The Future Heavies
Andy Chatfield - drums
The first vinyl record that Andy Chatfield owned was Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Andy first saw the movie "Back to the Future" (featuring the music of Huey Lewis and The News) in a theater in July 1985 during a family trip to Tennessee when he was eight years old. The first cassette tape that Andy owned was "Licensed To Ill" by the Beastie Boys, a tenth birthday present from his cousins. Three years later, Andy's first rock concert was Tom Petty at the Hartford Civic Center. And nearly two decades later, his first dance with his wife at their wedding reception was to music by Journey.
Other formative albums from the 1980s included "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses, "Kick" by INXS, The Dead Milkmen's "Beelzebubba," Van Halen's "1984," U2's "The Joshua Tree," and Paul Simon's "Graceland."
Andy has been playing drums and percussion for over 21 years, but actually started his music career on trombone in fourth grade, eventually winning the "Band Director's Award" in eighth grade from George Sovak. His classical percussion studies began in the studio of Michael Bull at Syracuse University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. While in Syracuse, New York, Andy also studied drum set with Larry Luttinger, Brian Kendrick, and Jim Johns. He continued his studies in jazz during Summer Sessions at Tonic in New York City, and at the Lake Placid Institute in Lake Placid, New York.
Returning to Connecticut, Andy founded the band Stanley Maxwell in 2001 with Future Heavies bassist Mark Crino, saxophonists Eric Della Vecchia and Anthony Manzi, and guitarist Ryan Dekoe. Writing original tunes that blend jazz, funk, and rock; and adding keyboardist Evan Green; the group went on to win the "Best Jazz Band" category three times in four years (2007, 2009, 2010) in the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam Readers' Poll (with additional nominations for "Best R&B" in 2003, and for "Best Funk/Fusion" and "Best Jazz" in 2008).
Starting the record label Mindwill Records in 2008, Andy released Stanley Maxwell's studio album "Don't Wake The Baby!" featuring vocals on the title track by Johanna.
Listening, playing, learning, discovery, and invention were key experiences for Andy during the first three years of Camp MMW (2008, 2009, 2010) in Big Indian, New York.
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