Andy started his musical career on ukulele, aged 4, progressing to trombone from the age of 7. After dallying with pedal steel and Hawaiian steel guitars during his teens, he decided to stick with trombone – his early influences being Tommy Dorsey, Bill Watrous and Urbie Green.
At school Andy played gigs nearly every night in local bands, clubs and theatres before coming to NYJO in 1996. He became a stalwart of the band, playing jazz trombone for four years, before going professional and joining Andy Prior’s Big Band, with which he toured for a further couple of years.
He is now a freelance trombonist, working mainly in London – he is the jazz trombone soloist with the world-renowned BBC Big Band and has recorded and performed with most of the top artists from the world of jazz, pop and classical music.
As a busy session musician, Andy can be heard on many TV and radio shows, advertising jingles and TV specials. He has been a long-standing member of NYJO alumnus Dave Arch’s Strictly Come Dancing Orchestra and has played tenor and bass trombones on many Hollywood movie soundtracks.
He has diverse musical tastes, although jazz is his favourite – artists such as Pat Metheney, Arturo Sandoval, Ronnie Jordan, Don Ellis, Incognito and Jaco Pastorius feature heavily in his music collection.