Gwilym Simcock “Tribute to Jaco Pastorius”
Thu 19 NovView Shows
Described by Chick Corea as a ‘creative genius’, pianist Gwilym Simcock is unquestionably one of the finest musicians of his generation
Fluent and highly inventive, Gwilym Simcock's powerful piano playing has been heard with the likes of Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Bob Mintzer, Nigel Kennedy and Bobby McFerrin and it’s a testament to his remarkable abilities that he has won the Perrier, BBC Jazz and British Jazz Rising Star Awards as well as being the first jazz musician to be a Radio 3 “New Generation Artist”.
He won both "Best Band" and “Jazz Musician of the Year” at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, was nominated for two more BBC Jazz Awards and his album “Good Days at Schloss Elmau” was the 2011 album of the year at the ‘Barclaycard Mercury Prize’ awards. Currently touring with iconic US guitarist Pat Metheny, Chick Corea described him as “a creative genius”, and he is rightly considered to be one of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.
Despite his busy schedule and international standing Gwilym still finds time to appear at the 606 whenever he can and tonight he will be performing his “Tribute to Jaco Pastorius”, dedicated to the iconic US bass player and his music. Accompanying him for this special gig will be two musicians of International standing, the remarkable bass guitar player Laurence Cottle (Van Morrison, Bill Bruford) and the brilliant drummer Ian Thomas (Eric Clapton, Sting).
I feel confident that Simcock already deserves to occupy the inner circle of the great contemporary pianists along with Mehldau, Jarrett, and RubalcabaCadence USA
...remarkable...exceptional, as both player and composer.The Observer
A phenomenal talent, Simcock is a jewel in the crown of the country's jazz sceneNorwich Evening News
a jaw-droppingly exciting pianistThe Guardian