Andrew has been a professional piano player on the Toronto jazz scene since 1980. A frequent participant in the Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival he has also appeared at the Distillery Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival and the Barrie Jazz Festival. Andrew has performed with the Juno award-winning contemporary jazz orchestra NOJO, and plays with many of Toronto's finest jazz musicians including Richard Underhill (JUNO winner 2003), Mike Murley (multiple JUNO winner), Kevin Turcotte, Michael Occhipinti (NOJO), Barry Romberg and Quinsin Nachoff (now based in NYC).
Andrew newest project is his quintet, Andrew Boniwell and The Uncertainty Principle. His first CD with this unit, Boomerang was released in 2011. It features finely crafted and groovy compositions with a varied rhythmic palette and a front line of Richard Underhill (alto sax) and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet).
Andrew’s previous CD, StopStart also on Soundcolour Records (1999), features The Andrew Boniwell Quartet playing his compositions. Reviewers found the quartet’s exploration of texture, dynamics and harmony innovative (Ottawa Citizen) and adventurous (Toronto Star) while the quartet's playing was described as letting the music flow out of their veins (Coda Magazine).
Jim Galloway (former Artistic Director of The Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival)
reviews Andrew new release Boomerang for Whole Note magazine.
I enjoyed this CD — I have to admit that very often when I see a release with
all original compositions I approach it with some trepidation, but there is no
uncertainty with this recording. The compositions are inventive and the
musicians all bring a cohesive and creative energy to the music. I hope that
the leader/composer doesn’t mind if I say that some of the pieces bring to
mind the work of Horace Silver; it is certainly meant as a compliment.
The musicians who lend their talents to the music of Mr
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
Andrew Boniwell has developed a personal approach to piano
pedagogy that is a fusion of his own music training, BFA in
music, B.Ed., Orff Level 2, and his professional experience.
For 35 years he has both been teaching piano and performing
as a jazz pianist. Piano playing and more generally music
making are about art as well as a craft. He balances
instruction in the basics, technique, sight-reading, theory and
rhythm with learning and playing music that taps into a
student's creativity and expressiveness - a holistic approach
that seeks to balance art and craft