Composer, trombonist and educator, Andrew Jones is active in the Toronto jazz, classical and commercial scene as a teacher, writer, clinician and a player.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, he is a regular member of many large and small ensembles as a leader and sideman, playing with some of Canada’s finest musicians.Since 2010 he has served as the Artistic Director of the Jazz Mechanics Big Band, anorganization that prides itself in its mandate to showcase the finest in Canadian Jazz repertoire.
Emerging as one of Canada’s top young writers, Andrew is in demand with many professional bands and artists as a composer and arranger. In January 2008 he was recipient of the SOCAN/IAJE Phil Nimmons Emerging Jazz Composer Award, and was commissioned to debut a piece at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Toronto.
Beyond his work in Toronto’s jazz scene, Andrew has worked on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance and Music Education programs and as an adjudicator at many music festivals. As a strong advocate for the use of Canadian repertoire in school band programs, he continues developing his own independent business of creating educationally sound, original music for school-level jazz ensembles. His music has been featured by Musicfest Canada’s Yamaha All-Star Band and by many of the finest secondary and post-secondary programs across Canada.
Andrew continues his development of jazz pedagogy and composition at the secondary school level through the arts program at Cawthra Park Secondary School, where he has directed ensembles and developed curriculum for 14 years, and as an instructor at numerous summer jazz programs across Ontario.