Born in Chicago, Adam has performed with jazz artists such as Scott Hamilton, Melvin Sparks, Keith Tippett, Nostalgia 77, David Berkman, Herb Geller, Bobby Wellins, Martin Zenker, Tony Monaco, Barbara Morrison and Peter King. He has lived in New York City, Berlin, Edinburgh, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Taipei, and has performed all over the world. Touring with his own quartet in the US and the UK, he has performed with his groups in the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Fettes Jazz Festival and the Williamsburg Jazz Festival, among others. He has also toured and recorded with rock and folk artists such as The Blood Oranges, Amy Allison, Neil Cleary, Jerry Joseph, The Jackmormons, John Carlin and Megan Peters, and has shared the stage opening for bands such as The Wailers, ZZ Top, Hot Tuna, X, Weezer, Cracker, Michelle Shocked, O.A.R., Mike Watt, Kansas, and War, among many others.
While living in New York City from 1999 – 2005 Sorensen earned a BFA in Jazz Performance at the New School University, where he studied with jazz greats such as Carl Allen, Gregory Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, Michael Carvin, Gerri Allen, Peter Bernstein, Hal Galper, Jane Ira Bloom, Andrew Cyrille, George Garzone, and others. He performed regularly in NY’s music scene, and while living in NY, had the opportunity to perform, tour, and record with a number of great artists both in and out of the jazz scene.
As an educator, Sorensen has taught privately throughout his career in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has also taught drumming master classes, jazz workshops, and rhythm section workshops, in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
In addition to his career as a drummer, Adam has recorded and performed internationally as a singer/songwriter/guitarist, and released his solo debut in 2012, entitled ‘MIDWEST’, on City Creek Records. This record made the list for Top Folk Albums of 2012. He has toured Europe, Asia and the US, to support ‘Midwest’, and has received great reviews and radio play in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. His new singer/songwriter record is coming out in the fall of 2016. On ‘Midwest’, Sorensen features a number of talented musicians including jazz mandolin great, Don Stiernberg, jazz violinist Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell), jazz cellist Chris Hoffman (Henry Theadgill), and multi-instrumentalist Mark Spencer (Son Volt).