Percussionist, educator, composer, and arranger Andrew Lázaro has performed with all the major classical ensembles from his native Puerto Rico, as well as many popular music groups. In 1990 Mr. Lázaro attended Indiana University to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz under the tutelage of professors David Baker and Dominic Spera (jazz studies), and drummer/percussionists William Roberts, Jack Gilfoy, and Kenny Aronoff. At IU he was awarded a Performance Certificate in recognition of his outstanding musical performance abilities.
Andrew has worked and collaborated with many classical, jazz and Latin artists such as saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, Branford Marsalis, and Phillip Portejois; composers Tania León and Guido López Gavilán (Cuba), Mario Lavista (Mexico), Juan Orrego Salas (Chile), and George Crumb (USA); classical singers Andrea Boccelli, Plácido Domingo and Roberto Alagna; jazz flutists James Walker and Nestor Torres; pianists Danilo Pérez, Alfonso Fuentes, and Víctor Meléndez; jazz legend Eddie Gómez, trumpet players Juancito Torres, Luis “Perico” Ortíz, and Charlie Sepúlveda; trombonist William Cepeda; bassist Bobby Valentín; percussionists Paoli Mejías, Ralph Irizarry, Giovanni Hidalgo, William “Kachiro” Thompson, David “La Mole” Ortíz, Javier Oquendo , David Cuba, Tito de Gracia, and Gadwin Vargas; salsa singers Andy Montañez, Domingo Quiñones, Pedro Brull, Papo Sánchez, Antonio “Toñito” Rivas, Jerry Rivas, Charlie Aponte, and Papo Rosario from El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico; and Rubén Blades.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed and/or recorded by percussionists Orlando Cotto, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Michael Spiro as well as The Tower Saxophone Quartet, IU Percussion Ensemble, ECU Percussion Ensemble, NCSA Percussion Ensemble, Minnesota State Percussion Ensemble – CLAVE, David Baker’s and Dominic Spera’s IU Jazz Ensembles, Mount Vernon Jazz Ensemble, the Chicago State University Jazz Ensemble, and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico Jazz Ensembles.
Andrew has performed internationally in Spain, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Guadalupe, St. Thomas, and throughout the United States including the Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. As soloist has been presented in different venues such as East Carolina University (South Carolina), Lotus Fest (Blomigton, IN), Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), Chicago State University, Indiana University, Festival Interamericano de las Artes 2010 (San Juan), Symphony Space (NYC), Manhattan School of Music, Loft Artist Gallery (CT), Hecksher Thearter at Museo del Barrio (NYC) and most recently in the Fiesta Iberoamericana at the Pablo Cassals Hall in San Juan. In 2005 was Grammy nominee for the CD “Canciones y cantos-juegos infantiles del folklore puertorriqueño” within the folklore area.
Currently, Andrew teaches in the Jazz & Caribbean Music Program of the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and plays regularly with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and in the Charlie Sepúlveda’s Big Band.