Drummer, composer, improviser, video producer, presenter, organizer, and educator Andrew Drury grew up near Seattle and works primarily in avant-jazz and free improvisation, with regular forays into other genres and media. He has performed in Europe and North America, has participated in eighty recordings as a soloist, leader, and collaborator, and is an acclaimed leader of percussion workshops. After taking lessons from Dave Coleman, he studied with Ed Blackwell, Bill Lowe, Bill Barron, and the writer Annie Dillard at Wesleyan University but is self-taught as a composer. Drury performs as a soloist, collaborates with adventurous musicians from around the world, and leads several groups that play his compositions. In addition to groups that he leads and frequent encounters with improvisers from various parts of the world, he plays regularly with Jason Kao Hwang, Jessica Lurie, Reuben Radding, the Rat Race Choir, the Steve Swell Trio, TOTEM>, Nate Wooley, Jack Wright, and others. His diverse interests have led him to create street theatre in Central American countries, to write music for dance, to train percussionists of all ages and backgrounds, and to maintain a regular series of highly regarded “Soup & Sound” house concerts. He is the recipient of a Jubilation Foundation Fellowship and the 2023 “Brooklyn Jazz Hero” award from the Jazz Journalists Association.