Now It’s Who Have They Got? (1959-1961)
Simon Spillett [+]
Described by Jazzwise magazine as “the world’s leading Tubby-ologist”, Simon Spillett is an award-winning British jazz saxophonist and author. His performing accolades include winning the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards in 2011, scooping the Jazz Journal critic’s choice award for best new release of 2008 for his album ‘Sienna Red’ and securing a victory as ‘Rising Star’ in the 2007 British Jazz Awards. Alongside his career as one of the busiest musicians on the UK jazz circuit, recording, broadcasting and featuring at many major festivals, Simon is also a writer of note. He has collaborated with veteran British jazz legend Vic Ash on his autobiography (I Blew It My Way – Northway Books, 2006) and regularly contributes articles to magazines including Jazz Journal, Jazz Rag and Record Collector. His much-awaited biography of Tubby Hayes, The Long Shadow of The Little Giant, is to be published by Equinox in spring 2015. He has also provided sleeve notes for over sixty albums by artists ranging from Artie Shaw to Stan Tracey, as well as working with a variety of record labels compiling material for reissue. His main sphere of jazz interest is in the work of post-war British musicians and he has been praised for his “astuteness and expertise at marrying music and factual narrative” (BBC Music Magazine).
Detailing the formation of Hayes’ own quartet, and the recording of the landmark album “Tubby’s Groove” in 1959. Examining his influence on younger British jazz musicians and his inconsistent personal life.