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Rathbun, Andrew

Rathbun, Andrew, saxophonist, composer; b. Toronto 1970.

Studied music from a very young age, following the Orff method. Began studies on clarinet and later saxophone while in his teens. Studied with jazz musicians throughout the Toronto area, including Geoff Young and Frank Lozono. Attended Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario, where although he studied political science, he continued with self-directed musical studies. In 1990, he was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts award to study privately in Boston with Jerry Bergonzi.  Led his quintet to a second place finish in the CBC/ALCAN jazz competition. In 1994, he obtained his Masters in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, Boston. Studies with Jimmy Giuffre, George Garzone, George Russell, Ran Blake, others. Was awarded fellowships to the Banff Center for the Arts, the Aspen Music Center, and the Schweitzer Institute. Awarded grants from the American Music Center and the Chalmers Fund. Moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1999. Performances include the maj or New York clubs and Festivals, including Montreal, Boston Globe, JVC, Toronto, Lincoln Center, Ottawa, others. Radio broadcasts on CBC radio, WNYC, NPR. Television appearances on CBC, WNBC, WBGH. Performances and recordings with Eddie Gomez, Jay Anderson, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jeff Hirshfield, Luciana Souza, many others. As an educator, Andrew has been on the Faculty of the University of Maine, and an instructor with the City University of New York.

 Scatter Some Stones  (1998); Jade-A Song Cycle for Octet (1999); True Stories    (2000); Sculptures (2002)   

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