Jazz pianist, composer and arranger 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 he 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, and numerous others. A prolific recording artist, his projects as a leader number over 50.
Andy is a frequent contributor to Keyboard Magazine, Piano Today, Down Beat, Jazz Improv, Piano Quarterly, Jazz and Keyboard Workshop, and JazzOne. 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,” Andy has appeared at concerts, festivals, and clubs, and clinics and master classes at universities, colleges, and conservatories, worldwide. Recently he has toured and recorded with legendary singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka. LaVerne is Professor of Jazz Piano at The Hartt School (University of Hartford), and on the faculty of the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.