Andy Scherrer

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Andy Scherrer at the Unterfahrt jazz club (Munich 2009)

Andy Scherrer (* 1946 in Brunnadern SG ; † 25. November 2019 ) was a Swiss jazz - saxophonist (tenor, soprano) and - pianist .


Scherrer took violin lessons at the age of seven and taught himself to play the saxophone at the age of 15. He also plays other instruments such as the piano and Hammond organ. He first played in disco bands before studying (classical) saxophone with Ivan Roth at the Basel Conservatory . In jazz, John Coltrane , Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson (to whom he dedicated a homage in 2003 on the album "Serenity-Tribute to Joe Henderson", Unit Records) were among his models. Since 1972 he has worked as a freelance musician in his own groups, but also with the “ Slide Hampton - Joe Haider Orchestra”, the “Hot Mallets” by Isla Eckinger , “Free Bop” by Billy Brooks , with Renato Anselmi and the Swiss bands “ Magog ”with Klaus Koenig and“ Cojazz ”(as pianist). Since 1991 he has been a member of the “ Vienna Art Orchestra ”. He played u. a. with Gary Burton , Cedar Walton , Kirk Lightsey , Benny Bailey , Dexter Gordon , Kenny Clarke , Curtis Fuller , Mel Lewis , Abdullah Ibrahim , Adam Taubitz and Ann Malcolm . In addition to appearances as a saxophonist with his own quartet (with pianist William Evans, Isla Eckinger on bass and Dré Pallemaerts on drums), he also accompanied female singers on the piano. With his quartet he recorded a tribute album for Mal Waldron ("Remember Mal Waldron", TCB) and "Second Step" (TCB) in addition to the Joe Henderson album . Most recently the quartet consisted of Andy Scherrer, Oliver Tabeling on piano, Michael Chylewski on bass and Markus Neuweiler on drums.

Since 1975 he has been teaching saxophone at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern . Among his students were Roman Schwaller and Domenic Landolf , with whom he also fought “Tenor Battles”. Occasionally he also appeared in his quartet with another student, the Bern saxophonist Donat Fisch . Scherrer lived in Basel.

Web links

Commons : Andy Scherrer  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Ueli Bernays: The form follows the feeling. Obituary in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung , November 27, 2019. Accessed November 30, 2019.