Andy Clausen is a New York-based trombonist, composer, producer, and educator. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Clausen currently serves as Artistic Director for Jazz at New York Youth Symphony.
As a trombonist, Clausen maintains an active performance schedule in Jazz, Chamber Music, and Pop/Rock circles. He has performed or recorded with Bill Frisell, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Frank Wess, Gerald Wilson, Kurt Elling, The After Midnight Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Andrew D'angelo, John Zorn, The American Brass Quintet, Fleet Foxes, Big Thief, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, Patrick Watson, Josh Garells, and Landlady. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, The Kennedy Center, The Ravinia Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, The National Gallery of Art, SF Jazz, Caramoor, The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Panorama, Pitchfork Music Festival, Shaky Knees, Outsidelands, Bumbershoot, The Allen Room, Dizzy Club Coca Cola, The Blue Note, Birdland, 54 Below, The Stone, The Earshot Jazz Festival, The Vancouver Jazz Festival, PDX Jazz, Music In The Mountains, The Umbria Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, and the Sound of The Dolomites Festival.
As a composer, Clausen’s works for small and large ensembles explore what it means to grow up in a 21st Century America, in which both artist and listener are expected to be equally versed in the music of Bach and Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong and Leonard Bernstein. By embracing these seemingly disparate traditions with passion, balance, organization, contemplation, and judgment, Clausen is rapidly creating a body of work that connects them with a sense of playful nostalgia. Although jazz is woven into the fabric of Clausen’s music, his projects reflect a belief that Jazz isn’t a what but a how – how to share the most honest emotions possible with fellow performers and audiences.