Simon Spillett

Simon Spillett With The Alex Steele Trio

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To get the New Year off to a great start we are delighted to welcome international superstar saxophonist, Simon Spillett, as our guest of the month. Over his twenty-five year career, Simon 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, and prolific recording artist. Simon is well-known 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.

You may have seen him before at sell-out performances at major UK jazz festivals (Birmingham, Brecon, Swanage, Southport) and world famous club venues including Ronnie Scott’s and many others. He’s a charismatic performer, gifted with a dry observational wit, and he’s never lost sight of the fact that jazz is entertainment as much as self-expression, and whether playing, writing or articulately holding forth on his favourite subject – UK jazz history – he’s an infectiously passionate communicator, with a powerful sense of expression through his music.

Simon will be performing with the exuberant Alex Steele on piano, the omnipresent Mike Cypher on drums, and the groovy Mike Green on double bass. We’re really excited to welcome the passion, fire, wisdom and inspirational energy of the amazing Simon Spillett to Kenilworth Jazz Club.