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Andrew Neesley

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.

Neesley serves as Music Director for mmm... bands, a boutique private event company boasting over $2M in bookings since their inception in 2013. He publishes his work as a composer and arranger through Ron Keezer’s Really Good Music, LLC, Neesley Music, and MAINLINE MUSIC. Neesley is a past recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award, winner of the National Trumpet Competition and finalist in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition. In the past, he collected a DownBeat magazine Student Award for Best Engineered Studio Album.

Fluent in a range of styles, Neesley has recorded or performed with Lady Gaga, NEA Jazz Master Candido, the Roots, James Taylor, Peter Yarrow, Chris Botti, Jon Faddis, Lewis Nash, Christian McBride, Slide Hampton, Geoff Keezer, Adam Levy, Randy Brecker, Ray Barreto, and Dick Oats. He had the rare opportunity, in 2002, to perform as guest soloist with the Brass Band of Battle Creek, performing his own arrangement of “Stardust” alongside Wycliffe Gordon.

Neesley has appeared and competed in top venues and festivals, from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theater and Ravinia, to Summerfest, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Birdland, Jazz Standard, Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Ballroom, and Joe’s Pub. He has participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and programs at The Steans Institute, Jazz Aspen and Brevard Music Institute. He has performed in concerts aired live on the Internet and BET on Jazz. At one time, Neesley hosted a his own national public radio program, Live from The Stone’s Throw, featuring musicians from across the nation.

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David Whitman: Ode To Joe

Read "Ode To Joe" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While West Coast drummer David Whitman's Ode to Joe [Henderson] is a rather brief one at less than thirty-three minutes, it is otherwise admirable for what is enclosed within its concise parameters. Whitman leads a well-schooled septet whose makeup is freshened by rotating tenor saxophonists Bob Sheppard and Rob Lockart and guitarists Bruce Forman and Chris Montgomery. Whitman and trumpeter Andrew Neesley share composer credits, and Neesley handles the arrangements, awakening warm memories of the Golden Age ...

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David Whitman: Ode To Joe

Read "Ode To Joe" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Dipping into this fine recording is, to mix metaphors a bit, like opening a time capsule. That capsule is called One For All (A&M, 1990), perhaps the final studio recording of Art Blakey with The Jazz Messengers. It was not a perfect outing, but it was a memorable one. The lines got into the head and stayed there, just waiting for a chance to be reawakened. Well, now is the time with Ode to Joe. A convenient link between the ...

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The Seth Weaver Big Band: Truth

Read "Truth" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Truth, the debut album by New York-based trombonist / vocalist Seth Weaver, has its ups and downs, most of which involve the leader himself. The “ups" enter the picture thanks to Weaver's five far-better-than-average compositions, the “downs" whenever he chooses to sing, as he does on three of eight numbers. Luckily, the pluses far outweigh the minuses, thanks in large measure to Weaver's admirable ensemble, a number of first-rate soloists and the above-mentioned compositions, which herald Weaver as a talented ...

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