They have performed together in Europe, the United States, and Japan.They have recorded five albums together, including Two for One, Sentimental Journey, and Double Trio Always.He's also played with small jazz bands in the Sacramento area and on cruise ships.
He has recently recorded his fourth piano solo album and a trio album entitled Around Broadway for the label Abeat Jazz and joined many other recording sessions (Tiziana Ghiglioni Non sono io Philology, Karin Schmidt German and American songs Incipit Records, International Hot Jazz Quartet Havin' A Ball Arbors Records and Still Havin' A Ball Click Records, Alfredo Ferrario Dedicated to Henghel Philology, 5 CDs with the Japanese label Audio Park Records, Rebecca Kilgore Trio Just Imagine Blue Swing Recordings, and others).
He recorded a part of the soundtrack of the documentary of Ermanno Olmi regarding the artist Jannis Kounellis.
He received a special prize from the Jury at the National Prize of the Arts 2007 organized by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, in the Jazz category. Cleve Baker, as a youngster after the War, was turned on to the Traditional Jazz of Lu Watters that he heard on the radio, including live ragtime played by Wally Rose, long before ragtime was revived by The Sting.
He was "hooked" by the history of the music, its composers and how it has played a role in the social history of the United States.
Elliott Adams has been playing ragtime since age 10 and is now known internationally as a ragtime player, collector, historian, writer, and composer.
His extensive collection of ragtime, blues, and early jazz sheet music is available to researchers, musicians, and publishers.
After moving to Sonoma County, he led the well regarded Jazz Salvation Company for 20 years.
Over the years Tom has been a member of, or filled in on various instruments with such jazz bands as San Francisco Feetwarmers, Bear Republic, Trad Trio, Devil Mountain, Golden Eagle and Zenith, as well as performing ragtime/sing-along piano concerts.
Here he began to learn the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early 20th century.