A former Arkansan, Andrew Stinson lives in Kansas City where he splits time between teaching and gigging. He received a B.A. in music from the University of Central Arkansas and M.A. (jazz studies) and M.M. (musicology) degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His jazz history research is highlighted by collaborative work on the online Warren Durrett Collection and bass solo transcriptions and analysis of bassist/composer Charles Mingus, the latter of which led him to study the Charles Mingus Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. In addition to developing and teaching a graduate-level jazz history course, Andrew has taught Discourse and MUSE classes at UMKC.
His upright and electric bass talents have been featured in a variety of settings covering the entire spectrum of music, ranging from jazz, symphonies, and musicals to rock, pop, salsa, and other contemporary styles. Andrew has performed with Bobby Watson, Angela Hagenbach, Matt Otto, Dan Thomas, Ted Ludwig, the People’s Liberation Big Band, the Project H, Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle, the TJ Martley Trio, My Brothers and Sisters, and the Black House Collective, and has recorded with Italian pianist Dino Massa.