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Andrew Sterman: Genre Resistance

Andrew Sterman

Tenor saxophonist and bass flutist Andrew Sterman’s ambitious project The Path to Peace, a lyrical suite based on the spiritual teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, is hardly your garden-variety jazz project, on any level. Then again, the artist himself-while generally rooted in jazz over the past few decades-has followed a less-than-conventional career trajectory, with a résumé speckled with names like Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Hubbard, Aretha Franklin and, from the contemporary-classical-music niche, a long association with minimalist composer Philip Glass.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that seeking out the literally and idiomatically itinerant Sterman recently found him on the phone from a remote outpost in southern Australia, amidst kangaroos and emus. At the time, he was on tour with Glass, in whose ensembles Sterman has played since 1992, in addition to multiple other personal efforts.

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