Improvisation, collaboration, conversation: Tutor Andy Kingston finds his groove at St. John's
Andy Kingston is right at home as a tutor at St. John’s College. His expressions of jazz are improvisational, collaborative, and thoughtful - much like the conversations that students and tutors engage in at St. John’s College. Kingston, who joined St. John’s as a tutor in 2005, performed this summer in St. John’s Music on the Hill concert series in Santa Fe. He played piano in a quintet that included tenor saxophone, trumpet, bass, and drums. More than 1,300 community members listened to his repertoire of instrumental jazz classics and contemporary pieces during the outdoor concert.
Kingston says he plays the kind of music that worries the philosophers “because there’s a kind of mindless irrationality that lurks around the corner, a sort of Dionysian erasing of boundaries when we throw ourselves into these things.” But, he says, with all great music, there’s “a conscious letting go of the self, allowing a moment of connection to arise.”
Andy Kingston studied at Kenyon College in Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1995. He went on to receive a Ph. D. in Philosophy and Music from Boston University in 2003. At St. John’s Kingston also directs a student jazz group.