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Andrew Bemkey (piano, bass clarinet)is a musician who honors the tradition, knows and loves the music of the masters, and doesn't sound like anyone ever heard before. Andrew was born in 1974 in Libertyville, a little town outside of Chicago, and grew up in Indiana. After finishing high school, he moved to New York City and was fortunate to be schooled and inspired by three great musical mentors: Jaki Byard, Makanda Ken McIntyre, and Reggie Workman. During this time Andrew also began his own band, KinShip, which he maintained for three years, composing original music for the group, playing piano, keyboards, wooden flutes, and small percussion instruments, and sometimes singing
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