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Andrew Bain

Job Role: Head of Jazz

Department: Jazz


Andrew Bain, musician, educator and researcher, is one of the leading performers and educators in Europe having performed with luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, John Taylor, NDR Big Band, Dave Liebman and Bob Mintzer, including a New York residency.


He has performed across the UK, Europe and America, including performing and conducting at the BBC Proms. He has had professional ties with institutions across the world, having been artist-in-residence at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia (2019) and the University of Stavanger, Norway. He was visiting Jazz tutor to both the Conservatorio di Musica Vincenzo Bellini di Palermo, Sicily (2016 & 2017), and the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria (2019). Andrew is also director of Summer Jazz Camp Scotland with the first course running this August.

Andrew has a number of his own projects in action at the moment: Player Piano (2015) with Mike Walker, Gwilym Simcock, Iain Dixon, and Steve Watts; Embodied Hope (Whirlwind Recordings 2017) with George Colligan, Jon Irabagon, and Michael Janisch; and his latest project – (no)boundaries (Whirlwind Recordings 2020) – a free improv exploration featuring Peter Evans, Alex Bonney, and John O’Gallagher released in March 2020. His latest project, Mosvatnet, features Angelica Sanchez, John O’Gallagher, Tori Freestone and Per Zanussi. They will release an album in 2024.

Notable achievements

He was Deputy Head of Jazz at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and sits on the steering committee for the International Network for Artistic Research in Jazz.

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