Born: July 30 Primary Instrument: Trombone
Andy Hunter is an exciting, bold new voice on the New York music scene. A highly experienced leader and in-demand side man, he performs around the world with high profile artists such as the Mingus Big Band/Dynasty, Richard Bona, Nnenna Freelon, T.S. Monk's tentet, and recently Dave Holland’s Big Band and the Toshiko Akioshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band. Hunter is very active in New York with bands ranging from the Birdland Big Band, the Bill Lee Natural Spiritual Orchestra to several popular Cuban groups, Colombian folkloric, salsa and funk bands. He is a prolific composer and highly awarded soloist, with credits such as first prize in the 2002 International Trombone Association Jazz Competition, the 2005 Antti Rissanen International Jazz Competition in Helsinki Finland and the ETW national jazz trombone competition in Washington D.C. in 2006. He was also a popular finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz competition of 2003.