Andrew Distel was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. While studying at the prestigious College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, he was taken under the wing of Mary Ellen Tanner, a close friend and colleague of Rosemary Clooney. Under her tutelage, he was able to sit in and learn from some of the great musicians in the Cincinnati jazz scene—John Von Ohlen (drummer for Stan Kenton) and Cal Collins (West Coast guitarist for Benny Goodman). His mentors on the trumpet include the much sought after teacher and clinician, Pat Harbison; and the world-renowned trumpet guru, William Adam, former professor at Indiana University.

Upon his arrival in Chicago, he began headlining at such notable venues as the Pump Room, the Green Mill, Pops for Champagne, Green Dolphin Street and performing at a variety of festivals including the International Association of Jazz Educators. Andrew’s steady weekend performances at The Pump Room have given him the opportunity to hone his craft even further with a band that is comprised of some of the rising stars of the Chicago jazz scene.

He has performed or recorded with Ira Sullivan, Cal Collins, Bobby Caldwell, Ron Hawking, Rob Parton, Fred Hersch, Paul Leim, Brent Mason, Jimmy Nichols, Joe Chemay, Scott Burns, Ted Sirota, Bob Bowker, Darmon Meader, the Lakeside Singers, and the Phil Degreg Trio.