The piano is Andy Wasserman's main instrument and the heart of his life's work in music. It is a perfect vehicle for the totality of his creative artistic expression.
His solo piano compositional and improvisational style fuses spontaneity, expressive nuance and subtlety, harmonic intimacy, rhythmic intricacy, and an eloquent spectrum of polished dynamic gradation.
Andy Wasserman began exploring piano at age 3, and started lessons at 7 in the innovative Robert Pace multi-key method. He studied piano and theory at the Metropolitan Music School with Anne Dodge from elementary through high school in Manhattan, moving on to develop a life-changing 30-year relationship with Jazz piano virtuoso Dwike Mitchell. Mitchell discusses mentoring Andy in the "New York" chapter of his biography written by William Zinsser entitled "Mitchell and Ruff." (photo: Maestro Dwike Mitchell and AW)
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MARCH 2021 UPDATE: Two of Andy Wasserman’s 2020 piano albums, “FLOWERS” and “THE SEVEN VERTICAL SCALES” received nominations from SoloPiano.com for “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” in the JAZZ genre category - alongside Jazz pianist Alan Pasqua’s beautiful album “DAYDREAM.” Gratitude and best wishes goes out to all the piano aficionados, appreciative listeners and the staff at SoloPiano who continue to support the artistry of solo piano music!
JANUARY 2021 UPDATE: A review in The New York City Jazz Record magazine of Andy Wasserman's solo piano Live Stream concert on December 13, 2020 entitled "PoleStar." Click HERE to read the review
DECEMBER 2020 UPDATE: Andy Wasserman celebrated his 25th consecutive Sunday evening Livestreaming Concert series entitled "The Listening Experience" featuring live performances of his original music: SOLO PIANO improvisations, compositions, Jazz and Blues, performed on his beautifully restored classic 1924 Steinway Model "M" grand piano. CLICK HERE to read more about this milestone in an article on Andy's blog.
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~ NEW FOR 2020 ~ Andy Wasserman's solos, compositions and arrangements for piano TRANSCRIBED from recordings. These videos allow you to enjoy note-by-note transcriptions as they scroll, synchronized to the audio tracks. Watch, follow and listen! Sheet music PDF files available! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TRANSCRIPTION VIDEOS
Andy earned his degree from New England Conservatory as a protege of Jazz composer George Russell and the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization (LCCOTO) and received advanced classical piano training under Ms. Jeannette Giguere.
Wasserman developed his signature sound, combining an expressive piano touch with an impressive technique. His performances merge his original compositions along with original arrangements and unique interpretations of the Jazz, Hollywood and Broadway "American Songbook" legacy. He is well versed in modern and traditional Chicago & Kansas City Blues and Boogie Woogie piano styles, 'new age', traditional standards and pop repertoires. His rhythmic invention and elegant harmonies stand as a living tribute to the tradition of fine music, past and present. Wasserman is a highly respected and experienced performing musician, popular throughout the United States since 1971.
In addition to his experience in a wide variety of ensemble settings, he has established himself as one of New York City's premier solo piano and electronic keyboard stylists. Wasserman was under contract with the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 from 1987 through 1996 for an uninterrupted nine-year solo piano engagement, performing every weekend on the Steinway grand in the Ambassador Room of the United Nations Plaza Hotel across from the United Nations in New York City. He has been a regular pianist at other fine New York City establishments that include the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Grand Central Station, The River Cafe at the Brooklyn Bridge, Dish of Salt at Rockefeller Center and Manhattan's Hotel Intercontinental, among many others.
As of 2017, Andy Wasserman continues to perform in club and concert settings, at festivals, special events and private parties.
He is also a highly experienced and in-demand instructor of piano for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in all styles. Click THIS LINK if you would like to learn more about taking piano lessons with Andy Wasserman, and visit THIS LINK on this website, or visit his PIANO LESSON CITY website for in-depth information on his customized private real-time online music lessons (internet distance learning) via webcam video chat, phone and email. To read student testimonial reviews CLICK HERE.
RECENT RECORDINGS OF ANDY WASSERMAN'S SOLO PIANO ARTISTRY
All music composed, arranged, performed, recorded and produced by Andy Wasserman
Listen to his latest album releases: now available for purchase on BANDCAMP
Each album jukebox player contains the entire album playlist with all tracks! Click the "track advance" arrows in lower-right of each player to hear more tracks.
A CHILDHOOD OF CULTURAL PERCEPTION
Andy was nourished and nurtured with an enduring foundation in the American Songbook treasures of show tunes and standards through his Mom and Dad.
Their Upper West Side Manhattan apartment life was invigorated by aesthetic sophistication and an unwavering reverence for all artistic disciplines, especially the deep love and devotion to great music. Eating supper together around the dining room table was a happy family time spent listening to and joyously singing along with the best of Broadway musical soundtrack records spinning on the turntable.
From the 1950s through the 1970s, Andy's parents afforded their son nonstop opportunities to attend Broadway shows live on stage and experience a myriad of classical, jazz and world music concerts along with frequent visits to Manhattan's landmark museums and public cultural events. This inspirational upbringing was monumental in fostering Wasserman's cultural awareness as he matured into the artist he is today, for which he remains eternally grateful.
Here's a 59 track compilation mix :: "THE BEST OF" Andy Wasserman on SPOTIFY
Over 5 hours of piano music for your listening pleasure