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Reverend Dr. Dwight Andrews

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Director
Chaplain
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1951
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Director
Chaplain
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/24/1951
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Musical theorist, composer and minister, the Reverend Dwight Douglas Andrews was born on September 24, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan, to city administrator James Wildrex Andrews and Lovetta Foster Andrews. He attended Longfellow Elementary School and Durphy Junior High School, where music instructor Andy White introduced him to live jazz performed by Yusef Lateef, Ramsey Lewis, the Jazz Crusaders and other greats. At Cass Technical High School, Andrews studied the classics and learned music theory from Marilyn Jones. He also led his own band called the Seven Sounds, which often opened for the group Parliament-Funkadelic. Earning a partial scholarship to the University of Michigan in 1969, Andrews played in the marching band at two Rose Bowls and participated in the Black Action Movement (BAM). Receiving his B.A. degree in 1973 and his M.A. degree in music, Andrews went on to Yale University to earn his Masters of Divinity degree in 1977 and his Ph.D. in music theory in 1993.

Ordained as a minister in 1978, Andrews served as associate pastor of Christ’s Church as well as a faculty member of the Music Department and the Department of African American Studies. He served as the Yale University campus chaplain for ten years. At Yale University, Andrews met Lloyd Richards of the Yale Repertory Theatre and playwright, August Wilson. As the Yale Repertory’s resident music director, Andrews would go on to compose the original musical scores for most of the August Wilson Broadway productions including Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson and Seven Guitars. Andrews also composed movie and television scores for The Old Settler, W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices, In Her Own Words, Homecoming, Ms. Evers Boys and I’ll Make Me A World. He worked with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Phylicia Rashad on a new Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun. Specializing in woodwinds, Andrews has served as a multi-instrumentalist on over twenty-five jazz and new music albums. He can be heard on Jay Hoggard’s The Right Track with Hilton Ruiz and Jack Dejhonette.

Since 1994, at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Andrews has served as an associate professor of music theory, where he teaches “The History of Jazz” and “Sacred Music in the United States.” He also serves as pastor of First Congregational Church, where Rev. Andrew Young is associate pastor. He was the first Quincy Jones Visiting Professor of African American Music at Harvard University in 1997. Andrews has received the Pew Trust/TCG Artist Residency Fellowship, a Mellon Fellowship and Emory University’s Distinguished Teacher Award.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dwight Andrews' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dwight Andrews lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dwight Andrews shares his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dwight Andrews talks about his mother's childhood and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dwight Andrews describes his grandfather's career as an itinerant minister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dwight Andrews talks about his father and paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dwight Andrews talks about his father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dwight Andrews talks about how his parents met and his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dwight Andrews shares his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dwight Andrews describes how he takes after his mother and father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dwight Andrews describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dwight Andrews describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dwight Andrews remembers the beginning of his interest in playing music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dwight Andrews describes the jazz musicians who inspired him in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dwight Andrews talks about his cultural and artistic education in childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dwight Andrews shares his experiences with marching bands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dwight Andrews describes his experience and mentors at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dwight Andrews talks about his high school rock 'n' roll band and the musicians he met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dwight Andrews describes enrolling at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1969
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dwight Andrews describes the Black Action Movement at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1969
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dwight Andrews talks about marching band and football at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dwight Andrews talks about some of the football players at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan while he was there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dwight Andrews recalls learning about black culture and history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dwight Andrews describes the competitive environment at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dwight Andrews shares how he decided to go into ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dwight Andrews describes enrolling at the Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut in 1974
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dwight Andrews reflects on his teachers and development at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dwight Andrews describes getting his doctorate in music theory from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dwight Andrews reflects upon the similarities between jazz and classical music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dwight Andrews describes the intellectual environment for African Americans at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dwight Andrews shares his experience of August Wilson's funeral
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dwight Andrews talks about HistoryMaker Lloyd Richards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dwight Andrews shares his memory of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson"
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dwight Andrews talks about the song "Berta, Berta" from "The Piano Lesson" and reflects upon his collaborations with August Wilson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dwight Andrews talks about his decision to continue his careers in music and ministry simultaneously
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dwight Andrews describes his experience in the black avant-garde music scene, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dwight Andrews describes his experience in the black avant-garde music scene, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dwight Andrews shares his theological approach
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dwight Andrews talks about his theological influences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dwight Andrews describes the influence of African religions on his theology and musical aesthetics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dwight Andrews talks about some of the plays he has scored
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dwight Andrews talks about moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dwight Andrews talks about HistoryMaker Andrew Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dwight Andrews recalls how he became senior minister at the First Congregational Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dwight Andrews describes his experience as the senior minister at the First Congregational Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dwight Andrews talks about his current artistic work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dwight Andrews talks about the potential of television to host intellectual conversations about race
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dwight Andrews talks about spirituality in jazz music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dwight Andrews shares his critique of Ken Burns' "Jazz" series
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dwight Andrews describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dwight Andrews describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dwight Andrews reflects on what he would change about his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dwight Andrews reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dwight Andrews talks about his wife, Desiree Pedescleaux
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dwight Andrews shares his excitement for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dwight Andrews describes how he would like to be remembered