Andy Cleyndert

Andy CleyndertBorn in Birmingham in 1963. Andrew took up the double bass at school and turned professional on leaving in 1981. His first professional experience was as resident bassist at the George Chisolm Club in Manchester, where he backed visiting jazz soloists including Americans such as Art Farmer and Joe Newman.

He moved to London in 1982 and, naturally associating with other rising young stars, he worked with Clark Tracey and Iain Ballamy and was briefly with NYJO.

Andrew quickly established himself as a highly versatile player capable of working in a wide variety of situations. Early tours included working with bands led by saxophonists Bobby Wellins, Don Weller and Bobby Watson, and trumpeters Ted Curson and Red Rodney. He also began working with a string of visiting soloists including Bud Shank, George Coleman, Ray Bryant, John Hicks and Lee Konitz to name but a few as well as working with the cream of London based musicians including broadcasting with the Kenny Wheeler Big Band.

Taking a couple of years out to complete a Degree in Maths and Psychology, Andrew returned to the jazz scene to become a member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet and Quartet, with which he toured the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe as well as working at Ronnie Scott’s Club itself.

Andrew also toured Britain and Europe with the Gene Harris Quartet and worked regularly with the singer Annie Ross. He is also a member of the Bryan Spring Trio, Alan Barnes Quartet and the Don Weller Quartet, and has also worked and recorded with Stacey Kent.

He has been nominated for the British Jazz Awards every year since they started.

Andrew has taught on various summer schools including the Glamorgan Summer School, The Jazz Academy at the Royal Academy and the Berkshire Jazz Weekend as well as taking further study himself under double bass soloist Tony Haugham.

He has his own record label – Trio Records ( – and has released twenty two albums by artists such as Stan Tracey, Junior Mance, Bobby Wellins, Martin Drew, Peter King, Don Weller and Colin Purbrook amongst others.