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Andrew Woolf – ‘Song Unsung’ Album Launch (2nd Show)


Andrew Woolf – Tenor Saxophone
Joe Auckland – Trumpet
Rob Updegraff – Electric guitar
Dave Manington – Double Bass
Simon Roth – Drums


Song Unsung is saxophonist Andrew Woolf’s first release as a bandleader and composer. Subtle African and Brazilian derived grooves sit alongside ethereal and atmospheric free abstractions, whilst other compositions present soulful melodies which belie their odd-meter undercurrents – all drawn together by an emphasis on direct, lyrical expression, and heartfelt sincerity of emotion throughout.

Andrew is best known for his work in contemporary jazz groups such as The Button Band and Madwort Saxophone Quartet, as well as his explorations into choro (a style of traditional Brazilian music) with Alvorada – “one of the most exciting bands in London” (Resonance FM).

In his own ensemble, Andrew is joined by Joe Auckland (trumpet), Rob Updegraff (guitar), Dave Manington (double bass) and Simon Roth (drums). The contrasting voices of these impressive musicians complement each other beautifully, bringing an intimate quality to their improvisations and playful interactions.

“Thoughtful, melodic, uplifting music” (All About Jazz)

“Artful and lovingly rendered album” (Debbie Burke – jazz author)

“Warm-toned, mellifluous tenor saxophone… with elegant phrasing” (London Jazz News)



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