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Fraga, Andy

Fraga, Andy, pianist, arranger, singer, composer. b. Brooklyn, NY, 13 October 1942, Brooklyn, N.Y.  His mother is Marie Morell, born 05/10/20. His father was Andrew A. Fraga, b. 1914, died 1982. Graduated from the High School of Music and Arts, NYC. He studied composition at Manhattan School of Music with Victtorio Giannini, and also studied piano with Don Shirley in NYC.  Played in countless gigs throughout the eastern states, including a lengthy stay in Florida.  Took his own jazz oriented quartet to Las Vegas where he opened for many well-known artists including Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra, Jr., etc.  Became interested in computer music in the late seventies and wrote and produced many national jingles for G.M., Timkin Corp., and numerous car agencies. Won many MONA awards for best jingles, and several ADDY awards for best musical score. Has performed with many major musicians including Joe Williams, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Conte Condoli, Pat Rizzo, Ray Brown, Marshall Hawkins, Frankie Randall, and Buddy Greco.  He's one of the founders and regular performers of the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival, now in its tenth year.  Settled in Palm Springs CA, in 1987, where he was the first jazz musician to be honored on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2001.

Fraga currently plays solo jazz piano and with his own trio at clubs and festivals throughout North America as well as at major venues in Europe.  He is also the creative force (pianist, conductor, and arranger) behind an ongoing series on great American composers held at the prestigious Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs, with sold out performances and rave critical reviews.  To date the series has included Johnny Mercer (2002); Duke Ellington (2002); Cole Porter (2003); and Rodgers and Hart (2003), with future composers scheduled. Andy has also appeared on numerous other recordings of other artists as pianist and arranger.

In 1986 he married Paula Durbin (now Fraga). He has one son from a previous marriage, Andy Jr. (b.1978), who is also a professional jazz musician and arranger.

Recordings:
The music of Rodgers and Hart (2001); Jazz in Palm Springs" (2002); Live recording with his trio at the world-famous Catalina Bar and Grill in Hollywood, CA (2003).  In addition, all of the American Composer series (see above) were recorded live at the Annenberg Theater, and all of his recordings are available through his e-mail address, Afraga1@aol.com.

Unissued recordings:
Unissued videos include a live performance with his trio at The Deck in Palm Springs, and the Duke Ellington; Cole Porter; and Rodgers and Hart concerts at the Annenberg Theater (see above).

Contact information:
1007 Aloha Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
Telephone (760) 327-8754
Fax: (760) 327-2561
E-mail: Afraga1@aol.com

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