Here is a bit about me - standard biog stuff



Andy started to play the blues on the guitar when he was about 13. He soon figured out that he could also do it on the violin too. Shortly afterwards, he heard an Ace of Clubs recording of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt – and has loved the sound of their music ever since.


He started playing violin in cafes around the age of 14 – moved to London in 1980 and has been performing in and around London since then. As a member of The Kimbara Brothers he toured hot club music all over the UK for some years as well as performing with John Etheridge, Tina May, Le Jazz, Fapy Lafertin, Angelo Debarre and many more.


Andy carried on with the guitar too – still playing the blues whilst all his friends were in to punk and the many trends that have followed. He finally gave up the guitar a couple of years ago when all of his guitars were stolen: a sign, if one were needed, to concentrate on the violin.


He was also part of the original Budapest Cafe Orchestra & Szapora line-ups – happily standing aside when he moved to Amsterdam for a few years.


Andy toured around with the celebrated gypsy guitar master, Lollo Meier.


The influences of Artie Shaw and Stephane Grappelli can be heard in Andy's playing – their unparalleled sense of swing, technical excellence and stylish arrangements are second to none.


Recorded with: Andy Aitchison Quartet, Pat McCarthy, Le Quecumbar triple album (with Paulus Schaefer and Ritary Gaguenetti), The Morellos, numerous hot club CDs, The Kimbara Brothers, Jade Warrior, The Vibrators.


Festivals: Upton upon Severn (for over 10 years), Edinburgh, Soho, Brighton, Birmingham, Ealing, Grimsby, St. Albans, Hungerford, Teignmouth, Sheffield, City of London, Namur, Turin, Florence, Metaponto.


The Strad - "Blues-style music-making from a violin-led jazz quartet" "an assured debut"


CDBaby - "There can be little doubt that this band and the release of it’s first album will firmly establish Andy Aitchison up there alongside the leading swing jazz violinists of all time."