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Sandy Eldred

Born: August 14, 1990    Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Sandy Eldred

Sandy Eldred is an acoustic and electric bassist from Atlantic County, NJ. He holds a Masters Degree in Bass Performance / Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Sandy has performed, and continues to perform, with some of the east coast's top bands such as Norman David and the Eleventet, the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, the Philly Big Band, the Earl Phillips Big Band, Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, the Sid Miller Dance Band, the University of the Arts “Z” Big Band, the Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra, the Fries/Greenfield Quintet,the Steve Cal Band, Vero Ensemble, Sonnder, Mars Apes, and many other musical collectives/artists in the greater Philadelphia area. ...
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Awards:

Recepient, Bass Award, The University of the Arts, School of Music, Philadelphia, May 2012 Recipient, Jazz Award, The University of the Arts, School of Music, Philadelphia, May 2012 Recipient, Presser Foundation Scholarship Award for "Elite Musicians of the highest caliber",2011. Artistic Achievement Scholarship Award, June 2008, chARTerTECH High School for The Performing Arts
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Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2012: A 2008 graduate of chARTerTECH High School in Somers Point, NJ, Alexander “Sandy” Eldred, known throughout the Jersey Shore and Philadelphia regions for his talent on Bass, has been named the recipient of two prestigious awards as he graduates from the University of The Arts in May. He will be awarded the School of Music “Bass Award” as well as the “Jazz Award”. He has been the recipient of The Presidential Scholarship at the University of The Arts, and was awarded the Presser Scholarship in 2011. The Presser Scholarship goes to a select few “elite” musicians. According to the award letter, “The Presser Undergraduate Scholarship is a special award reserved for those students that display artistic merit of the highest caliber. You have been selected for this scholarship by faculty members that recognize and commend your work.” “Sandy” is a Jazz Performance major with a minor in Education at the University. He can be seen and heard throughout the Delaware Valley performing on both electric and acoustic bass in various Classic Rock groups and Jazz Ensembles. ____________ REVIEW-NORMAN DAVID'S ELEVENTET Norman David Eleventet Little Bar Philadelphia, PA May 27, 2011 With the closing of Zanzibar Blue and Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, Philadelphia has lost two of its iconic jazz clubs, further diluting an already limited constellation of venues. So it's encouraging to see music coordinators Greg Matthews and Mike Boone taking up some of the slack via a jazz series they recently inaugurated at the Little Bar located at the corner of 8th and Bainbridge Streets in the South Philadelphia BellaVista section of the city, a short walk from the Italian Market, and across the street from a historical plaque memorializing the pioneering violinist Joe Venuti, a native of that area. Matthews and Boone are recruiting top notch jazz groups to play there, and they couldn't have done better than to feature Norman David's Eleventet, a grooving and swinging near-big-band that generates excitement and energy while achieving a modernism, precision, and altitude only possible with top players. David has been leading this group for a few years, and as they find their groove and release their first CD, At This Time (Norman David/Coolcraft, 2011), they are deservedly being heard all over the Delaware Valley and beyond. They deliver a relentlessly swinging and ear-popping sound while at the same time offering nuances, subtleties, and creative ideas that generate interest for the more serious listener. David's lightly leavened “emcee” persona is deceptive, dissimulating as a somewhat shy suburban outcast, with wry humor so bad that it's good. Thus, it's a shock at first to hear how well this band delivers its grooving sophisticated sounds. David, known also as a clarinetist, plays a mean soprano sax with this band, while contributing superb arrangements of originals and standards that evoke echoes of great predecessors (for example, the Maynard Ferguson band, as well as shades of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, perhaps its closest ancestral cousin), while maintaining a distinct sound of its own. That sound has the precision, timing, and expression of a small group along with the dynamic energy of a big band. In this first of two sets at the Little Bar, the group began on top of the beat, with a hot, grooving David original, “Nor-Bop,” with ensemble and section choruses punctuated by the flavorful soloing of Mike Cemprola on alto sax and Jon Barnes on trumpet. It was followed by another David composition, ”Folding My Shirt,” featuring Sandy Eldred on bass and Tom Lawton on piano. Half-way through this number, the group made a beautiful switchover from a hard bop to a cool mode, featuring a stunning solo by “Peppery” (a nod to Pepper Adams) baritone saxophonist Mark Allen, who truly outdoes himself on his instrument, with brilliant inflections and twists to his playing. ”Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” was given a swing era lilt, with a tom-tom jungle interlude typical of those familiar World War II era records. David's own ”Prestological” combined, as the name suggests, rhythmic pulsations with reasoned, calculated depth soundings. Randy Kapralick's trombone solo was reminiscent stylistically of the great Curtis Fuller. Tom Lawton interjected striking Liszt-like piano cluster interjections, while Mike Cemprola's alto solo took on a West Coast Art Pepper feel. Dan Monaghan nailed the tune with some presto-digitative spellbinding drum work that contrasted with his trademark gentle approach. ”Buzz (Talk)” offered film noir undertones in which Sandy Eldred delivered an in-the- zone bass solo, leading up to astonishing soprano sax work by bandleader David, a solo that could have served as homage to John Coltrane, emphasizing interval jumps, and ending with a super-rapid run of the sort that typified Coltrane at his apogee. The set ended with “Quick, Change!” featuring one of Lawton's all-over-the- piano-free-association solos, then overshadowed by Carl Schultz' incredible tenor renderings that seemed to catalogue the history of the tenor sax, invoking shades of Lester Youngand Dexter Gordon, with an echo of the Ellington sax section thrown in for good measure. Overall, this was a five-star show by a tight, grooving ensemble in a very comfortable new venue where the audience listens respectfully but cheers enthusiastically, where food and drinks are available but not the focus, and where, by design, sound and acoustics have been well-attended to. Hopefully, this all bodes well for the future of live jazz in Philadelphia. Personnel: Norman David, leader, arranger, and soprano saxophone; Mike Cemprola, alto saxophone; Carl Schultz, tenor saxophone; Mark Allen, baritone saxophone; Jon Barnes, trumpet (soloist); Dennis Wasko, trumpet; Randy Kapralick, trombone (soloist); Jarred Antonacci, bass trombone; Tom Lawton, piano; Sandy Eldred, bass; Dan Monaghan, drums. __________

Mars Apes, Copyright 2012, the University of the Arts Title track composed by Sandy eldred Liner notes: As one of several Graduate Ensembles in 2011, Mark Allen, Dave Bozenhard, Rihards Fedotovs and Sandy Eldred dedicated themselves to exploring an original body of work and developing a distinctive group identity. The result is this very album. Each of these remarkable young musicians has contributed creative, well developed, and often complex compositions to this recording. Their music is rich in gooves, textured, odd time signatures, and mixed meters, executed with virtuosic ease. All that and great solos too! What will they think of next?

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