Veteran jazz trombonist Wayne Andre passed away from cancer on August 26 in his New York City home. He was 71.
Born in 1931, Andre started playing trombone in his early teens. His professional career began in the early ’50s when he started performing with bandleader Charlie Spivak. After he got out of the service he joined up with Woody Herman’s big band, and since then the Manhattan School of Music graduate has appeared on the records of literally hundreds of different artists from all genres. His eclectic assortment of credits include everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Ricky Martin, Gloria Gaynor, Donny Hathaway, Alice Cooper and Liza Minelli to Sarah Vaughan, Kai Winding, Lena Horne, Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Grover Washington Jr., George Benson, Manny Albam, Roy Ayers and Benny Goodman.