The Story So Far...

"Indispensable to New York's jazz scene."
 Hot House Magazine, New York

"Cunningham’s tender clarinet work..epitomizes sophistication and grace."
DownBeat Magazine

"Adrian Cunningham's saxophone solo actually
had me making whimpering noises in the front stalls"
The Independent, London

"The Down Under Sax Star"
The Wall St Journal

"outstanding young jazz talent."
The Australian

"Adrian Cunningham’s clarinet playing saved the day for me."
The Star, Johannesburg


The list of world-class musical entertainers from Australia got a bit longer
when Adrian Cunningham arrived in the States"
St Pete Catalyst

Adrian Cunningham is an award winning multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and world traveller. Originally from Sydney Australia and now based in New York, he is proving to be one of his country's top exports. With fluent command of the saxophones, clarinet, and flute, he is one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in Jazz today.

Adrian is the recipient of the Hot House Saxophone Award for 2017. Adrian's band, Professor Cunningham and His Old School, is the winner of international band competition World Jam, (Madrid- 2016, 2017) and Best Band award at 2017 Harlem Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania).

When he is not busy performing in NYC with some of its finest players, he is touring the world playing jazz festivals and swing events. 

Since relocating to New York City in 2008 he has performed at some of the Big Apple's finest clubs- Blue Note, Smalls, Birdland, 55 Bar, Apollo Theatre, Fat Cat, Dizzy's Club (Lincoln Centre) and even a private event at the hallowed Village Vanguard; with such luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Batiste, George Coleman Jr and Jazz luminaries Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, and Ted Rosenthal , Chris Potter, and Renee Marie.

Adrian is currently performing with world-class trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, which included a performance at the London Jazz festival and a recording in Abbey Road studios alongside Wess Anderson, Reginald Veal and Herlin Riley. Adrian has appeared on 2 of Wycliffe's album releases to rave reviews. ("One of the unexpected joys of the album is the rich, woody clarinet of Cunningham" album review; Hot House NYC) Adrian has travelled the globe with the Wycliffe Gordon quintet with a schedule that includes-  London Jazz Festival, Johannesburg Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Newport Jazz Festvail; and regular performances in New York at the prestigious clubs Dizzy's (Lincoln Center).

In 2013 Cunningham formed a tradtional/New Orleans style outfit called Professor Cunningham and His Old School, deeply rooted in the Jazz tradition and has fast become one of the top bands in the international Swing scene, having performed at Blue Note Jazz Festival (NYC), Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Australia), Sopot Molo Jazz Festival (Poland), Snowball (Stockholm), SLOX (California), Blue Note Jazz Fest (NYC), CPH:LX (Copenhagen) and Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Cunningham also has a busy individual Jazz Festival schedule, being such the favorite of many that he is invited back year after year. Such festivals include, North Carolina Jazz Festival, Central Illinois Jazz festival, Newport, and also concerts at the famous Gennett studios (Richmond, Indiana). International festival credits include Montreux Jazz Festival (3 times!!) Johanessburg, Japan, London, Tokyo and Sopot Molo (Poland).

From 2014-2017, Adrian was the leader of the saxophone section of the grammy-winning Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, a NYC based 1920's swing orchestra; responsible for the soundtracks for Boardwalk Empire and movies including the Aviator.

As a leader, he has recorded ten CDs and two DVDs both in Australia with his quartet, and also in NYC through Arbors Records. His 2017 release Jazz Speak was recorded with Jazz luminaries Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, and Ted Rosenthal which broke the top 20 in the US national Jazzweek charts.


As a player on countless recordings, Adrian has recorded/performed with:




           Wynton Marsalis
           Jonathan Batiste
           Rene Marie
           Fred Hersch
           Randy Brecker
           Chris Potter
           Wycliffe Gordon   
           Geri Allen
           Jeff Hamilton
           Matt Wilson
           Joe LaBarbera
           Byron Stripling
           Steve Jordan
           Wes Anderson
           Cecile Mclorin Salvant
           Aaron Diehl
           Bill Cunliffe
           Bucky Pizzarelli
           Jerry Lewis
           Herlin Riley
           Nate Smith
           Adam Rogers
           Reginald Veal
           Debbie Reynolds
           Bob Mintzer
           Lew Soloff
           Sweet Georgia Brown
           Jerry Lewis
           Seleno Clarke
           Harry Allen


          The Cat Empire          
          Leo Sayer
          (Johnny) Diesel    
          James Morrison
          Don Burrows 
          Colin Hay (Men at Work)
          Galapagos Duck 
          Ian Moss
          Guy Sabastian 
          Tom Burlinson
          George Coleman Jr.
          Tim Freedman (Whitlams) 
          Cleo Lane & John Dankworth   
          Doug Parkinson
          Paul McDermott
          John Foreman
          Swing City
          Rhonda Burchmore
          Monica and the Moochers
          Marcia Hines
          Caroline O'Connor
          Sydney all Star Big Band
          Anthony Warlow
          Grace Knight
          Daryl Somers
          Jeff Duff
          Australian Idol Band