Andrew Colman

Trumpet and Flugelhorn


Andrew grew up in Bristol and began playing the trumpet at 11 years old. He loved listening to jazz and started playing along to records as soon as he could. He continued playing through school and took part in the Bristol Jazz Workshops before joining the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra in Birmingham in 1994.

There he was awarded the John Fordham Young Soloist Prize in the Big Band Competition.

In 1995 he moved to Leeds and studied on the BA (Hons) Jazz Studies course at the Leeds College of Music (LCM).

There he was taught by Richard Iles and played in a wide range of ensembles including, the Duke Ellington repertory Orchestra, Tony Faulkner Jazz Orchestra, Al Wood Big Band and the Art Blakey tribute sextet amongst others.

He really enjoyed working with many of the visiting jazz artists including Hal Galper, Randy Brecker, Conte Candoli and spent time in Holland playing alongside flugelhorn player Ack Van Rooyen.

After graduating with a First class Honours Degree in 1999, he was named Young Jazz Musician of the Year after performing at the prestigious competition and went on to complete a week residency at much acclaimed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London.

His first album, produced by LCM, features award-winning musicians Pete King, Tina May and Dave Newton and Andrew is currently preparing for the release of his second album later in the year.

As well as teaching and performing across the country, he writes a jazz column and is currently busy writing music with his brother Mat (Colman Brothers) for various projects including an album of original material and music for DJs, TV and film.