Andy Hague

Trumpet, Drums, Composition

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Andy is a prolific composer and arranger - although his own groups feature him on trumpet he also plays drums to an equal extent, and has performed with many big names in this capacity.


Having grown up in Croydon, he took up a place at Bristol University to read Psychology and ended up settling in the city.


Over the past 25 years Andy has become well known in Bristol both as a performer and as organiser of weekly jazz venue The Be-Bop Club. He has released several CDs of his music, and appeared on four programmes of BBC Radio’s Jazz Notes during the 1990s. Besides his jazz activities he has played in many other settings, including the albums by Portishead, various theatre productions, TV [Waking the Dead, Cold Lazarus] and the soundtrack of the motion picture "A Good Woman" starring Helen Hunt & Scarlett Johannson.


Andy is also well known as a jazz educator, having taught under the banner of Bristol Jazz Workshops for over a decade. This has led on to tutoring for several jazz summer schools and residential weekends, including CL Jazz, Music For You, Gloucester Academy of Music, Dartington and Falmouth-Yamaha. He has also acted as an external examiner for the Royal Welsh College Jazz Degree Course.


Some key dates:


1988   Attended Banff Summer School with tutors Dave Holland & Kenny Wheeler

1992   Started work at Bristol Music Shop

1994   Recorded CD Brass Reality - For Real & with Portishead - Dummy

1995   Brass Reality tour, Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Brecon, Swanage Festivals

1996   Recorded quintet CD Portrait of the Artist as an Old Git

1997   Portishead Live at Roseland NYC and quintet Jazz Services tour

2000   Left Bristol Music Shop, started internet music book business Musicsender

2001   Recorded quintet CD Walk the Walk

2002   Quintet Jazz Services tour

2005   First performance of Andy Hague Big Band for 40th birthday concert.

2006   Recorded quintet CD Sun & Air

2007   Closed Musicsender business, quintet Jazz Services tour.

2012   Recorded CD Cross My Palm, quintet plus guests.

2013   Cross My Palm 14 date national tour with Arts Council support

2016   Performed at Ronnie Scott’s in big band backing Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley

2017   Performed at Ronnie Scott’s in big band backing Bobby Shew

2018    Recorded quintet CD Coming of Age

2020   Recorded quartet CD Double Standards - Release [released 2021]

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