Andrew Bain is one of the leading performers and educators in Europe. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Kenny Wheeler, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, John Taylor, Mike Gibbs, NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Elliott Sharp, Gavin Bryars, John O’Gallagher, Jason Rebello, George Colligan, Jon Irabagon, Walter Smith III, Iain Ballamy, Hans Koller, Jim Hart, Mark Lockheart, Peter Evans, Houston Pearson, John Parricelli, Stan Sulzmann, and was a member of vocalist Jacqui Dankworth’s band between 2007-8, recording with the late Sir John Dankworth in 2008. He has performed at many prestigious venues in the U.K., Europe and the U.S., including performing and conducting at the BBC Proms.

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 extensively with Thelonious Monk Competition winner Jon Irabagon as well as with singer/songwriter Jason Liebman, Moppa Elliott’s Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Dave Lalama Jazz Orchestra, Alex Smith and Matt Brewer.

Since relocating to the UK in 2007, Andrew has played in regular projects directed by Michael Janisch (Paradigm Shift and Worlds Collide), Paul Booth (Travel Sketches, Ubuntu 2019), and appears on Andre Canniere’s latest recording, Ghost Days (Whirlwind Recordings 2020), as well as playing with touring artists such as Walter Smith III, Jure Pukl, Tim Armacost, and Patrick Cornelius.

Andrew has a number 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 released in March 2020.

His latest jazz/research project is Mosvatnet featuring Angelica Sanchez, John O'Gallagher, Tori Freestone & Per Zanussi. They will release an album in late 2024. There will also be an upcoming chapter about this project in the inaugural Artistic Research in Jazz Journal 2024 (ArJazz).

Andrew is Head of Jazz at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Director of Summer Jazz Camp Scotland, and sits on the steering committee for the International Network for Artistic Research in Jazz.






Andrew leads on jazz Community Engagement and Pedagogy at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire teaching working alongside many local partners, notably Jazzlines and The Notebenders. He leads the BMus3 'Art of Pedagogy' module and examines the BMus2 'Pedagogy and Practice' module. He has also performed extensive group workshops for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the BBC Big Band and University of Edinburgh in the U.K. He has also undertaken outreach work in Harlem and The Bronx, New York, U.S.A.



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

Peter Erskine