Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Gress, Drew (Andrew Daniel)
Gress, Drew (Andrew Daniel), bassist/composer; b. Trenton, NJ, 20 November 1959. He grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania. His father, Andrew John Gress (1927-1993), was born in Trenton, NJ. His mother, Jean Elizabeth Gress (nee Briggs) (b. 1928) was also born in Trenton, NJ. His brother, Michael David Gress (b. 1961) was born in Trenton, NJ. Drew's wife is Brooke Alison Evans (b.1957).
He studied composition with Hank Levy 1977-80 at Towson State University (Baltimore, MD). He then studied double bass with Robert Barney 1979-80, also at Towson State University. He has also studied double bass with Gary Peacock in 1983 and composition with Ludmilla Uhlehla at Manhattan School of Music, 1984-85. He holds a BM in Music Composition, Towson State University, 1980, and a MM Manhattan School of Music, 1985.
Gress has performed extensively with artists on the cutting edge of contemporary improvised music. He also leads the quartet Jagged Sky. Previously, he was a founding member of the cooperative quartet Joint Venture (1987-1991).
When Drew is not leading his own ensembles, he can be heard with the Dave Douglas String Group and Witness, Uri Caine's Bach Project and Trio, the Don Byron Quintet, Tim Berne's Paraphrase, the Fred Hersch Trio, Andy Laster's Hydra, the Marc Copland Trio, the Bill Carrothers Trio, and Ralph Alessi's Quintet.
Drew has toured North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia, and has served as Artist-in-Residence at St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia (1994) and at the University of Colorado-Boulder (1992). He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and currently resides in New York.
Spin & Drift; Drew Gress' Jagged Sky: Heyday
Joint Venture: Joint Venture, Ways, Mirrors; Ray Anderson: Big Band Record; Lynne Arriale: When You Listen, With Words Unspoken; Jon Ballantyne: The Loose, Trio Live, Known/Unknown; Sam Bardfeld: Cabale Fatale-Taxidermy; Jamie Baum: Sight Unheard; Tim Berne: Paraphrase-Visitation Rites, Please Advise; Don Byron: Romance With The Unseen, As Long As You Know You're Living Yours- The Music of Keith Jarrett; Uri Caine: E Venezia, The Goldberg Variations; George Colligan: Stomping Ground, Unresolved, Ultimatum; Marc Copland: At Night, Second Look, Haunted Heart and Other Ballads; Steve Davis: Songs We Know, The Quality of Silence; Dave Douglas: Five, Convergence, Witness; Ehran Elisha: The Lowdown; James Emery: Luminous Cycles, Fourth World; Ethel Ennis: If Women Ruled The World; Ellery Eskelin: Setting The Standard, Forms; Antonio Farao: Thorn; Allen Farnham: Fifth House, Play-cation, The Common Thread; Erik Friedlander: Chimera, The Watchman, Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach; Jeff Gardner: The Music Of Chance; Phil Haynes: Continuum: The Passing, Free Country; Fred Hersch: Dancing In The Dark, The Fred Hersch Trio Plays..., Last Night When We Were Young, Point In Time, Passion Flower, Fred Hersch & Friends-The Duo Album, Songs Without Words; John Hollenbeck: The alt.coffee Tapes, The Claudia Quintet; Owen Howard: Pentagon; Gary Keller: Blues For An Old New Age; Franklin Kiermyer: In The House Of My Fathers, Solomon's Daughter, Kairos; Andy Laster: Hippo Stomp, Twirler, Polyogue, Soft Shell; Luigi Martinale: Sweet Marta; Tony Martucci: Earth Tones, Collage; Ben Monder: Flux; Randy McKean: So Dig This Big Crux; Simon Nabatov: Three Stories; Ken Schaphorst Big Band: Purple; Mark Shim: Turbulent Flow; Janis Siegel: The Tender Trap; Judi Silvano: Vocalise; Dick Sisto: End Of Time; Peggy Stern /Thomas Chapin: The Fuschia; Paul Sundfor: Nascency; Fernando Tarres: The Outsider; Gebhard Ullmann: Basement Research, Kreuzberg Park East; Dawn Upshaw: Sings Rodgers & Hart; Tom Varner: Martian Heartache; Walt Weiskopf: Night Lights; Kenny Werner: Beauty Secrets