Andy Firth

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Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: March 9, 1966    

Andy Firth

Andy Firth started his performance career at the age of 14 when he appeared around South Australia featuring in small groups and big bands. By 17 Andy had moved to Adelaide and co-founded his first band The BBC Trio and later the BBC Quartet, Andy Firth’s reputation as one of Australia’s most outstanding jazz talents was further endorsed with his appearances on ABC, channel 7,9 and 10 television shows, The Burrows Collection, Sunday, Hey, Hey it’s Saturday, Clive Robertson’s News World and The Midday Show with Ray Martin.

Today, Andy Firth is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding clarinet players in the world, having played internationally with some of the greatest performers, bands and orchestras in both classical and jazz music. His mastery of the clarinet and saxophone, unrivalled expression of tone and technique, and endless devotion and enthusiasm to the music that he plays has earned Andy a reputation as a performer not to be missed....
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2005: Australian MO Award for "Best Live Australian Jazz Performer" 2002: Australian Film & Television Society-"Best Music for an advert" 1988: Australian Citizen's Award-South Australia. 1988: Ricky May Jazz Award. 1986: Pro Musica Award for services to music in South Australia.
“Andy Firth is the first clarinettist in 30 years or so, since Eddie Daniels, that I have really paid attention to…what he can do on the clarinet, I consider to be impossible-yes, true! The thing is, Andy doesn’t know this…and I’m not gonna tell him”.

Buddy DeFranco (US Living jazz clarinet legend). 21st March, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall as Andy’s guest artist for Andy’s “Goodman & Beyond” debut concert at Carnegie Hall. New York.

“'Once in a blue moon along comes an artist whose talent, musicianship and expertise is awesome. Such a man is Andy Firth, whose reputation as a brilliant performer is Australia wide and acknowledged Internationally as well. He is a sought-after wonderful teacher, a lecturer of “good music” and a fine composer. I am privileged to be associated with him and also call him a friend.'”

Maestro Tommy Tycho. AM. MBE

“'I have never heard anything like this guy; he is a one in a million! His musicality and playing is totally unique! Andy Firth is, in my opinion, one of our greatest artists and musicians like him pass this way but once. I am thrilled to have met and heard him perform!'” Vincent J. Abato (Revered U.S reeds virtuoso & teacher. 14th August 2006, USA.)

“How do you describe an all-star woodwind pop, rock, jazz and classical musician who plays by his own rules? Perhaps the best choice is to admit that there’s no easy way to depict the overwhelming talent and potential of Australian, Andy Firth. Possessing an eloquent and explosive fluency on both saxophone and clarinet, his style ranges from blindingly quick, volatile technique, to a soulful, lyrical tone guaranteed to melt the average listener. His music includes a mind-bogglingly supersonic clarinet version of “flight of the bumblebee”, aptly named “the funky bee”, and a virtuoso pairing of two jazz classics, “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Misty”, in which he takes that famed glissando to new heights-in fact, an entire octave higher!” “Firth’s astounding ability, combined with a refreshingly simple philosophy of music, has led him to a unique blend of clarinet, saxophone, jazz, classical, rock and pop, one which transcends traditional boundaries.”

Rico People & Products Magazine (USA). Fall 1997.

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Bachelor of Performance (classical clarinet) Diploma of Education (secondary) Australian clinician and endorsee for Buffet, Keilwerth, Lomax Classic, Smart Music, Boosey & Hawkes. Author of "Play Clarinet With Andy Firth" (book 1 & 2) Boosey & Hawkes Publishing, London. "Play Saxophone With Andy Firth" (books 1 & 2) Boosey & Hawkes Publishing, London.

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Australian clinician and endorsee for Buffet, Keilwerth, Lomax Classic, Smart Music, BG France,Boosey & Hawkes. Available for master classes at any educational level specialising in clarinet & saxophone playing techniques and big band music. Author of "Play Clarinet With Andy Firth" (book 1 & 2) Boosey & Hawkes Publishing, London. "Play Saxophone With Andy Firth" (books 1 & 2) Boosey & Hawkes Publishing, London.

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Buffet clarinets, Keilwerth saxophones, Trevor J James flutes, Lomax Classic "Andy Firth Jazz Series" mouthpieces, Orsi & Weir barrel/bell,BG France ligatures (tradition).

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