Trickfish is honored to welcome Grammy Award winning bassist, composer, producer, and highly esteemed Educator/ Professor of Jazz and Contemporary music, Jeff Andrews to the Trickfish family. His credits include appearances or recordings with The Michael Brecker Band, Special EFX, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Mike Stern Trio, The Gil Evans Orchestra, Bob Mintzer’s Big Band, Vital Information, The New Standards Band, Bob Berg, Herbie Hancock, Dave Liebman, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Coryell Band, Dave Sanborn, Spyro Gyra, Hiram Bullock, Dennis Chambers, Joe Zawinul, Lew Soloff, McCoy Tyner, Adam Nussbaum, Richie Morales, Airto Moreira, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim, Tom Coster, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Robben Ford and countless others. At one point Jeff even played in a bass trio with Jaco Pastorius and Ricky Sebastian on drums.
Formally educated at Towson State University, Berklee College of Music and the Peabody Conservatory, Jeff has paid it forward with prestigious teaching assignments at SUNY Purchase, Mannes College of Music, The New School, Manhattan School of Music and City College in addition to holding educational clinics worldwide.
“I had been working on a new bass guitar concept with Jimmy Coppolo and in the back of my mind I knew I needed an amp that would reveal the nuance of the instrument.” says Jeff. “Through fate or just good fortune, one of my students, Ryan Owens, had purchased a Trickfish rig and extolled its virtues in such a compelling way that I had to get in touch with the company and give it a listen. This amp is everything Ryan conveyed – powerful yet warm, punchy, easy to run, portable… and it sounds fantastic with the new Coppolo bass. Since the initial contact I’ve spent hours on the phone with Richard talking about gear, about music, life and bad backs! Between Richard, Mike Pope and the rest of the team I know these guys love music, the bass and understand completely what it means to be a pro player. I just feel like I’m in good hands.”
“I’ve been aware of Jeff’s prodigious skills for years and have been astounded and inspired by his virtuosic soloing and ability to lay down a massive groove. He’s clearly a force of nature.” states Richard Ruse, Trickfish founder. “Jeff’s commitment to communicating through music goes back to the 80’s where he founded, promoted, booked (and basically lived) at the 55 Bar in NYC – a place that is as important to the modern jazz era as Birdland was to the be-bop and post-bop era. This where the new jazz royalty from Jaco, Mike Stern and the Brecker’s explored what is now become known as “Bop and Roll” (a smelting of Bebop improvisation with a Rock attitude and electric Instruments) and where Jeff was unleashed on the unsuspecting Jazz world.”
Ruse further states, “What may be more impressive is his compulsion to share his knowledge and experience with others as a teacher and clinician. Outside of just being a nice guy, his selflessness and desire to connect on a personal level with aspiring musicians is what community, family and Trickfish are really about. We are honored to have Jeff as part of the growing Trickfish family and will look to Jeff to be a major influence as we roll out new programs that are focused towards education and paying it forward. Welcome aboard Jeff Andrews!”
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