world acclaimed composer-conductors such as David Amram, Vaclav
and collaborating and performing with David Borden, one of the founding
of the electronic music scene.
Adrienne was a member and producer of the Tin
Can Fantasy Factory troupe in which she acted and musically narrated
fables with her original compositions.
Her theatrical credits also include being featured
in a unique version
of a Street Car Named Desire in which she played a lone New Orleans
street musician narrating the
action with the haunting tone of her original tenor sax work. Her
work on both coasts includes over two dozen shows and her most recent
work in San
was as a feature musical cast member in Boomers in 2004. She
also appears in Damian Chapas film “The Woman”.
Adrienne joined the west coast music scene.
Shortly afterward, she began performing and
touring with The Larry Mitchell Band on saxes and flutes going on to
the CD releases of "Insatiable" and remix of "Temptation". Since
then she has also been recorded on “Angels and Almas”, Fit
Groovidi, “Heart Beat
Ahria”, “Survivor”, “Prayer of
People”, and “Cosmic Sea”. and her feature jazz release "Spirit Wind".
She has also released an exotic world flute CD--"Now and Zen"
teaching music Adrienne’s
many years of eurhythmic training in music school inspired her
evolution as a
dancer, choreographer and dance teacher.
In addition to performing she continues to teach
music and several
unique dance classes in and beyond San Diego and
has additionally lectured and performed in
several academic institutions.
passion for performance
continues with her leading the Adrienne Nims Band and Spirit Wind. She also performs with
David Maldonado, Le Jazz Hot, Highland Way, Semisi and Fula Bula,
Battista, Wah and Raggle-Taggle.
band Spirit Wind,
Adrienne on soprano, alto, tenor saxes, traditional flutes as well as
American, Indian, African and Asian flutes and percussion, playing
jazz and global music at the world famous San Diego Zoo during the
summer is a
musical feast. Her
versatility ranging from classical, jazz, Latin, funky rhythm and blues
and middle eastern showcase her love and interest in the many kinds of
which link us together! Adrienne
draws musical inspiration from every curve of the globe as well as the
and infinite music of nature and from the individual and collective
spirit, and emotion of the musicians with whom she plays.