Born: July 30 Primary Instrument: Trombone
“Hunter coaxes multiple instruments out of his trombone—the purity of a trumpet… the intrinsic longing of a French horn… and even the blatt of a tuba. But that’s all gravy next to Hunter’s overall solo construction, which should win prizes for architecture.” —All About Jazz, 2009
Andy Hunter’s approach to music and sound were forged in and inspired by New York’s vital Jazz, Salsa and World Music scenes. He has toured and performed around the world with high profile artists such as the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, Richard Bona, Nnenna Freelon, T.S. Monk’s tentet, Dave Holland’s Big Band, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. He spent much of the past decade playing in New York City with bands ranging from the Birdland Big Band to the Bjorkestra, Snarky Puppy, or in other styles, the great Cuban band Ochun, the Colombian folkloric band La Cumbiamba, and in back-up bands featuring such great salsa singers as Ruben Blades, Tito Nieves, Gilberto Santarosa, La India, Eddie Santiago, Frankie Negron, and many others. Hunter 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.
Originally from the small rivertown of Grayling, Michigan (located half way between the uniquely named cities of Paradise, Michigan, and Hell, Michigan), Hunter has since lived in Cleveland, Shanghai, and Brooklyn, New York. In recent years his music has brought him to perform multiple times on every continent except Antarctica. In fall, 2012 he joined the world-renown WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, where he has recently been involved in projects with jazz greats such as Victor Bailey, Randy Brecker, Ron Carter, Peter Erskine, Tom Harrell, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer, Adam Nussbaum, and Steve Swallow. In between projects with the WDR Big Band Hunter is continuing to tour and record with many great artists from all around the world, especially the vibrant New York based quartet, SPOKE.
As both a sideman and a leader, Hunter’s performing, composing, and arranging can be heard on numerous recordings and in a wide variety of musical styles (a selected discography is available at www.hunterandy.com). His new album, Think Like A Mountain has been received with critical acclaim in major Jazz publications from Downbeat to All About Jazz and many more.
Andy Hunter holds a M.M. in Jazz from Rutgers University where he was a student of Conrad Herwig, a B.Mus. from Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Robin Eubanks, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. He also holds a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Oberlin College. Hunter has served on the jazz faculty of Tri-C College in Cleveland and Rutgers University in New Jersey, where his students have been winning prizes and recognition at multiple major festivals. He continues to give clinics and master classes all over the world.
Earl McIntyre, Brass Carnival & Tribute! (2013)
Anthony Branker and Word Play Uppity (Origin Records, 2013)
Snarky Puppy, GROUND UP (Ropeadope Records, 2012)
Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band, Eleven (2012)
Riccardo Fassi, New York Pocket Orchestra, Sitting in a Song (Alice Records, 2012)
Ben Stapp and the Zozimos, Return from Panapolis (2012)
Corina Bartra & her Orchestra, Cielo Sandunguero (2012)
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, In Shanghai (Pony Canyon, 2011)
SPOKE, Succinct (2011)
Alvaro Cardenas Jr., Shanghai Scene (2011)
Josh Rzepka, Into the Night (2011)
Chelsea Baratz, In Faith (2011)
Shauli Einav, Opus One (Plus Loin Music, 2010)
La Cumbiamba, La Palma (Chia Records, 2011)
David Binney, Third Occasion (Mythology Records, 2009)
SPOKE, SPOKE (2009)
Monday Michiru, Nexus (2008)
Ochun, En el Año de Ochun (2007)
Lawrence Ku Septet, Process (2006)
Ezra Weiss, Get Happy! (2006)
Ernie Krivda and the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Body and Soul (2004)
Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta, Con Salsa y Sabor! (2004)
UP ensemble, Urban Folk Music (2003)
Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band's 2nd album (coming fall 2013) Hector Martignon, Banda Grande (coming fall 2013) SPOKE's 3rd album (coming January, 2014) Shauli Einav new release (coming September, 2013) Multiple albums with the WDR Big Band, Germany
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Tri-C College (2002-2004) Rutgers University (2010-2011)