Andy Statman

Genres: Country & Bluegrass World
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


1950, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a musical and religious atmosphere, Statman was influenced by Jewish cantors and klezmer music. A change came when he heard Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on record. Taking up the mandolin he was tutored by David Grisman from 1965, becoming a notable exponent. He played in a progressive bluegrass band and from the early 70s also worked as a session musician, partly in Nashville, appearing with artists such as David Bromberg, Vassar Clements and Bob Dylan.

As Statman developed musically, he began saxophone lessons and also took an interest in music from many lands and cultures. From the early 80s he made a significant shift, turning to the clarinet and back to Jewish klezmer music. Studying with klezmer clarinet virtuoso Dave Tarras, he developed swiftly and by the mid-00s, with his reputation in this genre as high as it had been in bluegrass, Statman made another shift, albeit this time rather more...

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