Simon Purcell's ‘Red Circle’

Internationally acclaimed pianist Simon Purcell's exciting new band comprises some of the most important contributors to the UK’s creative music scene during the last two decades: Steve Watts (Printmakers, Loose Tubes, Iain Ballamy), Gene Calderazzo (Partisans, Pharoah Sanders, Joey Calderazzo, Zoe Rahman), Julian Siegel (Partisans, Joey Baron, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, John Taylor) and Chris Batchelor (Big Air, Loose Tubes, Brotherhood of Breath, Hermeto Pascoal).

This special Festival show is an album launch for Red Circle, Simon's debut release for Whirlwind Recordings.

Simon Purcell originally gained prominence during the UK jazz boom of the 1980s through Jazz Train (Martin Speake, Cleveland Watkiss, Dale Barlow et al), a quartet with Julian Arguelles (Loose Tubes) and numerous appearances with or opposite visiting American artists at London's Bass Clef Club and occasional weeks at Ronnie Scott's. Now after nearly three decades of teaching in London's conservatoires, this overdue album marks Simon's return to an active performing career.