Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Bishop, Andrew, composer, saxophonist; b. Royal Oak, Michigan, 27 July 1970. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas. His compositions include works for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, jazz, theater, film, dance, multi-media, electronic mediums, and various popular and folk idioms. Bishop holds five degrees including a doctor of musical arts in composition from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, two Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan (Composition and Improvisation), and two Bachelor of Music degrees from Wichita State University (Theory/ Composition and Saxophone. He is currently an assistant Professor of Theory, Composition and Jazz at Albion College.
Bishop has received numerous commissions, residencies, performances, recordings, and awards for his compositional efforts. The Albany Symphony Orchestra commissioned Crooning in 1999. He was awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for this composition in 2000. Bishop's orchestral work Hank-a symphonic portrait of Hank Williams Sr.-was selected for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's First Hearing Program in 1997. He received two commissions from the Dogs of Desire Chamber Orchestra, Rose Colored in 1997 and an orchestral arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's Fire in 1994. Bishop's percussion duo Accents of Eccentricity was recorded by Steve Houghton for Shperc Records in 1995. The Bird of Paradise Orchestra recorded Bishop's arrangements of Matt Wilson's Bingo and Duke Ellington's Paris Blues for BOPO Records. His composition Dance Etiquette is featured in the motion picture Twister. He has also received commissions from the Sotto Voce Trio, the Wichita Jazz Festival, and numerous colleges and universities. Bishop was a composition fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 1999.
As a saxophonist, Bishop has worked with Gregg Bendian, Karl Berger, the Bird of Paradise Orchestra, Sandip Burman, Kenny Burrell, Eugene Chadbourne, Ray Charles, Gerald Cleaver's Veil of Names, The Either Orchestra, The Manhattan Transfer, Hank Roberts, Jacob Sacks Quintet, Clark Terry, Matt Wilson, and John Zorn. He leads a variety of his own ensembles including the collaborative trio Bishop, Cleaver, Flood and the Hank Williams Project. Bishop is a featured performer on over 40 compact discs and recordings.