Andrew Neesley is an award-winning and inventive trumpeter, violinist, singer, composer, and producer who regularly brings his acclaimed style to club and festival stages. Born in Milwaukee and based in New York, Neesley has made his mark nationally performing with contemporary music greats.
Neesley has performed, composed, and arranged with the Bobby Sanabria Big Band on their releases Big Band Urban Folktales and Multiverse, both nominated for GRAMMY awards, in 2007 and 2012. He has also composed and arranged for Kenya Revisited LIVE!!!, the 2009 Latin GRAMMY-nominated album. They celebrated Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story with West Side Story: Reimagned, a live recording from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Club Coca-Cola in November 2017.
His current project, Jesus On The Mainline, recently released their debut full-length album for Ropeadope Records. Titled The Morning Bell, it features over 20 of NYC’s finest young musicians over 10 songs. “...they make a wonderfully raucous, gospel-tinged noise.” says John Schaefer of WNYC.
He previously led Nees and Vos, a collaboration with Chris Vos of The Record Company, for ten years culminating with three albums. A partnership with drummer David Whitman led to two albums recorded at Capitol Studios. Oh, Clara! in 2016 and an upcoming 2018 album. The former won the 2017 Independent Music Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Neesley wrote and arranged all music in addition to recording trumpet alongside pianist Geoff Keezer. He recently arranged and produced Augie Haas’s Have We Met? for Playtime Music.