Award winning Pianist/Arranger/Composer Andy Nevala has been recognized by Downbeat Magazine on 10 different occasions, winning Downbeat Music Awards for composition (2002), arranging (2003), and performing/directing (2000, 2000, 2002, 2015). He completed a Master of Music in Theory and Composition from UNC in 2000, completed a Doctorate in Jazz Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a BA in Music from Boise State University in 1996 -

As Director of Jazz Studies at Jacksonville State University, he directs Jazz Ensembles I, III, and IV, The Latin ensemble, three combos, the Annual Jazz Festival (in it's 8th year), and teaches several private jazz students. Our first CD, “Everything In It’s Right Place" was completed in 2015 and was recognized in Downbeat Magazine for “Outstanding Performance, Undergraduate Jazz Ensemble". Our second CD was released in the spring of 2018 and features JSU Jazz I, the Latin Ensemble, and the JSU Steel Band.

He was formerly the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University, Stanislaus, where he conducted the Jazz Ensemble, Combos I-V, the Latin Ensemble, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and taught courses including Jazz Pedagogy for the Music Educator, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Jazz Piano, Jazz Arranging, and private lessons to the upper-division Jazz Studies Majors.

He is widely in demand as guest conductor, performer, and clinician, and in the past year has performed at the Dave Brubeck Institute (Stockton, CA), the University of the Pacific (Stockton CA), California State University, Stanislaus (Turlock, CA), Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA), and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL). He was the 2013 Alabama Music Educators Association Gold All-State Jazz Ensemble Director and has served as a clinician at the Delta College Jazz Festival (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), the Folsom High School Jazz Festival (2008, 2010), the CMEA Hanford Jazz Festival (2009), the Sacramento State University Jazz Festival (2008, 2009), The Boise State University Gene Harris Jazz Festival (2003, 2008), the Boise State University Vocal Jazz Festival (2016) and the Casper College Jazz Festival (2007). He has also presented at AMEA (2013, 2018), GMEA (2015), performed in the GMEA Sight-Reading Big Band (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and started the AMEA Sight-Reading Big Band (2018).

While at the University of Northern Colorado he performed and recorded with UNC Lab I under the direction of Dr. Gene Aitkin, performing with Conrad Hertwig, Brian Lynch, Louis Bellson, Peter Erskine, and Pete Fountain. He opened for Kurt Elling, Russell Malone, Poncho Sanchez and McCoy Tyner. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, he performed and recorded with Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Dr. John Davis, and Combo I, directed by Chip Stephens, and performed with Chris Potter, Jiggs Whigam, and James Carter.

Professionally, Dr. Nevala has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra (US Touring Orchestra 1 Tour of Japan, 2 tours of Canada), Steve Lippia (2 US tours, Fresno CA Symphony, Las Cruces NM Symphony, Corpus Christie TX Symphony, Mobile AL Symphony), Eddie Turner (3 tours of Europe), The ProJazz Trio (Bassist Gonzalo Teppa, Drummer Tyer Hornby; two Venezuelan tours, tour of Canada), and performed with the Pensacola Symphony (vocalist Dee Daniels), Mazacote (San Francisco, CA), Orquesta Borinquen (San Francisco, CA), Conjunto Colores (Denver, CO), Orkestra MaCuba (Atlanta, GA); the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra; Nelson Rangell (Denver, CO), Mart Avant and Nightflight (Birmingham, AL), and many more. He has recorded on over 20 CDs released in the US, Japan, and South America and maintains an active performing schedule in the Southeastern US Region.

An active arranger and orchestrator, Dr. Nevala has been commissioned to arrange for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Denver Brass, the Steve Lippia Big Band, and arrangements published by 3-2 Music Publishing. He has also orchestrated, conducted, and arranged music for the Maltz Jupiter Theater in Jupiter, Florida, and arranges/orchestrates musicals for the COPA Conservatory. He regularly arranges for the Atlanta Jazz Orchestra, JSU Jazz Ensemble I, Orkestra MaCuba, and many others.

Having studied under Dr. John Davis, Chip Stephens, Art Lande, and Pat Bianci, Dr. Nevala holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Boise State University.

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