Andrew Boniwell Group
Kevin Turcotte-Trumpet, Rich Underhill-Sax, Andrew Boniwell-Piano, Mark Cashion- Bass & Mike McLelland-D
Andrew Boniwell and The Uncertainty Principle present original catchy, contemporary jazz tunes with great horn harmonies and great improvising. Expect playful yet serious, free but structured, uncertain yet certain - overall a rewarding listening experience!
Andrew has been a professional piano player on the Toronto jazz scene since 1980. A frequent participant in the Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival he has also appeared at the Distillery Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival and the Barrie Jazz Festival.
Andrew has performed with the Juno award-winning contemporary jazz orchestra NOJO, and plays with many of Toronto's finest jazz musicians including Richard Underhill (JUNO winner 2003), Mike Murley (multiple JUNO winner), Kevin Turcotte, Michael Occhipinti (NOJO), Barry Romberg and Quinsin Nachoff (now based in NYC).
Andrew newest project is his quintet, Andrew Boniwell and The Uncertainty Principle. His first CD with this unit, Boomerang was released in 2011. It features finely crafted and groovy compositions with a varied rhythmic palette and a front line of Richard Underhill (alto sax) and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet).
Jim Galloway, past Director of Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival reviewed Boomerang for Whole Note magazine saying this, ”..the compositions are inventive and the musicians all bring a cohesive and creative energy to the music...a good example of the fine talents right here on our own doorstep”.
Andrew’s previous CD, StopStart also on Soundcolour Records (1999), features The Andrew Boniwell Quartet playing his compositions. Reviewers found the quartet’s exploration of texture, dynamics and harmony “innovative” (Ottawa Citizen) and “adventurous” (Toronto Star) while the quartet's playing was described as “letting the music flow out of their veins” (Coda Magazine).
Here is what Larry Rossignol, artistic director of the Distillery Jazz Festival said about the Andrew Boniwell Quartet after an appearance at the DJF.
“Andrew Boniwell is one of the rare acts that has true jazz cred...top players, clever arrangements, a mix of excellent original tunes and thoughtful covers...that produces a rollicking and melodic performance that will please both the true jazz aficionado and those who do not identify as jazz savvy.”