Andy Hague – trumpet

Andy Hague – trumpet.

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.

Tuition: He is 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, Wiltshire Play Jazz Weekend, Gloucester Academy of Music and Dartington International Summer School. He has been course director of the Falmouth-Yamaha Jazz Summer School since 2012. He has also acted as an external examiner for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Performance: Andy has been leading his quintet for over twenty years, and it is one of the most popular bands in the south west.

The group has made many appearances at festivals such as Brecon, Swanage and Glastonbury, and recorded four broadcasts for the BBC’s Jazz Notes programme back in the 90s.

The band’s Jazz Services tour in 2007 received a glowing review in The Independent on Sunday – “The collective impact of what amounts to a South-West supergroup was close to overpowering.”

In 2012 Andy recorded his latest CD Cross My Palm, featuring a mixture of quintet and sextet tracks.

Cross My Palm is a straight-ahead jazz album that bristles with energy, fun and great grooves—and swings like a very swinging thing too – Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz.

A great band with Jim Blomfield on piano and Ben Waghorn on sax, excels – Phil Johnson, The Independent.

Cross My Palm is a consistently entertaining album which features some superb playing from all the members of the ensemble –

it is the sheer quality and power of the solos (Hague’s in particular, but also Blomfield’s consistently accomplished contributions) that really draw the ear to this wholly enjoyable set. – Chris Parker, LondonJazz.blogspot

To promote the CD in April & May 2013 the quintet undertook a 14 date national tour with support from Arts Council England, taking in venues such as St Ives Jazz Club, Birmingham Jazz and London’s 606 Club. Some comments from promoters –

Teignmouth Jazz –  “And fabulous it was.  Everyone was buzzing after the gig.  “Really tight and sensitive playing and interaction… Fantastic… Well up to the national benchmark….The best gig I’ve been to recently….” were just some of the comments flying around.  And the Andy Hague Quintet CD, on sale at the venue, Cross My Palm, stands repeated playing.”

Stratford Jazz –  “the scene was set for an evening of quality jazz very much entrenched in the Blue Note era – accessible, straight-ahead and swinging.”

You can listen to Cross My Palm on Bandcamp here.

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