Saxophonist Andrew Schwandt was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and
has been playing professionally since the age of 19, when he got his start performing on board
various cruise ships. After returning to land in 2001, he began working with several different
bands, and worked in the Twin Cities' scene for 15 years.
In the summer of 2016, he relocated to New York City to become part of the vibrant music
scene there, and currently resides in Brooklyn.
His sound is a unique blend of those artists who have had a profound influence in his
musical development: Dexter Gordon, Harold Land, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Bob
Mintzer, and more recently, Chris Potter. An avid and relentless practicer, Andrew is
constantly striving to refine his sound and explore new possibilities with the saxophone.
Andrew is a strong proponent of learning jazz (and music in general) through transcription
and emulation of the great players through their recorded material, and has written several
articles on the subject, which you can read here. He has also recorded several of his more
challenging transcription projects, and posted them on his
As always, you can view the event calendar to find out where Andrew will be playing, or if
you can’t make it to a show, chances are that he recorded it and will post highlights on the