Andrew Robb was born in and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. He started learning double bass at the age of seven and became immersed in classical and jazz music. Equally versatile in both styles, Andrew left George Heriot’s School in 2007 and finished a 7th year at St Mary’s Music School. He led the double bass section of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He Graduated with a Bmus Jazz at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2:1.
He won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2009 which led to his band and arrangements, being featured on BBC Scotland and BBC3 as well as performing at the Edinburgh, Glasgow and London Jazz festivals.
As a sideman he plays with the award winning Alan Benzie’s piano Trio, Henry Spencer’s Juncture, Renato D’Aiello’s Quartet resident on Monday nights at Ronnie Scotts and David Patrick’s Rite of Spring Octet and Debussy Dectet. As well as touring extensively in the UK and Europe Andrew was recently accepted to start a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen and recently won 2nd Prize in the BassEurope 2016 Congress Jazz Competition in Prague.
As a performer Andrew has been fortunate enough to have performed with international artists such Jazz Messengers trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, New York pianist David Berkman, vibraphone and marimba virtuoso Arthur Lipner, Saxophone stars Peter Ehwald, Tommy Smith and Tim Garland, top Hammond organist Tony Monaco and Norwegian double bass phenomenon Arild Andersen.
In the UK Andrew has performed as a sideman with the following musicians:
Saxophone: Tom Challenger, Mark Hanslip, Peter King, Mornington Locket, James Allsopp Julian Arguelles, George Crowley, Dave O’Higgins, Alan Skidmore, Brian Edwards, Mark Lockheart, Martin Speake, Ru Pattison, Sammy Mayne, Michael Chillingworth, Josh Arcoleo, Zhenya Strigalev, Tori Freestone, Alan Barnes
Trumpet: Quentin Collins, Percy Purseglove, Colin Steele, Freddy Gavita Reuben Fowler, Miguel Gorodi, Henry Spencer, Laura Jurd, Byron Wallen
Trombone: Mark Nightingale, Rick Taylor
Flute: Gareth Lockrane
Piano: David Newton, Julian Joseph, Barry Green, Kit Downes, Gareth Williams, Tim Lapthorn, Robert Aspland, Brian Kellock, John Turville, Alan Benzie, Gabriel Latchin, Rick Simpson, Bruno Heinen, Sam Leak, Mike Gorman, Rob Brockway, Malcolm Edmonstone, Paul Kirby, David Patrick
Vibraphone: Jim Hart, Nat Steele
Drums: Ian Thomas, Jon Scott, Clark Tracey, James Maddren, Dave Smith, Paul Clarvis, Dave Wickens, Rod Youngs, Matt Home, Josh Morrison, Dave Hamblett, David Ingamells, Andrew Bain, Patrick Davey, Jonathan Silk, Marton Juhasz, Ole Seimetz, Chris Higginbottom, Matt Fishwick
Guitar: Jim Mullen, Hannes Riepler, Kristian Borring, Nicholas Costley-White, David Preston, Ant Law, Alan Weekes
Singers: Christine Tobin, Ian Shaw, Polly Gibbons, Trudy Kerr, Brigitte Beraha, Liane Carroll, Jacqui Dankworth, Tina May, Fini Bearman, Anthony Strong, Atila Huseyin, Todd Gordon
Orchestras: The Orpheus Orchestra, The Southbank Sinfonia, Camarata Scotland, Berwick Festival Opera