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Andrew Nevala

Director of Jazz Studies at Jacksonville State University, Dr. Andy Nevala currently directs the Downbeat Award Winning Jazz Ensemble I (2015), Jazz Ensemble III, Jazz Ensemble IV, the Latin Ensemble, oversees the Jazz Combo program, produces the annual Jazz Festival (in it's 11th year), and teaches Jazz piano lessons. As Director of Jazz Studies, he has overseen the JSU Jazz program more than double in size during his time at JSU, with performances in the community, at regional and international festivals, and Middle and High Schools in the Southeast region.

Andy has been recognized by Downbeat magazine on 10 different occasions, winning individual Downbeat Music Awards for composition (2002), arranging (2003), and performing/directing (2000, 2001, 2002, 2015).

Andy has recorded on over 20 CDs released in the US, Japan, and South America, most recently New West Records “Big Band of Brothers”, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Jazz Charts, and “Three Times Two”, released on the Girod record label out of New Orleans.

Andy’s YouTube Channel can be found here

The newest JSU Jazz CD, “First Circle”, was released in January 2018, and features Jazz Ensemble I, the JSU Steel Band, and the JSU Latin Ensemble. The first CD “Everything In It’s Right Place” was released in 2015 and was recognized in Downbeat Magazine for “Outstanding Performance, Undergraduate Jazz Ensemble”.

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Latin Beat '08

ANDY NEVALA: “ALONE TOGETHER”

Liner notes by Chip Stephens

As a jazz pianist, educator, father, mentor, husband and just about anything else you can think of, my life’s experience has lead me to the reality that there isn’t one way of doing anything. Perhaps at the end of the day, one way might in truth, be better than another, but, this too is very subjective.

This is no truer than in jazz. When I was much, much younger, I felt that my approach to the music was in my very naïve brain, the tried and true-all of musical treatments - it had to be, I wasn’t happy otherwise

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Teaching for over 20 years. Director of Jazz Studies at Jacksonville State University. Conduct Jazz Ensembles 1, 3, 4, the Latin Ensemble, several Combos. Teach: Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Pedagogy, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Theory, Jazz History, Private Lessons (Primary and Secondary Applied)

Clinic/Workshop Information

1) Go through the history of Latin Jazz, demonstrating styles on each instrument from Bossa Nova (Brazil) to Mambo and Afro-Cuban (Cuba). Includes patterns for drumset, piano, bass, guitar, percussion, and what plays what on what style. 2) Work with your jazz ensemble on getting a group sound

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Albums

Alone Together

Capri Records
2007

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