Andy Brown


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Updated January 2020

I have some cool gigs to start the '20's in a swinging way and I hope you can join me.

--I'll be getting things underway this Thursday-Sunday at Chicago's famed Jazz Showcase. I'll be there with the superb vocalist Petra van Nuis and our terrific quartet with Joe Policastro on bass and Phil Gratteau on drums. Each night we'll have a guest horn player joining us and the lineup is out of sight! Thursday we'll have trumpeter Art Davis, Friday we'll have reedman Eric Schneider, Saturday we'll have trumpeter Bobby Lewis, and Sunday we'll have trombonist Russ Phillips. Set times Thursday-Saturday are at 8pm and 10 pm, Sunday matinee set at 4pm and an evening set at 8pm. We've got a lot of great tunes picked out and I'm really looking forward to playing with all of these fine musicians at this great club.

--For all you guitar pickers I'll be doing a masterclass at the Old Town School Of Folk Music on Saturday January 25 at 1pm. This clinic will focus primarily on the art of solo jazz guitar playing but will probably cover many facets of the craft of jazz guitar.

I'm fortunate to have (most) of my steady gigs continuing into 2020:

Tuesdays - Solo guitar night at Cellars Bar and Grill
Thursdays - Solo guitar at the Green Mill from 5:30-8 playing solo guitar and taking requests
Every other Sunday - Andy Brown and Friends at Winter's Jazz Club with early sets at 5:30 and 7:30. I've had a really great time featuring some of Chicago's finest jazz musicians in various instrumental combinations and exploring various themes and composers. January 12 will see the return of Three Guitar Madness featuring myself along with Kyle Asche and Andy Pratt on guitars. January 26 I'll be there with two of my favorite rhythm section players, Stewart Miller on bass and Bob Rummage on drums.
**Wednesdays Winter Break My quartet is taking a winter break at Andy's Jazz Club on Wednesdays. We will be there for the weekend of January 24 and 25 with sets at 5pm and 7pm. We hope to be firing up our weekly engagement starting in March, stay tuned...

All addresses, times and other info can be found on my schedule page.

Early Warning: I'll be back at the Green Mill with the Warren Vaché/Russ Phillips Quintet the weekend of January 31-February 1. Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune recently picked our performance at the Mill early this year as one of the 10 best jazz performances of 2019. I can't wait to play with this dream band again! Here's what Howard wrote: Great performance traditions never go out of date, as trumpeter Vache and trombonist Phillips eloquently proved. Though reveling in a pre-bebop swing idiom, they made it sound new again, thanks to their creative solos and deep-seated musicianship. Joined by guitarist Andy Brown and drummer Phil Gratteau – both like-minded spirits – Vache and Phillips reminded listeners of the joys of two-horn counterpoint.

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