Saxophonist Dustin Drews is a highly adept improviser, whose off-the-cuff and emotionally charged delivery finds its place within the scope of melodic and experimental post-bop. Born in Houston, Texas, at age 9, Drews grew up learning music with his brother. His interest in music further lead him to start his formal education at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, a school that has produced such notable players as Jason Moran, Kendrick Scott, Mike Moreno, Robert Glasper, and Eric Harland.
Afterwards, Drews attended the University of Miami on a full scholarship and later the University of Northern Colorado for his masters, in which during those times he received numerous awards and honorable mentions from Downbeat and ASCAP. From the onset to later years, Drews has grown under the private tutelage of David Liebman, David Caceres, Gary Keller, and Andrew Dahlke; and on a somewhat broader scale - Jim White, Ron Miller, Todd DelGiudice, Curtis Fuller, Winard Harper, and George Cables; many of the latter having been during his stay at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program.
Drews currently resides in Berlin, Germany, where he works on other projects alongside his own. Some of the many notable musicians whom he has worked with are included in his upcoming debut album Controversy - Igor Osypov, Uri Gincel, Jesus D. Vega, and Andreas Lang. Drews' debut album Controversy is a long-awaited tally of influences and concepts touching on lyricism, microtonal structures, traditional and odd meters; a lyrically aggressive post-bop jazz album.