About Andrew

Andrew Littleford

Andrew is fast gaining attention and recognition on the Canadian music scene, as an accomplished multi-genre trumpet performer and educator out of Winnipeg.  He shares his warm, lyrical sound and effortless technique within the musical genres of jazz, classical, experimental/avant-garde, funk, soul and pop music. 

Having grown up in a musical family, Andrew knew at a very young age that music was his passion and the trumpet was his voice. He began his studies in classical music, gaining a solid musical and instrumental foundation. While studying classical trumpet at Brandon University, Andrew became very interested in jazz and improvisation, completing his Bachelor Degree in Jazz Performance.  He maintained his classical interests and earned a Master’s Degree with distinction in Jazz Performance, from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA.

During Andrew’s formal education and summer studies, he had many tremendous opportunities to work with fine musicians including Jerry Bergonzi, Vincent Cichowicz, Dave Douglas, Alan Ehnes, Laurie Frink, George Garzone, Greg Gatien, Dave Holland, Larry Knopp, Manon Lafrance, John McNeil, Jason Moran, Charles Schlueter, Gunther Schuller and Miguel Zenon. He is privileged to have performed alongside great musicians as Tommy Banks, Bob Brookmeyer, Don Byron, Michael Cain, George Culligan, Kenny Washington, Mike Herriot, Giorgio Magnanensi, Rob McConnell, Tiger Okoshi, Sam Rivers, Jovino Santos Neto, Sloan, Byron Stripling, Brad Turner, and closed the Saturday night main stage performance with Galactic at the Winnipeg Folk Festival 2013 as a member of the Dirty Catfish Brass Band.

Andrew’s diverse musical ability and interests has afforded him a broad range of performance opportunities in and outside the city of Winnipeg with Symphonic Orchestras, Small Jazz Ensembles, Jazz Big Bands, Wind Ensembles, Experimental and Chamber Ensembles. He is currently involved with local groups such as the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Ron Paley Big Band, Winnipeg Jazz Collective, Sunny Roseland, PRZM, "B" Side Champs, Dig! Big Band, Chameleon (Brandon), and the Winnipeg Brass Quintet. Andrew also leads the Andrew Littleford Trio and co-leads the Littleford/Carter Quintet where he performs his own original material.  Andrew has also performed with local ensembles such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble, and can be heard on a variety of albums with other Manitoba artists.

Andrew is a highly respected educator, clinician and adjudicator and he finds great joy sharing his passion for music with musicians of all ages. He has had the opportunity to adjudicate The Brandon Jazz Festival (2014, 2015), and be on Faculty at both the International Music Camp (2015) and the University of Manitoba's Summer Jazz Camp (2015).

He has had the good fortune to have been on 8 Western Canadian Tours as well as contributed to such albums as "Big Shiny Brass" (2016) - Dirty Catfish Brass Band: "It's Tough to be the Bad Guy" (2016) - Noble Thiefs; "Harmatten" (2015) - Alfa; "In My Corner" (2014) - Daily; "Finn" (2014) - FINN; “Brass Riot” (2014) - Dirty Catfish Brass Band; “Fruit and Ash” (2013) - Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers; “Waiting” (2013) – Kobalt; “Farewell 274” (2013) – Winnipeg's Jazz Community Celebrates Aqua Books; “Love” (2013) - Katherine Penfold; “Etherished” (2013) - Michael Peters; “This Time” (2011) – Kobalt; and the score for the film “Passion Flower” (2011).