Tag: Geoff Simkins

1 April 2019

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 […]

1 October 2018

Live Review: Peter Ind at 90 at The Verdict

Peter Ind at 90 The Verdict, Brighton Friday 14th September, 2018   “When I was younger, if I said ‘fuck’ it would be the end of the world. It no longer is, and I love saying it. Fuck!”   -Peter Ind   Peter Ind’s career began in 1949 when he travelled to America as a […]

1 October 2017

Album Review: Geoff Simkins Trio – In A Quiet Way

Geoff Simkins Trio In A Quiet Way (Symbol Records)       Geoff Simkins’ love of more obscure (but beautiful) repertoire shines through on this album, beginning with Make Someone Happy, which opens with a lovely solo piano intro by Nikki Iles.     The gently played waltz Elsa is one of two compositions by Earl Zindars […]

1 July 2017

Live Review: Geoff Simkins Trio at The Verdict

Geoff Simkins Trio The Verdict, Brighton Sunday 18th June 2017        Local legend Geoff Simkins hasn’t released an album under his own name for a number of years, so it was great to see him launch his new album at The Verdict in Brighton, accompanied by the two other musicians on the CD, Nikki […]

1 June 2017

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 […]

1 February 2017

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’ […]

1 November 2015

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 […]

1 February 2015

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 […]

21 July 2014

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 […]

26 May 2014

Live Review: Howard Alden & Geoff Simkins at The Verdict

Howard Alden with Geoff Simkins & Simon Woolf The Verdict, Brighton Sunday 18th May, 2014       American guitarist Howard Alden is best known for performing the guitar parts for the Woody Allen film Sweet & Lowdown but has also performed with legends such as Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie and Red Norvo. In the UK […]

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