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Artist biography Andrew LĂˇzaro
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 Andrew 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 Lázaro 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).
He also collaborated with 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 Montańez, Domingo Quińones, Pedro Brull, Papo Sánchez, Antonio “Tońito” Rivas, Jerry Rivas, Charlie Aponte, and Papo Rosario from El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico; and Rubén Blades.
Currently, Andrew Lázaro teaches in the Jazz & Caribbean Music Program of the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. Andrew also plays regularly with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and in the Charlie Sepúlveda's Big Band.