THE SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET
Sun. 5th Nov. 1pm £7.50
To kick off the new season of events we welcome back one of the UK’s top tenor saxophonists, Simon Spillett, a leading exponent of the music of Tubby Hayes, and his shows are always exciting and entertaining. Simon is a multi-award winning English jazz tenor saxophonist.
He has won the BBC Jazz Awards Rising Star (2007), Jazz Journal's Critics' Choice album of the Year (2009), the British Jazz Awards Top Tenor Saxophonist (2011), the Services to British Jazz award (2016).
In 2017, he has been leading his own quartet featuring pianist John Critchinson, bassist Alec Dankworth and drummer Clark Tracey, as well as appearing with bands led by other leaders including the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. He also works as a guest soloist at jazz venues across the UK. His many club and festival appearances include sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott's and The Brecon Jazz Festival, and he has made several appearances leading his own group on BBC Radio Three. In October 2016, Spillett was appointed as a Patron of the Jazz Centre UK, joining fellow patrons Sir Michael Parkinson, Dame Cleo Laine, Van Morrison, Paul Jones (of Manfred Mann) and Jools Holland.
There’s more info at www.simonspillett.com and lots of video if you search Simon Spillett at www.youtube.com
For this event, his quartet features:
Ted Beament (piano): Best known from his lengthy tenure Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, Ted is also a bandleader and composer in his own right. He has worked with leading US jazz stars such as Sonny Stitt, Joe Newman and Scott Hamilton.
Chris Dodd (bass): Former member of the bands of trumpeter Dick Pearce and tenorist Don Weller, Chris’ hard swinging, inventive playing is regularly heard in a variety of line ups at Ronnie Scott's.
Buster Birch (drums): One of the most versatile drummers on the UK jazz scene, his music cover everything from fusion to free improvisation. As well as being a respected instrumentalist, Buster is a well-known jazz educator, and has recently assembled the show 'Buster plays Buster' with his quartet providing a live jazz soundtrack Buster Keaton silent movies. A truly unclassifiable talent!