Andrea Pharr (b. 1952)
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 Fitzpatrick’s (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.