THIS WEEK ONLY w/ Steak&Honour serving 6-9pm
The Thursday Night Jazz tradition was introduced to Hot Numbers Gwydir Street by Nick Hill, known to Cambridge locals from his previous residencies at the Elm Tree and the Cricketers. We now welcome Mark Hale, a frequent guest of Nick's and outstanding Drummer, to bring fresh talent from the UK Jazz scene every Thursday. Our live music is funded through the generosity of the audience with a suggested donation of £5.
Simon Spillett - Tenor Saxophone
The New Simon Spillett Quartet will play at the Thursday Night Jazz Session at Hot Numbers on May 26th.
Formed early this year the band has been playing a selection of compositions by the legendary British Tenor Saxophonist Tubby Hayes.
Simon Spillett is widely regarded as the world's leading authority on Tubby Hayes & has recently had is work published about the life of Tubby Hayes entitled 'The Long Shadow of the Little Giant'. His book details Tubby's life, work & legacy he left on the British Jazz Scene. It's already had glowing reviews and nominated for the Penderyn Music Book Award 2016 and the 2016 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.
Along with the book, Simon's knowledge has also been an invaluable source to the October 2015 Film/ Documentary on Tubby Hayes 'A Man in a Hurry' . The band has been featured playing a double bill with the film at Regent Street Cinema & will be featuring at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on February 27th alongside the film.
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable,"Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist. He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year (2009) and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007). Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums, Introducing Simon Spillett (Woodville Records, 2007), Sienna Red (Woodville Records, 2008) andSquare One (Gearbox Records, 2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. His festival, concert and club appearances across the UK have included sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott's and the Brecon Jazz Festival and he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Jazz-Line Up with his own band.
He has also worked as a writer, writing the definitive biography of UK jazz legend Tubby Hayes (The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant, Equinox) and articles for magazines including Jazz Journal and Record Collector. Acting as a consultant for a number of jazz record labels, he has written booklet essays for over seventy albums.
Tonight Simon will be joined by David Ferris at the Piano, Stu Barker at the Double Bass & Mark Hale at the Drums. A suggested donation of £5 is encouraged which pays the musicians for their performance & keeps the nights running on a weekly basis.