||Charles R. "Bucky"
Adams was born into a large musical family on Maynard Street in Halifax in
1937. At an early age Bucky picked up the trumpet to play alongside his
father on the saxophone. At age 11 Bucky had the distinction of playing
for the Queen during a royal visit to Halifax. In the years that followed
Bucky played his trumpet with such intensity that it blew apart during one
of his frequent performances at the Gerrish Street Hall. Determined that
the "show must go on" Bucky ran home between sets and borrowed
his father's instrument, returning just in time to step back on stage.
This twist of fate resulted in Bucky embarking on a lifelong love affair
with the tenor sax.
From the 50's through to the 80's, Bucky
formed several successful bands, including "The Rockin' Rebels",
"Club Unusual", "The Basin St.Trio", with whom he made
his first recording, and "Generations", comprised of young
players on the cutting edge of the Halifax music scene. Bucky also played
with or to Jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, Oscar Peterson,
Count Bassie, B.B.King and Lionel Hampton. In 1981 Bucky was featured on
the CBC Radio Halifax program "Identities", for which he was
awarded the International Gabriel Award by the United Nations,
representing the highest honour in broadcasting production and content.
During the 90's Bucky's career has taken on
a renewed energy and direction. Since 1991 he has volunteered for weekly
performances with the Senior's Band at Northwood Manor in Halifax and
since 1993 has performed with the prestigious Nova Scotia Mass Choir, with
whom he has participated on two recordings. Bucky has also remained very
active at East Coast concerts and Jazz Festivals which wouldn't be
complete without his smooth, rich performances. In 1996 Bucky produced his
own CD "In a Lovin' Way", an autobiographical collection
on which he wrote or co-wrote all but one song. The Album received rave
reviews upon its release in 1997 and was nominated for two East Coast
Music Awards. Bucky has also been able to reactivate his longstanding
commitment to mentoring youth. With the sponsorship of the Musicians Trust
Fund, Bucky has so far visited 50 elementary, junior and senior high
schools in the Halifax area playing and providing music history education
to more than 12,000 students. In August 1998 Bucky had the honour of
playing for civil rights pioneer Dr. Rosa Parks and 120 of her
"Pathways to Freedom" students from across North America when
Dr. Parks was in Halifax to receive an Honourary Doctorate from Mount
Saint Vincent University. In November 1998 Bucky was presented with the
"Pioneer" Award from the African Nova Scotia Music Association.
On New Year's Eve 1998 Bucky premiered his newest group effort, the "Bucky
Adams Cotton Club Swing Band", at the Lord Nelson Hotel as part of
Halifax's "BigEvent" New Year's Celebration.
Bucky's innovative approach to timeless
classics and knack for original compositions, along with his command of
music styles including Swing, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Easy Listening and
Inspiration, has expanded his audience to include a wide range of age
groups and musical tastes. His upcoming CD, aptly entitled "Fresh
Daily", is a collection of high energy live performances which
showcases Bucky's incredible talent and versatility. "Fresh
Daily" is scheduled for release in the Spring of 1999.
"....there are so few musicians
that can play this way...gather them from all over North America and you
could pick 'em up at the airport in a minivan...." Andrew
Gillis, The Daily News, May 1998.