Friday 8th July 8pm
Tickets – £25 / £20 (Patrons)
Tables of 8 – £180
Tables of 10 – £225
Over his twenty-five year career Simon Spillett has worn almost as many hats as it’s possible to wear within jazz; multi-award-winning instrumentalist (BBC Jazz Awards, British Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal’s Album of The Year), quartet and big band leader, recording artist, author, historian, record producer, archivist, magazine columnist, Social Media commentator and latterly blogger.
However, for all these varied skills he identifies most strongly as a powerfully swinging, straight-ahead tenor saxophonist, one capable of taking the audiences who hear him on a roller-coaster ride encompassing everything from energetic bebop to heartfelt balladry.
Launched to great acclaim in 2020, the Simon Spillett Big Band jam-packed with A-List jazz talent, many of whom are respected bandleaders and soloists in their own right.
Trumpets: Nathan Bray, Mark Armstrong, George Hogg, Freddie Gavita
Trombones: Mark Nightingale, Ian Bateman, Andy Flaxman, Pete North
Saxes: Sammy Mayne, Pete Long, Rob Fowler, Karen Sharp, Alan Barnes
Piano: Rob Barron
Bass: Alec Dankworth
Drums: Pete Cater
The band celebrates the music of Tubby Hayes and his contemporaries, playing arrangements by Hayes, Jimmy Deuchar, Harry South and Peter King, many of which haven’t been heard in public for over fifty-five years. Hard swing and infectious enthusiasm are the band’s calling cards, making their in-person appearances a powerful reminder of the core qualities of big band jazz.
"Straight-ahead, high energy jazz is his line and he does it with aplomb"