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Andrew Butt

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Brisbane

Andrew's presence on the national performance scene has grown tremendously in recent years as he has developed a unique voice as composer and improviser.
—Steve Newcomb, Head of Jazz, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

Updated: July 10, 2018

Born: November 8, 1964

Andrew is a Brisbane based performer, composer and educator who has been active in the Queensland and Australian music industry over the last 25 years. Recently he has been prominent on Queensland’s jazz scene, winning the best jazz work category at the 2013/14 Queensland Music Awards and achieving multiple highly commended works in 2015, 2016 & 2017 . In 2013/14 Andrew was the recipient of a prestigious Churchill Fellowship which involved traveling to Chicago, Seattle and New York to investigate jazz performance , composition & education.

Andrew’s compositions have been performed and recorded by a variety of artists including his own groups and the Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra (EMO) a Brisbane based collective of musicians, composers, and arrangers who are predominantly dedicated to performing new Australian works. In 2014 Andrew was commissioned by Jazz Queensland with sponsorship support from the Queensland Government to create a new work that was premiered at the Brisbane International Jazz Festival . Following this in 2015 Andrew was invited to return as a featured artist for the festival in collaboration with international vocalist Wilma Reading. He has led the Andrew Butt Trio + at venues across Australia including Bennetts Lane, Brisbane Powerhouse, The Paris Cat, JMI Live, Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre, Bernie's Jazz & Piano Café, Tanks Arts Centre Cairns and at multiple festivals including Easter Jazz, the Valley Jazz Festival and the Brisbane International Jazz Festival. Andrew has also performed as a sideman for many of Australia’s leading jazz artists including James Morrison, Emma Pask, Tom Burlinson, Dan Barnett, Rhonda Burchmore and David Campbell and has collaborated as a soloist in a variety of classical and contemporary ensembles including the Musica Antiqua Collegii Sinphonia. Other career highlights have included being featured as a jazz soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and performing with John Riley, resident drummer from the Vanguard Orchestra based at the Village Vanguard Jazz Club in New York and also multi award winning vocalist Kristin Berardi as a member of The Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra. Andrew is also a member of “The Francis Wolves” a Brisbane based 8-piece instrumental funk juggernaut!

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Andrew's presence on the national performance scene has grown tremendously in recent years as he has developed a unique voice as composer and improviser ... Steve Newcomb, Head of Jazz, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University

As a performer and educator Andrew lives and breathes jazz bringing a certain richness to his performance ... Pam Swepson, scenestreet.com.au

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