Andrea Vicari

Born: July 16, 1965    Primary Instrument: Piano

Andrea Vicari

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....
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”'s worth seeing her play” JJ Marshall, Oxford Times

”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

As a Leader

Mango Tango
33 records
Tracks : Cafe Calypso; Mango Tango; Bar Kinito; Le Flambeur; So Bigtime; Counting Minutes; Push Back; Fallout; Bavarde; The Golden Gate.
Personnel: Andrea Vicari : Piano. Pete Wareham : tenor sax. Steve Waterman : trumpet. James Maddren : drums. Dorian Lockett : bass

33 records
Tracks : Someday My Prince Will Come; Gaudi; Bewitched; Au Pierrot; Coming of Age; Pavan; I Love You; Fly Me To The Moon; Festival Dance; When Did The World Become Colour ? ; Blues on the Spot.
Personnel: Andrea Vicari : Piano. Sebastian Rochford : drums. Dorian Lockett : bass

Lunar Spell
33 records
Tracks : You're Reported; The Blue, Green and Space; Chequemate; Bedsprings; The Way You Treat People; Lunar Spell; The Birthday Song; Voy a Tomar !; Last Chair Blues.
Personnel: Andrea Vicari : Piano. Mornington Lockett : Sax. Phil Robson : Guitar. Tristan Mailliot : drums. Dorian Lockett : bass

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Senior Lecturer and Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music, London

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