Friday 26th May at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
with his Trio and special guests
SIMON SPILLETT &
Tickets £18 (£32 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
With Simon on tenor, Henry on trumpet and Dave with his trio, this is a truly dynamic quintet comprising the best the UK has to offer. All are multi-award winners, and play at the very top level within the UK jazz scene. This will be immensely exciting modern jazz at it's very best.
Expect fireworks ! ! We got plenty of them last time.
Simon Spillett has been described as "a fiery saxophonist in the mould of the late Tubby Hayes" sharing the same fondness for fast tempos and sheer desire to create exciting no holds barred jazz that the late great man had. Winner of 2007 UK Jazz Award for Rising Star, has featured in the top five for Tenor Saxophone ever since - CD voted Record of the Year 2009 - described by Humphrey Lyttleton as "formidable". Spillett's uncompromising Hard Bop style has ensured a meteoric rise in recent years. Although Tubby remains Simon's favourite jazz musician he also loves and admires the work of many other saxophonists, including Evan Parker, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Dick Morrissey, Don Byas, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin, Zoot Sims, Dexter Gordon, Al Cohn, Ronnie Scott, and Stanley Turrentine. Simon has worked with a veritable who's who of British jazz, including Sir John Dankworth, Bobby Wellins, Danny Moss, Alan Barnes, Tina May and the BBC Radio Big Band among many others, and played at all the major jazz venues across the UK and many major festivals.
Henry Lowther's first experience was on cornet in a Salvation Army band. He studied violin briefly at the Royal Academy of Music but returned to trumpet by 1960 though he sometimes played violin professionally. In the 1960s, he worked with Mike Westbrook (beginning in 1963 and continuing into the 1980s), Manfred Mann, John Dankworth, Graham Collier, John Mayall , John Warren, Neil Ardley , and Bob Downes. Many of these associations continued into the 1970s. The 1970s brought work with Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Cohen, Michael Garrick , Kurt Edelhagen , John Taylor, Stan Tracey, Tony Coe, Graham Collier, Barbara Thompson's "Jubliana" with , Gordon Beck, in addition to his own ensemble, Quaternity. Lowther also played the trumpet solo for Elton John on "Return to Paradise" for John's 1978 album A Single Man. He worked with Buzzcocks in 1980, Talk Talk from 1983 to 1991, with Peter King from 1983, and with Gil Evans in 1984. In 1986 he worked with Humphrey Lyttelton in his reconstruction of the John Robichaux Orchestra for a documentary film on Buddy Bolden. He played with Charlie Watts's band in 1986-87, then led his own band, Still Waters, in 1987. From the late 1980s he did much work in big bands, such as the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (1989–93), the London Jazz Composers Orchestra (1989-96), Kenny Wheeler's group (1990), The Dedication Orchestra (1994), the London Jazz Orchestra (1994), George Russell's Living Time Orchestra, and the Creative Jazz Orchestra (1996) and more recently in a new band Jazzmoss.
Dave Newton grew up in Renfrewshire, Scotland, and after graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1979, he established himself on the Scottish jazz scene before his old roommate from college, Alan Barnes, persuaded him to move to London where he rapidly became a much sought after pianist teaming up with Barnes, guitarist Martin Taylor and saxophonist Don Weller. In the first five years of the nineties, Newton's reputation as an exquisite accompanist for a singer, spread rapidly and by '95 he was regularly working with Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and Stacey Kent, with whom he spent the next ten years recording and travelling all over the world. During this time, Newton was composing music which he would record on his own CDs as well as writing specifically for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May and Claire Martin. David Newton's music can now be heard on many television productions, especially in the United States where over twenty TV movies benefit from Newton's haunting themes. In 2003, after a twenty year gap, David Newton was reunited with playwright Alan Aykbourn to write the music for two new productions, 'Sugar Daddies' and 'Drowning on Dry Land'.
LICENSED BAR serving a range of wines, bottled beers and soft drinks.
PRE- SHOW SUPPER (must be booked at least 2 days before the concert).
Tonight's Menu: TBA; Dessert; Coffee
Vegetarian option available. Please ring the Arts Centre on 01460 54973 at least 2 days before the concert