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Simon Bates

Renowned for his awesome technique and versatility, Simon is as at home leading bands on TV shows as he is in a local jazz club - the reason that the Royal Marines asked him to become their Professor of Saxophone! Playing all musical genres, Simon has performed around the world in a wide variety of settings from the Q.E.2. and Eiffel Tower to Ronnie Scott's and the Albert Hall. He is also a respected band leader having led the 9 piece band on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show and many other TV bands. He has been Musical Director for many well known artists including Bette Midler, Rick Astley and Richard Shelton. Simon is recognised as one of the country's leading jazz saxophonists and appears regularly at respected UK venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Jazz Cafe, 606 Club, The Bull's Head and the finest jazz clubs and festivals worldwide. He performs regularly with many of the jazz world's biggest stars including John Dankworth, Jamie Johnny Vaughan Tonight Band Cullum, Peter Erskine, The Ronnie Scott's All Stars, John Etheridge, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, Nigel Hitchcock, Simply Swing, Dave O Higgins and Sax Appeal.

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