Jazz bassist Andy McKee is a journeyman performer, educator, and bandleader with a bevy of credits to his name. A Philadelphia native, McKee started out studying piano and saxophone, eventually settling on the bass in his teens. By his twenties he was touring Europe with Walt Dickerson, and in 1979 he joined drummer Philly Joe Jones for dates in the U.S. and Canada. In the early '80s McKee relocated to New York City, where he began a longtime association with drummer Elvin Jones. This led to stints in Europe with luminaries like Chet Baker, Mal Waldron, Michel Petrucciani, and others.