Episode 61 | Andre Fischer
André is an exceptional talent, offering an inexhaustible resource of diverse entertainment industry and global business expertise ranging in record/festival production, artist management, marketing and administration of major corporate departments and multi-million dollar budgets.
He has held executive positions at various record music/film companies as Senior Vice President, MCA/Universal Urban Music, Vice President Jazz A&R for Quincy Jones, Qwest/Warner Bros., Vice President of Publishing Development, 20th Century Fox Records and Films, to name a few. Click here for full story at recordproduction.com and studioexpresso.com.
Fischer grew up surrounded by music and art – his mother a jazz singer/sculptor, his father a music professor and trumpet player in a swing band, and his uncle is renowned jazz composer/pianist Clare Fischer. By the age of four André began touring with his father who performed and arranged for the big bands of Woody Herman, Little John Beacher, Harry James and the Lee William’s orchestra. He had extensively traveled throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe by the time he was 10 and while still in high school, he began recording, performing, musical directing, producing and touring with the world’s most successful recording artists.
In 1970, Fischer moved to Chicago and began playing drums for Curtis Mayfield, Gene Chandler, Jerry Butler, and on jingles while staying in the basement of arranger/producer Richard Evans (Soulful Strings, Rockie Robbins, Natalie Cole, Peabo Bryson’s Reaching for the Sky). He played with local band American Band who hit with “Bend Me Shape Me.” The band became Ask Rufus and after adding singer Chaka Khan became Rufus, recording their first album for ABC Records in 1973. In a ten-year span, the band charted 15 pop singles (including two gold singles, the number three pop/R&B hit “Tell Me Something Good” written by Stevie Wonder and the number five pop/number one R&B hit “Sweet Thing”).
Currently, Fischer is the Executive Director of the Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project, former Dean of Music Industries at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, MN.
To utilize Jazz music, its derivatives, history, art,
media and technology as a means to promote learning,
communication and self-expression. To provide free
concerts and a safe and diverse forum for civic engagement
and cultural enlightenment for all ages and nationalities.
The Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project is a non-profit organization.
- We believe creativity is as important in
education as literacy and we treat it with
the same status.
- We believe that by exposing children
and the community at large to Jazz,
a vital American art form, positive and
lasting transformations will take place.
- We believe creative expression is an
opportunity to learn; those opportunities
become more real and inspired through
direct involvement and mentoring.