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Mr Andy Williamson
Mr Andy Williamson

Biography

Andy Williamson (Saxophones)



Andy has always been active in both jazz and classical music, sadly still distinct ghettoes within music, whose members often regard those in the other camp with some apprehension. This began as a teenager, when he could be found singing in the National Youth Choir, playing sax in the National Youth Wind Orchestra and the Durham Youth Jazz Orchestra and viola in too many orchestras to mention.

He played for years with notorious extroverts, The Honkin’ Hep Cats and set up the Big Buzzard Boogie Band. Along the way, he has appeared on stage with Tom Robinson, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and duetted with Suggs from Madness (taking the place of the then recently departed Ian Dury). He created 'Plainsong For the Planet' to provide a non-liturgical way for anyone to perform Gregorian Chant, and set up the Jazz Activists – a loose group of musicians who perform at political demonstrations around liberty and the destruction of our ecosystem. He devised a course with Junior Laniyan on Jazz structure and Improvisation for Tap Dancers. In 2010, he joined the Denbone Walkers, with guitarist Denny Ilett, celebrating the centenary of T-Bone Walker. He also co-founded 'The Organ Grinders' with keyboard player Maff Potts (after Maff donated one of his kidneys to Andy in 2007), with the aim of encouraging more people to join the UK Organ Donor Register (call 0300 123 23 23 now - it just takes a minute), and to raise awareness about living kidney donation. Andy promotes concerts in South Devon - see www.ashburtonlive.co.uk - where he also teaches, and runs the Ashburton Community Choir.

www.bigbuzzard.co.uk

Contact Andy

Address: Ashburton
Devon
TQ13 7QS
Phone: 01364 653603
Mobile: 07980 680052
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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