“Hunter coaxes multiple instruments out of his trombone—the purity of a trumpet… the intrinsic longing of a French horn… and even the blatt of a tuba. But that’s all gravy next to Hunter’s overall solo construction, which should win prizes for architecture.”
–All About Jazz, 2009 CD review for SPOKE’s debut album
Andy Hunter has a strong and unique musical voice, whether expressed through his instrument or his writing and arranging. Born in Northern Michigan and musically raised on the music scenes of Cleveland, Shanghai and New York City, Hunter now resides primarily in Cologne, Germany where he performs regularly with the WDR Big Band featuring many of the top artists in jazz today.
Hunter has performed and toured around the world as a regular member of the Mingus Big Band (Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra), the Richard Bona Group, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra, T.S. Monk’s 10-tet “Monk on Monk, and Cuban groups such as Ochún and La Tipica Novel. He has also recorded and performed with bands including Snarky Puppy, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, The Birdland Big Band, The FatCat Big Band, La Cumbiamba and Hector Martignon’s Banda Grande, and toured with the Dave Holland Big Band, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Robben Ford, and Ocho y Mas, backing up salsa singers Rubén Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tito Nieves, La India, Eddie Santiago and Frankie Negrón.
As an educator, Hunter has served on the jazz faculty of Tri-C College in Cleveland and Rutgers University in New Jersey, where his students have been winning prizes and recognition at multiple major festivals. He continues to give clinics and master classes all over the world.