A Brief History of Andrew Linham


Andrew Linham is an award-winning saxophonist based in London.

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Diamond Skyline Orchestra @ Grosvenor House April 2017

Incredibly busy and in demand, Andrew has a varied schedule balancing performing, composing, teaching and theatre work whilst running his own ensembles, The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra and the Andrew Linham Quartet. His ensembles have performed to packed audiences across London, Essex and the South East and continue to impress with his original compositions and arrangements, presentational style and the passion that he shows in all areas of his career for music.

“Is it a big band, a jazz orchestra or another dimension?”
- Lance Liddle, BebopSpokenHere Blog October 2017

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Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra @ St. Luke’s June 2017

He has performed alongside some of the greatest UK based up and coming musicians in London which has seen him whilst working as an endorsee with
SAXRAX Saxophone Stands and Yamaha Saxophones perform internationally at the NAMM 2012 in LA, USA and Musikmesse 2013, 2014 and 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Musikmesse 2015 with John Cook and Mark Gray of SaxRax Saxophone Stands

His big band the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra has premiered two new suites of music, the latest of which was presented at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 and in October 2017 launched their new album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’.

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Andrew has recently written and premiered his first full length musical, an adaption of the
Wind In The Willows at Queens Theatre Hornchurch in July 2017. It was sold out for all performances with standing ovations every night!

In 2012 he released his first album as a leader of the Andrew Linham Quartet entitled ‘Abandoned Silence’ which received critical acclaim. In 2011 he was a recipient of the Yamaha Jazz Scholarship Award which in association with Yamaha, Jazzwise and PPL alongside the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group allowed him fantastic performance opportunities with an original composition included on a cover mounted CD on Jazzwise and an album launch at the 606 Club.

"He ratcheted up the intensity until he was channelling Kenny Garrett through a firestorm of his own fertile imagination that left club goers open-mouthed..... There are more than enough reasons to catch [him] again. Very soon." Jon Newey, Jazzwise, February 2011.

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Yamaha Jazz Scholarship Award Winners 2011

Alongside this he has won several other awards for his performances including The George Murphy Prize for Saxophone at Leeds College of Music in 2009. Whilst playing baritone saxophone and clarinet in the Leeds College of Music Big Band, he won 1st prize in the Great Northern Big Band Competition 2010, and also won the 'Best Saxophone Section' award.

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