Born: July 16, 1965
Pianist and composer Andrea Vicari was born in Miami (Florida) and grew up in Birmingham (England). Educated at Cardiff University she won a scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of Music in London. Andrea was soon in demand as a 'side-man working with bass guitar legend, Dill Katz in a band that included the then unknown guitarist Phil Robson. Soon after she formed her first important group with Julian Argüelles on saxophone & Stuart Hall, then of Django Bates' Human Chain, on bass. Other employers included GRP recording artist, Phil Bent; jazz warrior David-Jean Baptiste with whom she recorded her first commercially released CD; and the all-women band Birds led by Kathy Stobart. She played a successful season at London's sadly defunct jazz club The Bass Clef with the late great American saxophone innovator, Eddie Harris, broadcasting live on JazzFM radio; and gigged with the US trumpet legend Art Farmer....
irresistibly catchy The Observer
Beautiful, Excellent !!! Jens Jørn Gjedsted, Denmarks Radio
an impressive, startling body of work. Mike Butler, Metro
one of the most brilliant young jazz musicians in the UK - an outstanding pianist and superbly fertile composer Penguin Rough Guide to Jazz
a sharp post-pob piano improviser and prolific composer - breathtakingly eclectic. The Guardian
a brilliant young British talent Humphrey Lyttleton, BBC R2
one of the very brightest stars in the jazz firmament
Ian Carr (biographer of Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett)
the bright lucidity of Vicari's compositions bepeak a clarity of vision rare in so young a composer TheTimes
Andrea Vicari shares with Django Bates an irreverent wit and a wanton disregard for musical borders yet she can swing with the best of them Neville Hadsley
a jazz composer of formidable range...the variety of texture and colour is truly remarkable
Dave Gelly, Musician Magazine
atmospheric and original Time Out
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Advanced students only.
Senior Lecturer and Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music, London