HAT Lily & Hollow Trees

The multiple-award-winning Hutchinson Andrew Trio is a vital and distinctively western force on the Canadian and international jazz scene. The group’s third album, 2013’s Prairie Modern, was featured in jazz bible Down Beat magazine, which called the album “a terrific listen, with great musicianship throughout.” The current fourth album, Hollow Trees, was written specifically for the seven-piece configuration of the HAT and the Lily String Quartet. Its music features powerful, moving compositions by HAT pianist Chris Andrew that combine the beauty of classical chamber music with the drive and interplay of jazz. 

It’s music that rewards the committed listener. Shifting textures, melodies, rhythm and tonality reveal themselves constantly throughout each track, telling a story that is best experienced from beginning to end. 

The trio’s many honours include Western Canadian Music Awards nominations for each of its previous three albums, and the prestigious TD Grand Jazz Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Hollow Trees is the group’s most inspired work to date, and is poised to make an impact on the global jazz scene.

Vote for 'Beroke' - Finalist 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)   Podcast

Chris Andrew's composition 'Ber-oke' from the new Hutchinson Andrew Trio album 'Hollow Trees' has made it through numerous rounds and thousands of entries to be named a Finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). The song was entered in the 'Instrumental' category and is competing against many world-class international artists! It is now amongst the final 14 songs competing in the instrumental category!

To vote for 'Ber-oke' visit http://www.radioairplay.com/voting2017/Instrumental

  1. Beroke Sample

Ber-oke is named semi-finalist in 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 

Chris Andrew's composition 'Ber-oke' from the new Hutchinson Andrew Trio album 'Hollow Trees' has been named a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). The song was entered in the 'Instrumental' category and is amongst many world-class international artists!

This group of semi-finalists will be narrowed down to the finalists who will be sent to celebrity judges who will then select the winners. All finalists will be announced within a couple of weeks, and winners will be announced once the judging process is completed.

For the full list of nominees visit www.songwritingcompetition.com/semi-finalists.html


Hollow Trees named in Peter Hum's top albums of 2016 

The Hutchinson Andrew Trio's newest album Hollow Trees has been named by Canadian music reviewer Peter Hum as one of his favourite albums of 2016.

Each year Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen compiles a list of his 12 favourite Canadian jazz albums for the year. He also adds a very short list of honourable mentions. Hollow Trees made the exclusive list for 2016.

The Hutchinson Andrew Trio is honoured to be recognized by Canada's top jazz reviewer Peter Hum for Hollow Trees. The album is a unique instrumental foray into fusing classical and jazz music.

For Peter Hum's full list of top albums for 2016 visit:


Hollow Trees makes CKUA Radio Top 100 List for 2016 

CKUA Radio, Alberta's province wide community radio station just released their top 100 album list for 2016!

Hollow Trees was the #3 Albertan album and #32 overall on the list:


With CKUA radio serving music from all-genres with a strong focus on Folk and Roots, it is an impressive feat for the Alberta based trio to chart with an instrumental based album crossing between jazz and classical music!

Visit CKUA.com for the entire list!

Chris Andrew & Kodi Hutchinson perform at Tommy Banks 80th Birthday 

Pianist Chris Andrew and bassist Kodi Hutchinson were honoured to be asked to perform with Canadian jazz icon PJ Perry to perform for the 80th birthday celebrations for Tommy Banks.

Recorded live at CKUA radio in Edmonton, the concert was broadcast across Alberta on CKUA radio on December 17th for Tommy Banks birthday. It was a beautiful celebration in honour of one of Alberta's and Canada's most staunch arts advocates and important pianists.

Tommy Banks, who started his career as a jazz musician and big band leader, then went on to be a media personality across Canada on TV and radio, then a member of the Canadian senate. An advocate for the Canada Council and Alberta Foundation for the Arts, he has impacted the careers of countless musicians and artists across the country. Tommy has been a major inspiration and mentor to notable artists including pianist Chris Andrew and other luminaries such as David Foster.

The band for the evening and live broadcast was:

PJ Perry - Saxophone
Al Muirhead - Trumpet
Bobby Cairns - Guitar
Chris Andrew - Piano
Kodi Hutchinson - Double Bass
Sandro Dominelli - Drums

and special guests Tommy Banks on piano and Mallory Chipman on vocals.


WCMA Awards to be given out tonight at Breakout West! 

HAT is excited to be nominated for our 4th time with our 4th album Hollow Trees.

This will be the first year the band is nominated for instrumental album of the year.

Bassist Kodi Hutchinson will representing the band in Regina, SK and be performing at the WCMA's with jazz nominee Al Muirhead tonight and with his own trio at the 20Ten City Eatery tomorrow night.

More news to follow!

HAT a Finalist for the inaugural YYC Music Awards 

Very pleased to find out today that we were nominated for Calgary's brand new YYC Music Awards (yycmusicawards.com)!

Our new album Hollow Trees has helped us become a finalist for the Jazz Recording of the Year category. Such great artists joining us including fellow Chronograph Records artists Al Muirhead and Tyler Hornby. Really great to see this new award celebrating artists from Calgary!

The awards will be given out on September 25th, 2016.

#4 on CKUA Radio! 

Great to see 'Hollow Trees' just hit #4 on CKUA Radio's top 30 this week. Jazz music sneaking up the charts on an multi-genre station! Thanks to all the hosts who have been supporting our music in our home Province of Alberta!

4th WCMA Nomination for HAT at Breakout West! 

Great news today! Found out our new album Hollow Trees has helped us garner a Western Canadian Music Awards Nomination for Instrumental Artist of the Year! This is our 4th nomination and first in this category! Great start to the month of May! Thanks to everyone involved in the project:

Chris Andrew, Karl Schwonik, Kodi Hutchinson, Andrea Case, Elisa Milner, Diane Lane, Patricia Higgins, Paul Johnston, Spencer Cheyne, Stephanie Hutchinson, James Bundy, OCL Studios, Guy Hebert of Karisma Audio, Dr. Bill & Margaret Taylor, Brennan Kennedy, Michael Dangelmaier, James May, DMA Discs, Lisa Reedy Promotions, Jennifer Eisler Publicity and of course the Alberta Music Alberta Foundation for the Arts!


Amazing Show at JazzAhead! 

Yesterday evening we had the chance to play the Canadian Blast showcase at JazzAhead in front of a packed house in Bremen, Germany!

The band traveled long and far to get there, but it was absolutely worth it! Chris flew in from Edmonton, Kodi from Calgary and Karl from Los Angeles. A lot of travel to play 1 hour and 12 minutes of music.

This was our first trip to Germany with the band, and our first time using a string quartet other than the Lily's from Canada. We showcased with a fantastic string quartet from the Bremen symphony called Quartetto Con Brio. Led by Steffen Drabek (viola) the group proved how strong the classical scene in Germany is. With only one rehearsal and a soundcheck, we walked onstage and played an amazing set for VIPs from JazzAhead and jazz fans from Bremen! Steffen helped warm the crowd up by speaking German before performing a beautiful version of Grey Dawn with Chris.

Some great company to be in for the Canadian Blast: Emi R. Roussel Trio, Matt HErskowitz & the Kirk MacDonald Quartet. Chris wrapped the evening up playing piano for Kirk MacDonald, impressing not only the Europeans, but the Canadians as well.

So great to see so many of our musical friends and colleagues from Canada including Myriad 3, Laila Biali, Peter Cardinelli (Alma Records), Jim West (Justin Time), Emie R Rousell Trio, Matt Herskowitz, Kirk MacDonald, Heidi Fleming (FamGroup), Parc X Trio, George Koller, Ben Whitman....the list just goes on....

This trip proved to us that our new album Hollow Trees with strings is meant to be toured in Europe. Stay tuned as we set up dates in 2017 for a European tour!

Thanks again to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Music & Harvard Broadcasting and CIMA for helping make this trip a possibility.


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Hutchinson Andrew Trio - European Tour

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Various - Germany / Northern Europe, Various

The Hutchinson Andrew Trio is currently working on a tour of festivals and clubs in Europe for late July 2017 in follow up to their showcase at JazzAhead in Germany in 2016.

Check back for details as they progress.