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Swing along at modern jazz band’s set in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 April 2017

Andrew Linham

Andrew Linham

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An award-winning saxophonist who has worked with some of the biggest players in jazz brings his quartet to Queen’s Theatre next week.

Andrew Linham, of Cranham, first got hooked on jazz thanks to the influence of his dad, who was an accomplished pianist, and soon found himself listening to the likes of Charlie Parker in his spare time.

“My dad played jazz piano for years and years and that was my first experience of music really,” said Andrew.

“Then I heard Charlie Parker, his blend of Jazz really got me, there was something about that music that really spoke to me.

“One of the things I think is important about music is that it’s accessible, people want music that makes sense to them on an emotional level.”

Andrew, 28, took his love of jazz with him to university and started a group with fellow students who shared his passion for the genre.

“The band has been running for about 10 years, it started at Leeds when I was at university, since then we’ve recorded an album.

“This performance will be a mixture of old standard jazz repertoire. Expect to have a really fun afternoon of me telling jokes and playing music you may know and some you haven’t heard before.

“Music is great for the soul, let’s celebrate being alive.”

While some believe the heyday of jazz has passed, Andrew said the modern scene is packed full of talent and is more progressive, as more and more female artists come to the fore in a genre previously dominated by men.

“The modern jazz scene is the most exciting and diverse thing happening, particularly in London where we have some of the most talented musicians I have ever come across,” said Andrew.

“I’m quite lucky, as I have got something quite rare in the jazz world as half the band are female.

“What’s really exciting is there’s so many great female musicians around and they are getting more opportunities than they did in the past.”

The Andrew Linham Quartet performs at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, on April 28 at 2.30pm. Visit queens-theatre.co.uk or call 01708 443333 to book tickets.

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