Wednesday July 24th - Simon Deeley Band "Blue Haze" 8.30pm
SIMON DEELEY - JAZZ PIANIST, COMPOSER, presents his latest project is the 'Blue Haze Quartet'|
In 2014 Simon moved from the West Midlands to the Welsh Borders.
Now living in a new area, he had to forge new playing links, and the new partnerships he formed lead to the formation of the Simon Deeley Quartet in 2015.
One of the main reasons that Simon formed the quartet was, that he wanted to have a group that would perform mainly his own compositions. Certainly in the last few years, composing has come to be the most important area of his career.
In 2016 this quartet recorded the album Crossing Borders, and toured it, going to venues in the Border and Mid Wales area.
By the beginning of 2017 two members of the quartet had had to drop out due to logistical reasons, and so Simon formed another quartet, this time with the brilliant, dynamic saxophonist from Abervergavenny Martha Skilton and Ian Cooper, bass, a stalwart of the Brecon jazz scene and Brecon Festival regular. They joined the Hereford based drummer Charlie Russell from the original quartet. With Simon in the piano chair, this then was the line-up of the new quartet.
The choice of the name Blue Haze Quartet came from Simon's observation of the hazy-blue colouring of the distant hills of his new border home, a place,which he feels has had a strong, positive effect on his creative out-put.
The new band began rehearsing in the Spring of this year, and then in August they recorded the album From The Blue Hills. The album is made up of eleven of Simon's recent compositions.
ADULT FULL - £12.50
JAZZLAND MEMBER 2019 - £10,
STUDENT - £7