Andi Hopgood

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About Andi

Andi began her musical life as an instrumentalist playing from an early age. Primarily a classical musician, she began her degree at the Colchester institute as a cellist and saxophonist. Jazz was always a big part of her life but not always her playing, although she was doing jazz gigs out of college she hadnít thought of studying jazz. This all changed after meeting Malcolm Miles and Trudy Kerr at the institute. Andi was encouraged to do Jazz singing and saxophone. This became her main focus for the future. She continued to gig throughout college and graduated in 2003.

In her year out (2003) Andi did her first recording with Graham Harvey and his trio, Matt Miles and Matt Skelton. This included Andiís favourite Standards with interesting arrangements by Geoff Gascoyne, Graham Harvey and herself, as well as a few less well know songs by British composers.

In 2004/2005 she attended the Postgraduate course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Here she studied with such tutors as Simon Purcell and Pete Churchill. This gave her the opportunity to meet and study with many accomplished musicians such as John Taylor, Julian Siegel, Martin Speake and Jean Toussant. She graduated from The Guildhall in 2005 with a much wider knowledge and a more confident performer.

Since 2005 Andi has been working freelance as a performer and teacher in the eastern area. Her performing varies from jazz duo to big band and blues to pop. She has performed at the Ipswich jazz Club, Southwold Jazz festival, Aldeburgh jazz festival, Dereham jazz club and the milestones jazz club to name but a few.

In the future Andi will be doing another recording including new compositions and arrangements. This is work in progress so watch this space!

Here are some of the groups Andi has worked with:

Eastern Block Big Band
Uncle Funk and the Retro Stalkers Ė
IMU Big Band
The Big Phat Blues Band
Jazz Duo
Half Past Sax Ė

Andi's Music

Now available - e-mail Andi for more details:

"I Could Be So Happy", CD

With Graham Harvey, Matt Miles and Matt Skelton

Recorded in 2003.

"Delectable from start to finish" says Musician magazine. Read the full review (PDF)

Contact Andi

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 07968802904

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