SIMON SPILLETT (tenor saxophone) and TED BEAMENT (piano)
Winner of the 2011 British Jazz Award for Tenor Saxophone, Simon Spillett is recognised as one of the most distinctive saxophonists on the current UK jazz scene, appearing at famed venues such as Ronnie Scott's club in London and at major jazz festivals from Birmingham to Brecon, recording critically celebrated albums and broadcasting with his own band on BBC Radio 3.His press review include high praise: "Phenomenal...other players gulp when they hear him" (Dave Gelly, The Observer. His latest album "Square One" has met with universal acclaim, being described by one magazine as "like a long lost Blue Note record."
Pianist Ted Beament is a veteran of the UK jazz scene, having worked with the band of the legendary Humphrey Lyttelton for over fifteen years. As well as his high-profile stint with Humph, Ted has played with a wide array of artists both inside and outside of jazz, including American saxophonist Sonny Stitt and even Radiohead!
Ted's solo album "Piano Interpretation" recently received a rave review in the pages of Jazz Journal magazine.
Tonight, these two celebrated British jazzmen unite for what promises to be an exciting programme mixing swinging bop and blues with sensitive ballads.