Andy Jones

Andy Jones


Andy Jones has been a percussionist and composer for over 20 years, performing in more than 90 theater productions. He is the original percussionist for the Broadway production of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre (Grammy Award - Best Musical Show Album, RIAA Certified Double-Platinum Record) Recently he composed a two percussion score for Execution of Justice at About Face Theatre in Chicago (Joseph Jefferson Nomination). At the Goodman Theatre, Andy played The House of Martin Guerre, A Little Night Music, and the Studio production of Wings and its subsequent production at the Joseph Papp Public Theater. He worked on Yale Repertory Theatres pre-broadway workshop of Triumph of Love. Andy wrote the percussion score to the ASCAP award winning musical 90 North, and performed for its staged readings at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and The Kennedy Center. Andy received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his original score for Blade to the Heat at the Apple Tree Theatre. He also composed a solo-percussion score for Chicago Shakespeare Theater's recurring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Andy arranged and music directed the World Premiere of the rock opera God and Country at Victory Gardens and co-music directed The Flower Thieves with The Midnight Circus. He served as assistant music director and percussionist for Pacific Overtures both at Chicago Shakespeare and at the Donmar Warehouse. National Tours: CATS, and Into the Woods. European Tours: Chicago, Cabaret, and On The Town.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    Writing and playing the score for Blade to the Heat - I used elements of the rhumba cycle to score a play about the latino boxing circuit of the 1950s. I challenged myself to be both the musical score as well as the environmental sounds of the play/fights. It was incredibly challenging to perform the three drum parts, clave, shakere, cowbell and a solo part with only two musicians.
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    In addition to playing percussion, I am also a rabid Instrument Collector. There’s nothing I enjoy more than searching out new instruments or exotic sounds, and then finding a place for them in some upcoming gig. It challenges me not only to learn to play something new, but also to write for it.