Andrea Pharr began classical studies at age 6 with Rose Levine and won a scholarship to study with Walter Cook at the Conservatory of Kansas City (now the UMKC Conservatory). Since then, she has had a longstanding career entertaining diverse audiences in Kansas City.
Andrea developed her skills in the 1970s/80s by playing and touring with rock, folk, country, and blues bands. When playing six-nights-a-week was a standard, she had a steady gig at the Club Royal in Kansas City, then on the Missouri River Queen, a riverboat line from Kansas City to St. Louis. Andrea entertained at Fitzpatricks (now The Majestic Steakhouse) with such noted musicians as Noble Samuels, Eddie Saunders, and Claude Fiddler Williams. A solo engagement followed at the Raphael Hotel. She performed October 2007 at the JCCC Jazz Series, at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.
Currently, Andrea continues to perform a wide variety of engagements with ensembles and as a solo artist.
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Andrea Pharrs first CD Dont Explain is a varied offering of piano interpretations using composers as diverse as Michel Legrand, Burt Bacharach, and Billie Holiday. Recorded at Soundtrek Studios in Kansas City, the CDs 16 selections include jazz renditions of My Funny Valentine, Alfie, and Round Midnight as well as classically inspired versions of You Must Believe in Spring and Try to Remember. Look for musical surprises, too Ashokan Farewell, Pancho and Lefty, and the Shalom Aleichem Medley. Andreas style is rich in melody and marked by harmonic/rhythmic invention. Her stylistic appeal is memorably showcased on "Don't Explain."