About Andy Farber
Born into an artistic family – his father is a jazz drummer and his uncle, arranger/composer Mitch Farber produced records for jazz luminaries including Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Mark Murphy, and Morgana King. Farber began playing clarinet at 8, followed quickly by the alto saxophone. Bitten by the jazz bug, Farber spent his summers attending jazz camps and workshops and studying arranging and composing privately. During this time he was mentored by jazz legends Budd Johnson, Chris Woods, Dave Burns, Arnie Lawrence, Wes Belcamp, and Billy Mitchell. He composed his first big band composition 12. At 17, he became a member of The Tri-state McDonalds’ Jazz Ensemble, performing with guest soloists like Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis, and Steve Turre.
Farber studied jazz composition at the Manhattan School of Music with David Berger, and Mike Abene. Upon graduation, Farber was awarded the Manny Albam prize for jazz composition and formed Andy Farber & his Orchestra, a 15-piece band that held down a regular gig at the West End Gate in NYC for a year and a half. Many years later the band reformed for a two year run at Birdland.
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