The Andy Brown Trio
The Outta Space, 6840 32nd St., Berwyn
ANDY BROWN TRIO----- 7pm $10 World-class jazz guitarist Andy Brown performs with his trio featuring bassist Joe Policastro and drummer Phil Gratteau.
Hailing from New York City, Andy Brown has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene since 2003. He performed with Barbara Steisand on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has accompanied Kurt Elling, Michael Feinstein, Anat Cohen, Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Warren Vaché, Ken Peplowski, Hod O’Brien, and many others.
Internationally recognized for his solo guitar work, a Youtube video of a concert performance has surpassed 2.5 million views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjoD_Wsd43U&t=226s
His trio was invited by the Chicago Mayor's office to perform for the Nobel Peace Prize dinner in Chicago where they entertained the likes of U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sean Penn, and Jackson Brown among others. That same year, Andy's trio was hired by the U.S. State Department to provide music for the opening night gala at the NATO summit held in Chicago.
Andy has made many festival and club appearances around the world. Highlights include Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Chautauqua Jazz Party, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party, as well as festivals in Rio de Janeiro, the Netherlands, Germany and throughout the United States.
Since 2009, Andy has co-led a two-guitar quartet with renowned guitarist Howard Alden. In 2013, Delmark Records released a CD of the group entitled "Heavy Artillery" which received four stars in Downbeat magazine and was featured in their annual Albums Of The Year issue.
Andy plays regularly with jazz mandolinist Don Stiernberg's trio. They have worked at festivals in Germany and Brazil, as well as throughout the United States. He is also a member of trombonist Russ Phillips' group, both with Russ' Quartet and his Windy City All-Stars.
Andy has been featured on a wide array of recordings. As a leader, his latest is the 2016 Delmark Records release “Direct Call” which received four stars in Downbeat magazine. His previous Delmark release “Soloist” was his first solo jazz guitar recording and received warm reviews from critics and fans alike. 2015 marked the release of organist Chris Foreman's debut recording "Now Is The Time” which featured Andy on several cuts. In 2016, mandolinist Don Stiernberg released a CD titled “Good Numbers” featuring Andy on acoustic archtop guitar. Andy has collaborated on four CDs with Petra van Nuis, the most recent being their 2017 duet release “Lessons Lyrical."
Andy had the good fortune to learn directly from several guitar masters, including Cal Collins, Ted Greene, and Howard Alden. His most important mentor was the late Kenny Poole, who called Andy his protégé.