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 has played with many of Toronto’s finest jazz musicians including Richard Underhill (JUNO winner 2003), Mike Murley (multiple JUNO winner), Kevin Turcotte, and Quinsin Nachoff (now based in NYC).
Andrew’s newest project is his quintet, Andrew Boniwell and The Uncertainty Principle with which he has recorded two CDs. The most recent being The Uncertainty Principle – Live at The Rex (2018). The first CD with this unit, Boomerang was released in 2011. Both recordings feature Andrew’s finely crafted and grooving compositions coloured with a varied rhythmic and tonal palette and a front line of Richard Underhill (alto sax) and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet).
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).
”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.” (Larry Rossignol, artistic director of the Distillery Jazz Festival)
”..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”. (Jim Galloway, past Director of Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival)
“With the release of pianist and composer Andrew Boniwell’s second CD with his stellar ensemble, The Uncertainty Principle, he has once again established himself as one of the most creative, non-Euclidian, improvisational jazz musicians on the scene today.” (Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, The Whole Note Magazine)
Andrew Boniwell – Piano
Rich Underhill – Sax
Kevin Turncotte – Trumpet
Artie Roth – Bass
Mike McClelland – Drums