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Andrew Oliver

Born: December 14, 1983    Primary Instrument: Piano

Andrew Oliver

Andrew Oliver is a pianist and composer from Portland, Oregon. He started piano at the age of 3, and grew up playing classical piano and cello, before delving into the realm of jazz and improvised music while in high school, when he began studying with Portland pianist Randy Porter, his most influential teacher. He lived in New Orleans from 2002 until 2005, where he studied jazz at Loyola University and performed as both a bandleader and sideman. After evacuating from Hurricaine Katrina in the summer of 2005, he returned to Portland and resumed his studies at Portland State University, where graduated in June 2007 with a B.M. in Jazz Performance and a B.A. in French....
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Awards:

2006 Notre Dame Invitational Collegiate Jazz Festival: Outstanding Soloist Award Coca-Cola Scholarship Recipient at the 2009 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music
As a Leader

Andrew Oliver Kora Band: Just 4 U
Independent
2009
Tracks: Kaira; Blue and Hope; Hidmo; Boibini; Just 4 U; Jarabi; Malinyea; Segu; The Funnel and the Vacuum Cleaner; Bina Na Ngai Na Respect; Fanta Groove.
Personnel:
Andrew Oliver: piano, keyboard
Kane Mathis: kora, guitar
Jim Knodle: trumpet
Brady Millard-Kish: bass
Mark DiFlorio: drums
With guests:
Kevin Van Geem: percussion
Chris Credit: alto sax


Andrew Oliver Sextet: Otis Stomp
Diatic Records
2008
Tracks: Szesc; Otis Stomp; How The Moon Broke; BAM! Made in France; Mary Sue Blue; La Fille Rousse; Very Small Island; Cell Division; Ville Triste; Mixolydia; Syntopicon; Simbo.
Personnel:
Andrew Oliver: piano, fender rhodes, compositions
Dan Duval: guitar, compositions
Mary Sue Tobin: soprano and alto sax
Willie Matheis: tenor sax
Eric Gruber: bass
Kevin Van Geem: drums

As a Co-Leader

Sound for the Organization of Society: India and Africa
Independent
2007
Tracks: India and Africa, Street Time, Your Babbling Drives Me Crazy, Interval Mechanic, Invisible Beats, For Octet, This Is Not America!, Yumbo.
Personnel:
Ingo Deul, drums and percussion
Kevin Dewan, drums and percussion
Phelan Gallagher, alto sax
Tom Gargia, tenor sax, saxello, soprano sax, didgeridoo, flute
Eric Klerks, acoustic bass
Andrew Oliver, piano, fender rhodes, hammond organ
Sarah Phillips, piano, fender rhodes, hammond organ
Josh Titford, electric guitar

As A Side Musician

Wade In The Water
Devin Phillips
Independent
2006
Tracks: Cape Verde; Wade in the Water; Steepe's Mode; My Woman's Blues; Destine's Dream; To Alpha With Love; The Great M.T.; Just One of Those Things; Frenchmen Street Strut; Slow Blues; The Ballad of Chet Kincaid; Big Chief.
Personnel:
Devin Phillips: tenor and soprano saxophones
Andrew Oliver: piano
Eric Gruber: bass
Mark DiFlorio: drums

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