Andrew Downing began his musical journey in the kitchen playing pots and pans as a two year old. His professional music career began by joining his family on stage at age ten playing the drums for a crowd of 700 people. By then Andrew was also composing original jazz and blues on piano. As a middle school drummer, Andrew kept the punk rock scene in Grand Rapids Minnesota vibrant playing in several bands. At age sixteen he joined his first professional jazz trio “Mr. Pumpkin Head” on drums touring throughout his home state of Minnesota. Andrew toured with the Duluth Wind Ensemble and played extensively with jazz guitar great Sam Miltich in his post high school days before focusing on music education, studio work and his original jazz composition.
Andrew recently composed a full length jazz cd featuring him on drums, bass, guitar and piano. The cd is the culmination of his life’s work on all four instruments. Andrew recorded and mastered everything in his home studio showcasing a unique ability to deliver complex jazz composition and singing melodies completely on his own.
His jazz compositions feature popular music influences such as Phish and Coldplay. His original jazz compositions offer a fresh new voice to the world of music. Jazz is really just the beginning of Andrew’s newly focused music career. Expect Andrew’s music to also feature vocalists and cross into the popular genres. Andrew has two collaborations with other vocalists Chase Money and Steve Kohorst available everywhere.