Andrew Carroll Expects to See Familar Faces as He Delivers Styles of Hancock, Corea

by Mark Bialczak | 34 days ago

For a piano player who’s yet to turn 30, Andrew Carroll sure has put in plenty of attention from Central New York jazz fans.

As a student at Manlius Pebble Hill School, Carroll performed at Syracuse Suds Factory and Jazz Central as part of weekly scholastic jazz jams. He earned acclaim by earning a spot on the Gibson-Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble, traveling to that prestigious awards show. He won a Downbeat Magazine national award. Carroll attended the Thornton School of Music at USC, and was a selected as a Burt Bacharach Scholar.

That led to time living and performing in the Big Apple.

Eventually, though, Carroll decided the best place for him to live and perform was back in Central New York. This is where he released his album Alliterations earlier this year. And this is where he’s performing with his own group as much as possible, including a snow at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 17, as part of the Origins of Jazz series in the Carman Community Room. Carroll will be joined by Mike Cortese on drums and either Michael Pope or Tom Brigandi on bass.

The Andrew Carroll Trio will perform modern jazz piano from Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, all will Carroll’s own arranging spin.

“I’ve had a lot of time to study the art form,” he says. “I listen to piano players, older players and contemporary players. That’s helped me develop my sound. It’s an ongoing process. I’ll always be listening and learning.”

Carroll says he expects to see familiar faces in the CCR, maybe even some of the same folks who used to watch him when he was a student back when.

“Yes, it happens pretty regularly,” he says. “It will be nice to see faces I haven’t seen in a while.”

The series will conclude with a show by Rod Blumenau’s Dixieland Update at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in the Carman Community Room.

The project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council of the Arts. Russ Tarby of the Liverpool Is the Place committee works with the LPL to program the series.

Here's a YouTube clip from Carroll's album.

Here's a YouTube clip from the second Origins of Jazz concert, featuring Mark Nanni and the Intention.