Major: Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance
Instrument: Alto Saxophone
Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps Jazz QuintetProfile:
Dan Andrews, alto saxophone, is majoring in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he is a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the inaugural Stamps Jazz Quintet, Class of 2013, coached by faculty mentor Chuck Bergeron. A high achiever both academically and musically, he is currently studying saxophone privately with Dale Underwood and Gary Keller. A proficient woodwind doubler (flute, clarinet, soprano sax), Andrews also performs in the sax section of the Frost Concert Jazz Band. Originally from Finksburg, Maryland, Andrews has been playing alto saxophone for over ten years. Prior teachers include David Duree, Steve Swan, Ron Diehl and Troy Roberts. Dan Andrews was named an “Outstanding Soloist” at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (2010), and also the “Jazz Soloist” winner in DownBeat magazine’s 34th Annual Student Music Awards in the Undergraduate Outstanding College Performances category (2011). The Stamps Jazz Quintet was also chosen by DownBeat as the Jazz Group winner in the same year and category.
As a member of the Stamps Jazz Quintet at the Frost School of Music, Dan Andrews has performed in concert with famous jazz artists Chris Potter, Gary Burton, and Matt Wilson and received special coaching from Dave Holland, Brian Lynch, Carl Allen, Terence Blanchard, Dave Douglas, Ignacio Berroa, Mark O’Connor, and other renowned artists. Andrews is prominently featured both as a soloist and composer on the Stamps Jazz Quintet’s self-titled debut album on Summit Records. He performed with the Stamps Jazz Quintet when they were selected to perform at the 2011 Jazz Education Network (JEN) conference in New Orleans, and the group also performed in 2011 with legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy at a private event.
Dan Andrews performed in 2011 with the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra in a JazzRoots concert in tribute to George Gershwin presented by Larry Rosen at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, sharing the stage with music pros Dave Grusin, Michael Feinstein, Monica Mancini, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Denyce Graves, and others. Andrews has also concertized and recorded with other top jazz groups while at Frost including the Frost Jazz Sextet, New Music Ensemble, R&B Ensemble, the Monk/Mingus Ensemble and the DownBeat award winning Funk/Fusion Ensemble.