From backing Paul McCartney to playing Welwyn Garden City club

PUBLISHED: 21:42 20 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:42 20 April 2013

Simon Allen will be playing Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

Simon Allen will be playing Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City


A MUSICIAN who has performed alongside the likes of Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton will be playing in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.

Sax man Simon Allen brings his quintet to Herts Jazz Club at Campus West on Sunday night from 8pm.

The Simon Allen Quintet will be performing originals and arrangements from Simon’s latest album, Any Minute Now.

Simon’s CV reads like a who’s who of jazz today. He won the Daily Telegraph Jazz Musician of the Year at the age of 16 and since then has been seen performing alongside artists of the stature of Wynton Marsalis, Stan Tracey, Kenny Wheeler, Django Bates, Iain Ballamy and Julian Joseph.

He was chosen to lead the horn section in the band for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee concert, backing artists such as Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.

Recently he has also performed with Jamie Cullum and recorded with Katie Melua.

Joining Simon at Herts Jazz will be Martin Shaw on trumpet, Tom Cawley on piano, Laurence Cottle on bass and Mike Bradley on drums.

Tickets cost £11 advance, £13 at the door and £8 for club members. It’s just £5 for students and under-21s.

Book online at

For more information about Herts Jazz Club, see

* For information about the 2013 Herts Jazz Festival, taking place September 20-22 and featuring Georgie Fame, Django Bates, Stan Tracey and many others, see

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