Born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, U.S.A. and of Colombian descent, saxophonist Andrew Urbina is a freelance musician who performs throughout the United States, Canada, and Colombia. He has had the opportunity to collaborate with an array of musicians such as Antonio Arnedo, Hugo Candelario, David Garibaldi, Django Bates, John Hollenbeck, Los Petits Fellas, My Morning Jacket, Rémi Bolduc, Theo Bleckman, Rakalam Bob Moses, Yo La Tengo and former poet laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky.
In the summer of 2008, Andrew participated in the Banff International Workshop of Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Center led by Dave Douglas in Alberta, Canada. The following year in January 2009, he performed at the VI Panama Jazz Festival with an ensemble from New England Conservatory. From 2012-2016, Andrew lived in Bogota, Colombia and was an active performer and educator throughout the country. In 2016, he had the opportunity to perform with the Ida y Vuelta ensemble at the X Festival Internacional de Musica in Cartagena, Colombia. Currently, Andrew is an active member of the Norman David Eleventet and performs regularly with various groups throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
As an educator, Andrew‘s teaching philosophy focuses on a well-rounded musical foundation so that students have the tools to develop their own musical identity. He has worked in several musical settings such as the Universidad Sergio Arboleda, McGill University, PA Governor’s School of the Arts, and PAI at Wyoming Seminary. He teaches students of all levels and ages. Andrew currently is the jazz band director at Bala Cynwyd Middle School where he teaches the Junior and Senior jazz bands.
Andrew earned his undergraduate from New England Conservatory and his masters from McGill University in Jazz Studies. He has had the opportunity to study with Jerry Bergonzi, Ben Schachter, George Garzone, Cecil McBee, John McNeil, Jan Jarczyk, and Chris McCann.