ExTempore

Andrea Vicary

piano

Pianist and composer Andrea Vicari was born in Miami (Florida) and grew up in Birmingham (England). Educated at Cardiff University she won a scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of Music in London. Andrea was soon in demand as a 'side-man" working with bass guitar legend, Dill Katz in a band that included the then unknown guitarist Phil Robson. Soon after she formed her first important group with Julian Argüelles on saxophone & Stuart Hall, then of Django Bates' "Human Chain", on bass. Other employers included GRP recording artist, Phil Bent; jazz warrior David-Jean Baptiste with whom she recorded her first commercially released CD; and the all-women band "Birds" led by Kathy Stobart. She played with the late great American saxophone innovator, Eddie Harris, broadcasting live on JazzFM radio; and gigged with the US trumpet legend Art Farmer.

Andrea has to date five albums in her own name and has contributed to others such as ‘Round Trip’ and “East and West’ with Jazz Ex Tempore plus ‘The Vortex Foundation big band’.

A prolific composer, she has been commissioned by the Arts Council, the BBC, Jazz Umbrella, the Peter Whittingham trust, and completed a setting of the poetry of A.E Housman for the Ludlow festival, released on the CD New Perspectives. Other projects include The Leasowes Bank festival ;  ‘Women in Jazz project’ held at the ‘Hideaway Jazz Club’ during the  London jazz festival; Scoring the Chet Baker “Speedball” musical.

Andrea is also a well known and respected jazz educator holding a senior lecturer post and professorship at Trinity Laban College of music and dance (jazz). She is musical director and founder of the highly successful ‘Dordogne International Jazz Summer School’ and is currently a judge on the ‘Nottingham International jazz piano competition’.

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