VANCE, Andy (AUS)
Andy Vance’s work is highly regarded in many areas of the Australian music industry. He is an experienced performer in jazz and contemporary styles, a prolific composer and arranger, an inspiring educator and mentor, and a recording artist with a substantial body of work in a variety of styles and ensemble formats. Andy’s major influences include the work of great jazz pianists such as Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Ray Bryant, Kenny Barron, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, all of whom have inspired Andy’s playing since his formative teenage years.
Andy has extensive lecturing / teaching experience at Secondary and Tertiary institutions in Australia. He has taught jazz theory, improvisation, ensemble work and individual tuition at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, and held the position of jazz piano lecturer for 6 years in the jazz faculty at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Andy has developed a clear and simple approach to improvisation for all instruments and vocalists, which has enabled him to work with students of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. He is a mentor to many young, emerging jazz musicians in Australia.
Since 2004, Andy’s performing and recording focus has explored the important connection between sacred music and jazz. Recording 7 albums of hymns in contemporary jazz styles has engaged and resonated with audiences internationally.
Andy Vance is a Christian artist. He is a member of the Creative Arts Team at NewHope Baptist Church in Melbourne, involved in many areas of music ministry and local community events.
As a solo pianist, he is invited to perform at church services, conferences, concerts and outreach and fundraising events across Australia. Andy’s work in linking the heritage of the beautiful old hymns with the musical language of jazz is an ongoing faith journey.
You can communicate with Mr. Vance in English.