Andy Brown is a guitarist based in Chicago. Born in New York City in 1975, he has played professionally for over twenty years. He has had a varied performing career that has included stints in Cincinnati and New York.
Since coming to Chicago in 2003, Andy has been fortunate to work at many of the area’s finest jazz venues with his own bands, as well as playing his unique brand of solo jazz guitar. He has led his own groups at clubs like The Green Mill and Andy’s Jazz Club, and has backed visiting jazz names at places including The Jazz Showcase and the Harris Theater.
As a sideman he has performed with internationally know jazz musicians including Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, Hod O’Brien, Anat Cohen, Kurt Elling, and Joe Cohn as well as many others. He has also worked with many names on the Chicago jazz scene at nearly every spot that features live jazz music including Russ Phillips, Don Stiernberg, Kim Cusack, Chris Foreman, Bobby Lewis, Chuck Hedges, Judy Roberts, and Howard Levy.
Andy has been featured on a wide array of recordings. As a leader, he released his debut recording “Trio And Solo” in 2007 and his latest is the 2015 Delmark Records release “Soloist.” This is his first solo jazz guitar recording, and has received warm reviews from critics and fans alike. He has collaborated on three CDs with Petra van Nuis, the most recent being the 2012 release “Petra’s Recession Seven – Live In Chicago.” 2015 marked the release of organist Chris Foreman’s debut recording “Now Is The Time,” which Andy was proud to have been a part of. In 2013, mandolinist Don Stiernberg released a CD titled “Mandoboppin!” featuring Andy on acoustic archtop guitar. He was also featured on Kimberly Gordon’s “Sunday” in 2011 on the Sirens record label, as well as Russ Phillips’ recording “One Morning In May,” released in 2008.
Andy had the good fortune to learn directly from several guitar masters, including Cal Collins, Ted Greene, and Howard Alden. His most important mentor was the late Kenny Poole, who called Andy his protégé.