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Bonzo Squad is an instrumental ensemble with a focus on creating music that sets the bar higher in terms of eclecticism and musicianship. The group consists of Bonzo himself, born Corbin Andrick, who plays saxophones, flute, and percussion. Completing the line up are Andrew Lawrence (keys and synths), Andrew Vogt bass, as well as Zack Marks sitting behind the drum kit. The band released their very first, self-titled album back in 2017. This release was received really well from the get-go, earning a coveted 4-star rating from Downbeat Magazine, as well as appearing on Spotify’s popular “The State of Jazz” playlist. The band’s debut was later topped with a second release in 2019, “There’s Always Tomorrow.” Recently, the squad released a third record entitled “Pachyderm.”

Bonzo Squad kept active during the Covid-19 pandemic, producing a series of virtual livestreams on Facebook and YouTube. They released the live album “Live At aliveOne” in 2020, and were nominated by the Chicago Reader as one of the best jazz bands in Chicago, in their 2020 best of poll. 

In addition to their weekly residency at aliveOne, Bonzo Squad has held weekly residencies at Lilly’s (from 2014-2016), the Arrogant Frog (from 2016-2017), and aliveOne in Chicago Il (from 2018-present) 

Bonzo Squad has produced tribute shows to Stevie Wonder and Vulfpeck through the Jazz Record Art Collective in Chicago, IL. They have also presented numerous educational clinics at High Schools, both in person and virtually. They were nominated as one of the best jazz bands by the Chicago Reader in their "2020 Best Of" poll, based primarily on our livestream concerts. 

Bonzo Squad has given clinics at numerous high schools, including TF North, Hersey High School, Fremd, Wheeling HS, Rauner Prep HS, Morton Grove HS. These clinics have been held both in-person, and virtually during the pandemic. Andrew Lawrence has toured nationally and internationally with District 97, playing venues all across the United States, in Canada, in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. Andrew Vogt has been featured on recordings by Woody Goss (Vulfpeck) and performed and given clinics with legends such as Randy Brecker, Bob Reynolds (Snarky Puppy) and Ernie Watts (Frank Zappa, Rolling Stones). Andrew Lawrence and Zack Marks have toured across the US with Bonelang, performing at such festivals as Middle of the Map in Kansas City, MO, Mile of Music in Appleton, WI, SXSW in Austin, TX, and at Wonderstruck Music Festival in Cleveland, OH.


2017 self-titled album, which received a coveted 4-star review from Downbeat Magazine.

“Lemons” was added to Spotify’s popular “The State of Jazz” playlist.

2020 were nominated by the Chicago Reader as one of the best jazz bands in 
Chicago, in their 2020 best of poll. 




Bonzo Squad Smashes The Norm With New Christmas Album

Bonzo Squad Smashes The Norm With New Christmas Album

Source: Andrew Vogt

An annual tradition that started seven years ago as a gift to the band, bassist Andrew Vogt arranged a batch of Christmas songs for the group to play, fitted snugly on top of existing Bonzo Squad music. This February, they took that music into Rax Trax Studios and recorded it for future holidays, when they are all too fat and lazy to fit into their elf costumes. The result was A Very Bonzo Christmas an eight-track album chock-full of holiday ...

“"...Mightily in synch, each a distinct, strong personality. Drummer Zack Marks is focused and energized, more rock savvy in his cement-steady beat, while bassist Vogt is a textural player who uses pedals to flip his role from anchor to rudder. Most versatile may be keyboardist Andrew Lawrence, commanding a raft of flavors from Rhodes, organ, piano and Moog. Lawrence is versed in Bach counterpoint but interpolates wry, unexpected elements, then retreats into tasteful background motifs or lockstep lines with Andrick." Michael Jackson - Downbeat Magazine”

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