Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Drury, Andrew (Mowat)
Drury, Andrew (Mowat), drumset, percussion, composer, educator; b. Bellevue, WA, 4 December 1964. His mother is Elizabeth (Gretchen Evenson) Drury, b 1940, and his father is Donald (Mowat) Drury, b. 1936. His one sibling is brother, Rev. Peter (William) Drury, b. 1967. In 1997 he married Alissa Schwartz, and they have a son, Max (b. 2001).
The Drury family lived in the suburbs east of Seattle from 1964 until moving to Bainbridge Island, WA in 1972. Andrew began playing drums in 1976 in his sixth grade band, and studied privately in Seattle with drummer, Dave Coleman Sr. (as did childhood friend and drummer Michael Sarin) from 1979 to 1982. He began improvising and experimenting with the piano at home sometime around 1980, has used it to compose ever since though he never took lessons. He studied drum set with Ed Blackwell from 1983 to 1988 at Wesleyan University (graduated 1988, BA in American Studies), and also in 1991 courtesy of a Jazz Study Fellowship from the NEA. At Wesleyan he also studied with Bill Barron, Bill Lowe, Ramnad Raghavan, Robert OMeally, and Annie Dillard. During this period he took drum lessons from Alan Dawson and Steve McCraven, and formed lasting musical partnerships with musicians such as David Bindman, Jessica Lurie, Adam Lane, Sam Bardfeld, Will Holshauser, Ehran Elisha, and others.
Drury remained in Middletown, Connecticut until 1992, while his future wife, Alissa Schwartz, attended Wesleyan. While in Connecticut he worked to combine music, poetry, visual art, environmental theater, dance, and political activism. Thieves Die Like This (supported by the Middletown Arts Commission and the Centrum Foundation for the Arts) was a solo performance art piece that combined drum set, junk percussion, 4 track tape recordings, and Drurys 25 page poem about the US involvement in the civil war in El Salvador. In 1989 he began his Earth Solos, a reimagining of the geography of jazz, by playing and photographing drum solos in desert and mountain settings in the western US. To date he has performed 25 Earth Solos in eight states. A collage, The Savior Means El Salvador, was exhibited at the Artspace gallery in New Haven, in a juried art show New Work New Haven, 1990. During these years Drury also performed with many local and national musicians of note, including Brad Mehldau, Steve Davis, Mario Pavone, Joe Fonda, Nat Reeves, Phil Bowler, Rick Rosie, Stanton Davis, Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Brown, Hotep Galeta, Wallace Roney, Vincent Herring, Alan Palmer, Bill Brown, Dicky Wells, Dwight Andrews, Chris Lightcap, Matt Moran, Paul Austerlitz, Don DePalma, Kent Hewett, Giacomo Gates, Paul Flaherty, Hafez Modirzadeh, Kunle Mwanga, Stephen (Schwartz) Trask, dancers Honi Coles, David Brick, and others. He played on several occasions with Anthony Braxton (reading from a baritone horn part!), and once with Jackie McLean. In protest of the 500th anniversary of Columbus first trip to the Americas, Drury and Alissa Schwartz initiated Connect! a cluster of activities centered on a year of travel and street theater in Central America, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia from 1992 to 1993. These activities included 25 performances for over 5,000 people in streets and villages in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico.
In the Seattle area from 1993 to 1999, and in New York City after that, Drury has focused exclusively on music composition, performance, recording, and teaching. In Seattle Drury was part of a community of jazz, rock, improvising, and exploratory musicians that included Eyvind Kang, Briggan Krauss, Wayne Horvitz, Wally Shoup, Tim Young, Michael Bisio, Jessica Lurie, Amy Denio, Matthew Sperry, JR, Brad Hauser, Brent Arnold, Troy Grugett, Geoff Harper, Craig Flory, Skerik, Tucker Martine, Jay Clayton, Bill Horist, Tricia Woods, Jim Knodle, Michael White, Jim Knaap, Buddy Catlett, Floyd Standifer, and Fred Greenwell, as well as out of towners such as John Tchicai, Francois Houle, Jenny Scheinman, Phil Gelb, Jack Wright, Pete Yellin, and others. In 1994 he toured with the Jim Nolet trio with Glen Moore, and the following year played in Jim Nolets Double Quartet with Vinnie Golia, Bern Nix, Calvin Weston, Rob Blakeslee, Michael Bisio, and Brent Arnold. From 1995 to 1998 he garnered local acclaim for producing concerts of his own work in various Seattle venues.
In 1999 Drury and his wife moved to Brooklyn, NY and for a year Drury shuttled between NYC and Seattle, teaching and recording his (unreleased) cd of multi-track solos and duets, As We Speakfor Ed Blackwell. He spent most of 2000 working on a community arts project with the Oneida Nation. Since 2001 he has done projects with Brad Shepik, Jenny Scheinman, Briggan Krauss, Matt Moran, Adam Lane, Peggy Lee, Dylan Van Der Schyff, Avram Fefer, Reuben Radding, visual artist Danijel Zezelj, and others. Drury has received grants/awards for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, the Artist Trust, the Centrum Foundation, the Bossak/Heilbron Foundation, the Jack Straw Foundation, and others.
In 1989 Drury began teaching junk percussion workshops at Music and Arts Center for the Handicapped in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Since then he has worked as a freelance educator in schools, museums, festivals, Indian reservations, theaters, prisons, etc. across the US, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. He was identified as one of the 256 most skilled and experienced community artists in America by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. From 1995 to 1999 he was Artist-in-Residence with the Washington State Arts Commission, and was with Very Special Arts Washington from 1997-99. For six months in 2000 he was Artist-in-Residence with the Oneida Nation on their reservation in Wisconsin, courtesy of Artists & Communities: America Creates for the New Millennium. This was a program sponsored by the NEA, White House Millennium Council, and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation that celebrated the new millennium by sponsoring residencies in 56 States and Territories during 2000.
Currently he teaches with the Manhattan New Music Project and NYC School District 75 in a Dept. of Education funded program called Creative Music Educators.
Spirit Space (1988, unreleased); Polish Theater Posters (1998); Eyes That Can Hear (2000, unreleased); Love of the New Gun (2001, to be released); A Momentary Lapse (2003); As We Speakfor Ed Blackwell (2003)
Craig Flory/Doug Haire: Wigwam Bendix (1995;) Timothy Young: Very Special People (1996); Various Artists: Endless Complication I (1996); Steven King: Journey to Love (1997); Eyvind Kang: 7 NADES (1997); Didrik Ingvaldson (2000)
Unreleased tapes as leader and sideman from 1988 to present with: Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Lowe, Ed Blackwell, Abraham Adzenyah, Royal Hartigan, Robert Lancefield, Dewey Redman, Mario Pavone, Thomas Chapin, Peter McEachern, Steve Davis, Jessica Lurie, Hafez Modirzadeh, Ehran Elisha, Bill Brown, John Rapson, Vinnie Golia, Mike Sarin, Dave Coleman, Eyvind Kang, Jim Nolet, Glen Moore, John Tchicai, Wayne Horvitz, Briggan Krauss, Christian Asplund, Phil Gelb, Matthew Sperry, Alex Guilbert, Thomas Marriot, Delfeayo Marsalis, John Bergamo, Wally Shoup, Jamie Saft, Lesli Dalaba, Brad Shepik, Mike Sarin, Ned Rothenberg, Adam Lane, Trevor Dunn, Stefan Crump, Curtis Hasselbring, Jay Granelli, Matt Moran, Jenny Scheinman, Will Holshauser, Kwaakyu Kwaakye (Martin) Obeng, Fred Simmons, and others.
Also unreleased: Tricia Woods, Les Fauves, feat. Arnold Hammerschlag, Ryan Keberle, Chris Komer, Gregory Jones, Tricia Woods, and Andrew Drury.
David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness 12/03 video of live show at YIVO
Radio and television broadcasts:
Over a dozen radio performances & interviews in the Seattle area from 1994-1998 with musicians such as Eyvind Kang, Jessica Lurie, Briggan Krauss, Brent Arnold, Steve Moore, Fred Chalenor, Timothy Young, Geoff Harper, Troy Grugett, choreographer Sheri Cohen, and others. Stations include KUOW, KEXP, KCMU, KBCS, KAOS. Also WESU Middletown, CT.
Performed in Henry Brandts Meteor Farm broadcast on WKCR live from the Church of St. John the Divine, 1985.
Performed on State of the Arts, a documentary aired on Connecticut Public Television in 1992. Nominated for an Emmy.
Performed with Jim Nolet & Glen Moore on the Santa Cruz, CA NPR affiliate in 1994.
Performed solo on a special drum set built by Remo (7 feet tall with platform, drum diameters up to 52 inches) for Seattles Seafair 98 opening day parade on KIRO TV7.
2 performances/interviews on Green Bay, Wisconsins Good Morning Wisconsin program WLUK TV11, April & June, 2000.
Feature articles in 5/4 Magazine (12/95), Earshot Jazz Magazine (2/97), Victory Review (7/98), Oneida Kalihwisaks (2/17/00), Appleton Post-Crescent (3/30/00), Green Bay News-Chronicle (5/8/00).