Andy takes aim with a cool jazz vibe

Musician Andy Fleet lives in Berkhamsted and released his second album Takin' Aim on Monday
Musician Andy Fleet lives in Berkhamsted and released his second album Takin' Aim on Monday

Being described as an artist you’d want to leave on repeat is certainly no bad thing for a musician.

And that’s exactly what magazine Blues Rock Review said about Andy Fleet after listening to his new album, Takin’ Aim, and awarded it a nine out of ten.

Accomplished pianist and vocalist Andy is a familiar face on the local live circuit and has lived in Berkhamsted for the past eight years.

The new album is described by Andy himself as having a “jazzy blues, piano-led vibe with a New Orleans influence”.

Cheerfully-named Takin’ Aim is the follow up to Andy’s first album The Night Falls Fast back in 2009, and has been released on the Low Vinyl label.

It features upright sounds from bassist Rob Rickenberg, Joe Evans on drums and American trumpet player Andrew Carriere.

Trendy Camden venue The Forge will host the official album launch tomorrow night, and will feature a full band composition, with Andre Canniere on trumpet and saxophone maestro Chez Taylor. Horns do well to provide that pleasingly-recognisable New Orleans flavour.

Andy, who has played the piano since the age of 10, said: “The reviews I’ve been getting are great.”

Influences and inspiration for Andy’s work include – among others – the likes of Leonard Cohen, Allen Toussaint and Mose Allison.

As well as making music, Andy relishes teaching it at his rock sessions at Hemel Hempstead School.

As the founder of KZR Music, Andy teaches talented 11 to 17-year-olds by grouping them into small ‘bands’, allowing them to dip their toe into the water and learn to perform as an ensemble.

The two day workshops – in which Andre Canniere and Nick McNulty join Andy in sharing their expertise –culminate in a showcase gig for friends and family.

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