The next Sunday Lunchtime Jazz event at Sunbury Cricket Club falls on Sunday March 5th at 1pm, and is a special occasion, as it marks the return to the Club of one of the UKs’ top tenor saxophonists, who came a couple of years back for a gig to celebrate what would have been Tubby Hayes 80th birthday.
Simon is an award-winning saxophonist and noted jazz writer, and is the leading exponent of Tubby’s style and repertoire, as well as being the author of Tubby’s biography. His shows are always hugely exciting and entertaining as he glides effortlessly through complex solos at breakneck speed. There’s more info at www.simonspillett.com, and lots of videos of him on YouTube.
His quartet for this gig is a stellar line-up, with John Horler on piano, Tim Wells on bass and Trevor Tomkins on drums. John Horler was first pianist for Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine for many years, and was in bands with Tommy Whittle, Tony Coe and Jimmie Hastings, and has appeared at the club several times in Tony Kinsey’s quartet and big band. Tim Wells is an American who moved to Europe in the 80s to play with top names there, before settling in London, working with The London Jazz Orchestra and Ronnie Scott Legacy Quartet among others, as is regular collaborator or with Trevor Tomkins. Trevor Tomkins was with Don Rendell in the 60s and then with ground-breaking bands like Ian Carr’s Nucleus during the ‘70s – he is now resident drummer and host at the Monday jazz nights at the Red Lion Isleworth. This will undoubtedly be a top class show.