Simon Currie has been playing the Saxophone or more than 40 years, 30 professionally, playing great venues, travelling the world and backing many of the greats of the last three decades. He is currently the sax player with The Manfreds.
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!
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
Both Simon’s parents were artists in the Newbury area, and in 2009 Simon picked up the paintbrushes under his father’s guidance and started to paint in watercolour and oils. In 2010 and 2011, Simon attended MARTIN KINNEAR’S Norfolk Painting School, and is painting pictures for an exhibition.