Home » Jazz Musicians » Brian Andres

Brian Andres

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio into a family of professional musicians it is no surprise that Brian found himself drawn to the origin of all music: Rhythm. His father is a woodwinds specialist and his mother a vocalist and pianist. The house was filled with the sounds of his father’s constant practicing and his mother’s piano and voice students. After nearly being put up for adoption due to his constant banging on inanimate objects, his parents decided to embrace their obstreperous sons undeniable talent by purchasing him a drum set and themselves earplugs.

While living in the Midwest, Brian’s diverse range of styles led him to performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Little Anthony and the Imperials, as well as Tony Award winner and Broadway star, Faith Prince. Brian has also shared the stage with such artists as Leroy "Sugar" Bonner from The Ohio Players, blues greats Sam Myers and Lonnie Mack and television and movie star, Woody Harrelson.

Brian's growing interest in Latin music and culture brought him to the San Francisco Bay Area in early 1999. He quickly began working with numerous local Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Latin funk, Latin jazz, and Tex-Mex groups. In 2000, Brian was asked to join the band of San Francisco Bay Area Icon, Dr Loco (Dr Jose Cuellar). Brian continues to perform with him in both The Rockin' Jalapeno Band and Los Tiburones Del Norte. Through working with Dr. Loco, Brian was asked to record the original music soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Robert M. Young film, Alambrista: Directors Cut, along with Grammy nominated producer and musician, Greg Landau. Brian also performed with "The Father of Chicano Music" and National Medal of Arts recipient, Lalo Guerrero, prior to his passing.

While continuing to reside in the Bay Area, Brian has performed with notable San Francisco musicians such as multi instrumentalist John Calloway (John Santos, Wayne Wallace, Omar Sosa) guitarist Ray Obiedo, Grammy Award Winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Independent Music Award winning artist and Ivory Coast native Fely Tchaco, reggae singer Black Nature (Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars) percussionist band leader Danilo Paiz (Ruben Blades) He has also performed with East Coast Bachata artists Bautista and Frankely on their West Coast performances.

In addition to his performance schedule, Brian maintains a private practice in drum set and percussion instruction. He also conducts clinics and lectures on the history and culture of the drum set and percussion in Afro-Cuban music, His lesson "Clave in Odd Meters" was featured as a Master Class article in the November 2014 issue of Downbeat Magazine. Brian was a contributing writer to DRUM! Magazine which included his monthly Afro-Caribbean Practice Pad column as well as creating corresponding videos for their online presence.

Read more


Album Review
From the Inside Out
Album Review
Read more articles
Brian Andres Trio Latino

“Andres excels when things get aggressive, attacking the oft-complex tunes with staccato accuracy while integrating his vigorous kit grooves with cowbell and woodblock. He also wields his impressive technique with a lighter, breathing touch when needed, as on “Higashi Nakano”, and shows minimal restraint in the brushwork of “Si Tu Vez.” A bronco ride of dazzling chops, uplifting melodies, and zestful groove.” - Jeff Porter, Modern Drummer Magazine - July 2020

“It is not easy – by any stretch of imagination – for a drummer to restrain his instrument from taking over the musical soundscape thereby making everything overwhelming “rhythmic”, a blemish that would ruin a recording. Striking the right balance between melodic content, harmonic conception and rhythmic pulse is the key to everything musical. This is where the Brian Andres Trio Latino scores its highest marks. Of course, it is not the only reason why this recording, Mayan Suite is so eloquently appealing. Each of the three individuals making up this trio are virtuosos on their respective instruments and are heard here on top of their game as the incessant dynamo of the music powers through the repertoire.” - Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

Read more

Primary Instrument



San Francisco

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


There are certain basic skills that all drummers must possess regardless of what style of music they play. The mastery of those rudimentary skills is the foundation of my teaching practice, while keeping in mind each students individual needs and goals. I am currently teaching drumset, snare drum, timbales, bongo and beginner conga. Experience the joy, passion, and expression of drumming and earn to play your favorite music on drum set. Learn rhythms & proper technique; how to play musically and improvise; how to “feel,” count, and notate music; and play along with almost any music! Drumming is also a great way for dancers to gain a deeper understanding of the rhythms that accompany their dancing. I am a patient and attentive teacher who will create a course to suit your needs.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Read more


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Mayan Suite

Bacalao Records


This Could Be That

Self Produced


San Francisco

Self Produced


Drummers Speak

Self Produced



Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and includes upcoming jazz events near you.