Thursday 13th July 8.00pm
Over his career Simon Spillett has worn almost as many hats as it possible to wear within jazz; multi-award-winning instrumentalist (BBC Jazz Awards, British Jazz Awards), 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 and heartfelt balladry.
A charismatic performer, gifted with a dry observational wit, he’s never lost sight of the fact that jazz is entertainment as much as art.
He comes to Wigan Jazz Festival with his regular quartet – Ron Barron (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Pete Cater (drums), a band which has already notched up a string of sold out festival and club appearances throughout the UK.