Autumn 2020

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LEARNING THE BLUES with Andrea Vicari

12, 16, 19, 23, 26 & 30 NOVEMBER 2020 UK: 11.00–12.30 Singapore & Hong Kong: 19.00–20.30 Japan: 20.00–21.00

An online course of six sessions for intermediate jazz musicians who play any instrument. Taught by top UK and international jazz musicians, the topics include improvisation, jazz structures and harmonic patterns, melody for vocalists and instrumentalists, the art of accompaniment, the role of the rhythm section and exploring playing by the greatest jazz stars. Each session includes work for you to do in your own time afterwards. At the end of the course, you will be given a certificate of completion if you do all six sessions. ZOOM is used for all sessions. In the final session, Andrea Vicari, director of the Dordogne International Jazz Summer School leads us through the influence of the blues on jazz, using the Sonny Rollins tune Sonnymoon For Two, we will explore the harmonic and melodic possibilities that the blues can offer.

Suffolk Jazz School Zoom Workshop

Caravan with Andrea Vicari. 7pm - 8.30pm. Wednesday 9th September. £10. Join acclaimed pianist and jazz educator Andrea Vicari for this online workshop on Zoom as she delves into that great jazz classic "Caravan". Plus support lessons on Tipeee coming soon

To apply, send an email to stating which instrument you play and which workshop(s) you want to do and also send your payment of £10 to their account: Suffolk Jazz School Ltd. Starling Bank, Sort Code 60-83-71. Account no: 40427688. Please give your name as a reference and say which workshops(s) you are applying for. You can also pay by PayPal, please Neil me know if you wish to do so.

MONTY-VIDEO presents COLD DUCK TIME (Confit de Canard)

To celebrate the fact that we are still standing and keen to go ahead with this year's Dordogne jazz summer school I present on behalf of Telly "ElTel" Knight and all the Monty regulars this splendid socially distanced, lockdown downtown funker - the course signature tune back in the day.

As part of the programme "The Jamming Book" is making a comeback. An off-the-peg jamming repertoire for the socially distanced jazz musician containing parts in C, Bb, Eb, and Bass all in one book. Copies available at this year's Dordogne Jazz Summer School or online in .pdf format at with a complete set of live-trio playalongs.

Jamming Book lessons on TIPEEE

Latest lessons on the all-time favourite standard 'Autumn Leaves' following on from the Blues module containing with multipart lessons on C-Jam, Sonnymoon for Two and Billie's Bounce; and standard "Fly Me to the Moon". Also available lessons on MODES; FUNCTIONAL HARMONY: LYDIAN SCHMIDIAN etc. get prepped for Monty !


@The Crypt, Camberwell, Friday 20th September

@Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham, Saturday February 22nd


Tuesday Feb 4 8.30 Andrea Vicari Trio + Jam

Oliver’s Jazz Club, 9 Nevada Street, Greenwich, SE10 9JL

@theotherpalace, Saturday February 1st 2020

The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA London

Jazz London Radio presents the Jazz London Radio All Stars; a special band put together to showcase the Presenters who are top musicians on the jazz scene. Andrea Vicari: piano, Deirdre Cartwright: guitar, Emily Saunders: vocals, Dorian Lockett: bass and Sophie Alloway: drums.

@The Crypt, Camberwell, Friday 20th September

@Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Saturday 19th October 2019

Stunning performance by @AVicari_Jazz Ex Tempore at brilliant @teignmouthjazz festival @YazzAhmed1 @alba_nacinovich#RosaBrunello @dhamblett @susakpress @PavilionsTQ14 @Teignbridge @visitsouthdevon

— Peter Marsh (@PeterMarsh307) October 19, 2019

@Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Saturday 19th October


Great photo set from our sellout gig @JazzliveSE5|The Crypt on Friday. Thanks to photographer Daniel Devlin @susakpress


@The Crypt, Camberwell, Friday 20th September

NJE, Sunday 22nd September

Scarborough jazz festival


Friday 20th September

Andrea Vicari and Yazz Ahmed with the New Jazz Extempore Band (see below for details!!) at the Crypt in Camberwell Details of the band are below and this is a rare opportunity to see this band with Europeans and many women (myself included!). 

Sunday 22nd September

Andrea Vicari and Yazz Ahmed with the New Jazz Extempore Band
at Scarborough jazz festival

Tuesday 8th October

at Olivers Jazz bar “Turnt Tuesdays’ series
with Gwilym Jones
 plus Jam session

Friday 11th October

Marsden Jazz Festival with the Crissy Lee Orchestra

Saturday 19th October

Andrea Vicari and Yazz Ahmed with the New Jazz Extempore Band
at  Teignmouth Jazz Festival

Sunday 27th October

Andrea Vicari Band
featuring Duncan Eagles (sax), Nic France (drums), Dorian Lockett (bass)
at the Oval Tavern lunchtime 1pm.

Thursday 31st October

Andrea Vicari and Trudy Kerr
Buenos Aires Cafe Latin nights

Friday 1st November 

Andrea Vicari featuring with the George Double group

Sunday 15th December

Clare Hirst/Claude Deppa band
at the Oval Tavern lunchtime 1pm.

Andrea Vicari and ‘New Jazz Extempore’ Some of Europe’s best female jazz artists playing original jazz music with electronics. Andrea Vicari (UK) - piano, Yazz Ahmed (Bahrain/UK) - trumpet, Rosa Brunello (Italy)- Bass, Alba Nacinovich (Croatia) - vocals; Dave Hamblett (UK) drums.

Andrea Vicari "a sharp post-bop piano improviser and prolific composer - breathtakingly eclectic" (The Guardian) has five albums under her own name; recently performed at Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Festival; and The Jazz Caféwith Claude Deppa. Returning to the 2019 Scarborough Festival with this band. She has performed with world greats Eddie Harris and Art Farmer.

Yazz Ahmed,an international jazz star who seeks to blur the lines between jazz and electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage. 

Rosa Brunello(bass) “manages to bring to mind the intelligent storm of Weather Report, the visionary insight of John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, the flickering unpredictability of the themes of Ornette Coleman”,“..a young artist with a distinctive vision and the determination to make it real.” (Brian Morton)

Alba Nacinovich(Croatia)has “A voice in between Morissette and Natasha Khan by way of Björk, astounding for her vocal variety and capacity to challenge the impossible… sonic inventions of remarkable refinement.”

Dave Hamblett(UK) is a first-call drummer on the burgeoning young London Jazz scene with artists including Ivo Neame, Snowpoet, Elchin Shirinov, Flying Machines, Abram Wilson, Escape Hatch, Duncan Eagles ; plus legends George Garzone and the late Kenny Wheeler.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra


Northern Trio Tour

Northern Trio Tour

Northern Trio Tour



Northern Trio Tour

Northern Trio Tour


Live at Ipswich Jazz Festival

The Deppa Hirst Band has performed at Marlborough; Greenwich and Swanage Jazz Festivals. The music is a mixture of Claude and Clare's eclectic compositions with influences from Township Jive to Brazilian Samba and Jamaican Reggae. Completing the lineup is pianist; composer and broadcaster Andrea Vicari and multibassist Dorian Lockett, here on electric bass and Brian Abrahams on drums. This album was recorded live at Ipswich Jazz festival.

But now from BANDCAMP

Claude Deppa

Twenty-first-century woman song

New Jazz Ex-Temporé

international jazz ensemble at


The Austerity Playbook

A new musical by Mark O'Thomas - music by Andrea Vicari - directed by André Pink

Watch the full performance from Hoxton Hall

New Jazz Ex-Temporé
international jazz ensemble at




Andrea's albums are now available to download from Bandcamp including "Lunar Spell" not previously digitally released



REVIEW BY JAZZWISE Austerity playbook review


Friday 18 January 2019 8pm

The satirical jazz musical by Andrea Vicari and Mark O'Thomas
Directed by Andre Pink for the Dende Collective

New Jazz Ex-Temporé
international jazz ensemble
Some of Europe’s best female jazz artists playing original jazz music with electronics

Andrea Vicari - piano/keyboards : Yazz Ahmed - trumpet/electronics
Rosa Brunello - double bass : Alba Nacinovich - vocals/electronics

Following on from the 2018 Jazz Extempore project in Croatia the band will be touring the UK in September 2019. 

Currently booked for Scarborough Jazz Festival


To book this band, or Andrea's other ensembles email:-


Andrea interviewed New York based guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg before his sell-out gig at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in Jazz.  Combining timeless melodicism with forward thinking lines and textures, His style and approach has created a strong following of fans around the world.  He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, who says of Kreisberg "He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation." Kreisberg

Twenty-first-century woman song

Twenty-first-century Woman


Twenty-first-century Woman

Andrea is recording a charity single for International Women's Day with Joanna Forbes L'Estrange at the world famous Abbey Road Studios today (Thursday 22 November)

Abbey Road Session

Teignmouth Jazz Festival 2018

Andrea Vicari created a special arrangement for the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra played in a gala concert opening the Teignmouth Jazz Festival 2018.

Twenty-first-century Woman

Andrea will be recording a charity single for International Women's Day with Joanna Forbes L'Estrange at the world famous Abbey Road Studios this week

“Twenty-first-century woman is a gospel-style song for women’s voices and band, inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s famous 2018 Golden Globes acceptance speech. It will be recorded at Abbey Road Studios on 22nd November 2018 by stars of London’s West End scene, singers from Hollywood film soundtracks and an all-female band of top London session musicians. The recording of #twentyfirstcenturywomansong will be directed by the song’s composer, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, and released on Friday, 8 March 2019, International Women’s Day. All proceeds from downloads of the track will go to CARE International to support women and girls around the world. Find us on social media at #twentyfirstcenturywomansong "


Jazz Liburnia JazzExtemporé project 2018

Teignmouth Jazz Festival 2018

Looking forward to playing at Teignmouth Jazz Festival with my trio on Sat Nov 17th but especially with Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra on Fri 16th The Pavilions premiering a specially written new chart "Screen Time".


Jonathan Kreisberg Interview

This Week (November 6th) Andrea interviews USA guitar virtuoso Jonathan Kreisberg on Andrea Vicari's JazzDoodles show on Jazz London Radio Tuedays/Thurdays 3pm Saturday 3.30pm

Jazz Liburnia JazzExtemporé project 2018

Andrea Vicari reunites with Yazz Ahmed for this year's Jazz Ex-Tempore project November 10-15th in Croatia

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Richard Butler MBE, Performing Arts Subject Leader at UVHS, said the workshop was once in a lifetime. “It was brilliant for the students because most of them have not experienced anything like this before , to get a workshop with top professionals and an artist like Andrea Vicari is amazing"

Read the article here


National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Andrea is running some outreach workshops for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.


Jazz London Radio All Stars

Jazz London Radio believes in playing quality music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Presenters share that passion and they bring that mentality to the station on a daily basis. They are significant figures on the jazz scene, either in jazz administration or as important composers who have released great records over the years.  The Presenters will get together for a night of top class jazz, performing their best compositions for the delight of the Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Andrea Vicari (piano), Dorian Lockett (bass), Sophie Alloway (drums) + Chris Hodgkins + Emily Saunders + Kevin Davy +Deirdre Cartwright + Todd Gordon PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho) OCTOBER 3RD

Full details and booking at: Pizza Express booking


Andrea Vicari interviewed internationally renowned US drum star Peter Erskine who enjoyed 'RockStar" fame as part of legendary band "Weather Report" in the 1970s before a long an illustrious career alongside musicians such as Joni Mitchell, John Taylor, Eliane Elias, Steps Ahead, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Brecker Brothers, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton, John Scofield etc. He appears on 700 albums and film scores, and has won two Grammy Awards, plus an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music (1992). Erskine Interview

 Andrea will be performing at the Birmingham JazzLegends Festival on Saturday May 12th with Yazz AhmedLegends
Andrea will be performing at the Greenwich Gin and Jazz Festival on Friday May 4th with The Claude Deppa and Clare Hirst Band

GiN and JAZZ
Andrea Vicari with the Julian Marc Stringle Band in November,
with Alec Dankworth and Dave Barry

CHINA 2017

3rd Maritime Silk Road Art Festival
Elvis Staniç Group

Quanzhou, China 3rd Maritime Silk Road Art Festival
Elvis Stanic - guitar, Andrea Vicari - piano, Tonci Grabusic- drums; Damjan Grbac - bass

Andrea Vicari will be travelling to Quanzhou in China to perform at major concert halls in the Silk Road festival as part of the Elvis Stanic group. Andrea has had a long-term collaboration with the Croatian guitar through their participation in the 'JazzExtempore'project.

East and West" .. demonstrates their apparently never-ending scope for harmonic creativity and highly-focused improvisation"
The Musician Magazine

Jazz Ex-Temporé “An important and enjoyable contribution to the new, emergent European jazz - full of confidence and creativity.” Dave Gelly - Observer Jazz Critic

"fabulous, fluid playing by all with Andrea’s sweet, choral vocal tone gelling the irregular bar lengths into a melodic melange." London Jazz News

The Austerity Playbook

A new musical by Mark O'Thomas
music by Andrea Vicari
directed by André Pink

Northern Stage, Barras Bridge,
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 7RH
With the kind support of the Economic and Social Research Council, Newcastle University and Durham University
Dende Collective in association with Mark O’Thomas and Andrea Vicari


JazzLondonRadio Allstars November 16th
Jazz live @The Crypt, St Giles Church, Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5, Camberwell
Trumpeters Chris Hodgkins and Kevin Davy, guitarist Deirdrie Cartwright, vocalist Emily Saunders and pianist Andrea Vicari with Dorian Lockett and Nic France

Ronnie Scott's

August 21st
Andrea will be performing on August 21st 2017 at the world famous Ronnie scott's jazz club in Soho, London as part on the annual international piano festival alongside such global greats as Peter Beets (Holland), Tord Gustavsen (Norway)


The new book of original piano pieces by

available to buy from lulu publishing

A-Rhythm-A-Tik is a collection of 27 original pieces in a variety of styles, levels and keys and is suitable for teenagers and adult learners. The music includes improvisation over simple harmonic structures and the level is from grades 3-6 (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music).
There are contemporary pieces influenced by jazz, classical , popular, TV themes and light music. Much of the music has a strong rhythmic element and identities such as swing, funk and latin. Many of the improvisations focus on groove rather than complex harmony. The arrangements are flexible and the performer can choose whether to include the improvisation or not. Rigid observing of the notated music is not necessary and again pianists may deviate from the written material as long as much of the important elements of the composition are in place. The music comes with a series of online lessons by the composer herself. LESSONS

New Recording : THE HOUSE

The House
Andrea has recorded an album of original songs and arrangements with UK based Austrailian singer Trudy Kerr - "The House" on Jazzizit records. Trudy Kerr's latest album features four original songs co-written by Andrea and Trudy; and one Vicari vocal composition; alongside Trudy's reworkings and arrangements of classic standards and lyrics set to jazz instrumental pieces.


on Jazz London Radio Tuesdays & Thursdays 3pm ; Saturdays 4pm (UK time)

London's Internet Jazz Radio Station

Andrea recently began a career as a broadcaster and journalist with a weekly show on including interviews with international jazz greats like pianist John Taylor, drummer Bill Stewart, Larry Goldings, Hiromi, Marc Copland, John Abercrombie and harmonica star Antonio Serrano.

Podcasts of her interviews can be heard here

Shows air Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm and Saturday at 3.30pm

South Africa 2016

*Andrea Vicari was appointed to the judging panel of the 2016 University of South Africa Jazz Piano competition which ran from 26 January to 06 February 2016 Unisa Muckleneuk Campus, Pretoria, South Africa.



Andrea Vicari made her mark on the jazz scene both as a pianist and composer and has five albums under her own name as well as two records with ‘Jazz Extempore’; a multi-national project formed through a cultural exchange initiated in Croatia. Andrea has written music for this band and arranged UK tours including a recent residency at Lyth Arts Centre in Scotland. She has just released an album of original songs with vocalist Trudy Kerr called ‘The House”. Most recently Andrea has performed the Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Festival; Swanage, Marlborough and Ipswich Jazz Festivals with South African jazz stars Claude Deppa and Brian Abrahams; Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Festival with Steve Waterman; Stratford Jazz, Shrewsbury Jazz ; Scarborough Jazz Festival; and The Bulls Head Barnes with Ex Ronnie Scott sax player Mornington Lockett. She has performed with world greats Eddie Harris and Art Farmer. As well as being musical director of the Dordogne Jazz Summer School Andrea is a jazz piano professor and senior lecturer at Trinity Laban Conservatoire - one of the leading colleges in Britain for Jazz studies.

Andrea presents a weekly radio programme on; "Andrea Vicari's Jazz Doodles”; which debuts every Tuesday at 3pm and is repeated at various times throughout the week. In the past year she has broadcast interviews with leading jazz artists including John Taylor; Hiromi; US stars Bill Stewart; Marc Copland; John Abercrombie and Larry Goldings; plus Bill Laurance (Snarky Puppy); Omar Puente; Joe Stilgoe; Bobo Stenson and many more.

Andrea’s latest project is a jazz musical called “The Austerity Playbook” which premiered to a full-house at Northern Stage in Newcastle

Andrea will be touring China with Jazz Extemporé in December 2017

"Andrea Vicari's playing is a constant delight - intense, probing, and generating a seemingly endless succession of ideas” JazzUK 

"a sharp post-pob piano improviser and prolific composer - breathtakingly eclectic. The Guardian

"one of the most brilliant young jazz musicians in the UK - an outstanding pianist and superbly fertile composer" Penguin Rough Guide to Jazz

"a sharp post-bop piano
improviser and prolific composer - breathtakingly eclectic"
The Guardian

"..never-ending scope for harmonic creativity and highly-focused improvisation"
The Musician Magazine

"a considerable compositional and bandleading talent".
The Times

"irresistibly catchy"
The Observer

"distinctive and original compositions & consistently fine piano playin..she's something special"
BBC Radio 2

"Who else in jazz raises frivolity to this level of the sublime?"
Mike Butler | Metro

"one of the most brilliant jazz musicians in the UK - an outstanding pianist and superbly fertile composer" 
Penguin Rough Guide to Jazz

"frenetic, orgasmic, mindblowing"
BeBop Spoken Here