Andrew Oliver is a pianist and composer from Portland, Oregon. He also plays cello, trumpet, and drums. He grew up playing classical piano and cello, and eventually switched to jazz at the beginning of high school, when he began taking lessons from Randy Porter, his most influential teacher. He lived in New Orleans from 2002 until 2005, where he studied jazz at Loyola University and performed as both a bandleader and sideman. After evacuating from Hurricaine Katrina in the summer of 2005, he returned to Portland and resumed his studies at Portland State University, where graduated in June 2007 with a B.M. in Jazz Performance and a B.A. in French.
He is currently active in several groups: he leads a sextet playing his original compositions and arrangements as well as writing for and co-directing the Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble, a big band promoting new music by Portland's jazz composers.He is a member of Devin Phillips' group New Orleans Straight Ahead, which released its first album in 2006, and with which he recently toured West and Central Africa performing and teaching workshops in the fall of 2007 as a cultural ambassador under the auspices of the State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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