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"Alive", Andy's second masterpiece album, is to be released shortly on Rhombus Records. This new CD showcases Andy's brilliance on the guitar and features a dazzling performance of his original compositions by some of LA's top jazz musicians. Andy's unique sound and energetic style is "Alive" in this music. You'll definitely want to own this album. Sunset to 7, Andy's debut album, was released in June 2013. It enjoyed world-wide success, and was praised by a variety of jazz critics. Improvijazzation Nation magazine described Sunset to 7 as, "Nothing short of SUPERB . . . seamless jazz with a cutting edge all the way through." Midwest Record wrote, "A very creative, wide ranging release", and Wavelength Radio described the CD as, "remarkably polished and boldly self-confident." Andy's music is, "Fresh and well played," according to Leo Ramirez, CITR Vancouver, Canada, while Graham Barclay of Soundwave FM said of Sunset to 7, "Great guitar work and this has to be truly "a watch out for" in the future. Awesome co-ordination."

Brief

Andy Waddell is an exciting young jazz guitarist based in the LA/Orange County area. He first took an interest in jazz at the age of 12 and his music education eventually led him to the Studio Jazz Guitar Department at USC. Andy has studied with several acclaimed players, including Bruce Foreman, Frank Potenza, Joe Jewell, Pat Kelly, and the legendary Joe Diorio. Over the past few years, Andy has worked professionally and has had the opportunity to perform with world renowned composer Maria Schneider, Peter Erskine, Andy Martin, Bob Mintzer, Bill Watrous and others. His sound has its roots in traditional bebop, with a significant modern and progressive flavor. He has recently released his first album featuring his original music.

Upcoming Gigs

November 2014 - Hip Kitty

Band - TBA. More information to follow

December 2014 - Squashed Grapes

Band TBA. More information to follow.

Refer to the GIGS page for additional information. Hope to see you there.