Meadows was born in West Virginia and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of nine. He started playing tenor sax in high school, and then migrated to soprano sax. His passion for various types of music led him down an eclectic musical path. He was intrigued by the styles of jazz musicians, like Stanley Turrentine, Sidney Bichel, Johnny Hodges. John Coltrane. Sonny Still, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon. Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Grover Washington and many others. After studying jazz at Rippowam High School in Stamford, CT with Anthony Truglia, Meadows allended Berklee College of Music. There he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts. During his college years he played in a number of bands including disco. R&B and various jazz ensmbles. I got a lot of sideman jobs in college, and I have always said I got my real graduate degree playing clubs. says Meadows. who perfected his craft studying with Sonny Fortune. Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. "Not long after I finished school, (drummer) Norman Connors recorded one of my songs, "Invitation and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with my colleague Jacques Burvick(Aquarium Dream) . Things just fell into place. Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with "For Lovers Only", but his career really began one day in the late '80s at New York's Grand Central Stat ion. He had been a sideman with Connors for three years, with only vague notions ofeventually going solo. One day, while waiting for a train, he pulled out his horn and began playing under the huge dome. His sweet sound caught the allention of fellow traveler, producer and TV composer Jay Challaway, who happened to be passing by on his way to the train. Challaway was so impressed with Meadows' sound that he hooked Meadows up with legendary keyboardist Bob James. Meadows and James collaborated on a recording which unfortunately went unreleased. The experience put him on the road to his eventual success. Meadows hooked up with numerous artists and musicians and became a well known sideman in his own right, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton. Eartha Kill, Phyllis Hyman. Jean Carne. The Temptat ions, Michael Bolton. Angela Bofill, Will Downing Bob Baldwin, Chuck Loeb, John Lee, among many others. In the late '80s, Meadows stretched his boundaries by becoming a member
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