Leading sax man performing in Welwyn Garden City

Simon Spillett will play Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

Simon Spillett will play Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

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A top tenor will be performing at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City this Bank Holiday weekend.

Simon Spillett brings his quartet to the Terrace Suite, at the Hawthorne Theatre, tonight (Sunday).

Winner of the 2011 British Jazz Award for tenor saxophone, Simon is recognised as one of the most distinctive saxophonists on the current UK jazz scene.

He has appeared at famed venues, such as Ronnie Scott’s Soho club, and at major jazz festivals from Birmingham to Brecon, and recorded critically celebrated albums.

His quartet’s music is firmly rooted in the classic sound of British jazz in the 1950s and 60s and the group’s latest album, Square One, is now available as a limited edition vinyl pressing from Gearbox Records.

As a musician, Simon has risen meteorically in the past few years to become one of the most dynamic and distinctive tenor saxophonists on the UK jazz scene.

A regular member of The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, boasting some of the most formidable names in British jazz, he has accompanied stars including veteran jazz singer Jon Hendricks, pop icons Will Young, Mick Hucknall, Andrea Corr and Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, as well as celebrated vocalist Monica Mancini.

Joining him at Herts Jazz Club will be John Critchinson on piano, Alec Dankworth on bass and Clark Tracey on drums.

Tickets for tonight’s concert, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £3 for students in advance, £8 members, £10 concessions and £11 full.

Walk-ups on the night are £5 students, £9 members, £11 concessions and £13 full.

Book online at www.hertsjazz.co.uk/currentseason.html

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