"He's stood old head and young shoulders above many of his contemporaries as a live performer for several years . . . gets five stars for knowing how to play jazz when so many of his generation think they can but they can't."

 - BBC Music Magazine

". . . has the Getzian knack of alternating between an affecting earnestness and steeliness as required on slower material . . ."

Jazz Review

". . . Gilby’s expressive and technically adroit vocalising are allied to the singer’s vivacious and down to earth presenting style."

- The JazzMann

 

Support

Zoe Gilby &

Andy Champion

Tubby Hayes was a true giant of British jazz and one of the most influential players of his generation. Sadly, at aged just 38, he was taken from us way too early. Thankfully, he leaves a rich legacy via his recordings and, in Simon Spillett, has someone considered by many to be his natural heir. 

 

SIMON SPILLETT

"It's not only his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive," commented Dave Gelly of The Observer on tenor titan Simon Spillett, while sister paper, The Guardian, said: "Straightahead, high energy jazz is his line and he does it with aplomb."

 

Winner of the Rising Star category in the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal's Critics' Choice CD of the Year in 2009, tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), and Services to British Jazz in the 2016 British Jazz Awards, last year Simon formed a big band to play Tubbs' tunes.

 

Celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom Simon has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums, Introducing Simon Spillett (2007), Sienna Red (2008) and Square One (2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. 

Simon's also written a critically acclaimed book on his hero, The Long Shadow of the Little Giant: The Life, Work and Legacy of Tubby Hayes, and was also involved with the documentary, Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry, which looks at his life, his influence on fellow musicians, the UK jazz music scene of the mid-50s to mid-60s, and music in general.

 

Click here to read Echoes' review of a recent concert by Simon.

Simon Spillett (Tenor Saxophone), Rob Barron (Piano), Alec Dankworth (Double Bass), Clark Tracey (Drums).

ZOE GILBY & ANDY CHAMPION

2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards Vocalist Of The Year, Zoe Gilby has teamed up with her husband, the innovative and powerful double bassist Andy Champion, to breath new life into familiar songs as well as heading off to the unchartered.

 

A creative, compelling songwriter and performer, Zoe has received widespread critical acclaim for her adventurous approach and influences - from contemporary composers such as Kate Bush, Paul Simon and Tom Waits, to jazz icons like Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck.

 

Inspired by the legendary Sheila Jordan, this exciting project has been taking audiences by storm throughout the UK and Europe, and highlights Zoe's ingenuity in interpreting a lyric.

Click here to read the JazzMann's review of Zoe in concert.

"Spillett doesn't shake you by the hand so much as grab you by the throat . . ."

- The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings

"An extraordinarily talented tenor

player . . ." - Jazzwise

"A bruising, scruff-of-the-neck hard bopper, he has examined and absorbed all the greats . . . generates huge excitement, passion and swagger." - MOJO

"As a lyricist, Gilby isn’t afraid to tackle dark

or difficult subject matter, as the original

On The Edge was to demonstrate.

- The JazzMann

Tickets: £15 / £14 Concessions. Students £6

Doors: 7.00pm. Zoe Gilby & Andy Champion: 7.30pm

Simon Spillett Quartet: 8.45pm