Statman, Andy


  • From Brooklyn, New York.
  • 1965, at age 15, took mandolin lessons from David Grisman.
  • Early 70’s, worked with Tony Trischka in two bands: Country Cooking and Breakfast Special.
  • Also worked with David Bromberg, Vassar Clements, Bela Fleck and Jerry Garcia.
  • Late 70’s, decided to embrace his Jewish heritage and learned to play saxophone and clarinet. He began playing jazz and Klezmer music.
  • 1980’s, formed the Andy Statman trio with Jim Whitney (bass) and Larry Eagle (percussion). He continues to play and record a unique blend of jazz, Klezmer and bluegrass music.
  • 1995, released Klezmer Suite album (Shanacie)
  • 1995, released Songs of Our Fathers album (Acoustic Disk), a duet album with David Grisman.
  • 2008, appeared on Bela Fleck’s Christmas album Jingle All The Way (Rounder).
  • 2011, released Old Brooklyn album (Shefa).
  • 2012, was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 2013, released Superstring Theory album (Shefa) with guests Tim O’Brien and Michael Cleveland.