Andy MacKenzie

Andy MacKenzie with custom Benedetto blk wht imge with textAndy is a busy freelance guitarist based on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. The last 30 years has seen him playing jazz festivals in New York, Los Angeles and most major European cities in addition to being active on the UK jazz scene – particularly around his native Manchester. He has also played numerous gigs, TV, record and ‘jingle’ sessions in a myriad of guitar styles.

A long standing disciple of the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, Andy has written extensively on this unique style and was particularly instrumental in the 1990’s resurgence of this ‘Hot Club’ music. In this genre Andy currently plays and records with the bands of top UK violinists Billy Thompson and Sarah Smith. Alongside famed US guitarist John Jorgenson, Andy recreated Django’s music for the Charlize Theron movie ‘Head in the Clouds’.

Pictured here with his custom 7-string Benedetto.


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