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BiographyBy blending a unique mix of jazz, R&B, classical and Latin music, Andrew Neu is one of the most exciting, multi-genre musicians today.
Andrew is well respected throughout the industry for his work as a saxophonist, woodwind player, arranger, composer, clinician and recording artist. Whether he’s in concert as a solo artist or a sideman, Neu’s musicianship and powerful stage presence continue to get the attention of audiences and critics alike.
Regularly touring the world with Bobby Caldwell, Diane Schuur and Smokey Robinson, Neu has shared the stage with Elton John, Patti Labelle, Mellissa Manchester, Mel Torme, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philly Pops, The Four Tops, and The Temptations among others. He has also recorded as a soloist with Bobby Caldwell, Sister Sledge, Manhattan Transfer, Peter White, David Sanborn, Steve Oliver, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson and Buddy DeFranco. Neu has appeared at major festivals and concert halls throughout the world and performed with jazz artists Pat Martino, Randy Brecker, Joey DeFrancesco, Lew Soloff, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, David Benoit, Eric Darius, Chieli Minucci, Jeff Golub and Brian Simpson. He was a featured soloist on Peter White’s number 1 song and record, ‘Here We Go’ on Billboard in 2012.
Fueled by the international success of ‘Inspire’ (2000) and ‘In Clear View’ (2007), Andrew made his debut on NuGroove Records with ‘Try Something Neu’ (2009). Debuting in the top 20 on the Jazz charts it was produced by Brian Bromberg, Chuck Loeb and Gerald Vea¬sley. ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ (2013, CGN Records) is Andrew’s best album yet featuring Bromberg, Jeff Lorber, Rick Braun, Bobby Caldwell, Tom Schuman, live horns and a full orchestra. It hit #3 on the Groove Jazz Chart.
In 2017 Andrew will release his own CD, ‘Catwalk’, with his all-star big band in Los Angeles. It features all of Andrew’s arrangements and soloists Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, Gordon Goodwin and Eric Marienthal. He has also played with Tonight Show arranger, Mike Barone, in his LA big band. Andrew has been the featured soloist and an arranger with the Brian Pastor Big Band and the Dave Stahl Big Band. He has recorded CDs with both bands. He was the conductor and arranger for Bobby Caldwell’s CD, “After Dark”, conducting members of the Airmen of Note. Bernie Dresel recorded two tunes with his big band in 2016.
Andrew began conducting the jazz ensemble at Swarthmore College in 2014. In high demand as a clinician, he has led rehearsals and classes in high schools, colleges and jazz camps throughout California, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Japan. He’s conducted the award winning jazz program at Lower Merion High School since 1999 leading the band on three tours of Italy in 2008, 2011 and 2014. In 2012 Andrew conducted the Berks High School All Star Jazz Band at the Berks Jazz Fest.
A graduate of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music with additional studies at University of the Arts, Andrew studied arranging with Larry McKenna, Marion Evans, Denis DiBlasio, Quincy Hilliard, Bill Zaccagni and Lou Marini. He is a voting member of NARAS and the Grammy Awards. His big band charts are published with Kendor Publishing. Printsound Publishing in Germany publishes the Michael Lington songbook and his sax quartets.
More About Andrew Neu
Catwalk - 2017
Everything Happens for a Reason - 2013
Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo
A:"I'm a musician and I have the greatest job in the world. I love my job!
- Temple University