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Malcolm Earle Smith & Geoff Simkins
December 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Orpington Jazz Club present Malcolm Earle Smith & Geoff Simkins.
Malcolm Earle-Smith has been well established on the London Jazz scene for over 20 years. After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music in 1989, he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Since then, he has gone on to work with a variety of jazz and pop artists including Kenny Baker, Jack Parnell, Digby Fairweather, Henry Lowther, Frank Griffith, Martin Speake, Martha Reeves and Ronnie Spector. Malcolm has also recorded and toured extensively with Bryan Ferry and appears on two of his albums: As Time Goes By (1999), and more recently, The Jazz Age (2012). In 2008-9 Malcolm appeared at Shakespeare’s Globe as onstage trombonist in Che Walker’s play The Frontline. He has has released two albums under his own name: Lyric Trombone (Malcolm Earle-Smith Quartet 1996), and Things are looking up (2008), on which he features as trombonist, vocalist and composer. More recently, Malcolm is a regular member of the award winning Basin Street Brawlers, as well as fronting two of his own groups: Nevada Street Four – a group specialising in jazz of the 20s and 30s, featuring four-part vocals, and Three-Way Stretch a contemporary trio in which he plays alongside Liam Noble (piano) and Dave Wickins (drums) which draws on a variety of repertoire and jazz styles. Malcolm is also a committed and well respected teacher. At present he is senior lecturer in jazz at Trinitylaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and Professor of Jazz Trombone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Geoff has been playing jazz since his early teens and has been a professional musician since 1977. He is featured on many recordings, the most recent of which is “Conversations” with Dave Cliff and Simon Woolf, and issued on Symbol Records, as is the much praised CD Don’t Ask’ with Nikki Iles, Simon Woolf and Martin France. He has appeared many times on BBC radio’s Jazz Club and Jazz Parade and was the subject of a documentary made by TVS.
He often works with American musicians who are visiting this country and over the years has played with such luminaries as Art Farmer, Bobby Shew, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Warren Vache, Al Grey, Kenny Davern, Bill Berry, Al Casey, Howard Alden, Ruby Braff, Bill Coleman and Conte Candoli. Recently Geoff has toured with guitarist Howard Alden and recorded a quartet CD with him. Geoff is also a highly respected teacher. As well as running the very successful improvisation classes at the Centre For Continuing Education at the University of Sussex, he is a regular tutor at The Original UK Jazz Summer School and a visiting saxophone tutor at Trinity College of Music, The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Chichester College. He has also been a tutor at the Czech Jazz Summer School and appeared at clubs in Prague and on Czech Television.
Admission £10 on the door, bar open 6pm – 11pm, concert 8.00 – 10.30pm