Andrew Woolf is a saxophone and clarinet player known for his versatility across a diverse range of styles, his sensitive musicianship, and his distinctive and expressive instrumental voice.
Admired for his melodic and restrained approach as a jazz player, he is also now recognised as a leading exponent of choro in the UK, alongside his performances in a variety of settings, crossing between modern jazz (London Vocal Project, The Button Band), Brazilian music (Alvorada, Choro Matiz), experimental improvisation (Madwort Saxophone Quartet), burning Afrobeat (Afrik Bawantu) and more.
This breadth of experience and interest finds a unified voice in his output as a band leader and composer. Simultaneously accessible and surprising, moving and uplifting, his jazz quintet places an emphasis on lyricism, atmosphere, sonority and playfulness, reaching a depth, clarity and honesty of emotional expression through his soulful, melancholy-tinged tone. His debut solo album, 'Song Unsung', releases in June 2021.
He grew up playing classical music, before exploring jazz in his teens. He studied at Oxford University, and then Guildhall School of Music and Drama, developing a thoughtful and nuanced voice as an improviser and playing in a variety of ensembles which emerged from the student scene. During this period he also began his love affair with choro, a style of Brazilian traditional instrumental music.
Andrew is also a passionate teacher of music. For almost 20 years, he has worked with students of all ages and levels, in individual, group, school and workshop settings, teaching instrumental lessons, ensembles, choirs and musical awareness and understanding. In recent years his teaching has also become influenced by his training as a integrative arts psychotherapist.
Best Brazilian Band - LUKAS Awards 2019
Best Group - Focus Brazil Awards 2019
With London Vocal Project:
Nominated for Best Jazz Ensemble of the Year - Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019
“… warm-toned, mellifluous tenor saxophone… with elegant phrasing” (London Jazz News)
“They breathe a new life into Brazil’s popular, lilting choro style… adding a distinctive, contempoary edge” Sarah Ward,
“A tight-knit family of virtuosos… One of the most exciting new bands in London” DJ Ritu, Resonance FM
“Undoubtedly the freshest and most original voice of UK choro” Sounds & Colours
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
I consider teaching and performing to be related and equally important in my life as musician. My experiences as a
performer feed back into my teaching, and at the same time I am continually learning myself from teaching others. I
am a strong believer in the wider value of music lessons: not everyone who takes lessons will go on to be a full-time
musician, but the benefits of learning an instrument are available to everyone. Music has the capacity to teach social
skills that are undervalued and under-taught in schools such communication, expression, personal application and