Host of: Jazz Organic
Andy Schultz is the host of Jazz Organic, a weekly radio stop for America’s truest art form, jazz, as played on the Hammond B3 organ. Andy is a Northwest-Indiana-based musician, educator, and broadcaster, having studied music education at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and Vandercook College of Music in Chicago. He is a husband to Gina and father to two girls, Kinley and Emeryn.
After spending time as a high school and middle school band director, he now works full time for Faith Church, a multi-site church based in Dyer, IN with locations throughout Northwest Indiana and Chicago’s Southland as Director of Worship Development. It was there that Andy first had access to a vintage Hammond A-100 with a Leslie 122. The fascination with tonewheel organs had started before that, but to play it in person was like, as he says, “an awakening”. “I hadn’t felt the percussive keys under my hands before, and it made hearing the organ live a whole-body experience, and the Leslie…wow, you can’t simulate how that feels when you’re next to it,” Andy continues. Like many organ fans, listening started with Jimmy Smith and, in his case, led to Joey DeFrancesco. “An organist is like an octopus,” Andy explains, “because you’re the bassist, supporting with chords, playing melodies, and driving the ensemble. I have so much respect for that!”
Andy Schultz’s broadcasting career began in 2005 when he responded to a “want to have your own radio show?” flyer from WCRD, the campus radio station of Ball State University. He played an hour of jazz weekly on a station that had a rock/alternative format. Upon moving to Northwest Indiana, Andy became involved with Lakeshore Public Radio (WLPR, 89.1 FM - Lowell) as a sports broadcaster and then shifted over to music programming with the creation of Jazz Organic. The show began airing weekly on WDCB in August of 2017. Additionally, Andy hosts Lakeshore Public Television’s (WYIN, channel 56) annual quiz tournament for Northwest Indiana high school students called “Making The Grade”.