Andrew Gross, Director of Arizona Young Sounds

Andrew Gross has been playing and performing music for almost twenty years. Devoting his life to music at the age of eleven, Andrew has never looked back. In high school he had the opportunity to work with such greats as Bill Watrous, Slide Hampton, Akira Tana, Rufus Reid, and the late Al Grey.

While attending college at the New School University in New York City, he studied with Tony Malaby, George Garzone, Chris Potter, Billy Hart, Mark Turner, Jane Ira Bloom, Rich Perry, and the late Dewey Redman. Andrew also studied and performed with former Coltrane bassist Reggie Workman.

Andrew performed at various New York jazz clubs including Smallʼs, Fat Cat, Sweet Basilʼs, Nu Blu, and Birdland.

Andrew lives in Phoenix, AZ where he is currently working with drummer Joe Gallivan, formerly of the Gil Evans orchestra. They are involved with a non-profit, The Jazz Foundation of America, which brings great jazz music and education to schools throughout the U.S. He has also performed with George Benson, Patty Austin, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Phoenix Symphony, The Arizona Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Michael Kocour, Dmitri Matheny, Dom Moio, David Friesen, Chuck Mahronic, and many others.

Andrew Holds a Bachelors in Jazz Performance from The New School University and a Masters Degree in Performance with emphasis on Jazz Pedagogy from Arizona State University.