Andy Panayi is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician, skilled in performance, composition and arranging. He plays all the flutes, all the saxophones and clarinet, and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He also writes commissioned works and preparing manuscripts for his arranging/composing/transcribing business ALP Music.
Andy has performed and recorded with many singers such as Shirley Bassey, Jessye Norman, Paul McCartney, Salena Jones, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame, Peter Skellen, Zoot Money, Irene Reed, Elaine Delmar, Helen Shapiro, Madeline Bell & Patty Austin to name a few.
He has also worked alongside or supported Abdulla Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Freddie Hubbard, Louie Bellson Octet & Big Band, Ed Thigpen, Jiggs Whigham, Billy Cobham, Indo-Jazz Fusions run by Johnny Mayer, Vale of Glamorgan Contemporary Music Festival, LSSO, The Moscow City Ballet, Ronnie Scott & his Side-men, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Pepper Adams, Kenny Baker, Ted Heath/ Don Lusher Big Band, BBC Radio Big Band, Bert Kaemphert Orchestra, Stan Tracey Big Band/ Septet/ Octet, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, The John & Alec Dankworth Generation Big Band, Humphrey Lyttelton and many more.
Andy also works as a consultant for the ABRSM, specialising in developing the Jazz syllabus for future examinations; he has also helped set the new jazz grades for Trinity Guildhall when they amalgamated.
He has received numerours awards including The Marty Paich Arranging Award, The John Dankworth Soloist Award,The Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal, British Jazz Awards Jazz Flute
Andy has taught in many schools and colleges and has been a professor at the Royal College of Music since 2004.
Faculties / departments: Woodwind