Tagged Geoff Simkins

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Jazz News (April 2019)

Charlie Anderson rounds up the latest Jazz News.   Sun Ra Arkestra Under the direction of veteran saxophonist Marshall Allen, Sun Ra Arkestra return for their annual performance at the Con Club in Lewes on Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd April.   The Comet Is Coming Influenced by Sun Ra and with an acclaimed new…

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Geoff Simkins Interview

Saxophonist and jazz educator Geoff Simkins has just recorded his latest album. He met with Charlie Anderson at The Verdict in Brighton where he performs on Sunday 18th June.   Geoff Simkins releases his latest album in June, a trio album with pianist Nikki Illes and bassist Dave Green. “Nikki and I have done some…

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Live Review: Geoff Simkins at The Snowdrop

Geoff Simkins with Terry Seabrook The Snowdrop, Lewes Monday 23rd January, 2017       Whilst alto saxophonist Geoff Simkins is well known for his West Coast cool and bebop playing, performing uptempo versions of Anthropology, Invitation and I Remember April, the highlight was a beautiful rendition of Billy Strayhorn’s ballad Chelsea Bridge which exhibited Simkins’…

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Live Review: Geoff Simkins/Sheryl Bailey at The Verdict

Geoff Simkins/Sheryl Bailey Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 24th October 2015       Both guitarist Sheryl Bailey and saxophonist Geoff Simkins are experienced jazz educators, Geoff teaching locally, whilst Sheryl Bailey teaches at Berklee and the Stanford Jazz Workshops.  Fittingly then, this evening was a masterclass in musicianship with both musicians soloing fluidly over some…

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Live Review: South Coast Jazz Festival 2015

Claire Martin Vocal Workshop South Coast Jazz Festival Friday 23rd January 2015   Lou Beckerman sat in as an observer at Claire Martin’s South Coast Jazz Festival Vocal Workshop and here gives a review: Claire Martin doesn’t do a great deal of teaching so this SCJF Vocal Workshop was a brilliant opportunity for twelve singer…

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Live Review: Geoff Simkins Quartet at The Verdict

Geoff Simkins Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 11th July, 2014          Firstly, it was fantastic to see pianist Nikki Iles back in Brighton. Secondly, it was great to see her performing with local legend (and newly ‘acclaimed’) Geoff Simkins.     Bassist Simon Woolf continues to impress with some fine arco soloing and a…