A Covington native and chair of the percussion department in the University of Georgia's School of Music, Tim Adams, along with bassist Dwayne Dolphin and pianist David Budway, will perform a free concert of jazz and world music at the Church of Covington on Feb. 17.
Last May, east metro residents received a rare musical treat when Timothy Adams and Marcus Printup performed together for the first time in a benefit concert for the Washington Street Community Center in Covington.
Covington native Adams is returning to his hometown for another performance, and while Printup isn't on the bill, the concert -- set for 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Church at Covington -- is unquestionably a titanic summit of musicians versed in both jazz and classical disciplines.
Joining Adams -- who since the fall of 2010 has served as chair of the percussion department in the University of Georgia's School of Music -- will be bassist Dwayne Dolphin and pianist David Budway.
Adams has been longtime friends with Dolphin, whose extensive credentials include support work for Wynton Marsalis, Hank Crawford and Pharaoh Sanders, as well as his own projects as a composer, bandleader and practitioner of the piccolo bass.
"I've known Dwayne for about 15 years, and when I moved to Pittsburgh, I met him the second year I was there and he really became like family," said Adams, the principal timpanist for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2009.
"We're very close, and then we started playing music together. From there it's been a great, great friendship -- we shared a lot of meals together and we've spent a lot of time playing and talking, so he's like the brother I never had."
Pianist Budway has also collaborated with the lions of modern jazz, including Branford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine and George Benson.
"I met David a few years after I moved to Pittsburgh and I've played some gigs with him and some concerts with the symphony," said Adams, who also taught at Pittsburgh's Carnegie-Mellon.
"He's is an accomplished jazz musician as well as an accomplished classical musician. He has such a warm spirit and we really connected. I don't see him a lot, but when I do see him, it's like it was just yesterday. This is a great opportunity."
Although Adams -- the son of iconic Newton County educators T.K. and Louise Adams -- has performed with Dolphin and Budway separately, the three have never played together.
"This is our first project together," he said. "I've played on four of Dwayne's records and we started a project about 18 months ago of just bass and percussion. We started making a record and we're working on getting it completed.
"When I put this concert together, the perfect person for what Dwayne and I were doing was David. The music will go in a lot of different directions, from jazz to world music. There's really no definition."
In addition to the Friday night concert, the trio will hold master classes for area students earlier in the day, a prospect Adams relishes as much as the actual performance.
"They're terrific musicians, but the most beautiful thing is that I hope, especially for the kids, (is) they see our closeness. Things socially aren't what they should be, even today, and hopefully they can see that when you can work together, it doesn't matter what color you are or what your background is," said Adams.
"Music is something that can bridge every issue that a person might have to make something beautiful. Playing for the kids is as important to me as the concert that night."
Adams, who will perform a double timpani concerto with the UGA Wind Symphony two nights before his Covington date, said he hopes the vibe at the concert is sufficient enough to warrant additional gatherings of this trio of acclaimed players.
"That's the hope. We'll go in and see what happens and see how the audience responds and we'll try to video tape and record it and see if it has some legs," he said.
"That's the beauty of playing with guys at a certain level. It will either be unbelievable or it will be OK, but kind of obvious we shouldn't do this again or try to make it happen for a long time. I'm excited about the possibilities and I'm excited about going in fresh."
If you go
What: Concert of jazz and world music featuring Tim Adams, Dwayne Dolphin and David Budway
When: 7 p.m. on Feb. 17
Where: The Church at Covington, 11975 Highway 142 in Covington
Cost: Free and open to the public.