Andrew Janak is an up-and-coming young saxophonist and composer currently based out of Chicago, formerly out of Omaha, NE. |
Andrew has shared the stage with internationally known jazz musicians and educators such as Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knuffke, Gary Foster, Scott Wenholdt, Ray Anderson, Christine Jensen, Ingrid Jensen, Stefon Harris, Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Heath and Tim Ries. He has also backed up the Temptations, Johnny Mathis and Michael Feinstein.
An active freelance musician around the Midwest, Andrew has performed with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Shin Sings Orchestra, Omaha Big Band, Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, Carl Kennedy Large Ensemble and the Steve Raybine Band, among others. In 2008 he was the winner of the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra Young Jazz Artist Competition.
Also an active composer, Andrew has written and arranged music for many groups around the country, predominantly large and small jazz ensembles. In May 2013 Andrew received a Downbeat Magazine "Outstanding Performance" award for graduate jazz arrangement for his chart on "Take the A Train". He also recently arranged music for the Bob Lark Alumni Big Bandís upcoming album on the Jazzed Media label.
Currently Andrew is pursuing a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition at DePaul University. In the spring of 2012 he received his bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His primary saxophone teachers include Paul Haar, Darren Pettit, and Mark Colby. He previously studied composition with Eric Richards, and currently studies with Tom Matta. Andrew has also pursued additional study with Dave Pietro, Gary Foster, Jeff Lederer, Rob Wilkerson and Chip McNeill.