Born and raised in North Carolina, Andy Kleindienst is a professional trombonist and electric bassist specializing in jazz, classical, and Latin American musical styles. He holds a Master’s in Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His primary trombone teachers have included Conrad Herwig, Mike Kris, and Mitch Butler.
Since 2005, Andy has contributed to the vibrant and growing music scene in central North Carolina. This includes being co-director for Orquesta GarDel from 2007-2013, a member of the John Brown Jazz Big Band, and the director of the Charanga Carolina ensemble at UNC Chapel Hill. He has also maintained a full teaching schedule of brass and bass students. Having recorded on more than a dozen albums over the past few years with groups ranging from The Beast, Zo!, Lizzy Ross, John Brown and Nnenna Freelon, and the Tim Smith Band, he is poised to record his first album as a leader to be released in 2015.
Teaching Assistantship at Rutgers University, 2012-2014
Fred and Gail Fearing Jazz Excellence Award, 2006
Ron and Marilyn Toelle Jazz Education Award, 2005
Kay Kaiser Undergraduate Jazz Scholarship, 2005
8" yellow brass bell, .500 slide yellow brass (standard weight), gold brass tuning slide
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Master of Music, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2014
Primary Instructors: Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Bill O’Connell, Kenny Davis
Bachelor of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
Primary Instructor: Mike Kris, James Ketch, Stephen Anderson
Call for available times