Album Reviews December 2017

It is turning out to be a very exciting December for the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra! We have had an incredible review from the American jazz publication ‘Downbeat’ magazine who have incredibly favourably reviewed our album and even made it one of the Editor’s choices for December 2017, which is so amazing!

You can read the whole article
here or read some quotes that I’ve pulled from it below. Thanks to Ed Enright of Downbeat for this unbelievable review!

This 17-piece contemporary big band led by U.K.-based baritone saxophonist, composer and educator Andrew Linham is one of the boldest—and most eccentric—large jazz ensembles performing today. This is a group with chops and personality to spare, not to mention a madcap sense of humor.

They play with guts and attitude, and manage to inject outrageous humor into even the most demanding of musical passages, striking a perfect balance between the sublime and the ridiculous.

The cleverly titled Weapons Of Mass Distraction firmly establishes the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra as a significant addition to today’s big band scene and a group that deserves wider recognition at the international level.

Also, the wonderful Ian Maund of
Sandybrown Jazz has featured the opening track of our album ‘Screaming Ab Dabs’ on his Jazz as Art page, where he has selected some different pieces of Art that could relate to the music. It is fascinating for me as the composer to see someone else’s interpretation of what my music might look like. Read the whole article here.

African Dance

So if I don’t get the chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas before this silly season is done, let me take this opportunity!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Gig List 2017

Well I am sure you are all wondering when in the next few weeks you can see me playing so here is an updated gig list for the forthcoming festive season - some of the previous dates given were incorrect so apologies for that - here’s a spangly new list!


Wednesday 22nd November - Singing In The Corner - Queens Theatre Hornchurch - tickets here!

Sunday 26th November - Brickyard Trio - Brickyard Bar and Grill Romford (4-8pm)

Wednesday 29th November - John Pamenter Octet - Jazz @ St Ant’s

Thursday 7th December - Kenny Ball’s Live Lounge - Brickyard Bar and Grill Romford

Friday 8th December - Not So Silent Night - Orchard Village in conjunction with Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Wednesday 13th December - Andrew Linham Quartet - Jazz @ St Ant’s

Sunday 17th December - Christmas Carol Singalong at The Bell, Ingatestone

Thursday 21st December - Kenny Ball’s Live Lounge - Brickyard Bar and Grill Romford

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Here’s a picture from my Lounge - even Charlie is getting ready for Christmas!


Pyrrhic Victory on BBC Radio 2!


I am SO excited to tell you all that last night the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra were played on Clare Teal’s ‘Remember, Remember’ programme on Radio 2 which you can listen to on the link below. We can be heard about 1:20mins into the 2hr show and Clare said in response to having heard the track:

“I like that a lot - Good Stuff”

Click here to hear!

Also, if you haven’t bought your album yet you can do so via

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Gig List Winter 2017

Here is a selection of gigs coming up over the next few weeks!

Thursday 16th November - Kenny Ball’s Jazz Lounge - Brickyard Bar and Grill Romford

Wednesday 22nd November-
Singing In The Corner - Queens Theatre Horchurch

Sunday 26th November - Brickyard Trio - Brickyard Bar and Grill Romford (4-8pm)

Wednesday 29th November - John Pamenter Octet -
Jazz @ St. Ants

Thursday 30th November - Kenny Ball’s Jazz Lounge - Brickyard Bar and Grill Romford

Friday 8th December - Not So Silent Night - Orchard Village, Rainham - details of which on the way!

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Aside of the big band launching the album I have been involved with some fantastic performances in the last month with the London City Big Band, the Diamond Skyline Orchestra, the Ken Turner Big Band, the John Bennett Big Band Blitz, Trinity 250, Urban Big Band and ECHO. Ranging from early 20’s big band to original gospel artists as well as several straight ahead big bands often with singers, it has been a busy few weeks indeed! So much big band music!

I’ve also just finished another project with the Primary Steps programme of the
Royal Ballet School and with Havering Music School was involved with bringing the Coldstream Guards to Havering, evidence of which can be seen on Twitter! It has been lovely to work on some community outreach and schools projects such as these as we must keep music, particularly in Havering, alive!

Another Review is in - SandyBrownJazz WOMD 2017

Ian Maund of SandyBrownJazz has written us an amazing new review and track synopsis which you can read in the following link!

Ian has been an incredible support to the band and I, he even profiled me a few years ago (here) and his words about the album are so lovely!

“Andrew Linham certainly knows how to write a good tune. This is music to warm you and lift you spirit. Weapons of Mass Distraction as a title for an album begs all sorts of puns, but it is sufficient to say this is an enjoyable, memorable, accessible album that deserves to be heard.”

Ian Maund, SandyBrownJazz November 2017

L-R Top Row: Matt Roberts, Toby Simmons, Sam Warner, Ewan Gilchrist
L-R Bottom Row: Barney Medland, Rosie Turton

Riley Stone Lonergan / Tommy Andrews / Andrew Linham

Jonny Chung / Tommy Andrews

There’s more lovely live shots of us here taken by Diana Vucane

Also, listen out as rumour has it we’re going to be played on the radio!!... I’ll let you know when I do!

Thanks to you all for the amazing response to the album, it is incredible hearing all of your fantastic responses to this new music!

Live Shots Queens Theatre Oct 2017

Here’s a link to a set of lovely live shots of our last big band gig at Queens Theatre Hornchurch on Wednesday 25th October. Here you can see all of us having a great time playing this new and exciting music. More reviews are coming in so do watch out for them!



This set of pictures was taken by Diana Vucane - for more information about Diana click