SC State student performs in HBCU All-Star Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

SC State senior Christopher Andrews selected as lead alto saxophonist in international jazz ensemble

SC State senior music industry major Christopher Andrews has been selected as lead alto saxophonist in the African American Jazz Caucus’ (AAJC) HBCU All-Star Jazz Ensemble. A native of Columbia, S.C., Andrews performs with the university choir, jazz ensemble and jazz combo.

As a result of his selection, Andrews will attend and perform at the world’s largest jazz conference, the International Association for Jazz Education’s (IAJE) 35th annual international conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 9-13, 2008.

Several artists, producers and managers will be in attendance, and he will also get to network with many of the greatest musicians in the jazz field and experience live performances of his favorite musicians. In addition to all the performances and jazz workshops and clinics, there is a whole track of sessions he will be able to attend directed solely on music industry topics.

The International Association for Jazz Education’s (IAJE) membership exceeds over 8,000 in 42 countries. While staying firmly focused on it jazz education roots, IAJE continues to develop programs and professional development opportunities for all segments of the jazz community via its annual conference, web site (, magazine and member network.

The IAJE’s African American Jazz Caucus Inc. (AAJC) was formed in 1977 to increase the representation of African American Jazz artists and educators within the larger body of the association. The early aims of the Caucus were also to provide support to African American Jazz artists and educators at elementary, secondary and higher educational institutions. Since the Caucus inception, it has produced clinics, workshops and performances annually at the IAJE annual conferences.