Andy Firth

Andy Firth

Misty
Body & Soul
Can't Buy Me Love

Andrew is not only one of the finest clarinet and saxophone players anywhere today, but he is also a gifted composer and a dedicated educator. A virtual unknown outside of his own country, Andrew stole the show at the World Clarinet Summit in Japan, 1993. 1995 saw Firth`s reputation as arguably most naturally gifted players since Benny Goodman further enhanced by sensational performances in Germany, France, England and the prestigious North Sea Festival in Holland.

It seems that where ever he performs he leaves critics and fellow players gasping in awe of his ability to either dazzle with his blindingly fast, fluent technique or soulful and beautiful mercurious tone. Andrew is one of that rare breed of young musicians that all too infrequently emerge: equally at home playing Mozart as swingin' like a veteran jazz musician. At the drop of a hat Andrew is able to switch to almost any musical style or setting.

Firth, as well as having performed and toured with such jazz and blues legends as: B.B. King, Wynton Marsarlis, Lee Kontz, Kenny Ball Jazzband, Bud Shank and James Moody, Tommy Emmanuel, Bob Barnard, Don Burrows, The North Texas Big Band, maestro Tommy Tycho, James and John Morrison, has also featured with Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles as both a player and soloist! Firth maintains a philosophy that compels him to contribute as much as possible to the education of future musicians where ever he travels. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Diploma of Education and has lectured in public/private schools as well as Universities both in Australia and overseas. He is also woodwind clinician for Boosey and Hawkes "Australia". Andrew believes that music is a universal language and as such should have no barriers or limits - everyone should have the chance to enjoy the uniting qualities of music regardless. Andrew has produced four fine CD releases - Fresh Starts, Let There Be Firth, Colours and Swingin' Upstairs - which also features Ian Date, John and Natalie Morrison.

 

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