“I feel this burning desire inside me to connect deeply with the world and other human beings. I play music to spread its energy and beauty, to invite listeners to feel what I feel from music, and to hopefully find that space where we can share a fulfilling artistic experience.”
Andrew Haug is a pianist from Cincinnati, OH. He has performed throughout the country and is active in many local groups: On a Limb, Eric Wurzelbacher Quartet, Down Home Collective, and Ron Enyard Quartet. In addition to these groups, Andrew has had the honor of performing with notable musicians such as Duane Eubanks (Alicia Keys), Art Gore (Herbie Hancock), Josiah Wolf (WHY?), Craig Bailey (Ray Charles), John Von Ohlen, Fareed Haque (Arturo Sandoval), Bill Mays (Frank Sinatra), and additionally has opened for bassist Paul Keller (Diana Krall). Andrew graduated from Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in jazz performance.
His band, On a Limb, has been touring since early 2018 and just released their first studio album. Andrew is the primary composer and arranger for the group, writing with the specific musical personalities of bassist Noah Simionides and drummer Charlie Schefft in mind. The band is highly-improvisational and has crafted a sound that reflects a wide range of influences (John Coltrane, Sufjan Stevens, Chopin, The Beatles, etc.). On a Limb was featured at the 2017 Dayton Jazz Festival, has shared the stage with Glenn Zaleski Trio, and has performed with the critically-acclaimed group, Animal Mother.
He started showing serious interest in music at age 9 when he started to pick out melodies of his favorite songs on the piano. Before learning to read music, he began to learn classical piano pieces of Beethoven and Chopin by listening to his father play them on the piano. After many years of formal classical training, at the age of 16 he quickly developed an interest in jazz when he started watching performances of the Thelonious Monk Quartet. Andrew has gone on to study with jazz greats such as Steve Allee, Kim Pensyl, and Phil DeGreg, as well as prominent artists such as Shai Maestro, John Escreet, Jon Cowherd, and Guy Mintus. Andrew credits much of his success to his classical teacher, Elaine Leung-Wolf, and her specialty in the Taubman approach to piano technique.
Andrew’s musical personality is multi-faceted. Having grown up on primarily classical music and alternative rock, and additionally since his teens developing an increasing interest in jazz, R&B, and blues, Andrew has a broad palate that he strives to bring to his performance. He prefers to enter an open and clear mindset when he performs, searching for an honest and selfless space that allows the music to flow naturally. Primarily an improviser, he has a deep passion for spontaneous and creative expression. He also highly values a strong, well-thought-out musical composition. This strong sense for both freedom and structure within his music creates a unique and engaging juxtaposition.