Bassist, composer, and arranger Andrew Grau originates from Central New York. During secondary school, he received great acclaim in musical theater, in jazz band and in orchestra at Skaneateles High School. He also was awarded Class Musician of 2007.
He then attended SUNY Oneonta where he studied with Richard Mollin, Arthur Falbush, Bill Farrish, and Rob Roman. While at Oneonta, he was student chair of the Catskill Symphony from 2009-2011, was in the highest level jazz combo from 2010-2011, and was pivotal member of the SUNY Oneonta Jazz Orchestra from 2008-2011. He also was a founding member of the Student Associations Best New Club of 2009, the Jazz Appreciation Society.
The Jazz Appreciation Society founded the Annual SUNY Oneonta Jazz Festival, which has had such featured performers as Lee Shaw, Ray Vega, Ray Anderson, and Jerry Weldon. He graduated in 2011 with a Bacherlor of Fine Arts in Music, Summa Cum Laude, was awarded the Edith Wirth Music Scholarship, and was honored by receiving the SUNY Faculty Award for Most Outstanding Musician.
Andrew Grau now resides in Queens, New York, and has received a Masters of the Arts in Jazz Bass Performance from Queens College. Since becoming a NYC resident, he has picked up the endorsement of Moniker Guitars from Austin, and has a bass proudly with his last name and widely known nickname, "Grau," on it.
He is the band leader of his own sextet, The Grautet, which released it's debut album, The Graushua Tree in 2015, plays extensively in NYC and the tristate with Hello Brooklyn and the Metropolitan, tours with the Jeremy Bar-Illan Band and most previously with Rock Star Camp Experience, and plays with Miami based Stop the Presses as well as with singer songwriter Rachel Lynn. He has enjoyed an extensive gigging career as band leader and sideman in multiple styles bridging across electric and upright, as well as the beginnings of a note worthy recording career and an emerging off-broadway session musician. He has worked with bass players Lonnie Plaxico, YouTube star Adam Neely, Linda Oh, Bob Sabin, Yoshio and Tomoya Aomori, and played with Eden Espinosa, Andrew Barrett Cox, members of the Gay Men's Choir of NYC, Ray Vega, Evan Francis, Don Hahn, Igor Atalita, Hyuna Park and Guido Gonzales.