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Andrew is one of Hartford’s rising young musicians. Originally from Boylston, MA, Andrew has proven himself to be a talented young pianist, with a passion to learn, grow and play.

 

Andrew studied at the Hartt School where he learned from world renowned musicians including pianists Rick Germanson, Chris Casey, Matt DeChamplain, and Zaccai Curtis, saxophonists Javon Jackson and Abraham Burton, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. While in school, Andrew spent his time being around many local elders who gave him invaluable experiences to couple with his learning. Their encouragement combined with his intrinsic motivation led Andrew to begin gigging around Hartford. One of these formative experiences were the gigs at Integrity n’ Music. Integrity n’ Music was the perfect laboratory for students perfecting their craft and developing their own sounds. Andrew was one of these students and experimented with his first bands here, first a quintet and then a sextet.  

 

By the end of his time at the Hartt School, Andrew had established himself as a young up and coming musician within the Hartford area, which included making himself a regular mainstay at Black-Eyed Sally’s as a bandleader, sideman, steward and listener.

 

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Andrew curated a live jazz series from his driveway featuring young musicians from all over New England. This helped bring communities together and allow musicians to continue working despite the pandemic conditions. As the pandemic continued, Andrew attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he earned a Masters in Jazz Composition/Arranging. He studied Composition and Arranging with Jeff Holmes and Felipe Salles. 

 

Andrew received a fateful phone call on the way to enjoy the 2022 Newport Jazz Festival. Renowned vocalist Jazzmeia Horn was in need of a pianist. Her piano player was late due to a flight delay and called Andrew. Racing to get to the festival, Andrew joined Ms. Horn on the Newport Mainstage in the middle of the second tune and performed the rest of the set, sight reading the music with no preparation. The success of this last minute performance led Ms. Horn to ask Andrew to join her at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival to perform a tune that he would arrange for the 14 piece ensemble.

 

Andrew also has studied with Orrin Evans, Stanley Cowell, Ralph Peterson, and Emery Austin Smith.

 

Andrew can currently be seen playing throughout the New England Region performing with his trio and sextet or as a sideman with a number of musicians including Leland Baker, Yoron Israel, Haneef Nelson, Ed Byrne, Rob Zapulla, Ed Fast, Jonathan Barber, The Glenn Miller Orchestra and the New London Big Band. Andrew has had the opportunity to play venues and festivals such as Black-Eyed Sally’s, The Buttonwood Tree, New Britain Museum of American Art, The Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series, The Hartford Public Library’s Baby Grand Jazz Series, The Mosesian Center for the Arts, The Northampton Jazz Festival, and the Butler-McCook House.