Andre Canniere is an acclaimed trumpet player, composer and educator currently based in London. Originally from rural Pennsylvania (USA), Canniere spent the first five years of his career in New York City where he worked with artists such as Maria Schneider, Bjorkestra, Ted Poor, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin and Darcy James Argue. He has toured widely throughout the United States and Europe with performances at Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the London Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz Festival and the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
Since his arrival in the UK, Andre’s profile has been steadily rising, both as a solo artist and a collaborator. His album Forward Space, released in 2012 on the Whirlwind Recordings label, received widespread critical acclaim with a rave review from The Guardian, a Mercury Prize recommendation and inclusion in Jazzwise Magazine‘s ‘Albums of the Year‘. 2013 saw the release of Coalescence, his second album on Whirlwind, which received further accolades from The Guardian and firmly established Canniere as “one of the most compelling artists on the current London jazz scene” (The Scotsman).
Canniere is a composer whose music often crosses the traditional boundaries of classification, infusing and drawing inspiration from multiple genres. His unique compositional style is typified by a keen knowledge of all the contemporary jazz trends and shows his powerful but melodic approach to improvising.
In addition to his work as a bandleader and composer, Canniere enjoys an active career as a sideman and session musician. He can be heard regularly with several London based bands including Henrik Jensen’s Followed By Thirteen, Dee Byrne’s Entropi and the Andy Fleet Band. Andre is equally at home outside the usual jazz circuit and has worked with well-known acts such as Augustines and Stooshe.
Canniere has been involved with music education for several years and currently teaches at the Highgate School and Trinity College of Music in London.