Geoff Simkins

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Geoff has been playing jazz since his early teens and has been a professional musician since 1977.

He is featured on many recordings, the most recent of which is “Conversations” with Dave Cliff and Simon Woolf, and issued on Symbol Records, as is the much praised CD Don’t Ask’ with Nikki Iles, Simon Woolf and Martin France. He has appeared many times on BBC radio’s Jazz Club and Jazz Parade and was the subject of a documentary made by TVS.

He often works with American musicians who are visiting this country and over the years has played with such luminaries as Art Farmer, Bobby Shew, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Warren Vache, Al Grey, Kenny Davern, Bill Berry, Al Casey, Howard Alden, Ruby Braff, Bill Coleman and  Conte Candoli. Recently Geoff has toured with guitarist Howard Alden and recorded a quartet CD with him.

Geoff is also a highly respected teacher. As well as running the very successful improvisation classes at the Centre For Continuing Education at the University of Sussex, he is a regular tutor at the famous Glamorgan Summer School and a visiting saxophone tutor at Trinity College of Music, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Chichester College.  He has also been a tutor at the Czech Jazz Summer School and appeared at clubs in Prague and on Czech Television. Geoff has been involved in many of the Jazz In Education projects which have brought live music to schools throughout the South and Midlands.

What the critics say:-  “Scandalously underrated”, Radio 2.

“World class.......simply wonderful”  Digby Fairweather, Radio 3.

“ Combines a witty turn of phrase with a rare lyricism....displays complete command of this demanding idiom…….One of Britain’s finest and most inventive alto saxophonists,,,,.””  Dave Gelly in The Observer.

“A master of the art of improvisation” Jazz U.K.