Andrew London’s Column

Andrew and Kirsten London
Andrew and Kirsten London

Top Kapiti musician joins the Independence band

By Alan Tristram

Andrew London, a local musician who’s established a nationwide following, has joined the Independent as a regular columnist.

We think he’s one of the stars among a galaxy of Kapiti musical talent.

He and his fellow musicians have done a lot for this area — just think of  ‘Back to Rosetta Road’ (by James Cameron) and his own Emily Bay for instance.

Originally from  Whanganui, Andrew now lives in Otaki with his wife Kirsten and their two children.

One of NZ’s busiest musicians

He’s been living on the Kapiti Coast since 2000; and is one of New Zealand’s busiest musicians.

Current projects include the Andrew London Trio and Hot Club Sandwich, country bands The Cattlestops and Lucky Break, and the stage show Tales of Tennessee. 

After paying his dues in the late 1970s on the infamous Lion Breweries Circuit, and leading several rock bands in his home town of Wanganui, Andrew was drawn to the jazz genre and moved to Wellington.

The famed Hot Club Sandwich trio

In the early 1990s he formed the Hot Club Sandwich trio with Terry Crayford and a moveable feast of sidemen.  The band recorded eight cds, one of which gained a four star review in Downbeat USA, the world’s most widely read jazz publication.

They were invited to major music festivals all over Australasia, and in 2010 were flown to Saudi Arabia to represent NZ at a series of performances at the NZ Embassy in Riyadh. 

His recordings receive airplay in Europe, Australia and the USA and some have been included in a Correspondence School English Syllabus. The title track from his most recent Andrew London Trio album, ‘Middle Class White Boy Blues’, recently featured on National Radio’s ‘Greatest Song Ever Written.’

 We plan to publish his first column in the next couple of days.

Hi Betty I’ve only just realised people could comment on my articles! Nice of you to take the time. Should be another one (about my pig actually) appearing soon – all the best

Welcome to Independent News, Andrew. For years I enjoyed concerts at Old St. Paul’s Hot Club Sandwich…even on the DVD that was made in 2010. Looking forward to another great read in KIN.