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Biography of Spike Wells

SPIKE WELLS became a professional musician in 1968 when he was invited to join the Tubby Hayes quartet. He spent the next few years with Tubby, Humphrey Lyttelton's band and Ronnie Scott's sextet. He toured with Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Roland Kirk and backed many visiting American soloists as the house drummer at the Scott club. In 1973 Spike took up the law and became a solicitor. He continued playing however, working regularly in the 1980's with the Bobby Wellins Quartet and Peter King Quintet. In 1996 Spike was ordained as a priest. In addition to his trio with Gwilym and Malcolm, he is a member of the latest Bobby Wellins and Alan Barnes quartets and has been appearing with Liam Noble, Mark Edwards, Art Themen, Stan Tracey, Andrew Cleyndert and John Donaldson.

GWILYM SIMCOCK attended Chethams School in Manchester and later the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he picked up a first-class honours degree and the coveted 'Principal's Prize' for outstanding achievement. Gwilym has performed with Tim Whitehead, Iain Ballamy, Bill Bruford, Pete King and Don Weller, as well as leading his own groups. He toured with Kenny Wheeler on French horn in 2003, and on piano in 2005 - alongside Dave Holland, Evan Parker, Norma Winstone and Lee Konitz. He has performed his own compositions with leading orchestras including the Scottish Ensemble. In July 2005 Gwilym received the 'Rising Star' prize at both the British Jazz Awards and the BBC Jazz Awards. In 2006 he was the first jazz musician to be chosen as one of the BBC Radio 3's elite New Generation Artists, and in April 2007 he received the 'Musician of the Year' prize at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

MALCOLM CREESE, a former chorister at St. John's College in Cambridge, now combines jazz and classical performances at the highest level with extensive film, television and recording work. Malcolm toured around the world with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth from 1991 to 2001, and with pianist Stan Tracey for six years. He has also worked with Lee Konitz, George Shearing, Art Farmer, George Benson, Tony Coe, Mose Allison, Johnny Griffin, Clark Terry, Junior Mance, Kenny Wheeler, Sting, Diana Ross, The Divine Comedy, John Williams and The London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras. Malcolm performs regularly with his innovative trio Acoustic Triangle, which he formed in 2000. As well as producing recordings for his award-winning Audio-B label and others, he runs an arts festival in Hampshire.

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