Andrea Brachfeld

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Andrea Brachfeld
Genres Jazz, Latin jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Flute, piccolo
Years active 1970s–present
Associated acts Wallace Roney's Universe Orchestra, Charanga '76

Andrea Brachfeld is an American jazz and Latin jazz flutist.[1]

Brachfeld is a graduate of The High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. She studied with Hubert Laws, Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, and Mike Longo.

Since she began her professional career as a musician at age 16, she has recorded and played many different genres of music including jazz, Latin jazz, charanga, funk, country, and devotional music.

She has worked with Alfredo de la Fé, Bill O'Connell, Roberto Carcassés, Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Joe Newman, Kenwood Dennard, Nestor Torres, Oscar Hernandez, Paquito D'Rivera, Ralph Irrizarry, Ray Barretto, Rufus Reid, Steve Turre, Tito Puente, Wallace Roney, Wayne Wallace, Winard Harper, and Wycliffe Gordon.

Her breakthrough came when she became lutist for the Latin band Charanga '76. She is also an integral part of the Wallace Roney Universe Orchestra, playing Wayne Shorter's long lost music originally written for Miles Davis.

She received the Chico O'Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award from Latin Jazz USA in Oct. 2006 and the Pionero Award in 2010 for her contribution to Latin music. Her most recent award, "Tribute to the Charanga Flutes," given by Charanga Legends USA, was presented to her in August 2012.


  • Remembered Dreams (Spirit Nectar, 2001)
  • Back With Sweet Passion (Latin Cool, 2003)
  • Beyond Standards with Chembo Corniel (Consolidated Artists, 2006)
  • Into the World: A Musical Offering (Shaneye, 2008)
  • Songs from the Divine (Shaneye, 2009)
  • Lady of the Island (Zoho, 2012)
  • Lotus Blossom (Jazzheads, 2015)

As sidewoman

  • Chembo Corniel – 2007
  • Victor Rendon – 2006
  • Wayne Wallace, Dedication, 2006
  • Gene Amato Big Band – 2003
  • Africando – 2003
  • Timbalaye – Ralph Irizarry 2003
  • Grupo Chaworo – Chembo Corniel , 2003
  • Willie Moreno, Soy Moreno, 2003 La Inmensa, two recordings, 1980–1982, Discomoda Records
  • Orquesta Tropical Ensueño, 1982
  • Culebra, 1981
  • Vitas Brenner, 1981
  • Charanga America, 1978, El Sonido Records
  • Charanga '76, three recordings, 1976, 1977, 1983, TR Records
  • Benito Sextet, 1975
  • Típica New York, 1974
  • David Durrah, 1973
  • Eddie Carpenter, Noel Pointer, 1972


  • 1974: Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding Jazz student, Jazz Interactions[1]
  • 2006: Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, Latin Jazz USA[2]
  • 2007: Tribute to Women in Salsa Award, Salsation Productions
  • 2010: Pionera Award, Mario Torres Productions
  • 2012: Tribute to Charanga Flutusts Award, Charanga Legends USA


  1. ^ a b Harris, Craig. "Andrea Brachfeld Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Andrea Brachfeld at All About Jazz". Retrieved 18 April 2010.