DIrector of Jazz, Interlochen Arts Camp
Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, University of Michigan
D.M.A., Composition, University of Michigan; M.M., Composition, University of Michigan; M.M., Improvisation, University of Michigan; B.M., Theory-Composition, Wichita State University; B.M., Saxophone Performance, Wichita State University
Andrew Bishop is a versatile saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in many musical idioms. Dave Lynch of All Media Guide wrote: "A composer of contemporary orchestral and chamber music, Bishop combines a jazzman's fire and flow with a rigorous compositional sensibility, resulting in a potent and highly satisfying blend." He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of University of Michigan Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation in Ann Arbor where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, composition, and improvisation. He studied jazz and improvised music with David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Tom Fowler, Dave Liebman, Craig Owens, Ellen Rowe, Ed Sarath, and Reggie Workman; saxophone with Jean Lansing and Donald Sinta; and composition with William Albright, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, and Walter Mays. Bishop earned five degrees in music, including a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Michigan; two M.M. degrees in Music Composition and Improvisation from the University of Michigan; and two B.M. in Theory-Composition and Saxophone Performance from Wichita State University. He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.
Bishop’s three recordings as a leader, De Profundis, Time and Imaginary Time, and the Hank Williams Project (Envoi Recordings) received widespread acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, the Chicago Reader, All Music Guide, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz-New York, All About Jazz-Los Angeles, The New York Jazz Record, Stereophile Magazine, and the Detroit Free Press, among others. Elliot Simon of the New York Jazz Record recently wrote: “De Profundis impresses with its astute combination of musicianship, spirituality, and compositional insight.” Furthermore, De Profundis received a “Record of the Year (Honorable Mention)” from the New York Jazz Record in 2015. He leads a variety of his own projects. As a sideman he has performed with Geri Allen, Karl Berger, Dave Ballou, Sandip Burman, Kenny Burrell, Eugene Chadbourne, Ray Charles, Gerald Cleaver, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, DJerry Hahn, Robert Hurst, Chris Lightcap, Mat Maneri, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Jeremy Pelt, Mario Pavone, Tom Rainey, Hank Roberts, Jacob Sacks, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, Clark Terry, Matt Wilson, and John Zorn, among others. He has recorded over 50 recordings as a side-musician.
As a composer and arranger he has received over 25 commissions from professional organizations, universities, and numerous residencies. He has also received recognition and awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); The Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Andrew W. Melon Foundation; and a nomination from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His orchestral composition "Crooning" was recorded by the Albany Symphony Orchestra on Two American Piano Concertos (Albany Records) featuring pianists Ursula Oppens and Ian Hobson. He has also completed composition and arranging projects for Ellery Eskelin Steve Houghton, Robert Hurst, Dave Liebman, and Matt Wilson.