Andy Scott was commissioned by the Love Music Trust to write an 18 minute piece for massed youth brass bands in 2018. Premiered at Birmingham Town Hall as part of Music for Youth, 170 young musicians ranging from wider opportunities groups to youth brass bands took part in this performance.
Thank you to all the young musicians, directors and the Love Music Trust for their hard work with this performance. There is now a short video about the piece now available to watch.
The music is also now published and available from Astute Music here
Andy has been asked to curate a fortnightly Jazz Duo residency at Elnecot, a fantastic & much-loved neighbourhood bar & kitchen in Ancoats, Manchester.
Starting from March 18th 2020, Andy will be playing alongside jazz pianist and Manchester graduate, Tom Barber.
"We are absolutely delighted that he will be bringing a whole host of wonderful duos to Elnecot. This is a free event so just come on down for some drinks and food while Andy and Tom make your ears feel great"
Get yourselves down on the first and third Wednesday of each month for this exciting new jazz residency & visit Elnecot's website to book a table.
Update: This event was cancelled due to Covid-19, a re-start date will be announced.
A film of Golden Horn by Andy Scott for Saxophone Ensemble is now available.
Thanks to Emma McPhilemy for organising the sax players, and Jamie Sharp for filming.
written for Saxophone ensemble (12 saxophones & optional percussion – soprano sax x 3, alto x 3, tenor x 3, baritone sax x 2, bass sax, optional drum kit & bongos) the sheet music is available from Astute Music as a PDF download HERE
Apitos will be returning to Band on the Wall on Monday 3rd February 2020!
Rated as one of the UK's foremost Latin Jazz ensembles, Apitos will be returning to Band on the Wall, for a fantastic gig with several original members and supporting musicians. The ensemble have a long history with Band on the Wall and were supported by previous Band on the Wall custodian Ian Croal in their earlier days and frequently performed at the venue until the early 2000s after forming in 1984.
Paying homage to the deep traditions of Latin American music with a strong jazz improvisation influence, the band look forward to playing many of the original arrangements. The line up includes several original members and supporting musicians. For more information on the gig & tickets, click here
Frank Griffiths has recently reviewed Andy Scott + Group S’s CD ‘Ruby & All Things Purple’, released with Basho Records in 2017.
Writing for bebop spoken here, Frank remarks on the ‘concoction of saxophones’ & ‘outstanding soloists’ on the album – ‘Ranging from the sopranino to bass sax and all the others in between joined by a four piece rhythm section, Group S produces a highly effective sound capable of generating an impressive array of collective textures, colours and timbres.’
Frank’s review touches on the various tracks on the album, from a ‘skilful graduation of drama and dynamism’ in Mike Hall’s ‘frantic and propulsive Sabretooth’ to Gwilym Simcock’s ‘reflective and peaceful’ Chapters and Scott’s ‘striking and unpredictable rhythmical canvas’ in Tin Can.
“Group S, indeed. While there is a wide variety of styles on Ruby... no idea outstays its welcome with the quality of both the writing and playing ensuring the listeners' attention throughout.”
Check out Frank’s full review here and Ruby & All Things Purple here
Andy's delighted to announce that Westland – the music of Andy Scott, performed by Grammy award-winning saxophonist Tim McAllister & pianist Liz Ames, is confirmed for release with Naxos Records in JULY 2020
Comprising a core of Dave Hassell (drums/percussion), Nik Svarc (guitar) & Andy Scott (saxophones), Hydra invites special guests to join them and their new collaboration is with the talented young singer, saxophone and flute player Caitlin Laing (known particularly for her work with Agbeko & Oystercatcher).
Hydra moves from explosive ferocity to beautiful mesmeric soundscapes in the blink of an eye, earthy grooves to suspended time, reacting in the moment.
Caitlin joins Hydra for gigs on the 30th January and 1st February 2020 (see events page) to present new songs co-written with Andy, whilst Hydra will perform originals, re-imagined jazz standards and folk-influenced melodies.
As a saxophonist within John Helliwell’s Super Big Tramp Band, Andy is looking forward to their European debut on Monday 16th December 2019 at the Markethalle Hamburg in Germany.
Join us for what will be a truly memorable night, in the company of the great John Helliwell, his distinctive saxophone playing and famously dry wit, a stunning big band and the unforgettable music of this legendary supergroup as you’ve never heard it before
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