Saxophonist-composer Andy Scott initiates creative projects and collaborations, writing to commission and performing worldwide, and embraces elements of classical music, jazz, funk, Latin styles which blend to create an individual voice.
Andy is a multi-nominated and British Composer Award winner, a founder member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet (est.1985), Tutor of Saxophone at the Royal Northern College of Music, equally at home free improvising with Duo partner percussionist Dave Hassell to tackling contemporary works with ensembles such as Psappha.
Dedicated to composing, performing, commissioning and recording new music Andy has recorded with Decca (Argo), Naxos, Basho, Chandos & NMC record labels, with works being premiered at Carnegie Hall NYC, the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall & Wigmore Hall, London, with an enviable catalogue of works that are published by Astute Music.
2020 sees the release of three saxophone-based CD recordings; Westland – the music of Andy Scott, performed by Grammy Award winning American saxophonist Tim McAllister and Duo partner pianist Liz Ames, Home – music for tenor saxophone by Andy Scott, performed by João Pedro Silva & friends, and When I was Young a compact disc of ballads that features Supertramp saxophonist John Helliwell performing originals & arrangements from Andy that are scored for saxophone/clarinet, string quartet & Hammond organ!
Alongside is the publication of all works featured on these recordings, including Concerto for Saxophone with Chamber Orchestra in piano reduction form (premiered by Branford Marsalis & subsequently Claude Delangle).
In addition to performances in 2020 with the Apollo Quartet, Apollo-Artvark saxophone octet, Super Big Tramp Band & others, Andy will collaborate with singer-songwriter Caitlin Laing, lead music courses in France, is in residence at Waapa in Australia, co-directs the 20th RNCM Sax Day, and releases a one-hour film of his 2019 Manchester Jazz Festival commission ‘Mancunity’.
Andy Scott plays Henri SELMER Paris 'Serie III' Tenor and Soprano saxophones, and a 'Mark VI' Tenor.
Photo credits: Nick Caro - Jonathan Nunn
Each day I try to be a little better; as a performer, as a composer, and as a person. Think of others, be kind, listen.
The Series III Soprano ensures greater playability, particularly as regards pitch and blowing.
The blowing emission of its high register extended to high G has been largely facilitated. Selecting a straight or curved neck allows to get well acquainted with it.
The 'Series III' Tenor has marked, when released in 1997, an actual revival of the great playing flexibility of the old models. This gives it an ease of playing very much appreciated by saxophonists of all levels.