Flutist, composer, arranger, producer, educator, business owner, Andrea
Brachfeld, is a graduate of The High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan
School of Music. Study with Hubert Laws, Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, and
Mike Longo helped her develop her own improvisational style.
Since she began her professional career as a musician at age 16, she has
recorded and played many different genres of music including funk, Country
Western, Charanga, Salsa, Latin Jazz, devotional music and Jazz. Some of the
many artists she has associated with include Wayne Wallace, Bobby Carcassés,
Oscar Hernandez, Alfredo de la Fé, Ralph Irrizarry, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Joe
Newman, Hubert Laws, Nestor Torres, Dave Valentín, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenwood
Dennard, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon, Wallace Roney, and Bill O’
Connell among many others.
Her breakthrough performance as the flutist for the popular Latin band Charanga
’76, catapulted her into Salsa history and fame as the first female flutist to play
this music in the United States.
As a high school student, she received the “Louis Armstrong Award for
Outstanding Student” from Jazz Interactions, an organization created by Joe and