was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. While studying
at the prestigious College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati,
he was taken under the wing of Mary Ellen Tanner, a close
friend and colleague of Rosemary Clooney. Under her tutelage,
he was able to sit in and learn from some of the great
musicians in the Cincinnati jazz scene—John Von
Ohlen (drummer for Stan Kenton) and Cal Collins (West
Coast guitarist for Benny Goodman).
Upon his arrival in Chicago, he began headlining at such
notable venues as the Pump Room, the Green Mill, Pops
for Champagne, Green Dolphin Street and performing at
a variety of festivals including the International Association
of Jazz Educators. Andrew’s steady weekend performances
at The Pump Room have given him the opportunity to hone
his craft even further with a band that is comprised of
the young lions of the Chicago jazz scene.
As a studio musician, Andrew has lent his vocal stylings
to companies such as the Illinois Lottery, Caterpillar,
Mattel, and Euro Disney.
He has performed with Maria Schneider, Ira Sullivan, Bobby
Caldwell, Ron Hawking, Rob Parton, Fred Hersch, Darmon
Meader, the Lakeside Singers, and the Phil Degreg Trio
in both educational and professional environments.
As an educator, Andrew is an adjunct professor of jazz
voice at Roosevelt University. He has also assisted the
band programs of schools throughout the Midwest as a guest
conductor and clinician for jazz vocal groups, show choirs,
and jazz bands.
Andrew Distel’s first full length CD entitled “Stepping
Out of a Dream” is due out in early 2007 and will
be available through www.andrewdistel.com, www.cdbaby.com,
www.amazon.com, and iTunes.