Friday 11 May. 20:00 – 22:30.
At Crookes Social Club
Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. Advance tickets from www.sivtickets.com/event/sheffieldjazz
Geoff Simkins: sax; Nikki Iles: piano; Dave Green: bass
An evening of delightful cool and interactive jazz by a very fine trio exuding class, taste and experience. Expect lyrical improvisation, great interplay and a mix of beautifully played standards plus some original compositions by three of Britain’s best musicians.
Geoff is a wonderful alto saxophonist influenced by American musicians Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. Over the years he has played with such luminaries as Art Farmer, Bobby Shew, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Warren Vache, Al Grey, Kenny Davern and Conti Candoli. He has been working with pianist Nikki iles for many years in a quartet with Martin France and Simon Wolf.
Nikki has worked with Stan Sulzmann, Rufus Reid, Kenny Wheeler, Tony Coe and Norma Winstone and plays regularly in Karen Sharp’s group with Dave Green.
Dave has worked with everyone, including such greats as Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Roland Kirk, Coleman Hawkins and Lee Konitz.
It is not surprising that there is a meeting of musical minds in this trio. They have a new CD recorded on Symbol Records – In a Quiet Way– and will be playing material from this latest release.
Geoff says ” I’ve always enjoyed making music as part of a small, acoustic group (I once said that I regarded a sextet as a dangerously large crowd) and this trio, with two such creative and inspirational players as Nikki and Dave, provides a perfect setting for the informal, improvised interplay that I still find so exciting. The group’s repertoire includes lesser known standards, compositions by Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Bill Evans, Earl Zindars among others and even the occasional original.” Nikki says “Both Dave and Geoff are unique musicians and there is an unspoken alchemy between them that inspires me to dig deeper in my own playing. The unexpected twists and turns of Geoff’s softly spoken lines, so utterly fresh and improvised, combine with Dave’s deeply infectious feel and openness of approach which allows for genuine unforced musical dialogue.” Dave says “I have played with Geoff and Nikki in various groups over the years, they are both wonderfully interactive and sensitive players, so I relished the prospect of playing in a trio with these two great musicians who I have long admired. To me the essence and the joy of jazz is achieving those moments of perfect group interaction. This requires big ears and an unselfish attitude amongst the participants – working for the group rather than thinking about projecting yourself individually. It’s a high ideal but one which is easier to achieve playing with two such gifted improvisers as Geoff and Nikki. Happy times.”
What the critics say of Geoff:-
“Scandalously underrated”, Radio 2.
“World class…….simply wonderful”…Digby Fairweather, Radio 3.
“ Combines a witty turn of phrase with a rare lyricism….displays complete command of this demanding idiom…….One of Britain’s finest and most inventive alto saxophonists,,,,.”” Dave Gelly in The Observer.
“A master of the art of improvisation”… Jazz U.K.
Reviews of Trio album: In a Quiet Way
“There’s something especially intimate about a small jazz combo without drums, like eavesdropping on a conversation among friends. These three are old friends anyway….there are plenty of surprises to keep attentive ears busy…. and the interplay among all three is joy.”… Dave Gelly in The Guardian and The Observer.
“This was three-way interplay of the highest order”… Peter Vacher in Jazzwise Magazine.
“Listening to this sublime trio outing from alto-saxophonist Geoff Simkins with Nikki Iles and Dave Green I initially found myself at a loss for words….fortunately the elegant, eloquent swinging music speaks for itself”… Mike Collins in London Jazz News.