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Award winner Simon Spillett to play fund-raiser for National Jazz Archive - Sat 11th Feb 2017

Author: National Jazz Archive Published: 8th February 2017 11:42

Simon Spillett Quartet playing live

Valentine's Treat for the Jazz lover in your life 

The Simon Spillett Quartet to play a fund-raising concert for the National Jazz Archive on the afternoon of Satruday 11th February 2017 at Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1RB.

Simon Spillett is a highly respected tenor saxophonist who plays in a wide range of groups, and leads his own quartet. He has researched and written extensively about the great British tenor sax player Tubby Hayes, including a widely praised biography ‘The Long Shadow of the Little Giant’. He has recently received the British Jazz Award for ‘Services to British Jazz’.

Simon’s all-star quartet features three other wonderful musicians – John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (double bass) and Clark Tracey (drums). Both Alec and Clark were also award winners in the 2016 British Jazz Awards in their respective categories. John Critchinson has had a distinguished career playing with leading jazz groups and now leads the Ronnie Scott Legacy band.

This concert is one of a series during 2017 to raise funds to support the work of the Loughton-based National Jazz Archive.

Simon said: “It’s a pleasure to bring my quartet to play at Loughton to help raise funds for the National Jazz Archive. It’s a wonderful resource for everyone interested in the history and development of jazz in this country.”

The venue for the concert is Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, close to the Archive’s home in Loughton Library, where there is extensive parking, 1 km from Loughton Station on the Central Line, and served by numerous bus routes.

The doors open at 1.30pm and concert starts at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £15 via the National Jazz Archive website.

For details and to book tickets please visit National Jazz Archive website  or email events@nationaljazzarchive.org.uk or phone 020 8502 4701.

About National Jazz Archive 

The National Jazz Archive is a registered charity based in Loughton Library in Essex. It was founded by Digby Fairweather, and holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1919 to the present day. The Archive holds more than 4000 reference books, specialist periodicals and bulletins spanning over 600 titles, archival material, artwork, ephemera and photographs. It is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm.

The Archive received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2011 that supported a three-year access development project enabling the collection to be fully conserved and catalogued for the first time. Significant items have been digitised and are now accessible online. A second grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund was made in 2015 for an ‘Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence’ project, and work on this 18-month project started at the beginning of 2016.

For more information please see their website: National Jazz archive website 

About Simon Spillett

Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as “formidable”, Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who leads his own quartet featuring John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums). He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine’s Critic’s Choice CD of the Year (2009) Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007) and most recently the Services to British Jazz Award in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.

Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums, ‘Introducing Simon Spillett’ (Woodville Records, 2007), ‘Sienna Red’ (Woodville Records, 2008) and ‘Square One’ (Gearbox Records, 2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. His festival, concert and club appearances across the UK have included sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott’s and the Brecon Jazz Festival and he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz-Line Up with his own band.

He has also worked as a writer, penning the definitive biography of UK jazz legend Tubby Hayes (‘The Long Shadow of the Little Giant’, Equinox) and articles for magazines including Jazz Journal and Record Collector. Acting as a consultant for a number of jazz record labels, he has written booklet essays for over 90 albums.

For more information please see his website: Simon Spillet website 

Photograph of Simon Spillett above by kind permission of National Jazz Archive

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