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Born in 1965 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Andrew went to Colchester Institute where he studied double bass with Tony Hougham. Since then he has worked as a jazz and rock double and electric bassist playing and recording, most notably, with The Flanagan Ingham QuartetSteve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Chris Ingham and Jazz at the Movies (see below). However, he has also played and/or recorded with, amongst others, Alan ClareTommy WhittleTal FarlowPeter ErskineRespectable GrooveBenny GreenPete KingAlan BarnesJohn EtheridgePeter OxleyRoger BeaujolaisToni KofiChris GarrickTina MayTrudy KerrEddie PrevostLol CoxhillDon Lusher and Jim Scott. He also spent a year off and on in France as a session player working with a variety of pop and jazz groups.

Stan Britt (Author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Frank Sinatra - A Tribute) wrote:

Andy Brown's full toned bass is a linchpin of the [Flanagan Ingham] Quartet's musical activities. For this listener, he has the pivotal role similar to that occupied for forty years by Percy Heath of the MJQ. Indeed Brown's playing, whether as rhythm section anchor or occasional soloist, has much in common with the veteran American. Little higher praise can I offer than that . . . (Liner notes to the Flanagan Ingham Quartet's album Zanzibar).

And Jack Massarik, the Jazz critic for the London Evening Standard, described Andrew as "a committedly soulful player".

Playing with Tal Farlow (guitar) in 1985

Playing and hanging out with Peter Erskine in 1996

Andrew's major current musical involvement is with the pianist and singer Chris Ingham. His most recent CD with Chris features the compositions of the great Dudley Moore. Click on the following links to read and hear more about this CD and two other recordings:




The Chris Ingham Quartet plays Hoagy Carmichael


Jazz at the Movies

Playing with Mark Crooks in Jazz at the Movies


Andrew is also one of the regular bassists in the house trio (with Chris Ingham, piano and George Double, drums) at the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds. Here's what some folk have said about us:

  • “Like being driven around in a Rolls Royce” Art Themen
  • “It doesn’t get any better than this” Enrico Tomasso
  • “Like having my own guys with me” Peter King
  • “A Rolls-Royce rhythm section” Mark Crooks
  • “Great trio and, more importantly, quite co-operative” Alan Barnes

Another project occasionally on the go is the quartet Riprap which recorded a set of poetry by the American Beat poet, eco-warrior, Buddhist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Gary Snyder. This quartet has also worked the British poets Ruth PadelMalcolm Guite and Grevel Lindop.

So here's a video of the Chris Ingham Trio playing with Mark Crooks at the Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds:


And here's one playing with Chris Garrick at the same club:


Selected Recordings:
1992: Water on the Stone — John Ward
1995: Zanzibar – Flanagan/Ingham Quartet 
1996: East Coast Joys – The Peter Oxley Trio 
1996: Poetic Justice – Steve Harley
1998: Waking Dreams — John Ward
1999: Textile Lunch – Flanagan/Ingham Quartet 
2006: Riprap – Kevin Flanagan Quartet 
2007: The Day is Done – Saskia
2009: Step Inside Love – Saskia
2012: Snow Blue Night — Riprap (aka the Kevin Flanagan Quartet)
2014: Hoagy — The Chris Ingham Quartet
2015: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang — Jazz At The Movies
2017: Dudley — The Chris Ingham Quartet 

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