I specialise in tenor and baritone saxophone; I also play alto and soprano when needed. I can add vocals if necessary and clarinet or piano if you're desperate. I'm happy reading the dots in a big band, recording session or horn section; I'm equally happy busking head arrangements with other musicians in any style. I've got a decent library of tunes tucked away in the grey cells including most of the things that tend to get called at jazz or function gigs.
[this all needs links and formatting to be added] I play at weddings (link to offer & testimonials), private parties (link to offer etc) , concerts (list), public events (list) and festivals (list).
My main bands are the Big Buzzard Boogie Band and the Andy Williamson Buzztet. As well as my these (link) I play with the Brass Volcanoes, The Organ Grinders, Pavlov, The Denbone Walkers, Bruce/Islet Big Band and Tonus Peregrinus. Over the years I've shared the stage with Jamie Cullum, Stacey Kent,MoBo Best Jazz Act 2012 Zoe Rahman, Michael Parkinson favourite Joanna Eden and the irrepressible Mama Tokus. I've also played with some musical heroes: Al Casey, Tom Robinson, Suggs and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Also a vocal hero, poet Matt Harvey.
Testimonials: Denny Joanna Matt Harvey Anthony Pitts Festivals The Port Elliot Festival and 2013 Gator by the Bay Zydeco Festival in San Diego (oppo for some good photos) Listen: Here are some of my latest recordings: Joanna Eden Tonus Peregrinus Local Reggae I’m available for gigs wherever they may be. Send me an email. Bandleader The Big Buzzard Boogie Band A big band playing swing, jazz, funk, soul and sometimes a splash of latin. We play our own high octane arrangements of well-loved tunes and we perform our own material. Have a listen here. We’ve played Buckingham Palace, Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts on Radio 4 and in some of the UK's finest Cathedrals and accompanied choral evensong on Radio 3. read our biography Listen to us at… Listen to us at… The Andy Williamson Buzztet. From duo to X piece, this versatile ensemble has played St Giles in the Field, River Cottage HQ, ?? Honkin’ Hepcats My original band with notorious funky rude tunes and on-stage antics. We can still be caught on stage together and many characters from this era now play as the Buzzards. Read our reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe (link) All of the above are available for festivals and events wherever they may be. If you'd like to know more, send me an email. Testimonials Wedding/gig Thank Yous Singer A veteran of the National Youth Choir, I have an eclectic musical taste and experience that takes in many genres. I've set ecological poetry to Gregorian chant style melodies in Plainsong for the Planet, I sing bass in the choir at the annual St Endellion festival in Cornwall and can be found reprising hep cat funky rude tunes at weddings. I’m available for gigs, email me to find out more. Quote about Andy Singing Dark Eyes by Someone: Teacher I teach sax, singing and jazz improvisation on any instrument. I do this privately, and have also run open improvisation classes for tap dancers in London and students at Kingston University. Testimonials: Pauline Benjy Mark Henry Choirmaster I run the Ashburton Community Choir We sing a varied selection: recent songs include the South African National Anthem, Adele’s Skyfall, Everly Brothers, Joni Mitchell, Gershwin, The Pogue’s Fairytale in New York… We have performed at St Andrews Residential Home, The Bay Horse and Hannah’s at Seale Hayne and will send a contingent to The Bristol International Jazz Festival in March 2014. Suggested contribution £4 Anyone is welcome to come along as they can - no need to commit to being there every week. Numbers vary between 10-30! St Lawrence Chapel (www.stlawrencechapel.org.uk), St Lawrence Ln, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7DD Every Tuesday evening 8pm – 9.30pm. Testimonials: Composer and Musical Arrangement I haven’t got round to as much as this asI would dearly love to do. I was commissioned to write a Jazz Mass which was performed for the Bewdley Jazz Festival in 2012 Listen to it here Promoter I created Ashburton Live, eclectic musical performances at the historic St Lawrence Chapel in the Devon Stannery town of Ashburton in Devon. Past performances: Names with links Future Performances: Description, photo and link for each. To Book Tickets: Testimonials: “I love turning up just trusting Andy’s taste in music - I often have no idea what I will hear but am always at least impressed by the quality of people performing on the tiny stage before me and at best, which is often, I find myself utterly transported by the talent I have witnessed. What luck to have this in a place so far off the beaten track” Weddings I love playing at weddings and really enjoy using music to create something special during the service or at the reception. This has involved solo sax, duetting with other musicians, creating a ‘jazz service’, getting family and friends to sing ‘Lean on Me’ during a service with no celebrant, and creating new music or new arrangements for the service or for a first dance. For a Indian-Jewish-English wedding, I created a whole day of music which included a performance by tabla maestro Kuljit Bhamra, adding Bangra-style percussion to the Big Buzzard Boogie Band and singing the traditional Simcha Jewish wedding songs while the bride and groom were carried around the room in a frenzy. I play in a number of regular bands with some wonderful musicians from all over the country. There's my own small Buzztet, various collaborations from silly jazz and cabaret, to the large and funky Big Buzzard Boogie Band. I can provide a quality band of musicians, with a play list to suit your musical preference (and help you blend a range of styles if you find it hard to choose) and a size of band to suit your budget. I provide a full PA system with recorded music between sets. You are welcome to use my equipment for all your sound needs on the day. What to expect We’ll have a detailed conversation, usually by phone, to talk about what you’re looking for – whether you have a very specific requirement or are looking for guidance on how to create an enjoyable family event with music. I’ll book all the musicians and make arrangements: you only have to deal with me. I’ll arrive and leave at a pre-agreed time to set up the space and pack it up again according to your requirements. Providing a meal and drinks for the band is the norm – a happy band plays the best music! They will be driving, so no need to worry about the size of the bar bill. Payment by cash on the night is our preference but a bank transfer is also possible. (shouldn’t you ask for a deposit up front and have a contract re cancellation fees and notice periods?) Testimonials Festivals List last 5 years Public Events Barbican Jazz Fest Corporate Bookings Jaguar, Plymouth