January 27th, 2022 7pm Stage 3
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Andrew Van Tassel
Andrew Van Tassel is an award-winning jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator.
His music draws inspiration from a broad palette of genres: bebop / hard bop, fusion, indie rock, classical music, and more. Andrew’s recent release on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, Shape-Shifter, reflects this multifaceted approach that ultimately produces music distinctly his own, while unveiling compelling explorations with electronics in a contemporary jazz ensemble context.
Andrews’s previous album, It’s Where You Are (Tone Rogue Records), received international praise from jazz critics and was recognized as a top 10 release by multiple publications. An original composition from the record garnered attention as a recipient of the 2017 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award.
He has performed as a leader at several of New York’s most esteemed venues, including ShapeShifter Lab, the Cornelia Street Café, the Bar Next Door, Rockwood Music Hall, and more. As a sideman, he has performed with an array of bands across genres including the GRAMMY-nominated Terraza Big Band.
Andrew studied at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including the Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory. Andrew now gives back to the musical community, donating his time as Associate Artistic Director of Musical Mentors Collaborative, Inc. He has also served as a guest artist and clinician at distinguished schools across the country.