The Simon Spillett Quartet
Friday, June 06, 2014
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Winner of the 2011 British Jazz Award for tenor saxophone, Simon Spillett is one of today’s finest and most distinctive musicians on the UK jazz scene, appearing at Ronnie Scott’s club and at major jazz festivals.
Although perhaps best known as a Tubby Hayes-style master of the hard bop style of ’60s jazz, Simon’s musicality has continued to evolve, with him exploring fresh avenues which are, at times, evocatively reminiscent of former Blue Note recordings.
In tonight’s concert he will perform with the other talented and distinguished members of his Quartet: John Critchinson, who has worked with many great American players including Chet Baker, Joe Henderson and Johnny Griffin and who was the pianist for Ronnie Scott’s band for 18 years; British Jazz Awards winner Alec Dankworth, whose double-bass prowess has taken him to many parts of the world playing with musicians as diverse as Stephane Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim and Van Morrison; and Clark Tracey, another British Jazz Awards winner (as well as receiving Ronnie Scott’s Award for ‘Best Drums’ in 2007) and who has performed with a plethora of fine musicians including Ronnie Scott, John Surman and Alan Barnes.
The Quartet’s most recent album, Square One, was described by Bruce Lindsay in Jazz UK as “ ... superbly played modern jazz that leaps out of the speakers with a welcome warmth and clarity of sound.” Come and experience that sensation - live.
Guest admission: £11.00
All meetings start at 7.45pm - doors open at 6.30pm