Andy Cooper, Clarinet and Vocals
Andy started playing clarinet at school in Oxford. After leaving Art College at Cambridge he turned professional in 1963 playing with the London City Stompers, Charlie Galbraith All Stars and the Alan Elsdon Band with whom he toured and recorded with his idol Edmond Hall.
He joined Kenny Ball's Jazzmen in 1967 and in 1968 recorded "I Wanna Be Like You" from Walt Disney's Jungle Book which has now become his trade mark! Also in 1968 with the Kenny Ball Band he played the London birthday concerts with Louis Armstrong.
He has done countless world tours, national and international TV, Radio and recordings. Andy recorded a successful Jazz House CD with his son Paul in 1995 he really enjoyed doing. He also makes appearances with the European Jazz Giants.
Now at this stage of his career he is making more time to play with the Andy Cooper's Euro Top 8 and to play with musicians he has always admired. "Music should be fun to play, with me it certainly is and the audience will always enjoy that too" quotes Andy! This can be seen with every musician in the Top 8 Band.
Photo courtesy of Andy Cooper