with TOM OLLENDORFF guitar
7:30 p.m. Friday 14 April
GEOFF SIMKINS started playing jazz in his early teens. His first instrument was drums, but he quickly changed to the alto saxophone. He turned professional in 1977. His early work included time with the Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Temperance Seven, but his principal stylistic influences have been the American alto player Lee Konitz and tenor player Warne Marsh.
He has played with 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.
Geoff Simkins is also a respected teacher. He runs a very successful improvisation course at Sussex University, and for many years has been a tutor at the famous Original UK Jazz Summer School.
Geoff Simkins has released many wonderful CDs, in collaboration with such artists as Nikki Iles, Dave Cliff, Howard Alden and the late Allan Ganley. Several of these can be obtained at JazzCds. His most recent album is a trio with Dave Cliff and Simon Woolf: Conversation.
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