Andy Panayi

Jazz - Saxophone

Featured flute, saxophone and clarinet on dozens of jazz, big band and pop albums

British Jazz award for jazz flute

Andy is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician, skilled in performance, composition and arranging. He plays all the flutes, all the saxophones and the clarinet and leads his own ensembles, both jazz and classical. He also writes commissioned works, including a major work for his big band concerts in Scarborough International Jazz Festival in 2009.

Andy has performed and recorded with singers like Shirley Bassey, Jessye Norman, Paul McCartney, Patty Austin to name a few. He has also worked alongside or supported Abdulla Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Freddie Hubbard, Louis Belson Octet and Big Band, Ed Thigpen, Phil Woods, Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Scott, Billy Cobham, Indo-Jazz Fusions run by Johnny Mayer, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttelton, Pepper Adams, the BBC Big Band with many guests, the Vale of Glamorgan Contemporary Music Festival, the Moscow City Ballet, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English National Ballet and many more. He was recently a guest player with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra at the Barbican.
 
Andy works with the examination boards, the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall helping to set syllabus music for the grades. He has been awarded the Marty Paich Arranging Award, the John Dankworth Soloist Award, the Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal and the British Jazz Award for Jazz Flute.

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