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Andrew Hadro

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Andrew Hadro is a professional musician, composer, and bandleader in Brooklyn, New York. Hadro’s primary instrument is baritone saxophone, though he also performs on bass clarinet, Bb clarinet, and flute, and is one of the only working musicians in New York City to play the bass saxophone.

Recently, Hadro has been presenting compositions by current living composers through his ongoing project "For Us, The Living," An effort to honor tradition through innovation. Hadro has performed and recorded two albums for this series, with the most recent released in April 2018.

After 15 years in NYC, Hadro can be heard through an expanding discography and frequent live performances. He has played with and led ensembles large and small, featuring historical and modern styles, as well as through-composed and fully improvised music.

Born abroad in Mexico to American parents, Hadro spent most of his childhood in the Chicago area before moving to New York City to study at the New School for Jazz. In addition to working as a performer, Andrew Hadro is a product specialist for Vandoren, advising fellow musicians on equipment including reeds and mouthpieces. As curator of JazzBariSax.com Hadro provides resources and news to baritone saxophonists all over the world. During summers Hadro serves as a director and faculty member for the Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut.


Andrew's Set Ups Low Bb Conn 12M Baritone Saxophone Hard Rubber Vandoren V5 series B95 mouthpiece, Leather Ligature Vandoren ZZ 3 reeds Low Eb Selmer Series 9 Bass Clarinet Vandoren B50 mouthpiece, Leather Ligature Vandoren ZZ 3 reeds (Tenor) Leblanc Symphonie III Bb Clarinet Vandoren B45 Lyre Mouthpiece, Leather Ligature Vandoren Traditional 3.5 reeds Haynes Q2 Flute Conn Silver Plated Bass Saxophone Vandoren B75 V5 Series Mouthpiece, Leather Ligature Vandoren ZZ 2 Baritone reeds Conn Gold Plated New Wonder Tenor Saxophone Vandoren Metal V16 T9 Large Mouthpiece, Optimum Ligature Vandoren ZZ 3.5 reeds King Zephyr Alto Saxophone Vandoren A45 V5 series mouthpiece, Leather Ligature Vandoren ZZ 3 reeds


Album Review

Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Dopo aver circumnavigato la musica di Monk in diversi contesti, prevalentemente come pianista in piccoli organici, Frank Carlberg, finlandese di nascita ma newyorchese a tutti gli effetti, affronta in questo suo ultimo, ambizioso lavoro l'ineffabile Thelonious da una prospettiva diversa: dedicandogli una serie di composizioni proprie ispirate a lui e alla sua arte così fuori da ogni ovvietà (non senza scampoli tematici acchiappati al volo e titolazioni spesso molto gustose ed emblematiche, da “Scallop's Scallop" a “Wrinkle on Trinkle," in ...

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Dan Pugach Big Band: Bianca

Read "Bianca" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dan Pugach is an Israeli-born, New York-based drummer who doubles (quite well) as composer and arranger on Bianca, his second recording for Outside In Music. Pugach anchors a splendid big band comprised of some of the New York area's finest musicians on an album whose subtitle is “Music for Paws and Persistence." The “paws" were those of the Pugach family's rescue pit-bull, Bianca, who passed away in 2019 and left a gaping hole in their lives, as ...

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Erica Seguine: The New Day Bends Light

Read "The New Day Bends Light" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Impegnandosi nel ruolo di produttore, Darcy James Argue dà particolare considerazione al debutto discografico di quest'ensemble, fondato nel 2011 a New York dalle compositrici Erica Seguine e Shon Baker. La prima è anche arrangiatrice e guida dell'orchestra, la seconda entra nel cast come sassofonista. Dopo varie esibizioni in locali chiave della Big Apple, le due leader hanno selezionato sette composizioni originali dal loro repertorio, incidendole con un ampio organico comprendente talentuosi solisti della metropoli. Alcuni di essi ...

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Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Pianist Frank Carlberg has been exploring the music of Thelonious Monk for some time, most specifically on his large group album, Monk Dreams, Hallucinations, and Nightmares, (Sunnyside, 2017). This new album has Carlberg returning to the large ensemble format for more Monk investigations, but this time approaching the work in a more splintered and abstract fashion. He does not simply interpret familiar Monk tunes. He writes compositions and arrangements which stitch Monk riffs and ideas into new fabrics, ...

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Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble: Elegy for Thelonious

Read "Elegy for Thelonious" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There was a sardonic saying circulating a few years ago that observed, “It's Frank Sinatra's world, we just live in it." While that was a backhanded compliment, tailoring it to the subject of this large ensemble recording, we would call it a commendation. Pianist, composer, and conductor Frank Carlberg is telling us, “It's Thelonious Monk's world, and (thank god) we live in it." Carlberg has been a disciple of Monk for decades, recording his music in a piano trio format ...

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Erica Seguine/Shon Baker Orchestra: The New Day Bends Light

Read "The New Day Bends Light" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The New Day Bends Light, the debut recording by the twelve-year-old Erica Seguine/Shon Baker Orchestra, is interesting on a number of levels, not the least of which is emotional. The leaders and their twenty-one piece ensemble are clearly committed to the music and do their best to breathe life into each of the album's seven numbers, three of which were written by Seguine, three by Baker and the other ("Ose Shalom") by Nurit Hirsh. Aside from that, there is the ...

Album Review

Andrew Hadro: For Us, The Living

Read "For Us, The Living" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Ha atteso quasi un decennio, il sax baritono Andrew Hadro, per incidere il primo disco a suo nome. Dopo alcune collaborazioni minori, dal 2006 al 2008 è stato scritturato da Chico Hamilton -con cui ha pubblicato sei album -e negli anni successivi da Junior Mance e Tony Malaby. Nato a Città del Messico e cresciuto per qualche anno in Brasile è tornato con la sua famiglia negli Sati Uniti, stabilendosi prima a Chicago e poi a New York (dove s'è ...

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"Andrew Hadro is the best young baritone saxophonist I know. After studying with me he joined my working quintet for several years and continues to be one of my first choice saxophonists." — Junior Mance

"Andrew Hadro is one of the most versatile voices on the Baritone Saxophone I have ever encountered. He possesses a wide array of timbres, driving rhythmic conception and a beautiful lyricism. He is my kind of improviser." — Tony Malaby

“Hadro succeeds big time on For Us, The Living. He pays tribute to the history of improvised music by shining a spotlight on artists who are working on its next chapters right now.” — DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE EDITOR'S PICK

Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


-Private lesson faculty (Woodwinds) for the Lucy Moses School, teaching at The Frank Sinatra School for the Arts (NYC) 2009-Present -Faculty member at the Litchfield Performing Arts Jazz Camp (Litchfield, CT) 2006-Present -Adjunct classroom faculty member at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (NYC) 2008-2009 -Faculty member at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center (Egg Harbor, WI) 2003-2005

Scott Robinson
saxophone, tenor
Wayne Shorter
Harry Carney
saxophone, baritone
Joe Henderson
Leo Parker
saxophone, baritone



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Elegy for Thelonious

Sunnyside Records



Outside in Music


The New Day Bends...

Self Produced


Lookout Road Vol. II

Self Produced


For Us, The Living...

Tone Rogue Records


Regarding the Moon

From: Regarding the Moon
By Andrew Hadro

For Us, The Living II: Marcescence

From: For Us, The Living II:...
By Andrew Hadro

For Us, The Living

From: For Us, The Living
By Andrew Hadro


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