Andy Baer


Andy Baer is one of Boston’s busiest band leaders and saxophonists. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1978, with a Bachelors of Music degree in Applied Performance of Woodwinds, he has been a mainstay of the city’s music scene. His bands, from the popular dance group Steppin’ Up to his 17-piece Boston Jazz Orchestra, have played venues throughout the area, including First Night, The Regatta Bar, Scullers, and both the Newport and Boston Globe Jazz Festivals. He has led his own Andy Baer Quartet, the Beantown Saxophone Quartet, and the Hub Strutters Marching Band.

Baer’s repertoire is appealing and inclusive. He performs jazz standards, R&B, bossa nova, Latin tunes, and deftly arranged pop songs. Over the years, master saxophone teachers  Joe Viola, Andy McGhee, and Joe Allard have supported this versatility, guiding his musical development all across the style spectrum. With training also from improvisation gurus Charlie Banacos and Jerry Bergonzi, Andy Baer has delivered soulful, swinging sounds to Boston for decades.

He has also toured and performed with dozens of nationally recognized artists. Baer has played with star singers like Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, and the Temptations, and has backed up hit musicians from Boz Scaggs to Bob Hope. Other artists Andy has worked with include Dick Johnson and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Clark Terry, Rosemary Clooney, Rita Moreno, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Vic Damone, Diahann Carroll, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell, Al Martino, Lesley Gore, Jerry Vale, the Four Tops, the Drifters, the Spinners, and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.