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About Simon

Renowned for his awesome technique and versatility, Simon is as at home leading bands on TV shows as he is in a local jazz club - the reason that the Royal Marines asked him to become their Professor 
of Saxophone!

Playing all musical genres, Simon has performed around the world in a wide variety of settings from the Q.E.2. and Eiffel Tower to Ronnie Scott's and the Albert Hall. He is also a respected band leader having led the 9 piece band on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show and many other TV bands. He has been Musical Director for many well known artists including Bette Midler, Rick Astley and Richard Shelton.

  Pop  
Simon playing with Rick Astley
He is in great demand on the London session scene - his playing features on countless adverts, film scores, theme tunes and pop recordings. Simon has appeared live and recorded with a wide variety of bands and musicians including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Bette Midler, Shane MacGowan, Sister Sledge, Lulu, Rick Wakeman, Dizzee Rascal, The Sugarhill Gang, Chaka Khan, Emma Bunton, Seal, Eddie Floyd, Billy Ocean, Darius Campbell and Carleen Anderson.  

  Jazz  
Simon is recognised as one of the country's leading jazz saxophonists and appears regularly at respected UK venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Jazz Cafe, 606 Club, 
The Bull's Head and the finest jazz clubs and festivals 
worldwide. He performs regularly with many of the jazz 
world's biggest stars including John Dankworth, Jamie 
Johnny Vaughan Tonight Band
Cullum, Peter Erskine, The Ronnie Scott's All Stars, John Etheridge, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, Nigel Hitchcock, Simply Swing, Dave O Higgins and Sax Appeal.

  Television  
Simon appears frequently on television.  You may have seen 
him in programmes such as The Paul O'Grady Show, The Parkinson Show, Channel 4's Big Breakfast, GMTV,
This Morning, Movie Mania and he ran the 9-piece band on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show.  Simon has also performed with many Strictly Come Dancing stars including Brendan Cole and Anton Du Beke.

  Soloist  
Well known as a performer in many different musical genres, 
Simon has featured as a guest soloist with large ensembles 
including the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, the 
National Youth Jazz Orchestra and The Royal Marines 
Simon jazzing at a wedding reception
Big Band.

  Getting Started  
Simon started to learn the violin at school but the draw of his father's old clarinet was too much, and he started to have lessons. With the intense competition of his twin brother, (now a successful freelance French Horn player), Simon progressed quickly and achieved Grade 8 on the clarinet at the tender age of 12. He started to play sax at the age of 14 and got his first paid gig in the same year. Whilst studying for a classical music degree, he turned to jazz and improvised music and studied Stravinsky by day and played Charlie Parker by night in London's clubs and bars.


Latest News : read more

28th March 2014

Performing in Barbados is always a pleasure, especially with the talented Harry the Piano and jazz singer Gary Williams, performing......read more >

17th January 2014

HRH Princess Alexandra insisted on taking a detour from her schedule to speak to Simon at the party to celebrate......read more >

29th October 2013

"His four-piece band, dressed in dark suits and white shirts...look vaguely menacing"...read more >
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