About Simon Currie

Looking back at Simon Currie’s incredible list of credits, it seems a completely natural progression to find him playing alongside THE MANFREDS. 

From 1983-88 he was a member of The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO).  This enabled him to share the concert platform with the likes of GEORGE SHEARING, MEL TORMÉ, PEGGY LEE, ROSEMARY CLOONEY, SHORTY ROGERS, KAY STARR, BROOK BENTON, AL MARTINO, JOHN WILLIAMS, JIMMY WITHERSPOON, VIC DAMONE and JOHNNY DANKWORTH to name but a few.

His NYJO pedigree gained him invaluable experience and opened up several new doors.  By now he was working in different bands and orchestras, and in great demand wherever a brass section was needed.  His time spent with JOHNNY HOWARD, RAY McVAY, BERT KAEMPFERT, JOE LOSS, GLENN and HERB MILLER enabled him to travel extensively, hone his craft, and broaden his musical range.

During stints playing at The Monte Carlo Casino in the South of France from 1988-90, he found himself backing musical legends as diverse as GEORGE BENSON, STEVIE WONDER, DONNA SUMMER, LIZA MINELLI, THE THREE DEGREES, SAMMY DAVIES JNR, THE TEMPTATIONS, THE FOUR TOPS and JERRY LEWIS.

Simon is a relatively rare breed of musician, one who is equally at home playing flute, clarinet, soprano, alto, tenor or baritone sax.  He also composes, arranges, does regular session work, and even finds the time to front his own jazz band!

Simon has released two solo albums entitled Monochrome To Colour and Time Lapse. He has also written 2 albums with Mike Hugg (Founder of Manfred Mann) Sanctuary and Walking Through Tomorrow.

In 2001 Simon joined PAUL JONES AND THE MANFREDS (ex MANFRED MANN), and has toured with guest artists COLIN BLUNSTONE, CHRIS FARLOWE, LONG JOHN BALDRY, PAUL YOUNG, ALLAN PRICE, PP ARNOLD, ZOOT MONEY and CLIFF BENNET

Are you ready to take the next step and play with other musicians?

Project Band

You’ll find that making music together in a group is such a rewarding activity. Project Band gives budding musicians the opportunity to play in a group with fellow hobby musicians with courses in Oxford and Newbury.

Whether you play trumpet, cornet, trombone, (any type of brass) saxophone, Clarinet, (any type of woodwind) drums, guitar, bass guitar or keyboard, please get in touch, and become part of Project Band.

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