“THE ANDY PIZZO PROJECT”
Andy Pizzo is “a trombonist of all styles” and is constantly aiming for new and improved levels of creativity in his playing and that of his jazz/funk combo. He is currently the leader/trombonist for the Baton Rouge based jazz/funk combo “The Andy Pizzo Project”, the lead trombonist and featured soloist for the New Orleans based latin jazz/salsa band “VIVAZ”, the lead trombonist for the Baton Rouge big band “Ned Fasullo and His Big Band Orchestra”, trombonist and featured soloist for the funk/soul band “PHAT HAT”, and a free lance trombonist in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas as well as the Gulf South Region.
Not just a professional trombonist, Andy Pizzo is also a professional educator. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from L.S.U. in the spring of 1999, he took over the band program at McKinley Middle Magnet School. From 2002 – 2005, he served as the director of the award winning band program at Southeast Middle School in Baton Rouge, of which he was the 2003-2004 “Teacher of the Year”. Now, he is currently the director of bands at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School. He teaches all levels of band: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and jazz. Back in 2001, he was named a grand-prize winner in the Toyota Corporation/VH 1 music teacher contest titled “Making Tracks with Camry”. This was in reflection to his work with the hearing impaired in music education. Currently, Andy serves as the President-Elect of the Louisiana chapter of The International Association for Jazz Education and is also serving as the Jazz Chairman for the Louisiana Music Educators Association.
Andy Pizzo hails from Metairie, LA, and is currently 30 years old. He has studied with some of Louisiana’s best trombone players and has had the opportunity to play with many great musicians such as Mark Mullins and Craig Klein, of the trombone funk band Bonerama; Tito Puente Jr., son of the great timbalero Tito Puente Sr. and his latin jazz band; Poncho Sanchez, congero and latin jazz recording artist; Christopher Riddle, son of the big band leader, Nelson Riddle, who’s orchestra backed up the great jazz singer Frank Sinatra; and many more.
Andy Pizzo is an established trombonist who aspires to continuously reach excellence in his own playing and whatever else that he puts his name and energies towards. His jazz/funk combo, “The Andy Pizzo Project” (www.andypizzo.com;www.myspace.com/theandypizzoproject;www.myspace.com/andypizzo), has been around the Baton Rouge music scene for the past 6 years. Having an all-star line up of Baton Rouge musicians has allowed this group the chance to build itself and grow into the exciting group that it is today. They have had the opportunity to play many different venues around town, including performances at the 2005 and 2006 “Fest For All”, which is an annually held downtown arts festival sponsored by The Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council.
Having just finished released their debut c.d., titled “Bouncin’”, these guys are reaching new musical heights that they can’t wait to share with the world. This c.d. has several guests performing with the group, most notably being former Harry Connick Jr.’s lead trombonist, Mark Mullins. Check out Andy Pizzo and “The Andy Pizzo Project” as they jazz and funk their way to the top!