Courses with Andrew Levy
Andrew Levy is a founder member and bass player in the acid jazz group The Brand New Heavies. He also co-writes the band's original music with Simon Bartholomew.
A self-taught musician, Andrew grew up listening to reggae music, British Pop Radio, classical music, Jazz funk, 'Lovers’ Rock', jazz fusion, house, American folk, hip hop and acid house… an eclectic mix from growing up in London with parents from Jamaica!
His biggest musical influences are James Brown, Vicky Anderson, Earth Wind and Fire, AaaLevel 42, Shalamar, Chic, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, George Benson, Marvin Gaye, Thin Lizzy, MilesDavis, Phyllis Hyman…
Andrew lives in South West London with his wife Melissa and their two sons.
About The Brand New Heavies
The Brand New Heavies founded by Andrew Levy and Simon Bartholomew pioneered the acid jazz music scene of the 1990s.
The pair met at school in Ealing in 1985 before going on to release top 10 albums in the UK, US and Japan and in 2020, they signed a seven-figure deal with international label Edel Records to produce five new albums, with the first out in spring 2022.
The band prides itself on playing real instruments – not computer-synthesised or programmed music. As a result, they have many renowned fans within the music industry, including super producer Mark Ronson who cites their eponymous album as one of his top 10 records of all-time and credits the band with turning him onto funk from rock music back in the early 1990s. Ronson produced the band’s 2019 cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “These Walls” which gained a cult following on Radio 2.