The Beat Of His Own Drum
Rocker Bill Dobrow brings a classic beat to Club Room.
Andrew Claffy brings his trio to the Club Room at Soho Grand, fashioning classic hits into a stone groove for the return of live music and dining in SoHo this September. Featuring different Fender Rhodes players and drummers every time he hits the stage, September 15th is an electric night you won’t wanna miss. Book your table on RESY for sets at 7:30PM and 9PM.
Get to know one of New York City’s most renowned bass players and band leaders ahead of his upcoming return to Club Room!
MUSICAL TRAINING: Raised by a bandleader and a talent agent, I grew up as a child actor for Nickelodeon and other networks. Then later I began studying at the Clef Club Of Jazz in Philadelphia. After high school I went on to The New School for Jazz, under teachers such as Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Orin O’Brien, Mike LeDonne, and Gregg August. I’ve learned from many masters on the job in New York including: Randy Brecker, George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes and Seamus Blake to name a few.
FIRST GIGS: My first gigs were with my father’s band both in Philly and NYC. I then went onto NY and began to work with Orrin Evans, JD Allen, Eric Wyatt, Stacy Dillard, and then Johnny O’Neal. Many More I’m sorry I’ve failed to mention here!
MY MUSICAL INFLUENCES: There’s two types of music right? Good and bad! I’m into a lot of different stuff these days. But If I had to give top 6 that are always there, they would be John Coltrane Quartet, Miles Davis, Radiohead, Cream, Ahmad Jamal, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: Yes-Close To The Edge, Beck-Guero And The Sea Change, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartmann, Toninho Horta-Durango Kid, Kurt Rosenwinkel-The Enemies Of Energy.
FAVORITE PLACES TO GO IN NYC: Well ,I love to hang at the Village Vanguard, or 11th Street Bar and hear some great music. Smalls and Mezzrow of course! But when I’m not working you can catch me eating a burger at Corner Bistro, playing some pool, or at a comedy club (lately I really dig “The Stand”).
IN 2023 I HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH: I’m trying to just stay healthy and love life! More band-leading on the horizon for sure, but definitely excited for what activities I have as a supporting artist as well.
The reviews are in! Read about Claffy’s latest album, Music From Big Orange.