Andy Wasserman

Andy Wasserman

Instrument: Piano | Location: Newark

This superb CD meets an extraordinarily high standard. The repertoire is exceptional; the interplay between pianist Andy Wasserman, bassist Lisle Atkinson, and percussionist Joe Licinski is sensitive, complex, and sublime.
—The Alternative Press on Over Tones

Updated: June 12, 2020

As of June 2020, musical artist, Jazz pianist, online music educator and native New Yorker Andy Wasserman continues to draw on an astonishingly diverse range of experience in the world of music since becoming a full-time professional musician in 1971. Throughout his career as a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer and educator, Wasserman has had the privilege of being mentored by three of the finest musicians on the planet - Jazz Piano Master Dwike Mitchell (Mitchell-Ruff Duo), Innovator, Composer, Band Leader and Theoretician NEA Jazz Master Fellow George Russell (Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization: The LCCOTO) and Legendary Djembe Drummer Papa Ladji Camara (Les Ballets Africains De Keita Fodeba). In his youth he attended the High School of Music and Art (drums, orchestral percussion) and the Metropolitan Music School (piano and theory) in Manhattan and earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (composition and theory) from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

His 10+ years of private study with master pianist Dwike Mitchell paved the way for Andy's extensive work as musical director and accompanist for Jazz Tap Dance Festivals, and influential Jazz tap dancers that include The Copasetics (Cookie Cook, Honi Coles, Bubba Gaines, Buster Brown, Ernest “Brownie” Brown and Gip Gibson), Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, Dianne Walker, Jane Goldberg, Jason Samuels, Sam Weber, Fayard Nicolas, Brenda Buffalino, Katherine Kramer, Robert Reed and Nicole Hockenberry. In addition to working with dancers, Andy Wasserman has played in a myriad of New York City clubs as soloist and accompanist. He was contracted through the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 for a continuous nine-year engagement as the resident solo jazz pianist every Friday & Saturday night and Sunday Brunch at the Ambassador Room of the United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York City from 1987-1996.

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”Andy Wasserman, a gifted composer, arranger, musician who has received exceptional reviews by critics and the Jazz world alike, has truly arrived and can take his place as one of the premier performers in the music industry.” - Jazz Monthly, May 2017 article and interview =============== ”The 3C Trio’s 'Over Tones' is a superb CD that meets an extraordinarily high standard. The repertoire is exceptional; the interplay between pianist Andy Wasserman, bassist Lisle Atkinson, and percussionist Joe Licinski sensitive, complex, and sublime. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates thoughtful, intelligent musicianship!” - The Alternative Press =============== ”Wasserman's “Kindred Spirits” CD is immediately appealing and accessible...a jazz-buff sophistication.” - New Age Journal =============== ”This is a monster performance

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Musical artist and educator Andy Wasserman has been giving private music lessons online since 2010 with highly interactive, customized and personalized programs of study via video chat in real-time for students around the world (all ages and all levels).

He is one of only a handful of professional musicians certified to teach Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO) lessons for all instruments in improvisation, composition, arranging and analysis by George Russell, the creator and author of this world-renowned pan-stylistic music theory. CURRENTLY ACCEPTING PRIVATE STUDENTS ON ALL LEVELS:



* Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston

* Studied abroad at L'Academie des Musique in Sion, Switzerland

* Graduate studies in Music Therapy at New York University

* Intensive private study, mentoring with Dwike Mitchell, George Russell, Jeanette Giguere, Papa Ladji Camara

* Attended The High School of Music and Art and The Metropolitan Music School in Manhattan


* Private music teacher with 30 years experience; current roster of 30 students per week. In person in New Jersey and around the world via Skype video conferencing. Specializing in the LCCOTO by George Russell.

* Visiting artist giving master classes at Universities, Colleges and Festivals throughout the United States

* Conducted master classes, workshops, teacher-training and assembly concerts as an arts-in-education curriculum specialist in over 2000 schools, servicing over one million students and teachers since 1979.

* Certified Instructor of George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO). Wasserman's primary aim is to maintain the integrity, authenticity and purity of George Russell's life's work by dedicating the transmission of its invaluable innovation explicitly as Russell and his wife Alice Norbury Russell intended it to be shared - thereby respecting and honoring his monumental legacy for future generations.

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