Biography

Andy is willing to do whatever it takes to play the good stuff.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Andy began taking piano lessons when he was 6 years old. He dabbled as a trumpet player in grade school and high school until he found his true passion for jazz while studying with Mike Plog, a well-known modern jazz trumpeter. At the University of Illinois, Andy studied trumpet and cornet with Tito Carrillo and began arranging under the tutelage of program director Chip McNeill.

His fate as a ’20s musician was sealed one night after hearing Bix Beiderbecke’s transcendent recording of “At the Jazz Band Ball” on an authentic Victor horn machine. Andy started sitting in with Dixieland bands and, ironically, discovered that he could get more work as a ’20s musician than a modern player – yeah, man! While he is heavily influenced by Bix, Andy draws inspiration from a variety of musicians including Red Nichols, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Jabbo Smith and Tommy Dorsey (especially in his covert recordings as a trumpeter!). He also enjoys listening to Johnny Dodds and Herb Morand.

Andy is currently a full-time musician traveling the world and touring with various groups. One such group is the Archipelago Project which is a non-profit educational outreach group advocating musical arts for young students and their teachers through performance, residency and consultation.

Never content to play just one instrument, he has taken various jobs on piano, trombone, bass sax, clarinet, banjo, baritone and drums. He also plays a mean melodica and a fractured frumpet (it exists; look it up). In his spare time, Andy enjoys arranging new charts and collecting junk, including old instruments and 78 r.p.m. records.

During his brief moments outside of the world of music, he also enjoys camping and kayaking in the key of Db. In addition he frequently revels in the humor of the Marx Brothers.

6 Responses to Biography

  1. Jan Wouter Alt says:

    Hi Andy,

    Thanks for the beautiful concerts and the jamseesions in Racine 2011! Perhaps I see you in November in England with Hans Eekhoff. Otherwise perhaps next year in Racine. Please let me know when your cd is ready. I’d like to purchase one (and perhaps more for my fellow musicians over here).

    Kindest Regards,

    Jan Wouter Alt (the guy from Holland with the clarinet and altosax).

    • Hans Eekhoff says:

      Andy, Josh Duffee, Jan-Wouter Alt, Paul Munnery, Matthijs Willerink and Hans Eekhoff form “Andy and Josh’s European Gang” and will be playing an at an exclusive one-night-only “Gourmet Finger Buffet with Jazz” at The Bull Inn, Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset, England on Monday evening 7 November.

  2. al kuhn says:

    I love your music. Been listening to Bix, et al since the late 40′s. Actually knew someone who played with Bix, the Chicago drummer Harry Gale. He and Bix were good friends and had lots of interesting stories. Gave me his own 78 of “Changes.” Anyhow, you are a marvellous musician. Keep at it. al kuhn

  3. Don Chichester says:

    My wife and I will miss you at this year’s Coon-Sanders Bash. Heard you were ill. I hope you’re on the mend. See you next year!?

    Don

  4. Andy,
    Say, you’re the real quill, see? I get the heebie-jeebies when I hear you wail. Swell suit. You’re the cats. Bix approves. See you at the Vendome New Year’s Eve. Snorky wants to press your palm.
    Best, Jack McGurn (and Louise)

  5. hey andy really nice site i can’t believe i just found it!!! cheers, erik

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