Col - Large March 2019

Collarge 2019

On Saturday 2nd March I had the absolute joy of premiering my new large work ‘Col-Large’ written especially for Havering Music Schools’ “Super Saturday” programme and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. It was incredibly exciting to conduct a massive orchestral and large choir, let alone be performing a piece I had written especially for the occasion. Introducing the students (and staff!) to jazz music in this accessible way with a large scale collaborative project (hence the title ‘Col-Large’) was so exciting - seeing everyone embracing scat singing and improvisation and various signals instead of traditional conducting was so incredible. I felt very lucky as a composer to get to experience and premier my own compositions on this kind of scale.

So I bet you’re hoping you can have a listen to it? Well below is a video taken by the head of Saturday Music Centre of the performance which certainly incapsulates the feel of the afternoon if not the whole piece!

It was such an important message to share for live music and performance in Havering and I hope that we can have this piece performed again!

Below is the advert that was created using rehearsal pictures and recordings before the world premier featuring students of the Havering Music School Stage Band which I lead.

Col-Large: February 2019

It’s been a busy February with lots of compositional work to be done!

My main focus has been on a new large scale orchestral piece for Havering Music School and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to play on Super Saturday - March 2nd. Lots of press coverage about this collaboration and outreach work with loads of community music groups all coming together to perform my new piece ‘Col-Large: Collaborative and Large Scale’.

It’s going to be so exciting so do come to Havering Sixth Form College either at 1:20pm to play it or at 3:15pm to hear the finish product! You could even end up on the telly!


I’m also writing the next big band album ‘Christ-Mess Is Coming’ and two other new pieces of theatre alongside potentially a new Theatre In Education show which could showcase lots of new music for Primary School children!

What an exciting month indeed - and March looks to continue the excitement!

Do come and Col-Large with us all on Saturday afternoon!

Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra Promo Video January 2019

I’ve been having a little fun making a lovely promotional video for my gorgeous big band. Do enjoy it below!

It contains some never before seen footage of our soundcheck at Pizza Express Jazz Club for our album launch and of our LINCOMPASS LONDON tour in 2015.

The big question is what is next for the band? If you have some super ideas do get in Contact!

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In other news, London City Big Band ripped Soho a new one last night - check us out in the Spice of Life Soho Instagram below! Such wonderful players and incredible improvisers, it is always such a highlight of every month!

January 2018 Gig List

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019!


New gig dates announced!

Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra @ Peterborough Jazz Club
Sunday 2nd June 2019

So excited to bring my lovely big band back to Peterborough for a second year running. We’ll be performing music from our first album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’ alongside new material we are preparing for the second album we hope to record this year! There’s also discussion of a Christmas album after our successful performance at the Vortex in December - lots to do with the band this year then!


London City Big Band @ The Spice of Life

This is our monthly residency in the charming district of Soho, London and somewhat of a spiritual home of big band jazz for me. The last Wednesday of the month and often featuring tremendous guests (Recently including Shane Hampshire, Steve Trowell, Iain Mackenzie and Anthony Kerr) this is traditional big band playing the catalogues of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Terry Gibbs and many more!

30th January
27th February
20th March
24th April
29th May


ECHO in Essex!

ECHO are a Motown band that are very popular in Havering and Essex. Performing regularly the music from their second studio album ‘Souled Out’ in pubs, clubs, bars and churches this band are high energy and celebrate community!

They have been invited to do a special gig to celebrate the work of The Retailery in Romford on Saturday 26th January 2018 as it closes its’ doors for a final time. Below are the dates for their regular spot at The Drill Pub in Romford.


Andrew Linham @ Jazz at OB’s
Tuesday 30th April 2019

I’ll be performing a tribute to alto saxophonist Paul Desmond with a trio comprised of the wonderful Hilary Cameron, Ted Simkins and Dave Grant.

The Ken Turner Band and Urban Big Band who I also work with will have new dates to announce soon too!

I hope this year bring us all much success and excitement!


Christmas 2018

Last night my big band and I had an absolutely incredible time at the Vortex Jazz Club playing some Christmas Classics with a Linham twist alongside our heady mix of original material. The audience response was huge and it was a memorable and special evening, least of all because I sang an original song with the band and all of the saxophones had to play glockenspiel! Check out a video of that below kindly stolen from the twitter of trumpet superstar Tom Syson.

If that doesn’t make you feel Christmassy I don’t know what will.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Andrew x