Andy Ballantyne

Canadian saxophonist, composer, and arranger Andy Ballantyne is a graduate of the Humber College music programme, and also has a degree in jazz performance from the University of Toronto. He is a regular member of several prominent Canadian jazz groups including Juno award-winning ensembles the Rex Hotel Orchestra, and the Neufeld/Ochippinti Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). Andy has also performed with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider, Vince Mendoza, Carla Bley, Sam Rivers and Bill Mays, among others; leads his own 11-piece jazz orchestra, The Andy Ballantyne Large Ensemble, which recorded and released their debut recording in 2007. Andy’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by professional and school jazz ensembles across the country. Andy is currently on faculty at Humber College in Toronto teaching woodwinds, composition, arranging and jazz pedagogy. He is also a Jupiter Canada artist.