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Andrae Murchison grew up surrounded by traditional gospel music at home and in church. He first experienced playing music at The United House of Prayer as a drummer alongside his grandfather’s lead vocals. The UHOP brass bands introduced him to the trombone around the age of nine. The power of the music touched his soul and was the beginning of his musical journey as a trombonist and composer.
Since his arrival in New York City, he has performed with Roy Hargrove, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Skatalites, Gregory Porter, Monty Alexander, Ravi Coltrane and many more. Murchison tours the world as a successful sideman, and also leads his own ensemble called “Murch Church.” So far, he has recorded and produced three albums as a leader. Murch’s music is a mixture of southern blues, gospel, soul, jazz, reggae, and funk. His compositions document his journey and are an honest testimony about where he comes from. In addition to performing, Murchison has served as a jazz clinician and low brass specialist at numerous institutions and communities around the world.