Pianist and Composer Chris Andrew, a well-known quantity throughout Western Canada, is starting to reach out, and make his name in the larger world of jazz.
A 3-time Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee for Outstanding jazz with his own group, the Hutchinson Andrew Trio (2006/2008), and with Latin-jazz group Bomba (2008), Chris has also been honoured on a national stage. In 2008, Chris was awarded the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Canadian National Jazz Awards for recognition of his virtuosic talent as well as being nominated for the Montréal International Jazz Festival’s CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award. In 2010, he was also named one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 Under 40” for his contribution to Edmonton’s thriving musical community.
Like so many other great Canadian musicians, Chris started his journey on the west coast of Canada. Early on, the Campbell River, B.C. native travelled to Edmonton to study with jazz luminary, Senator Tommy Banks. Chris has shown his strong musical ability and diversity through working with artists in genres as varied as jazz, funk, pop, Latin, and musical theatre. He has studied in Cuba and has toured across Canada and Europe countless times in a number of bands in various musical styles.
On faculty at Grant MacEwan University, Chris is well known as a jazz educator. However, it is his ability to play that has garnered Chris the most attention. Chris’ resume lists a veritable who’s who of jazz. Chris has performed with Joshua Redman, Sonny Fortune, Bud Shank, Pete Christlieb, Joe LaBarbera, P.J. Perry, Remi Bolduc, Kirk MacDonald, Paquito D’Rivera, Brad Turner, and Steve Wallace - just to name some highlights.
Chris has recorded with numerous well known groups including Eric Darius, Paul Brandt, Johanna Sillanpaa, Karl Schwonik, The Jump Orchestra, Maracujah, Bomba, Kelly Allana, Tim Tamashiro, The Swinging Bovines, Sillan & Young, The Edmonton Symphony, Phatty, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and The Devoties. Chris has had over 45 of his original compositions recorded by a variety of artists throughout North America.
Chris brings all of this experience as a performer and a composer to bear on his newest album, Strange Days. Joined by some of the best talent in jazz, the album is a refl ection of Chris’ passionate approach to music and life. If this album is any indication, we’ll be hearing more of Chris Andrew. He is truly a great Canadian talent!