Suarez has made his mark internationally, performing alongside contemporary music masters as well as up-and-coming artists. His father, a bassist and trumpeter, introduced him to music at a very young age. Suarez remembers sitting in his father's bass case during rehearsals, eagerly waiting for an opportunity to get behind those gold sparkle Ludwigs. His musical lineage did not just come from his father's side. Suarez's maternal great-grandfather, Vernon Brown, was a trombonist in the big bands of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.
Suarez is a classically trained percussionist who has been playing for over 25 years - a career full of prestigious honors. He received his BM in Classical Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he performed on four Grammy-nominated recordings with the renowned Jazz Ensemble I and directed the UWEC Jazz Ensemble IV. Three of those four recordings also won awards from Downbeat Magazine for Best Collegiate Jazz Ensemble. Downbeat also awarded Suarez with "Best Jazz Drum Performance" in 2001. Suarez attended the Academy for Emerging Artists at Jazz Aspen Snowmass, where he performed and studied alongside jazz greats such as Ray Brown, Christian McBride, Monty Alexander, Bobby Hutcherson, Lewis Nash, Kermit Ruffins, Herlin Riley and Warren Wolf. He also performed in the U.S. All-Collegiate Honors Jazz Ensemble in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Arturo Sandoval.
Having toured extensively in the US, Suarez has also taken his percussive prowess to Europe and Asia. His eclectic experience has afforded him the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Evan Christoper, The Supremes, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Arturo Sandoval, Christian McBride, Chris Botti, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Ingrid Jensen, Ed Calle, Bill Reichenbach, The Adam Meckler Orchestra (AMO), These Modern Socks, Vicious Vicious, Haley Bonar and Robert Skoro. In 2014, iTunes ranked AMO's release, When the Clouds Look Like This, as on of the top 10 jazz releases of the year.
Adrian currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is in-demand in the jazz, rock and studio music scenes as a percussionist, beat programmer, engineer and producer. He also maintains a private teaching studio of university-level students. In 2005, Suarez founded the successful web and graphic design studio, Soire Design.