John Adams, piano master: Vale and Rest in Peace

Adams, JohnJOHN CHARLES ADAMS, “Johnny” to his very wide circle of family, friends and fans died on Monday 9 March 2015 at the age of 76. His death will greatly sadden the many who have grown used to having his piano brilliance constantly available, both those who have had the joy of listening to him and those who have played with him over the past fifty years. He will be missed not only for his music but for his unfailing good humour and generosity of spirit.

Our sympathies to Jo and family in their loss.

6 responses to “John Adams, piano master: Vale and Rest in Peace

  1. I got quite a shock to learn of John’s passing today. He was my Manager at the Commonwealth Bank in Dandenong in the early-90s and it was a great surprise to find him playing at the Red Hill Bakery on a Sunday a few years ago. We hadn’t been back to the Bakery for a little while and upon going today I inquired after John, and learnt of his passing with much sadness. A lovely gentlemen, may have rest in peace.

  2. One of the all-time nice guys; always there with a smile & a genuine sense of cameraderie. He will be missed by everyone who had even a passing aquaintance with him.

  3. I am saddened to hear of the demise of John Adams, well known and respected pianist in Melbourne. I don’t know that he travelled much elsewhere, or even that he recorded a lot.
    I first met and played with Johnny at the wake of Neville Stribling at “Flat Rock”, Euroa. From the little I know, John had fairly recent bouts of illness, and was under treatment. He had been declining playing gigs if feeling unwell.
    I had played a few gigs with John in recent times, one at a charity Christmas party, and one where John and I played extensively at Graham Coyle’s wake in a hotel off Chapel Street, East St Kilda.
    John was always held in very high regard, not least by that master of jazz piano Graham Coyle, who would choose John to deputize if he was unable, and John was often called for quality jazz piano after Graham’s demise.
    Like Graham, he was a thorough gentleman and a “Mr Tasteful” of the piano.
    What a loss of long years of learning and expertise in the passing of these two great masters of jazz piano. Who will, or can, replace them in the local traditional and mainstream jazz field?

  4. I had the pleasure of seeing John play at the Phillip Island Jazz Festival opening night, with Geoff Power in November, little did I know then I would not see him play again. One of the most outstanding pianists I have ever seen play. RIP John.

  5. Johnny will never be forgotten for the inspirational person and musician that he was. Unfortunately he did not record a lot but what he did record is memorable and it will live on for generations to come. His contribution to the Lord Howe Island Jazz Weeks was immense. He was a joy to listen to and to know. I will personally and professionally miss him immensely.
    Diana Allen
    Jazz Australia

  6. Margaret Richards

    Johnny will be missed. RIP.

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