Andrew Hadro was not born into an especially musically inclined family. Nor does he remember why or when he decided to pursue music. He has however, dedicated his life to music and spent thousands of hours honing his abilities, working to expand and push forward instrumental performance.
After being born in Mexico City, being shuffled early on in life to Brazil, and stopping for a few years on the east coast, Hadro’s family eventually settled in the Chicago area. He initially began his studies on flute and soon found his way to the baritone saxophone which would become the primary focus of his musical studies as an adult. Hadro was fortunate to attend the prestigious New Trier High School and perform with several Downbeat award winning ensembles during his tenure as part of the school’s innovative music department. After high school he made the blind leap to New York City and attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music. Named Salutatorian in 2007, he left soon after to tour and record with several of the New School Jazz program’s founding faculty members.
Mr. Hadro has performed around the world with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, James Moody, the Bjorkestra, Tony Malaby, Chico Hamilton, and Junior Mance, among many others. He is active in the New York music scene and involved in several projects including performances with his own band, the Andrew Hadro Quartet, and currently tours with Junior Mance’s quintet. He is on faculty at the Litchfield Jazz Camp and maintains an active private lesson studio through the Lucy Moses School. He is currently the curator of JazzBariSax.com, a website dedicated to the baritone saxophone.
"Andrew Hadro is the best young baritone saxophonist I know. After studying with me he joined my working quintet for several years and continues to be one of my first choice saxophonists." -- Junior Mance
"Andrew Hadro is one of the most versatile voices on the Baritone Saxophone I have ever encountered. He possesses a wide array of timbres, driving rhythmic conception and a beautiful lyricism. He is my kind of improviser." -- Tony Malaby