b. Andrew De Jong Cleyndert, 8 January 1963, Birmingham, West Midlands, England. Cleyndert began playing bass while still at school and, on completing his studies in 1981, immediately became a professional musician. His first engagements were at a Manchester club where he was a member of the Tony Mann Trio, which backed visiting jazzmen such as Peter King and Art Farmer. He moved to London where he played with Bobby Wellins, Don Weller and other leading figures on the British jazz scene. Naturally associating with other rising young stars, he worked with Clark Tracey and Iain Ballamy and was briefly with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. In 1983 he recorded with Tommy Chase and the following year toured with Ted Curson. In 1985 he toured with Bobby Watson and broadcast with the Kenny Wheeler big band. In 1986 he began teaching at music summer schools. In the late 80s he was a member of the Bryan Spring Trio and was regularly called upon to accompany visiting American jazzmen, including Bud Shank, Red Rodney, Charlie Rouse and Spike Robinson. He also toured overseas with Slim Gaillard, Spirit Level, Louis Stewart and Martin Taylor. In 1990 Cleyndert was a member of the Anglo-American band led by George Coleman Jnr. Despite the intense level of work he has sustained throughout his career, Cleyndert found time to study, and in 1990 gained a degree in mathematics and psychology. One of the best of the new generation of jazz musicians to emerge on the UK scene, Cleyndert’s broad musical base allied to his already wide experience assures him of an important place in the future of jazz.