Leister Jazz Series
Featuring The Leister Quartet and Dan Andrews
From the smooth melodies of Sinatra and the Great American Songbook, to the eclectic solos of Monk, with the energy of Setzer, the Leister Quartet will transport you to another place and time with their sophisticated menu of Swing, Jazz and Blues standards as well as smart original compositions. Monte Leister fronts the quartet bringing his decades of musical experience. The fabulous Jay Fenner adds soulful soothing sounds on the tenor saxophone, the prodigy of Johnathan Davis holds down the bottom and the super fine percussion prowess of Jake Fine keeps everything in time. The Leister Quartet continues to keep audiences captivated and coming back for more.
Dan Andrews is an accomplished saxophonist and composer of all genres. He began his career as a classical pianist and saxophonist. In high school, Andrews placed in several concerto competitions and was awarded 1st chair alto saxophone in Bands of America’s Honor Band before deciding to switch his focus to jazz. Coming out of high school, Andrews won the saxophone spot in the inaugural Stamps Quintet of University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. The Stamps Quintet was the school’s premier ensemble and its members received a full scholarship to the school along with many special opportunities. Through the Stamps program, Andrews won an outstanding soloist award at the Monterey jazz festival, was a part of several Downbeat awards, and performed with guest artists such as Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Matt Wilson, Carl Allen, and Gary Burton. Andrews played in many pop, jazz, funk, and rock bands after graduating and also put a large portion of his time into teaching private students and directing student ensembles before joining the United States Army Blues. He now plays lead Alto in the Blues and performs regularly in many different groups in the Maryland-Virginia area.