A CV of sorts

Born in 1965 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Andrew originally trained as a musician. He went to Colchester Institute where he studied double bass with Tony Hougham. Since then he has worked as a jazz and rock double and electric bassist playing and recording, most notably, with The Flanagan Ingham QuartetSteve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Chris Ingham and Jazz at the Movies (see below). However, he has also played and/or recorded with, amongst others, Alan Clare, Tommy WhittleTal Farlow, Peter Erskine, Respectable GrooveBenny Green, Pete King, Alan Barnes, John EtheridgePeter Oxley, Roger Beaujolais, Toni Kofi, Chris Garrick, Tina May, Trudy KerrEddie Prevost, Lol Coxhill, Don Lusher and Jim Scott. He also spent a year off and on in France as a session player working with a variety of pop and jazz groups.

Stan Britt (Author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Frank Sinatra - A Tribute) wrote:

Andy Brown's full toned bass is a linchpin of the [Flanagan Ingham] Quartet's musical activities. For this listener, he has the pivotal role similar to that occupied for forty years by Percy Heath of the MJQ. Indeed Brown's playing, whether as rhythm section anchor or occasional soloist, has much in common with the veteran American. Little higher praise can I offer than that . . . (Liner notes to the Flanagan Ingham Quartet's album Zanzibar).

And Jack Massarik, the Jazz critic for the London Evening Standard, described Andrew as "a committedly soulful player".

Andrew's major current musical involvement is with the pianist and singer Chris Ingham. Click on the following links to read and hear more about this:

The Chris Ingham Quartet plays Hoagy Carmichael

Jazz at the Movies
Playing with Mark Crooks in Jazz at the Movies

Andrew is also one of the regular bassists in the house trio (with Chris Ingham, piano and Russ Morgan, drums) at the Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds. Here's what some folk have said about us:

  • “Like being driven around in a Rolls Royce” Art Themen
  • “It doesn’t get any better than this” Enrico Tomasso
  • “Like having my own guys with me” Peter King
  • “A Rolls-Royce rhythm section” Mark Crooks
  • “Great trio and, more importantly, quite co-operative” Alan Barnes
Watch some Youtube footage of performances here.

Another project occasionally on the go is the quartet Riprap which recorded a set of poetry by the American Beat poet, eco-warrior, Buddhist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Gary Snyder. This quartet has also worked the British poets Ruth PadelMalcolm Guite and Grevel Lindop. Here's a promo video for the band:

Throughout his career as a musician he studied theology and philosophy and in 1997 went up to Oxford University (Harris Manchester College) to train for the ministry where he obtained a first class degree in theology. In 2000 he took up the position of minister to the Memorial (Unitarian) Church in Cambridge. In June 2001 his application to take a Lambeth MA was turned down on religious grounds which caused some considerable controversy in educational circles. He later obtained his Masters degree in the field of the Study of Jewish Christian Relations at The Woolf Institute where he also worked between 2009 and July 2012 as a tutor and researcher for their Centre for Public Education. A major project for the Institute was a course for the National Health Service exploring end-of-life issues. During 2009-2012 he was a Police Chaplain with the Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Andrew has long been active in multi and interfaith fields both with bodies like the East of England Faiths Council (EEFC) and also with the Metropolitan Police and the National Health Service. In November 2007 he chaired a NATO sponsored conference at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst on the subject of Engaging with Religion for Building Peace: The Experience of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Susanna in Cambridge
He married Susanna in 1996.

Other passions: cycling, walking, photography and tea.


Further Education:
1997-2000: B.Th. (Oxon.) First Class Honours (Harris Manchester College, Oxford)

1997-2000: Certificate of Ministry (Harris Manchester College, Oxford)

2004: MA with distinction in the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (Anglia Polytechnic University, The Woolf Institute, Cambridge)

1998: Elected scholar of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Articles and book chapters:
1993-1997: Regular contributor to the techniques pages of Bassist and Guitarist magazines.

2002: “Martineau’s Hymn Books: his evolving thought and their influence on the Unitarian Movement” - Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society Vol 22 No. 4

2002: “Is there a future for the Unitarian Christian tradition?” Prospects for the Unitarian Movement (ed. M. Smith, Lindsey Press, London).

2004: “John Henry Muirhead – A brush with the Unitarian ministry” Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society Vol 23 No. 2

2005: “James Martineau: The Development of his Religious Thought and its influence on 19th Century Unitarianism as reflected in his editorship of his three hymn books” A James Martineau Miscellany (ed., A. S. Hankinson, The Martineau Society, Oxford).

2007: Co-author with John C. Morgan of “Daybreak and Eventide – A little book of prayers and worship for individuals, small groups and house churches” (Lighthouse Editions/Unitarian Christian Association).

2007: Author of a chapter entitled “The Religious Society of Czech Unitarians (RSCU) and the construction of Czech national identity” in The Religious Roots of Contemporary European Identity (ed. Lucia Faltin and Melanie J. Wright, Continuum Press).

2013: Author of two articles, “British Unitarian Hymnody” and “James Martineau,” in The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnody (ed. J. R. Watson).

Selected Recordings:
1992: Water on the Stone — John Ward
1995: Zanzibar – Flanagan/Ingham Quartet 
1996: East Coast Joys – The Peter Oxley Trio 
1996: Poetic Justice – Steve Harley
1998: Waking Dreams — John Ward
1999: Textile Lunch – Flanagan/Ingham Quartet 
2006: Riprap – Kevin Flanagan Quartet 
2007: The Day is Done – Saskia
2009: Step Inside Love – Saskia
2012: Snow Blue Night — Riprap (aka the Kevin Flanagan Quartet)
2014: Hoagy — The Chris Ingham Quartet
2015: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang — Jazz At The Movies
2017: Dudley — The Chris Ingham Quartet

A stop for tea at Tilbury-juxta-Clare.