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Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, recording artist, and educator Andy LaVerne studied at Juilliard, Berklee, and the New England Conservatory, and took private lessons from legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans. The list of musicians with whom LaVerne has worked reads like a Who's Who in jazz: Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, Michael Brecker, Elvin Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Miroslav Vitous, Benny Golson, Brandford Marsalis, Chris Potter, and numerous others.
A prolific recording artist, his projects as a leader number over 60, the most recent is Genesis, a trio recording of LaVerne originals (SteepleChase Records). Faith, a new quartet CD featuring Alex Spiagin will be released in 2017 (SteepleChase Records).
LaVerne is also a prominent jazz educator, having released a series of instructional videos and DVD’s including, Andy LaVerne’s Guide to Modern Jazz Piano Vol. 1 & 2, Jazz Piano Standards (Homespun Tapes), Jazz Piano Masterclass 1-3 (mymusicmasterclass.com), Jazz Piano Arranging, and Jazz Composition (mymusicmasterclass.com), Chords and Lines In Motion (Aebersold Jazz). He is the author of several jazz educational books and playalongs including Countdown to Giant Steps, Tunes You Thought You Knew, Secret of the Andes, QuickChords, Chords In Motion (Aebersold Jazz), Bill Evans 19 Arrangements for Solo Piano, The Music of Chick Corea (Hal Leonard), The Music of Andy LaVerne (SteepleChase Music), Handbook of Chord Substitutions, Tons of Runs (Aebersold Jazz).
Andy has released two performance DVD’s with guitarist John Abercrombie, In Concert (Homespun Tapes), and The Art of the Duo (Mel Bay).
LaVerne is contributing editor (since 1986) of Keyboard Magazine, which has published several dozen LaVerne articles. His articles have also appeared in Down Beat, Jazz Improv, Piano Today, Piano Quartely, Piano Stylist, Jazz and Keyboard Workshop, and JazzOne.
Andy is the recipient of five Jazz Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and winner of the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting contest for his tune Shania. He has appeared at concerts, festivals, and clubs throughout the world, and has also given clinics and Masterclasses at universities, colleges, and conservatories worldwide. LaVerne is Professor of Jazz Piano at SUNY Purchase, and is on the faculty of the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.