Born: September 23, 1969 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
With a contemporary blend of jazz, R & B and Latin music, saxophonist Andrew Neu brings you a fresh new sound.
An active part of the Philadelphia music scene, ANDREW NEU is in constant demand as a reed player, arranger, composer and recording artist. He has recorded and toured with dozens of local bands as well as Sister Sledge, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Englebert Humperdink, Debbie Boone, Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gorme, Manhattan Transfer, Ann Hampton Calloway, Buddy DeFranco, Randy Brecker, Nestor Torres, Bob Mintzer, Bill Watrous and John Pizzarelli. He has shared the stage with Tito Puente, Nick Brignola, Dan Brubeck, Kim Waters, Gerald Veasley and the Heads Up Super Band. Andrew has performed with the Philly Pops since 1996.
Performance highlights include The JVC Newport Jazz Festival, The St. Croix Jazz Festival, The Lake George Jazz Festival, The Bethlehem Musikfest, The Berks County Jazz Festival and The Mellon PSFS Jazz Festivals in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. He appeared at the 1997 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC the 2000 Republican National Convention and was featured on the BET Jazz Showcase as well as numerous concerts for WJJZ, WRTI and WPEN radio. In 1999 Andrew performed twice at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and twice in 2001, sharing the stage with Laura Bush.
In addition to leading his own jazz group Andrew is the featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Brian Pastor Big Band. His arrangements are mainstays of the band's repertoire. He also plays a tribute to Dave Brubeck with the Eric Mintel Quartet. Andrew is the founder of The Bright and Tight Horns, a top notch horn section that records and performs.
Andrew released his first solo contemporary jazz CD INSPIRE in February 2000 to critical acclaim and is currently recording two new CDs for a 2004 release featuring Gerald Veasley and Doc Gibbs. Andrew is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in saxophone performance and music education. He is a voting member of NARAS and the Grammy Awards.