ANDREW Sc., Bass/Piano
A native of Phoenix, AZ, Andrew is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Andrew’s attraction to music stems from junior high school where his friends urged him to pick up the bass guitar and join their punk rock band. While his musical tastes have evolved a lot since then, he still aspires to replicate the same gusto and fearlessness he had as a boy playing music in a friend’s garage. Andrew grew up studying the piano, guitar, saxophone, and electric bass and later transitioned to the double bass, finding a powerful connection to the instrument. As a young adult, he discovered his love for composition and gradually carved out a unique voice after years spent imitating an array of musical icons.
Andrew has a wide variety of teaching experiences, running music clinics at festivals abroad, leading classes and ensembles, TA experience at two universities, and private one-on-one music instruction in his own studio and in several music schools. He was the jazz bass instructor at Arizona State University teaching private students and small ensembles at an advanced level. He’s also familiar with teaching in front of larger groups, co-teaching an undergraduate music theory/ear-training/composition class at the New England Conservatory, coaching the rhythm section for the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra, running ensembles at ASU’s Latin Jazz Camp, and presenting an annual music lecture series at the Nash in Phoenix, AZ.
Over the last decade, Andrew has moved from Phoenix to Boston to New York City, working as both a bandleader and sideman in various musical styles—the bulk of his concentration on jazz and improvised music. He’s performed his music all over the world at venues like Cornelia Street Café (NYC), the Jazz Showcase (Chicago), the Panama Jazz Festival, and as a guest artist with the National Symphony of Paraguay in Asunción. Andrew holds a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory where his mentors included Dave Holland, Billy Hart, and Ralph Alessi. In 2012, he was recognized in Downbeat Magazine for his work as a soloist and was awarded the ASCAP Young Composers Grant in February 2014.