Geoff Simkins started playing jazz in his early teens. His first instrument was drums, but he quickly changed to the alto saxophone turning professional in 1977. Geoff has played concerts, clubs and festivals in the UK, Europe and beyond. He often works with American musicians who are visiting the UK, and over the years has played with such luminaries as Art Farmer, Bobby Shew, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Warren Vache, Al Grey, Kenny Davern, Bill Berry, Al Casey, Howard Alden, Ruby Braff, Bill Coleman and Conte Candoli. He has recorded with UK tenor player Danny Moss and with US trumpeters Billy Butterfield and Yank Lawson. Since the 1980s he has worked regularly with tonight's sideman guitarist Dave Cliff.