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Take Five With Andrea Brachfeld

Take Five With Andrea Brachfeld
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Meet Andrea Brachfeld:
Flutist, composer, arranger, producer, educator, business owner, Andrea Brachfeld, is a graduate of The High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. Study with Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
b.1939
flute
, Jimmy Heath
Jimmy Heath
Jimmy Heath
b.1926
sax, tenor
, George Coleman
George Coleman
George Coleman
b.1935
sax, tenor
and Mike Longo
Mike Longo
Mike Longo
b.1939
piano
helped her develop her own improvisational style.

Her breakthrough performance as the flutist for the popular Latin band Charanga '76 catapulted her into Salsa history and fame as the first female flutist to play this music in the United States. She is the recipient of the Chico O'Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award from Latin Jazz USA, the Women in Salsa Award from Salsation, the "Pionero" Award from Mario Torres Productions and, most recently, the "Tribute to the Charanga Flutes," given by Charanga Legends USA, presented in August of 2012.

She currently leads Phoenix Rising and has five CDs out as a leader. Her latest CD, which is her first straight-ahead jazz CD, Lady of the Island, will be released by ZOHO music in the fall of 2012, featuring Wallace Roney
Wallace Roney
Wallace Roney
b.1960
trumpet
, Wycliffe Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon
b.1967
trombone
and Bill O'Connell
Bill O'Connell
Bill O'Connell

arranger
.

Instrument(s):
Flute, alto flute, piccolo.

Teachers and/or influences?
Hubert Laws, Frank Wess
Frank Wess
Frank Wess
1922 - 2013
sax, tenor
, Jimmy Heath, Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
1928 - 1964
reeds
, John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, {[Clifford Brown}}, Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
1924 - 1982
saxophone
, Mike Longo, George Coleman.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I was six years old and played Slaughter, on 10th Ave.

Your sound and approach to music:
My sound comes from fine-tuning my ear to a complete and pure flute sound. My approach is to listen to others as I am playing, listen to the masters from before, and listen to the sounds in my head to compose.

Your teaching approach:
Become focused on what you'd like to accomplish. Listen to the masters about how to achieve those goals. Self-discipline and respect of history and music. Transcribe, listen, transcribe, listen, practice everything in all the keys until you're dreaming it all and can do it in your sleep. Then forget everything, play and breathe life into the moment.

Your dream band:
Russell Malone
Russell Malone
Russell Malone
b.1963
guitar, electric
, Eddie Gomez
Eddie Gomez
Eddie Gomez
b.1944
bass
, Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Chick Corea
b.1941
piano
, McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
b.1938
piano
, Billy Hart
Billy Hart
Billy Hart
b.1940
drums
—too many to list—all the real deal players.

Road story: Your best or worst experience:
Naked woman onstage who wouldn't put her clothes back on during the break! Give me a break!

Favorite venue:
None yet.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
Prestige Recordings of Trane. Do I have to explain?

The first Jazz album I bought was:
McCoy Tyner, The Real McCoy.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
Pureness of spirit through my music. Inspiration to all.

Did you know...
I am very shy.

CDs you are listening to now:
Prestige Recordings by Trane, Sonny Stitt with Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson
1925 - 2007
piano
Trio; Clifford Brown and Max Roach
Max Roach
Max Roach
1925 - 2007
drums
; Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
, everything; Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
, early records.

How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Great: Life is what you create!

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Study and then play the real deal.

What is in the near future?
Release of Lady of the Island on ZOHO Records, featuring Wallace Roney, Wycliffe Gordon, and Bill O'Connell.

What's your greatest fear when you perform?
None.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
I'll let you know when the time is closer.

What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower?
Right now, "Robin's Nest," recorded by Trane with Frank Wess.

By Day:
Music.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
non-person.

Photo Credit

Jack Frisch.

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