Kool and the Gang Trombonist Clifford Adams Dies at 62

Clifford Adams is seen here in December 2013. (Photo provided by Scott Miller)
Clifford Adams is seen here in December 2013. (Photo provided by Scott Miller)

Kool and the Gang trombonist Clifford Adams passed away Monday morning after a battle with liver cancer, a friend close to the family said.

Adams, a Trenton native, had been suffering with medical issues for about a year and had no heath insurance to cover medical expenses. He was hospitalized at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

Adams’s family and friends turned to the jazz community in Trenton for support last month, holding several fundraisers to try to cover the cost of a liver transplant. The family received support from Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit founded to help area jazz musicians through tough times.

Adams, 62, is best known for playing with Kool and the Gang but he also played with The Stylistics, Patti Labelle and the Bluebells and Duke Ellington’s Orchestra during his career. Adams released two solo albums – The Master Power and I Feel Your Spirit.

Adams’ longtime friend and fellow Kool and the Gang musician Michael Ray described Adams as a loving and caring husband and father and a great friend.

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SOURCE: Jenna Pizzi | Times of Trenton
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