Andy Schmidt

I grew up in Milltown, NJ, with 2011 Grammy winner DAVID KIKOSKI as we have been good friends since 1st grade! His Dad taught me guitar in 3rd grade and his Dad played every instrument you can imagine! (piano, organ, guitar, drums, accordion, flute, clarinet, sax, and even the cow bell) I studied Music Theory in HS and also again at Rutgers (Livingston College)! In my 1st drum class in 1980 with Freddie Waits, I was lucky to be sitting just 4 feet away from Papa Jo Jones as he performed one of his famous Hi-Hat solo's! What a great surprise! Freddie had his little 45rpm record player and played “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”, and then after one listen, instructed all of us to go sit on his drums and play it! NAILED IT! Freddie also played “The Scene is Clean” and loved Clifford Brown, Max Roach and Sonny Rollins! I am a guitar player primarily but was lucky that I had a very talented brother who had a nice Ludwig set of drums at home for me to practice on! We played in cover bands in all the central NJ bars in the early 80's! After 33 years as a social worker at a NJ youth correctional facility, I am getting back into gigging and recording! My latest creation is on YOUTUBE (search...”Andy S Trey Jerry Seamus”) as I got help from Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), and Seamus Blake (Mingus Big Band)! Seamus is a monster on the sax!

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