Andrew Nevala

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: May 9, 1972    

Award winning Pianist/Arranger/Composer Andy Nevala is based in Denver, CO. He has been recognized by Downbeat Magazine on 9 different occasions, winning Downbeat Music Awards for composition (2002), arranging (2003), and performing/directing (2000, 2000, 2002). He moved to Colorado in 1997 after graduating from Boise State University to pursue graduate studies in music. He completed a Master of Music in Theory and Composition from UNC in 2000, and is currently completing a Doctorate in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His newest CD, “Alone Together”, was released September 18th, 2007, and is on the Capri Label...
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2003 Downbeat College Music Awards, Arrangement CO-Winner 2003 Downbeat College Music Awards, CU Jazz Ensemble I 2002 Downbeat College Music Awards, Original Song Outstanding Performance 2002 Downbeat College Music Awards, Jazz Instrumental Group Outstanding Performance, CU Combo I, Performer 2000 Downbeat College Music Awards, Best College Jazz/Rock Group, UNC Combo I, Director and Performer 2000 Downbeat College Music Awards, Best College Jazz/Rock Performance, UNC Combo II, Director and Performer 2000 Downbeat College Music Awards, Best Vocal Jazz Group, UNC Sus 4, Rehearsal Pianist and Performer 1999 Downbeat College Music Awards, Best Vocal Jazz Group, UNC Sus 4, Rehearsal Pianist and Performer

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Featured recording “Alone Together”

Latest Release

Alone Together

Capri Records (2007)

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Latin Beat '08


Liner notes by Chip Stephens

As a jazz pianist, educator, father, mentor, husband and just about anything else you can think of, my life’s experience has lead me to the reality that there isn’t one way of doing anything. Perhaps at the end of the day, one way might in truth, be better than another, but, this too is very subjective.

This is no truer than in jazz. When I was much, much younger, I felt that my approach to the music was in my very naïve brain, the tried and true-all of musical treatments - it had to be, I wasn’t happy otherwise...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationDenver, CO

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundTeaching for over 10 years. $50 an hour.

Clinic/Workshop InformationGo through the history of Latin Jazz, demonstrating styles on each instrument from Bossa Nova (Brazil) to Mambo and Afro-Cuban (Cuba). Includes patterns for drumset, piano, bass, guitar, percussion, and what plays what on what style. Also clinic covering original composition techniques.

Yamaha s-80, M-08. Prefer Steinway
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