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Born August 4, 1961 in Pennsylvania (U.S.A.), Andy was exposed to music at a very young
age while listening to his older brother and sister take classical piano lessons.  
At age five,
his mother taught him some simple tunes on the piano, when his passion for music was
quickly ignited.  
He started private piano lessons at age seven and began trumpet lessons
two years later at his elementary school.  
By age twelve, Andy was already playing
professionally in bars and clubs in Pennsylvania.
 It was at this time when he pursued private
trumpet lessons with Bobby Price, a local trumpet hero.  
Mr. Price taught him the disciplines
of trumpet playing as well as music - jazz music in particular.  
After being exposed to Dizzy
Gillespie and Miles Davis (thanks to Mr. Price), Andy's musical path was clear.

After graduating from St. Clair High School (Pennsylvania), he received a scholarship to
Berklee College Of Music in Boston, where he quickly absorbed music from  wonderful
teachers such as Louis Mucci, Jeff Stout, Mike Metheny, Herb Pomeroy, John LaPorta  and  
other  fellow  students alike.   
Before graduating,  he  won the school's  Art Farmer and
Lennie Johnson Jazz Award as well as Downbeat Magazines "outstanding jazz soloist (college
level) for 1983".  
Andy graduated "Summa Cum Laude" in 1983.

Almost immediately following his graduation from Berklee, he was contacted to join the big
band of the great drummer Buddy Rich, where he played the jazz trumpet chair.
 During that
time,  Andy was featured on Buddy's  album,  "The  Magic  of  Buddy Rich".
  This band also  
went  on  tours  playing  for  Frank  Sinatra,  Tony  Bennett, Sarah Vaughn.

Andy maintained a residence in Boston and soon following his  tenure  with  Buddy's band,  
he  toured with Artie Shaw's orchestra, playing and recording with also some  well
established  jazz  groups  such  as  the  Jay Brandford Septet and Orange Then Blue.

In  1989,  Andy  re-located  to  New  York  City   and   started  freelancing.    He  began
performing with various jazz groups  such  as  Bill Kirchner's  Nonette,  The Rob Scheps
Coretet,  Paquito D'Rivera's  Big  Band, The  Vanguard Jazz  Orchestra  and  a  four  year stint
with Toshiko Akiyoshi's  New  York  Jazz  Orchestra   featuring  Lew  Tabackin.  
  He is  
present on  many recordings  in  various formats  from  big band  to  small group  jazz, as  
well  as  commercial recordings and jingles.

In the summer of 1989,  Andy toured Italy (in particular Sardinia), where he met his wife.  Since
then,  he's  continued to expand  his  performance schedule also throughout Italy and Europe.

He toured extensively  throughout the United States as well as Europe, Japan, Korea, Chile,
Brasil and the Carribean
appearing at important festivals like San Francisco (USA), Monterey
(California - USA), Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles - USA), Jacksonville (Florida - USA), JVC (New
York - USA) , Boston Globe (USA), Ottawa (CANADA), Toronto (CANADA), Berlin (GERMANY),
Vienne (FRANCE), North Sea (HOLAND), Istanbul (TURKY), Sitges (SPAIN), Villach (AUSTRIA),
Santiago (CILE), Sao Paolo (BRASIL), Sardegna (IT), Ravenna (IT), Arezzo (IT), Atessa (Abruzzo -
IT), Genova (IT), Ravello (Salerno - IT), Iseo (IT), Rimini (IT), Festival AMA (Berbenno di
Valtellina, Sondrio - IT), Ospedaletti (Imperia - IT), Gubbio (Perugia - IT), Lanciano (Pescara -
(IT), Foggia (IT), Valmontone (Frosinone - IT), Martinafranca (Bari - IT), Bitonto (Bari - IT),
Ancona (IT), Tivoli (Roma - IT), Acuto (Frosinone - IT), Villa Celimontana (Roma - IT), Civita
Castelllana (Roma - IT), Salerno (IT), Fujitsu Concord (JAPAN and COREA), and many more, and
clubs like Fukuoka and Osaka Blue Note Jazz Clubs (JAPAN), New York Blue Note Jazz Club
(USA), Birdland (New York - USA), Knitting Factory (New York - USA), Smalls (N.Y. - USA),
Visiones (N.Y. - USA), Village Gate (N.Y. - USA), Village Vanguard (N.Y. - USA), Torrione Jazz
Club (Ferrara - IT), Hotel Lauren Jazz Club (Bolzano - IT), AlexanderPlatz (Roma - IT), LaPalma
(Roma - IT), Big Mama (Roma - IT), The Club (Roma - IT), Gregory’s (Roma - IT), Classico Village
(Roma - IT), Round Midnight Jazz Club (Salerno - IT), Don Quixote (Teano, Napoli - IT), Chet
Baker Club (Bologna - IT), Caveta Jazz Club (Marburg - GERMANY), Special Guest with the
Corvini/Iodice Roma Big Band, various Jazz Clubs in Sardegna, various Summer Events, and
many more.
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Photo courtesy of Umberto Germinale
Genova Jazz Expo 2004
Andy with Bibi Rovere
at Chet Baker Club in Bologna
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Various collaborations/appearances with Buddy Rich, Artie Shaw, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Mel Torme,
Makoto Ozone, Paolo Nonnis, Paquito D’Rivera, Danny D’Imperio, Roland Vasquez, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Machito Latin Jazz
Orchestra, Jay Brandford Septet, Bill Mobley Jazz Orchestra, Jim Cifelli New York Nonette, Ken Schaphorst Jazz Orchestra, Toshiko
Akiyoshi New York Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin, Rob Scheps coretet, Bill Kirchner Nonette, Gary Morgan Pan American Big
Band, Wayne Andre Big Band, Nick Levanofsky Big Band, Kenny Werner, Jon Gordon, Donald Brown, Miles Griffith, Harrold Mabern,
Mulgrew Miller, Billy Pierce, James Williams, Kenny Berger, Joe Cohn, Jim Rotondi, Tom Harrell, Joe Magnarelli, Bud Burridge, Bill
Easley, Matthew Fries,Jim Snidero, Frank Wes, Chip Jackson, Marc Copland, Dick Oatts, Claudio Roditti, Art Baron, Greg Gisbert, Carlton
Holmes, John Reily, Bob Hurst, Craig Johnson, Bill Morning, Tony Reedus, Loren Schoenberg, Doug Purviance, Ralph Lalama, Danny
Walsh, Jeff Tain Watts,Tom Kirkpatrick, John Arnold, Michael Rosen, Marc Abrams, Alex Sipiagin, Ron Vincent, Philippe Aerts, Rosario
Bonaccorso, Enrico Pieranunzi, Roberto Gatto, Renato Chicco, Emanuele Cisi, Luca Bulgarelli, Ares Tavolazzi, Enzo Zirilli, Maurizio
Gianmarco, Fabrizio Sferra, Rosario Giuliani, Marcello Di Leonardo, Andrea Beneventano, Alessandro Maiorino, Alessandro Minetto, Bibi
Rovere, Stefania Tallini, Piero Odorici, Eumir Deodato, Marco Tamburini, Marcello Rosa, Marcello Pillitieri, Luca Mannutza, Marco Loddo,
Max Ionata, Nicola Muresu, Nicola Angelucci, Paolo Porta, Hector Costita, Andrea Pozza, Xavier Girotto, Gege Munari, Giorgio
Rosciglione, Dario Rosciglione, Riccardo Fassi, Sandro Satta, Beppi D’Amato, Pino Iodice, Pietro Iodice, Pietro Lussu, Pietro Ciancaglini,
Lorenzo Tucci, Daniele Tittarelli, Sandro Deidda, Alfonso Deidda, Dario Deidda, Gianluca Renzi, Valter Martino, Vittorio Sicbaldi,
Emanuele Basentini, Carlo Atti, Billy Sechi, Piero DiRienzo, Susanna Stivali, etc. and own quintet, quartet and trio jazz.

Freelance work in New York City area and Europe.
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