Risk Taking Composer, Pianist and Champion of Jazz Education
Ashby Anderson has come a long way, from learning to play the piano at age 19. He transformed that skill into scholarships for college, composing music for small jazz ensembles in Atlanta Georgia and Richmond, VA to becoming a top nationally recognized Jazz educator. Ashby became a music theory genius by consolidating what he learned into a logical system of nine tones for music composition. While pursuing his visions of entrepreneurship, he built his own rehearsal/ performance space called THE MUSE CREATIVE WORKSPACE and created THE RICHMOND YOUTH JAZZ GUILD which paved the way for the next generation of Jazz Musicians. Collectively those he trained received over 1.6 million in scholarship to attend college and national arts programs. Currently Ashby composes original orchestrations for his Afrikan Arkestra and the BMI/NY Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded, composed, conducted, orchestrated, produced and published 5 albums. He has recieved commissions from Meet The Composer, New Music USA’s Commissioning Music /USA program, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Helen F.Whitaker Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust and a Fellowship for Jazz Composition from the Virginia Commision for The Arts.