Videos

Live at the Dakota 2009

Clips of Robert and his world music ensemble The Robert Everest Expedition performing music from Argentina, France, Spain, and Brazil, along with an original tune based on a West African Senegalese rhythm.

Power of 10 at McNamara Center

Check out highlights of Power of 10... songs include You Are The Best Thing, Moves Like Jagger, Rolling In The Deep, Forget You, If I Ain't Got You, The Walk, and Give It To Me.

Just Can't Get Enough

Some footage from Atwater Junction performing at The Fine Line in Minneapolis.

Chill 7 at a Kingman Studios party

Something fun from the archives... Chill 7 plays the 2006 Funkified Rites of Spring party at Kingman Studio... my V-drums make an appearance, some sexy dancers, an aerialist, fringe-y hipsters and general coolness. Not every jazz group gets to do stuff like this, we were very lucky guys!

Power of 10 -- Dance'n'Soul

Power of 10 serves up a medley of dance'n'soul favorites including September, Right Place Wrong Time, Boogie Oogie Oogie, Sway, Baby I Love Your Way, Soul Man, Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, Brick House, I Wish, and Jungle Boogie.

Subbing with Pop Rocks

Even better than sitting in with a fun band like Pop Rocks is when they let you stretch out and take a nice long drum solo...

Works


Atwater Junction
Letters From Home

An acoustic indie album with melodic lines and beautiful lyrical imagery. This debut EP-length recording features five original songs.


Paul Woell
Somewhere Better Than This

It was my pleasure to add percussion to three tracks (labeled My Descent) on Paul Woell's 2011 offering. Most of the album is jazz guitar trio format with J.T. Bates on drums and Matt Stevens on bass. Sporting 25 short-ish tracks, the album is a beautiful collection of vignettes, ranging from contemplative to frenetic, peaceful to disturbing.


Chill 7
Buzz's Fat Tire

For Buzz's Fat Tire, Chill 7 engaged the recording, mixing and mastering talents of Matthew Zimmerman at Wild Sound Studio. The 12 original tracks go from introspective to aggressive, always with a funked-out blend of styles.

“...Chill 7 are releasing a properly bold groove fest with Buzz's Fat Tire. In the dozen original tracks they blur the lines between jazz, jam band, and psychedelic rock with soulful sax, trippy wah-wah pedal guitar licks, slap-happy bass runs, and big, big drums.” -- Mpls/St. Paul Magazine

“...This young band might be one of the best kept secrets and unjustifiably overlooked combos on the scene. ...They swing, they jam, they rock their way through live sets with abandon.” -- Kevin O'Connor, Music Director KBEM 88.5 FM


The Robert Everest Expedition
The Robert Everest Expedition

[This album] follows abandoned paths and wanders among the locals. It longs for home and the heart, departing again upon an urbane bassline for Rio De Janeiro, Zurich, or forbidden Havana at three, four, five, or six beats per measure. Everest's compositions have a casual but sophisticated ease that Michael Franks, or even Pat Metheny on a good hair day, might envy. Fusion as a pop genre has been liberated from its 70's excesses. ...[A]t Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport ...Everest's songs emerge from baggage claim with the pain of creation intact. -- Patrick Whalen

Bands

With influences ranging from Wilco and Derek Trucks to Bon Iver and Mason Jennings, Atwater Junction strives for a thick, ambient sound while holding on to strong, grounded roots. Every chord is soulful, every lyric is honest, and every song is felt deeply. If you're looking for some down-home, heartfelt music, then Atwater Junction is glad to oblige.

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Profile

During his twenty years of drumming, Andy Artz has won numerous awards for both performance and composition. In high school, he studied with Joe Pulice and won the prestigious Outstanding Soloist Award from the International Association of Jazz Educators at the 1995 Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival in Duluth, MN. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in both Electrical & Computer Engineering and Philosophy, Andy was also very active in the Pittsburgh music scene. Soon after arriving, he established himself as the university's "first call" for musical productions, and by the end of his time in Pittsburgh he had played for nearly every local college, university, and theatre group. He studied under Paul Evans, Eric Kloss, and Dave Pellow. After college, Andy worked as a show drummer and music director for Celebrity Cruises and The Yachts Of Seabourn, and studied hand drumming and percussion with Michael Bissonnette.

Andy is now a freelance drummer in Saint Paul. He's been a guest artist and instructed jazz combo classes at Hamline University, and is a clinician and hired performer for area schools, churches, and community education programs. Through his career on land and sea, he's backed up many national and international performing artists, including Claudia Acuna, Barry Danelian, Mark Preston, and Jack Walker. Locally, he has also worked with Atwater Junction, The Robert Everest Expedition, Pop Rocks, Power of 10, The Zebra Mussels, The Redneck Hippies, Steve Clarke and the Working Stiffs, The Acme Jazz Company, the Jerry O'Hagan Big Band, the Stan Bann Big Band, the Twin Cities Jazz Orchestra, Trish & The North Shore Drive (TNSD), Chill 7, Piebald Dog, Higher Call, David Haas, Lori True, Michael Joncas, and Robby Vee.