Andy Schofield is a saxophonist/arranger from Manchester, UK (born in 1966). He lived in Berlin from 2009-13, and now lives in Prague.
He was active on the UK jazz scene for many years, and was a long-time member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra, working alongside a diversity of international artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Peter Erskine, John Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs, and Vince Mendoza.
In 2005 Andy was commisioned to write a suite to commemorate the 10th Manchester International Jazz Festival, featuring the late John Taylor as guest artist.
The music was recorded in Prague in 2018, and recently released on the CD "Suite For JT", on the Animal Records label.
Andy has been lead alto in Tim Garland's Northern Underground Orchestra, the Creative Jazz Orchestra (in big band projects with Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza and Kenny Wheeler), the John Taylor big band, Czech Radio big band, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra and currently Nikki Iles' Jazz Orchestra (in UK) and Jazz Dock Orchestra (in Prague).
In 2011/12 Andy was a featured soloist on both alto and tenor sax on George Michael's Symphonica European tour, and subsequent album and TV documentary (2014).
As an arranger, Andy has worked in the commercial and jazz worlds, and contributed arrangements to the BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott's Club Jazz Orchestra, UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, Bulgarian Radio Big Band, and Czech Radio Big Band amongst others. His original piece "Hear My Voice" recently won an award in the UMO Big Band Composing Contest in Helsinki, Finland.
He is also a co-founder of the Jazz Dock Orchestra, a big band based at Jazz Dock jazz club in Prague for the last 6 years, playing original compositions and arrangements, as well as repertoire from the great jazz composer/arrangers. The band's debut CD "Tonight" was released in October 2023.
"Alto saxophonist Andy Schofield grows in creative stature."
"Lee Konitz-reminiscent alto sax...has an attractively North-Euro-ECM...feel"
- John Fordham, The Guardian
“The pairing of saxophonist Schofield and pianist Chisnall scores high on melodic sensitivity. Their impeccable, insinuating sound - deployed on beautiful standards like Little Girl Blue or contemporary gems from without (Everybody's Song But My Own) and within the local jazz community (Neutral Tones and Rhoda Jean) - flows back and forth between the duettists, so well-matched in lyricism and eloquence. Hebden Water is well named - with Schofield's floating sax phrases guided by Chisnall's shifting undercurrents. Beautiful but never wispy - the music is too firmly grounded for that. One of the pinnacles of homegrown jazz, and so one of the pinnacles of national jazz too. A classic of chamber jazz”
- Alan Brownlee, Manchester Evening News (Apr 03, 2008)
"Sparkling solos...[one of the] leading British jazz musicians."
- Dave Gelly, The Observer
Photo by Martin Trenkler