Whitman Grad Andy Farber on Broadway

Mr. Andy Farber speaking at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and playing in the band, as featured in the 11/4 issue of New York Magazine.
Mr. Andy Farber speaking at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and playing in the band, as featured in the 11/4 issue of New York Magazine.
Andy Farber at the Hall of Fame tailgate party.
Andy Farber at the Hall of Fame tailgate party.

The lights dim.  The music simmers. And the roof of the theater gets ready to lift off into the stratosphere as a company of 42 top-flight singers, dancers, and musicians take the stage to create what New York Magazine calls “an apotheosis of pure joy.” It all happens at After Midnight, the new Broadway phenomenon that catapults the greatest music of Duke Ellington and Harlem’s Golden Age into the 21st century.

And there in the center of the 17-piece band, hand-selected by jazz legend and After Midnight producer Wynton Marsalis, is our very own Andy Farber, Walt Whitman class of 1987. Farber enjoyed the spotlight with us last fall when he was inducted into the biennial Walt Whitman Hall of Fame.

Farber is an award-winning jazz composer, arranger, and saxophonist and has spent years performing with the likes of Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis. Farber has written arrangements for people like Wynton Marsalis, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, Bobby Short, Ann Hampton Calloway, Frankie Laine, Alan Harris, Cynthia Scott, Billy Stritch, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Joe Piscopo, Joe Cocker, George Benson, Robert Downey Jr, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Judd, Fantasia, Ernestine Anderson, Vanessa Williams, and Roseanna Vitro.

Farber's arrangements have been performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Philly Pops Orchestra, the Boca Pops Orchestra, and several symphony orchestras throughout Europe. Farber has been a guest conductor of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and in 2004 he made his symphonic conducting debut with the Bronx Arts Ensemble. In April 2010, Farber was the guest music director for Jazz @ Lincoln Center’s “The Music of Fats Waller”. His work as an arranger, conductor and instrumentalist can be heard on numerous recordings, commercials, and television/film scores.

Andy Farber, Walt Whitman Class of 1987, now appearing on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

For a review of After Midnight please use the New York Magazine link provided below:

New York Magazine review