Andrew James is a contemporary pianist based in Melbourne. Active as a pianist, arranger and teacher he has performed at major Australian Festivals, recorded and performed with the award winning Quarter Street salsa band, been a founding member of Melbourne’s tango music scene, worked freelance and is an in-deman piano accompanost. Andrew has received Australia Council and Arts Tasmania and PPCA grants to study in Portland Oregon. He studied music and composition at the Victorian College of the Arts and graduated from Monash University with first class honours in jazz and ethnomusicology, writing his thesis on the politics of contemporary tango in Buenos Aires. He currently plays with Quarter Street and Melbourne Tango Orchestra, teaches VCE music, is completing a masters in landscape architecture, and plotting projects in design and music for the post-COVID era.