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Andy Fite

Guitarist, Singer, Song Writer and Jazz Comic Philosopher

Andy Fite is a jazz guitarist, singer, song writer, recording artist, producer, music instructor, and comic philosopher.  His delightful tunes, scat singing, and swing/bop guitar have been described as “infectious joy”.  Fite has release 11 CDs as a leader and has been a co-leader on 12 recordings with other artists on the New Artists, Orchard, Proprius-AudioSource, and Other Street Music labels.  He has recorded with Reb Mitchell, Liz Gorill, Bob Casanova, Carol Liebowitz, Linda Satin, Harry Schwartz, and Roger Mancuso.  A prolific song-writer Andy released 7 CDs in 2001.  In concert Fite has performed with Kenny Clark, Billy Eckstein, Bucky Pizzarelli, and many other jazz greats.  After performing and recording in New York City for ten years Andy moved to Stockholm Sweden where he is a leading jazz artist and music instructor.   Andy writes songs like crazy: everything from classical to comic/tragic satiric jazz tunes.  As Scott Yarnow of AllMusic writes Fite has a talent at naming songs, including such titles as "Love Casts Its Spell," "The Bright Human Future," "When I First Heard Bird," "In the Days Before the Cataclysm," "I Look in the Mirror and I See a Man," and "The Life Companion Shares a Secret."   He has written over 400 songs.  As a solo musician he performs as the “Jazz Comic Philosopher” in spontaneous voice and guitar improvisations of his own tunes and occasional songs from the Great American Song Book.  Dozens of his hilarious comic songs and classical pieces can be seen on his Youtube video channel.

 "Fite is positively ebullient...His improvisations never end up where you anticipate...Mark this tribute to the joys of spontaneous creation down as one to the most accurately titled recording ever. Recommended."  Review of Everybody Get Happy CD by David Dupont, CADENCE

 "...an impressive series of duets that deal in complex harmonies, intricate interplay, and consummate musicianship." Review of Phantasmagoria by R. Iannapollo, OPTION);

“Fite plays with a stringy, lithe tone that harks back to the earliest days of electric guitar. He likes to invoke the familiar without ever stating it. His solos swing intently, skirt the expected, and are always open to musical digression.” – Review of Having A Ball by by David Dupont Allmusic

“…this set grows with interest in each listen and helps introduce a potentially major talent”.  –Review of Whirlwind by Scott Yarnow Allmusic

Andy J Fite was born in San Diego, California on February 13, 1958.  His family moved to Pittsburgh in late 1963.  Andy began playing the guitar in 1972 first studying rock.  In 1974 he switched to jazz after he heard Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano and Joe Pass all on the same day. Andy attended the University of Pittsburgh’s jazz department where he studied guitar with Bill Smith and then Joe Negri.  He also attended graduate school at Duquense University.  While at Pitt in 1978 Andy appeared in concert with drummer Kenny Clarke. He played in Walt Harper band and performed with several other Pittsburgh area jazz ensembles.  Sitting in with stars visiting Pittsburgh he performed with Billy Eckstine, Attila Zoller, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tal Farlow, the Inkspots, the Four Aces, the Lettermen, and Pia Zadora. 

Andy moved to New York in the 1985 to study improvisation with pianist Connie Crothers.  He also began playing in the New York clubs working with several of close friends of the late pianist Lennie Tristano.  Through Ms. Crothers he met several artists that he later recorded with including pianist Liz Gorrill with whom he made two duo CDs. New Artists Records invited Andy to record with their new co-operative label in 1987.  His first release two releases  Phantasmagoria (1988) and Cosmic Comedy (1990) were duos with pianist Liz Gorrill   On New Artists Andy released his critically acclaimed albums “Everybody Get Happy” (1992) a live duo CD with bassist Red Mitchell and “Whirlwind” (1994) an album of solo guitar improvisations.  Teaming with tenor saxophonist Charley Krachy and pianist Boel Dirke he released Sweet Fulfillment in 1992.  Andy recorded “Life at the Core” with alto saxophonist Richard Tabnik's Quartet in 1992, “From the Inside Out” with singer Bob Casanova in 1994, and Havin' a Ball with Harry Schulz in 1999.  Moving to Orchard Records Andy appeared with on Linda Satin “Way I Am” (1999) and Carol Lebowitz’s “Time on My Hands” (2000) 

Andy married Swedish born Boel Dirke in 1991 and moved to Stockholm Sweden in 1994.  In Sweden Andy plays with many of the top Swedish jazz musicians and runs a monthly jam session in Stockholm with bassist Ulf Åkerhielm. He has also appeared on children’s television in Sweden,  Andy Fite performs with often with Ulf and drummer Sebastian Voegler.  He also performs with his son guitarist Niklas Fite in the duo called Picksburg.  Fite also works as a teacher of guitar and singing. He has guest-lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, Uppsala University, Birka Folkhögskola, and Bollnäs Folkhögskola in Sweden.  He has also lectured at the Sibelius Academy and Oulu University in Finland.  


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