The Hutchinson Andrew Trio (HAT), is a unique voice on the Canadian Jazz Scene. Over the past 8 years this acoustic piano based trio has been bringing their own sound to the Canadian jazz landscape. The Trio is comprised of three-time Western Canadian Award nominated bassist Kodi Hutchinson, CBC Galaxie Rising Star pianist Chris Andrew, and Downbeat award-winning drummer Karl Schwonik. They are the winners of the 2013 TD Grand Jazz Award from the Montréal International Jazz Festival.
HAT’s music can be categorized as contemporary acoustic jazz. They bring their unique Prairie perspective to music mixing elements such as contemporary swing, latin, oddmeter and acoustic groove. Kodi and Chris list artists such as Robert Glasper, Aaron Parks, and Brad Mehldau as some of their influences. Their music is representative of where they come from; the serenity and beauty of the Prairies and Rocky Mountains, alongside the excitement of the vibrant and growing young cities of the Canadian West.
A distinct voice emanating from Western Canada, the Hutchinson Andrew Trio is excited to release their third album “Prairie Modern”. The album consists of 13 original tracks that are a reflection of the vast array of musical and personal influences growing up in Canada’s Prairies. The album released March 19, 2013, features 6 tracks with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Donny McCaslin and 3 tracks with Brazilian percussion star Rogério Boccato. The music represents the harmony, beauty, energy and excitement of the modern Canadian West. ‘Prairie Modern’ has been nominated for a 2013 Western Canadian Music Award – for Outstanding Jazz Recording of the Year, the third nomination for the band. It was also featured by Downbeat Magazine’s website as the Editor’s Pick for July 2013.