A founding member of the widely acclaimed, eclectic string band "Uncommon Ground", Wayne also performs and tours with “Mandolin Madness” an ensemble featuring mandolin great, Barry Mitterhoff and “The New York Mandolin Ensemble”, one of the country’s premiere chamber orchestra groups using instruments of the Mandolin and Lute families (Mandolins, Mandola, Mando-Cello, Guitar and Bass). In demand as 'first call' freelance artist, some of Wayne's other performing credits include stage work with Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, Barry Mitterhoff, Kenny Kosek, Walt Michael & Co, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Kenny Kosek, Grammy Award winner Lisa Gutkin, and banjo legend Bill Keith.
His professional career started when he moved from Buffalo, NY to the NYC region where he earned a degree from SUNY Purchase in Jazz Studies.
Andy has toured and recorded with several noted international acts including Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Gabriel Kahane, Jonah Smith, The Duhks, NY Ska Jazz and others. He was also a teacher for several years with the acclaimed National Guitar Workshop in Connecticut. Andy Specializes in American Roots guitar. His favorite players are Ry Cooder, Marc Knopfler, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and the 3 kings.
Areas in which Andy would love to help students on any level include:
Basic Chord Playing and Melody, Reading Music, Rhythm, learning your favorite songs, Songwriting, Ear Training, Recording Skills, Digital Audio, Aocustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Bass, Voice and Singing, Soloing and Improve, among almost anything else music related.
Andy is positive and fun to work with.
- Percussion: Jeff Haynes
- Jeff, a “Percussion Wizard” according to the Albany
Times, brings a sound to today’s music scene that takes percussion beyond
“technique” and “tradition”. In recorded and stage performances, Jeff moves
effortlessly from varied and subtle textures... to grooving in the pocket... to anchoring
the rhythm section.
Jeff has toured and recorded extensively with Cassandra Wilson, for 15 years. He
has toured with the Pat Metheny Group, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Lizz Wright , Harry
Belafonte, Dionne Farris and Peabo Bryson. His talent is widely reflected in over a
100 CDs with recording credits ranging from prominent names in R&B, Jazz, World
Beat—to New Age.
- In 2013, Jeff produced and released through Hachet Books "Pete Seeger, Storm King" a series of spoken word narratives set to music and percussion of many kinds. The recording has been nominated for a Grammy Award in thre category of "Best Spoken Word Album."