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About Andrae Murchison

Andrae Murchison is a trombonist, composer, and arranger was born in Savannah, Georgia on August 6, 1982. He was introduced to music by his grandparents and mother and discovered the trombone at the United House of Prayer church where he attended with his grandfather. The roots of early gospel music gave birth to his musical foundation, and he later became interested in the art of jazz while attending Savannah Art’s Academy and studying jazz theory and trombone from his mentor Teddy Adams.

After high school, Murchison continued his studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH., and studied with Robin Eubanks, Wendell Logan, Marcus Belgrave, Gary Bartz, Billy Hart, Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller and many others.
After graduating from Oberlin and earning his B.A. in Jazz Studies, Murchison moved to New York to pursue a masters degree at Queens College Aaron Copeland School of Music. He studied with Steve Turre, Antonio Hart, and Michael Mossman, and received his M.A. in the Arts in 2006.

Since his arrival to New York, he has had the honor to work and share the stage  with Roy Hargrove, Common, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra,  Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Dennis Edwards and the Temptations, Four Tops, Brian McKnight, Trombone summit w/ Curtis Fuller, Robin Eubanks, Steve Turre, and Delfayo Marsalis, Slide Hampton, Oliver Lake Big Band, Clark Terry, Jay-z, Mary J. Blige, Ledisi, Glady’s Knight, Aretha Franklin, Harry Connick, Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Skatalites, David Murray, James Blood Ulmer, Ravi Coltrane, Gregory Porter, and Monty Alexander.

Murchison currently resides in New York City and still withholds his tenure with The Skatalites, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Abdullah Ibrahim. He frequently tours the world, and makes regular visits to Europe, Asia, South Africa, South America, North America and Australia. Over the years, his role as a sideman has help prepare him for the pursuit of his own musical vision, which he calls "MurchChurch". So far, AM has recorded three albums as a leader and is accompanied by a stellar group of musicians whom includes Sharp Radway, Corcoran Holt, Jerome Jennings, Emanuel Harrold, McClenty Hunter, Freddie Hendrix, Azemobo Audu, Mazz Swift, Keyon Harrold, Brian Cockerham, and Gregory Porter. (Morning Time, In The Spirit, and Return Home).

Keeping spirituality at the forefront, AM's music documents the soul purpose of his journey. The music reflects his foundation, self-love, family-growth, and future dreams. Murchison utilizes his music as a spiritual testimony of thanks and praise to God.

Murchison holds on to his soulful roots of Savannah, GA and is considered one of the greatest trombonist of his generation. He's known for his sweet tone, and his music shines a bright light into the future. Murchchurch is an original voice of honesty, gratitude, and freedom.

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From: Teddy Adams
Andrae Murchison is an ideal example of the "Young Lion" trombonists who has become a part of the Jazz scene in the past fifteen to twenty years. This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has ever seriously heard him play. There are several significant reasons for Andrae's development in becoming one of today's established Jazz trombonists. The following reasons are just a part of his overall makeup. First and foremost is his innateness (essential, cannot be learned), enough said. Other important influences include legacy, exposure and spirituality.
James Young (Trummy Young) who was an integral part of the swing era and featured with Louis Armstrong for more years for more years than any other trombonist, is a Savannahian. That fact should be enough to support Andrae's success as an imaginative and creative player. Add to that other Savannahians who include: Jabbo Smith, James Moody, Sahib Shihab, Ben Riley, Irene Reid, Johnny Mercer, Kaiser Marshall, Willie Draper, Ed Pazant, George Harper and a host of others and Savannah's Jazz legacy becomes quite lucid. The Jazz legacy in Savannah includes several other important aspects: Savannah is a thriving southern seaport city, its music history independently parallels that of New Orleans, it had a strong Jazz presence and numerous venues for playing, three military installations with bands and most importantly, native Savannahians took a sincere interest in young players who were serious and showed promise.

Exposure and spiritually were hand in hand experiences that Andrae embraced simultaneously. The United House of Prayer for All People (holiness church organization), started in 1927 by Bishop Charles Manuel Grace, aka, "Sweet Daddy" Grace, is known for its musical spirituality with the strongest focus being on brass instruments and singing. Although its bands are comprised of all types of instruments the trombone is predominant. Andrae's grandfather was a devoted member of the House of Prayer and Andrae attended church regularly with him. Not only were trombones the predominant instruments, but Andrae was intrigued by their brilliance and power. If you have ever experienced trombone playing in any of churches(Southeast/Northeast coasts from Florida to New York), two aspects of trombone playing will certainly get your attention......the stamina of the trombonist and the mastery of the altissimo range. Trombone playing in the United House of Prayer churches is far more spiritual than technical, not taking anything from the technique.

When you combine Andrae's association with the United House of Prayer, the legacy that Savannah is known for and the exposure to teaching and dedicated mentors, this writer, being one of them, Andrae's development is proof positive of outstanding results. With two of the better Jazz schools under his belt, Oberlin and Queens Colleges and being a part of today's Jazz scene performing with the likes of the Ellington and Basie Bands, Roy Hargrove, Abdullah Ibrahim, the Skatalites Band and a host of others. Andrae Murchison's place in the Jazz world as an innovative trombonist and composer is assured. I'm most pleased that he passed my way while embarking upon his musical journey.

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