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South Coast Jazz Festival 2015 – Bobby Wellins & Geoff Simkins + Mark Edwards’ ‘Cloggz’

Saturday 24th January 2015 -


Multi-award-winning Bobby Wellins – Jazz Musician of the Year, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012 – is best known for his work with Stan Tracey, particularly on the legendary ‘Under Milk Wood’ 1965. Bob is a stylist on tenor saxophone, known and loved by US legends Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. Anyone who hears his extraordinary tone will know at once what a truly individual modern jazz voice he has made on tenor sax.

Geoff Simkins leads his own quartet, which can be heard on the much praised CD Don’t Ask featuring Nikki Iles, Simon Woolf and Martin France, and continues to work as often as possible with long-time musical partner, guitarist Dave Cliff and as sideman to such luminaries as Art Farmer, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow. Geoff is also a respected jazz educator and visiting tutor at Trinity College, The Royal Welsh College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music. Described as “a master of the art of improvisation” by Jazz UK  and “what can you say about Geoff Simkins except that he is a major, major talent who seems to hide away in the Brighton area” by Brian Blain in The Musician.

One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene, Gareth Williams has received widespread critical and public acclaim. He has dazzled audiences not only by his virtuoso approach to the piano, but also by his multi-instrumentalist talents on guitar and vocals.

Mark Edwards’ ‘Cloggz’ intertwine intricate ensemble playing with lyrical improvisation. Mark Edwards leads this sensational group, arranging and directing their unique style. Taking in influences from jazz to tango to film-score. Accessible and melodic, the band plays carefully selected material from a wide array of composers, including Brad Mehldau, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams, as well as their own original music. The line-up features Mark Edwards (piano, glockenspiel, harmonium), Julian Nicholas (saxophones, clarinet), Ben Sarfas (violin), Dave Trigwell (drums), Neil Corrin (accordion), Terry Pack (bass), Eden Townend (guitar, banjo).


Other Festival Events:

Small Jazz Icon Jazz Vocal Celebration Featuring Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw & Joe Stilgoe 8pm, (£20)

Small Jazz Icon Jazz For Absolute Beginners With Kevin Le Gendre 3pm-4.30pm (£10)

Small Jazz Icon Dreams Are Free (Film) With Gary Barber & Bobby Wellins 11am (£5)

Small Jazz Icon Jack Kendon Band (Al Scott, Peter Adam Hill, George Trebar) 12.30pm (FREE – Ropetackle Foyer, Includes Jam Session)

Small Jazz Icon Peter Long’s Echoes Of Ellington Orchestra – Duke’s First 30 Years AND
Small Jazz Icon The Mingus Underground Octet Feat. Mark Bassey 7.30pm (£20)


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Ropetackle Cafe Suppers Shoreham

We're serving delicious food before this event from 6pm! Mains cost £7, desserts £3, or the two-course meal for £9.50. Advance booking necessary, to do so simply email Click on the icon to see what's on the menu.

Main: Beef and ale casserole / Italian bean casserole (v)

Dessert: Key lime pie