About Andrew Lastrapes
Andrew Lastrapes is a freelance guitarist, bassist, composer and educator in the Atlanta area. Originally from Athens, Andrew joined the band Free Lunch, an Athens/Atlanta based Jazz, Funk, Rock band, which was nominated for Best Jam Band in the 2010 Flagpole Magazine Awards. During this time Andrew played with several bands including Mama's Love, Founder and the Invisibles, Junk, and the Brandy Brothers. After graduating with honors from the Atlanta Institute of Music in 2009, Andrew moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in music. He currently teaches more than 30 students a week.
Andrew has performed at the Georgia Theatre, Athfest, Velvet Note, 5 Spot, Smith's Ole Bar, Georgia Music Educators Association conference (GMEA) and the International Festival of the University Theatre in Casablanca, Morocco. He has also performed his original compositions at the Sounds From the Underground series and the Jazz Education Network (JEN) national conference. He has collaborated with many successful Atlanta musicians including Trey Wright, Kevin Scott, William Hollifield, Marc Miller, Tyrone Jackson, Jared Lanham, Chris Enghauser, Robert Dickson, Evan Sarver, Will Goble, Chris Corso, and Joe Reda. Andrew is currently enrolled at Kennesaw State University pursing a degree in Jazz Performance, and is expected to finish in May 2014. You can find the Andrew Lastrapes Duo playing every Monday night at Ninth Street Kitchen in Roswell, Ga, and the Andrew Lastrapes Trio playing every Saturday at The Highwire in Athens, Ga.