Andy Paoli

Andy Paoli (at the Hard Rock Café in Paris, 2008) Andy Paoli (at the Hard Rock Café in Paris, 2008) Livorno born Andy Paoli has been playing guitar for more than 25 years. He began at the age of 8 and soon started performing in front of an audience in a rock band covering Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and other rock stuff.

A few years later Andy developed a love of Blues  and studied for hours every day through the masters of blues, such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Buddy Guy, Albert King and Freddie King. He fell in love with Jimi Hendrix, his style and his amazing sound, and he realised that Fender Strat and a Marshall amp were the best match ever! 

As a direct consequence, Andy also got to know the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan who represents one of the most evident influences in his personal style. He played all over Italy with many rock-blues bands, and later founded his own band, a powerful trio, covering Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck tunes, performing in Italy, France, UK and Hungary.

At the same time Andy worked widely as a freelancer, touring from the south to the north of Italy. Teaching has always been an important aspect in his life, and about ten years ago he founded his own guitar school in Livorno called Andy’s Lab, attracting many students.

Together with fellow musician Alessio Franchini, Andy also developed a sort of musical, called The Blues Evolution, performing in many important theatres in Italy.

He now spends much of his time in London, playing different styles, from pop to rock in many venues. He recently passed the Advanced Music Examination in Music Performance and the ALCM Diploma (Associate Diploma of the London College of Music) accredited by the University of West London. He runs a tutorial website and often returns to Livorno to look after his school and his Italian students.