11th February: Simon Spillett Fund Raiser for the National Jazz Archive


Simon Spillett (© Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Award winner Simon Spillett plays fund-raiser for the
National Jazz Archive

The Simon Spillett Quartet is playing a fund-raising concert for the National Jazz Archive on the afternoon of 11 February in Loughton, Essex.

Simon Spillett is a highly respected tenor saxophonist who plays in a wide range of groups, and leads his own quartet. He has researched and written extensively about the great British tenor sax player Tubby Hayes, including a widely praised biography ‘The Long Shadow of the Little Giant’. He has recently received the British Jazz Award for ‘Services to British Jazz’.


Alec Dankworth


John Critchinson








Clark Tracey

Clark Tracey

Simon’s all-star quartet features three other wonderful musicians – John Critchinson, piano, Alec Dankworth, double bass, and Clark Tracey, drums. Both Alec and Clark were also award winners in the 2016 British Jazz Awards in their respective categories. John Critchinson has had a distinguished career playing with leading jazz groups and now leads the Ronnie Scott Legacy band.

This concert is one of a series during 2017 to raise funds to support the work of the Loughton-based National Jazz Archive.

Simon said: “It’s a pleasure to bring my quartet to play at Loughton to help raise funds for the National Jazz Archive. It’s a wonderful resource for everyone interested in the history and development of jazz in this country.”

The venue for the concert is Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, close to the Archive’s home in Loughton Library, where there is extensive parking, 1 km from Loughton Station on the Central Line, and served by numerous bus routes.

The concert starts at 2.30pm and tickets cost £15.

For details and to book tickets, visit:
email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8502 4701. 

For media enquiries contact: Nick Clarke 020 8502 4701

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National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD


The National Jazz Archive is a registered charity based in Loughton Library in Essex. It was founded by Digby Fairweather, and holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from 1919 to the present day. The Archive holds more than 4000 reference books, specialist periodicals and bulletins spanning over 600 titles, archival material, artwork, ephemera and photographs. It is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm.

The Archive received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant in 2011 that supported a
three-year access development project enabling the collection to be fully conserved and catalogued for the first time. Significant items have been digitised and are now accessible online. A second grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund was made in 2015 for an ‘Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence’ project, and work on this 18-month project started at the beginning of 2016.


Simon Spillett
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as “formidable”, Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who leads his own quartet featuring John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums). 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), Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007) and most recently the Services to British Jazz Award in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.

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) and ‘Square 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, penning 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 90 albums.


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  1. Alan Kirkby says:

    Tried donation of £100 but your donation box not upto ” scratch ”
    It misread my donation only £ 1
    Sorry but there you are.

  2. Peter Butler says:

    Thank you Alan. I think this is because the specific fundraiser for for “Simon Spillett NJA” had long expired. But I appreciate the £1 via Jazz&Jazz. In fact Jazz&Jazz is desperately in need of financial support for our massive output so dare I ask for the balance of £39 via the Donate Button in the right hand column on each page? But please let me know if this fails and I’ll immediately look into it.If you have problems with this do let me know. Thanks again, Peter

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