NEWS 

Feb 27, 2017

This year is shaping up to be a varied one, with interesting concerts coming up at the Purcell School of Music (6 March w/ Troyka, 4 July with Colin Towns), and a 7 date tour with my band. This time the band will be augmented to an Octet playing my arrangements for each second set. The octet will feature some outstanding young musicians, including BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Alexandra Ridout, alongside my regular band of Martin Shaw, Laurence Cottle, Tom Cawley and Mike Bradley. 

March 13, 2016

 

Well, it's been a very busy autumn and start to the New Year. Highlights have included visits to Germany, France and Spain with the Jamie Cullum Big Band, Budapest with Gloria Gaynor, the Strictly Come Dancing UK arena tour, gigs with Bobby Worth and tributes to the late Stan Tracey. Over the coming few months I look forward to playing some club gigs with people like Steve Waterman, Dave Barry, Clark Tracey, and some nights with my own band featuring Laurence Cottle, Quentin Collins, Tom Cawley and Mike Bradley.

 

We have had some wonderful concerts with the Purcell School of Music's talented jazz department. Special guests playing with the students so far have been Kit Downes, Steve Waterman and Gareth Williams. The next concert on Thursday 2 July at 7pm will feature the music of Stan Tracey, led by myself and Clark Tracey, and will feature addtional special guests too. All Purcell concerts are free and open to the public, it's a great opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow develop into accomplished musicians.

 

Cheers, Simon

 

 

 

August 5, 2014

 

It's been a great summer so far, highlights being a quick jaunt to Bonn with the Matthew Herbert Big Band to support Wayne Shorter, France with the Jamie Cullum Big Band, and various festivals including Cornbury, Swanage, Isle of Wight and Titley jazz festivals with some great bands. I'm looking forward to playing Stan Tracey's last album "The Flying Pig" with his quintet (Steve Melling playing piano) at Brecon this Saturday 9th August, and there's heavy rumours of Jamie Cullum's Big Band appearing at Ronnie Scott's in September. 

 

I will be continuing my post as Musician in Residence at the Elstree UTC, and I'm extremely excited to announce that I have been appointed Head of Jazz at the Purcell School of Music. I'm really looking forward to guiding these excellent young musicians as they prepare for their futures. 

 

If you are interested in a private lesson in jazz improvisation, or would like me to play on your track, please get in touch by emailing simonsaxophone@hotmail.com. Simply email me your track as a WAV file, I'll record a few takes of a solo and email them back for you to choose from. Please see the "Studio Recording" page for more details.

 

I hope to see you at a gig soon, please check the 'Live Dates' page to see where I am performing soon.

 

Cheers, Simon

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2014

 

April saw me performing in Derek Nash's "Tenor Madness" band (which was founded by the late Spike Robinson), and I had a fantastic time playing in Jamie Cullum's big band at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. We did two shows, both sold out to 1,500 people, and the gigs featured fabulous arrangements of Jamie's tunes by his regular horn players Tom Richards and Rory Simmons.

 

This month I am appearing at my favourite jazz pub, the Boaters in Kingston. I appeared there with Zena James a couple of weeks ago, but on the 18th I will be there playing a mixture of familiar and original tunes, with the amazing trio of Laurence Cottle (bass), Ian Thomas (drums) and Simon Carter (piano). It's free to get in, 8.30pm start. I will also be making a little appearance at the newly formed Twyford Jazz Club (Hampshire) on Tuesday 20th May, to play with my great friend Martin Shaw, who is appearing with the resident backing trio.

 

Next month I will be taking a quick jaunt to Bonn, Germany to play with the Matthew Herbert big band. Check Matthew's stuff out, you won't have heard big band music like this before! I'm also looking forward to playing with the Stan Tracey Legacy band on 14th June, where we will be keeping Stan's wonderful music alive and kicking.

 

If you are interested in a private lesson in jazz improvisation, or would like me to play on your track, please get in touch by emailing simonsaxophone@hotmail.com. Simply email me your track as a WAV file, I'll record a few takes of a solo and email them back for you to choose from. Please see the "Studio Recording" page for more details.

 

I hope to see you at a gig soon, please check the 'Live Dates' page to see where I am performing soon.

 

Cheers, Simon

 

 

 

 

March 16, 2014

 

After a very successful Stan Tracey memorial gig in Southport with Art Themen, Clark Tracey, Andy Cleyndert and Steve Melling, the final line-up of Stan's quintet (with Mark Armstrong on Trumpet) have been booked to perform Stan's last album, "The Flying Pig" at Brecon Jazz Festival. I'm very sad to not be able to appear at Ronnie Scott's memorial night for Stan on the 27th March, this will be an amazing night featuring many almuni from Stan's lineups over the years. The big band will be performing the "Alice in Jazzland" suite, in addition to the Octet and smaller lineups.

 

I've had a couple of very enjoyable gigs with my quintet, including a sell-out concert at the Progress Theatre for the Jazz in Reading society. We have also been booked for the Newport (Isle of Wight) jazz weekend in July. 

 

Sax Appeal continue their run of gigs to promote the new album "Funkerdeen", and on the 20th March we shall be performing a new suite commissioned by the Watermill Jazz Club in Dorking, written by Derek Nash.

 

I've just been asked to play lead alto in Jamie Cullum's big band concert at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. This will be a presentation of some of Jamie's older material in big band format, plus some new arrangements from his new album by the fantastically talented Tom Richards. It will be great to play with Jamie again, I've done quite a few gigs with him over the years now, including a short stint on his 2010 world tour, his band have a great energy and I really enjoy his gigs.

 

I continue my post as "Musician in Residence" at the brand new Elstree UTC school, instructing Post 16 yr olds on music technology and recording studio techniques, as well as at Winchester College. My home studio continues to thrive, where I undertake remote recording sessions. 

 

If you are interested in a private lesson in jazz improvisation, or would like me to play on your track, please get in touch by emailing simonsaxophone@hotmail.com. Simply email me your track as a WAV file, I'll record a few takes of a solo and email them back for you to choose from. Please see the "Studio Recording" page for more details.

 

I hope to see you at a gig soon, please check the 'Live Dates' page to see where I am performing soon.

 

Cheers, Simon

'Come Rain or Come Shine' - Simon Allen Quintet

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