August 16, 2017

Alumni Spotlight Video: Andrew Neesley

A fifteen-piece ragtag group of New York’s finest young musicians, Jesus On The Mainline has played to capacity crowds since their inception in late 2012. Led by MSM alumnus and Grammy-nominated musician Andrew Neesley (MM ’05), the band’s music is reminiscent of The Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, and The Black Crowes, with a dash of Joe Cocker and Janis Joplin. Their debut album from Ropeadope Records is coming out in 2017:

Band members include MSM alumni Frank Cohen (BM ’11, MM ’13), Natalie Cressman(BM ’13), Mel Flannery (BM ’06), Jake Goldbas (BM ’11, MM ’13), Mike Gorham (MM ’03, PS ’04), Simon Kafka (BM ’05), Jeff Koch (BM ’11, MM ’13), Pascal LeBeouf (BM ’07, MM ’10), and Sean Mullins (BM ’11).

A live performance at the Brooklyn Bowl

About Andrew Neesley

Andrew is an award-winning jazz trumpeter and inventive composer who regularly brings his acclaimed horn style to club and festival stages. He has performed, composed, and arranged with the Bobby Sanabria Big Band on their releases titled Big Band Urban Folktales and Multiverse, both nominated for Grammy awards, in 2007 and 2012. He has also composed and arranged for Kenya Revisted LIVE!!!, the 2009 Latin Grammy-nominated album. Andrew is a past recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award and winner of the National Trumpet Competition. In the past, he collected a DownBeat magazine Student Award for Best Engineered Studio Album.

Andrew Neesley has appeared and competed in top venues, from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, and Ravinia, to Birdland, Jazz Standard, Rockwood Music Hall, and Joe’s Pub. In the past, he has participated in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead and programs at the Steans Institute, Jazz Aspen, and Brevard Music Institute. He has also performed in concerts aired live on the Internet and BET on Jazz.

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