Andy Firth is one of a very small number of Australian
artists to have ever performed a concert under their own name at
On the evening of the 21st March 2008, Andy Firth
played a concert billed as “Goodman & Beyond” to
a standing ovation. Andy Firth’s guest artist for this special
event was living jazz legend and Andy’s jazz clarinet mentor,
Buddy DeFranco. An excellent US rhythm section consisting of award
winning artists, Gary Motley (piano), Paul Keller (bass) and Pete
Siers (drums) supported Andy & Buddy for this “history-making”
The concert featured musical tributes to Benny
Goodman, Artie Shaw, Buddy DeFranco, Eddie Daniels and Australian
jazz icon, Don Burrows. An afterglow reception party was hosted
after the concert for VIPS and invited guests at Jumeirah Essex
House overlooking Central Park. Andy Firth can also be heard playing
the jazz clarinet solos on “Australia”, the new Baz
“Andy Firth is the first clarinettist
in 30 years or so, since Eddie Daniels, that I have really paid
attention to…what he can do on the clarinet, I consider
to be impossible-yes, true! The thing is, Andy doesn’t know
this…and I’m not gonna tell him”.
Buddy DeFranco (US Living jazz clarinet legend). 21st
March, Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall as Andy’s guest
artist for Andy’s “Goodman & Beyond” debut
concert at Carnegie Hall. New York.
Andy Firth was also honoured to accept and perform
a concert on March 19th at the Australian Consulate General in New
York. Talented Australian jazz pianist Monique diMattina (now living
in New York) accompanied Andy Firth on this occasion. The concert
was described by officials as one of the best and well attended
concerts ever given at the Australian Consulate building in New
York. Australian Consulate General, The Honourable John Olsen gave
a heartfelt and informative talk about Andy Firth and his musical
achievements and praised Andy Firth for his standards of excellence
whilst promoting Australian music in the United States. The Honourable
John Olsen and his wife Julie Olsen also attended Andy Firth’s
debut recital at Carnegie Hall on the 21st March.
Andy Firth then flew to Florida and gave a master
class and performance at the University of Florida before heading
to Los Angeles to play at the Il Moro club with the wonderful jazz
guitarist, Jim Fox.
“You’re amongst the very greats
Andy! A wonderful success story”.
Alan Jones on 2GB 14th March 2008.
“'Once in a blue moon along comes an artist whose
talent, musicianship and expertise is awesome. Such a man is
Andy Firth, whose reputation as a brilliant performer is Australia
wide and acknowledged Internationally as well. He is a sought-after
wonderful teacher, a lecturer of “good music” and
a fine composer. I am privileged to be associated with him and
also call him a friend.'”
Maestro Tommy Tycho. AM. MBE
“'I have never heard anything like
this guy; he is a one in a million! His musicality and playing
is totally unique! Andy Firth is, in my opinion, one of our
greatest artists and musicians like him pass this way but once.
I am thrilled to have met and heard him perform!'”
Vincent J. Abato (Revered U.S reeds virtuoso & teacher.
14th August 2006, USA.)
Andy Firth has performed with some of the world’s
Buddy DeFranco, Ingrid Jensen, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis-(associate
guest artist) B.B. king-(associate guest artist), Lee Konitz, Gary
Motley, Jay Hungerford, Ken Kehner, Joe Berger, Bud Shank, James
Moody, Don Lusher, Steve Harlos, Steve Haughton, The Dutch Swing
College Band, Kenny Ball and his jazz men and Acker Bilk.
Australian artists include:
Maestro Tommy Tycho, Anthony Warlow, Marina Prior, Julie Anthony,
Don Burrows, Tommy Emmanuel, George Golla, James Muller, Ray Alderidge,
Julian Lee, Kevin Hunt, Galapagos Duck, Rolf Harris, Daryl Somers.OAM,
Tony Gould Trio, Jackie Love, Little Pattie, Bob Barnard, Ian Date,
Graeme Bell, Tom Baker, Ed Wilson, Vince Jones, Jonathan Wade, Ian
Cooper, Peter Hooper, James Clark, Nic Cecire, Terence Koo, Andrew
Wallace, Nick Sinclair, Jamie Jones, Anita Wardel, The Society Syncopators,
Myles Collins, Larry Stellar, Rob Guest, Mike Nelson, John Foreman,
Jonathan Wade, James & John Morrison and many more. Andy also
worked with the late great Ricky May, and Bobby Limb.
Andy Firth has also worked with many of Australia’s
major symphony orchestras as a jazz and classical soloist where
the great Australian Maestro, Tommy Tycho, often features him as
soloist in his musical arrangements. In April 2006 Andy Firth was
honoured with an Australian MO AWARD for "Best Jazz Instrumentalist".
See biography page for more information.
“How do you describe an all-star woodwind
pop, rock, jazz and classical musician who plays by his own rules?
Perhaps the best choice is to admit that there’s no easy
way to depict the overwhelming talent and potential of Australian,
Andy Firth. Possessing an eloquent and explosive fluency on both
saxophone and clarinet, his style ranges from blindingly quick,
volatile technique, to a soulful, lyrical tone guaranteed to melt
the average listener. His music includes a mind-bogglingly supersonic
clarinet version of “flight of the bumblebee”, aptly
named “the funky bee”, and a virtuoso pairing of two
jazz classics, “Rhapsody in Blue” and “Misty”,
in which he takes that famed glissando to new heights-in fact,
an entire octave higher!” “Firth’s astounding
ability, combined with a refreshingly simple philosophy of music,
has led him to a unique blend of clarinet, saxophone, jazz, classical,
rock and pop, one which transcends traditional boundaries.”
Rico People & Products Magazine (USA). Fall 1997.
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"Lady be good" from the Live in "Swingfield" CD. Clar: Andy
Firth, Bass: Jay Hungerford, Piano: Ken Kehner, Drums: Joe Berger.
Andy Firth & jazz legend, Buddy DeFranco in Aug.2007
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