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Saxophonist and quartet all set for jazz

Award-winning tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett will be bringing his quartet to the Under Ground Theatre on November 2 (8pm).

A powerful and dynamic saxophonist, often said to recall the late, great Tubby Hayes, Simon has played alongside a veritable who’s-who of British Jazz.

The many big names he’s worked with include Bobby Wellins, Danny Moss, Alan Barnes, Tina May and Sir John Dankworth – whose son Alec will also be on stage at the UGT.In 2007, Simon Spillett was the “Rising Star” at the BBC Jazz Awards and in 2009 his album “Sienna Red” was voted Record of the Year in Jazz Journal’s Critics Poll. He is also a member of The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

A hard swinging player, Simon is equally at home playing bop classics or sultry ballads. He is also a great communicator with audiences and has a dry wit that goes down well in an intimate jazz club setting, such as the Under Ground.Joining him onstage, along with the supremely talented Alec Dankworth (bass), are two more of the UK’s finest jazz musicians: John Critchinson (piano), and Clark Tracey (drums). Tickets cost £11, buy at any UGT event; online at www.undergroundtheatre.org.uk ; via Oxboffice on 0845 680 1926; from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre; or on the door.

 

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