Meet Andrew Wilcox

We’d like to introduce you to Andrew Wilcox, a young pianist, composer, and arranger who found his love for the arts in the soul of jazz.

A bird's eye view photo of the Armory during autumn
July 7, 2022

Our neighbor to the west, Wilcox was raised in Boylston, where his musical journey began with piano lessons at the age of four. He studied piano with Dawn Bennett until he was fifteen. Outside of lessons, Wilcox was exposed to music through his church, family (two of his aunts are talented classical musicians), and his family’s CD collection. “I heard bands like the Cranberries, U2, Green Day, Tribe, and Rush. My foundations were really in rock and classical music.” It wasn’t until he was eleven years old that jazz came to the forefront of his attention.

“I heard Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man and was taken by the whole song.” With the guidance of piano teacher Dick Odgren, band director Rick Cain, and Tahanto Regional High School alumni Mark and Glenn Zaleski, Andrew Wilcox dove head-first into the world of jazz and immersed himself in the craft. He found himself getting involved with programs like the Joy of Music Program in Worcester, and the Litchfield Jazz Camp in Connecticut.

Wilcox recently received a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, and is now a graduate student at UMass Amherst studying Jazz Composition and Arranging. He has played venues all over New England; from the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, to Dewey’s Jazz Lounge in Springfield, to Black-Eyed Sally’s in Hartford, where he is a resident performer. “You can typically find me there playing in the jam session, listening to music, or playing in the band on a Monday night. Black-Eyed Sally’s is definitely one of my favorites.

”Like all of us, Andrew Wilcox has high hopes for the Hudson Armory Project. “I would love to see a space for the arts. And by arts, I mean all the arts. Music, visual art, dance, poetry, and more should have a home in central Massachusetts that is less formal AND gives an opportunity for individuals of all skill levels--from those just starting out to professionals.”

We hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate some of Andrew Wilcox’s music, and encourage you to catch one of his next performances. For more information, please visit andrewwilcoxmusic.com.

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