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Andrew J Weinzler


For more than 30 years Andy has been performing professionally as a saxophonist, jazz soloist and woodwind doubler. In 2004, in addition to his busy performing schedule, he resumed the persuit of his passion of audio recording. After successfully completing a number of projects, ‘Transformation Recording Studio’ was founded in 2007.

As a performer, he has been a featured soloist with the Gap Mangione Big Band since 1991, having recorded 3 CDs including ‘Planet Gap’ (1997), ‘Stolen Moments’ (2002) and ‘Family Holiday’ (2004). These recordings feature world-class musicians including Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, John Patitucci, Grant Geissman and fellow saxophonists Pat LaBarbera and Gerry Niewood.

Since 2002 he has been performing with the Wendell Rivera Latin Jazz Ensemble which released a CD in 2006 featuring world-renown bassist John Patitucci. In 2005 Andy began working regularly with the Latin Jazz Project, now Sol y Sombra, which performs every week at Buffalo's famous 'Anchor Bar'.

Through the years Andy’s services have been called upon by Maynard Ferguson, with whom he toured the United States, Chuck Mangione, the bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Artists with whom he has performed include Dizzy Gillespie, Natalie Cole and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

Having first performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra when he was 17 years old, Andy has since been on numerous BPO programs featuring artists such as Doc Severinsen, Eddie Daniels, Johnny Mathis, Bob Hope, Nancy Wilson, Peter Nero and Maureen McGovern. He has also recorded two CD's with the BPO featuring the music of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

As a woodwind doubler he has been in the orchestra for such Broadway shows as ‘West Side Story’, ‘Chorus Line’, ‘42nd Street’, 'Evita', 'Grand Hotel', 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

Andy’s education includes a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida where he was a member of the acclaimed Concert Jazz Band and a Teaching Assistant.

From 1986 to 1989 Andy was Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he not only taught saxophone, woodwinds, jazz theory, improvisation and composition, but was also a member of the in-residence faculty jazz sextet, JazFX. As a member of this ensemble he toured major Canadian jazz festivals and recorded several original compositions for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as well as the self-titled record for Mark Records. He also oversaw operations of the university recording studio including the recording of all sessions.

Andy is deeply grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities he has had in the music industry and acknowledges them all as blessings from God.





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