Well known for his written word offerings in books and in social media as well as his jazz, Simon Spillett is an award winning tenor saxophonist who really believes in giving value for money - hard blowing musicianship led by melody and crammed full of creativity. From appearances throughout the UK’s jazz club scene through numerous critically acclaimed recordings to teaching and masterclasses - Mr Spillett is the real deal. Miss him at your peril……
Simon’s band will include Alex Steele (piano keyboard), Paul Jefferies (double bass) and Euan Palmer (drums).
Pianist John Donegan spent many years based in the extremely musical city of Bristol, where he was a much respected performer and composer on the circuit before his other career in Banking took him to London and overseas. He’s now very much back in England from where he travels to perform in his native Ireland and the rest of Europe and he’s creating fantastic music still as a pianist and as a composer with several acclaimed recordings to his name. His latest offering - A Kite for Kate - is dedicated to his daughter and brings together five (plus John equals six) musicians from his career in the jazz world over the last 30 years. This very fine CD contains fabulous swing tunes, bebop, a waltz and some Latin pieces all of which he’ll be playing for us at this very special concert.
Great things come from chance meetings and when Sarah Moule’s husband (and pianist) Simon Wallace met the great poet and Lyricist Fran Landesman, the alchemy produced some wonderful song writing. For this concert, Sarah Moule will be creating a carefully blended mix of music from her brand new CD (Stormy Emotions) and the celebrated writing of another stellar duo - Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn - looks like Friday 13th will be lucky for us!
Sarah Moule - vocals, Simon Wallace - piano, Paul Jefferies - double bass & Paul Robinson - drums.
"Long established as one of the best jazz singers in the UK, Sarah Moule is a master at bringing out the very heart of a song” Helen Mayhew - Jazz FM
Already virtuosic by the age of 11, Ben Holder left the classical world behind when he discovered the music and playing style of the great jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Joe Venuti. He joined a local band and never looked back. He’s reckoned now to be one of the leading jazz players in Europe and is constantly touring and performing to rave reviews. For this show Ben will concentrate on the repertoire of the legendary 'Gypsy jazz’ or 'Manouche' style jazz that has become so popular throughout Europe and beyond. Instruments are acoustic (violin, Maccaferri acoustic guitar and double bass). Gypsy Jazz was brought to the music world’s attention in the 1930s by the late great so called ‘Hot Club du Paris’ pairing of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and it’s this music that Ben and his band (Jez Cook & Caley Groves on acoustic guitars, Paul Jefferies on double bass) will recreate for tonight’s concert at Burford Jazz.