Born in Northern Michigan and musically raised on the diverse scenes of Cleveland, Shanghai and New York City, Andy Hunter now resides primarily in Cologne, Germany where he performs regularly with the WDR Big Band, with programs featuring many of the top artists in jazz today.
Hunter has performed and toured around the world as a regular member of the Mingus Big Band (Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra), the Richard Bona Group, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra, SPOKE, T.S. Monk’s 10-tet “Monk on Monk” and Cuban groups such as Ochún and La Típica Novel.
Recording credits include albums with Snarky Puppy, Bob Mintzer, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, The Birdland Big Band,The FatCat Big Band, La Cumbiamba, Hector Martignon’s Banda Grande and the WDR Big Band (albums featuring artists such as Ron Carter, Steps Ahead, Vince Mendoza, Billy Hart and many more; for more details check out the DISCOGRAPHY page). Hunter has also toured briefly with high-profile artists such as Dave Holland’s Big Band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, José James, DLG, Nnenna Freelon, Robben Ford, and Ocho y Mas, backing up salsa singers Rubén Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieves, La India, Eddie Santiago and Frankie Negrón.
As an educator, Hunter has served on the jazz faculty of Tri-C College in Cleveland and Rutgers University in New Jersey, where his students have been winning prizes and recognition at multiple major festivals. He continues to give clinics and master classes all over the world, and now teaches jazz trombone part-time at Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam.
Current highlight projects include Europe-based Latin Jazz Quintet Eh’Neeky! (new album available), salsa band Marcando, upcoming tours with NYC jazz quartet SPOKE and a new Europe-based jazz quintet with saxophonist Johan Hörlen featuring Adam Nussbaum, Confluence (new album arriving Fall, 2017).
About RIVER RECORDS. Dedicated to the subtle art of flowing, River Records was established in 2012 by trombonist and composer Andy Hunter to promote organic improvised music from the Jazz, Latin and World music community.