Winner of the 1999 National Trumpet Competition in Washington, DC, Andrew Neesley is a rising star among jazz trumpet players. DownBeat magazine has just awarded Andrew Neesley Best Engineered Studio Recording for an album he is presently completing. This past summer, Andrew had the rare oppourtunity to perform as guest soloist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek. Alongside Wycliffe Gordon, Andrew performed his own arrangement of Stardust to a capacity crowd of 2000 people. Most recently, Andrew was selected for the 2003 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award for a work written for jazz ensemble entitled Nees Pleez.
Though only twenty-two years old, Andrew Neesley has met with the acclaim of such artists from Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, to jazz trumpet player Jon Faddis. Vernon Howard, Director of Jazz Studies at the Interlochen Arts Camp, commented that he feels the same way about Mr. Neesley as he did about Byron Stripling twenty years ago.
Comfortable in a wide variety of styles, Andrew Neesley can be heard in jazz clubs and concert halls throughout the nation. In addition to his performing, he also is a composer and arranger. His work is now published under Really Good Music, LLC, whose roster includes Geoff Keezer, Mike Mossman, Al Cobine, and David N. Baker.
Andrew was selected to participate in Betty Carter's 2001 and 2002 Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. There he performed two concerts featuring his own and other's compositions aired live on the Internet and on BET on Jazz. He performed for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Residency Program held in Aspen, Colorado in July 2001, Christian McBride, musical director. More recently, he was invited to participate in the 2002 Steans Institute for jazz at Ravinia in Chicago, Illinois, under the direction of David Baker.