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Andy grew up in a musical environment. His parent’s home in Brooklyn, New York was always filled with music of […]Read More
Andy grew up in a musical environment. His parent’s home in Brooklyn, New York was always filled with music of all kinds. His father, Buddy Harlow, was an accomplished string bassist and Orchestra leader. Andy began studying piano at an early age and switched to woodwinds while in Junior High School. By the time he was in High School, Andy was already playing professionally in the New York City area. Andy attended New York University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in EthnoMusicology. He studied saxophone with James Abato and Joe Allard. He also received another type of education by paying his dues as a sideman in the orchestras of Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Ismael Rivera, Xavier Cougat, Machito and Joe Cuba while attending New York University.
Andy taught for the New York City school system while his reputation as an outstanding Latin Jazz instrumentalist and arranger grew. This eventually landed him a recording contract with Fania/Vaya Records, and a membership in The Fania All Stars super Salsa band.
Andy’s musical travels brought him to Miami in the late 1970’s, where he continued his success as a Latin/Salsa artist. His group performed at all the local clubs and hotels. His composition and recording “Calle Ocho” became the theme song for the now world famous festival held yearly in March, and the record quickly rose to the top of the local radio charts. Using Miami as a home base, Andy and his new Miami band, “Salsamania”, continued touring the U.S. and Latin America.
Andy also kept busy in the Miami recording scene, playing as a sideman and soloist on hundreds of sessions.
Yet, with all the travel, studio gigs, local performances and business obligations, he still finds time for family, friends, composing, arranging and planning for future projects.
Watch Andy and his brother Larry Harlow perform their number one hit “La Loteria” on YouTube.