Andrew Bain
Drummer - Educator - Composer

Andrew Bain is one of the leading performers and educators in the UK. He has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals around the world with jazz luminaries such as Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, John Taylor, Mike Gibbs, NDR Big Band, Elliott Sharp, Gavin Bryars, Jason Rebello, Phil Robson, Iain Ballamy, Ivo Neame, Jim Hart, Mark Lockheart, Chris Batchelor, Jacqui Dankworth, Houston Pearson, John Parricelli, Stan Sulzmann, and Sir John Dankworth.

Receiving his BMus(Hons) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2001, Andrew was resident in New York from 2001-07 gaining his MMus from the Manhattan School of Music in 2003 and performing with Jon Irabagon, Jason Liebman, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Dave Lalama, Alex Smith, and Matt Brewer. Since relocating back to the UK in 2007, Andrew has played in regular projects directed by Michael Janisch, Paul Booth, and Andre Canniere, as well as appearing with touring artists such as Walter Smith III, Jure Pukl, Tim Armacost, and Patrick Cornelius.

Andrew has a trio of his own projects in action at the moment. Player Piano (2015) with Mike Walker, Gwilym Simcock, Iain Dixon, and Steve Watts; Embodied Hope (Whirlwind Recordings 2017) with George Colligan, Jon Irabagon, and Michael Janisch; and his latest project – (no)boundaries (Whirlwind Recordings 2020) – a free improv exploration featuring Peter Evans, Alex Bonney, and John O’Gallagher out March 2020.

Andrew is Deputy Head of Jazz and Senior Lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is Artistic Director of Jazz for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and sits on the steering committee for the International Artistic Jazz Research Symposium. He will complete his Ph.D. – entitled Empathic Creativity: A Self-Reflexive Approach to Contemporary Jazz Improvisation – in summer 2020.

'A true standout and, I believe, one of tomorrow's music stars.'

Peter Erskine