"Simpson is a skilful manipulator of the effect of an overall piece"

London Jazz Review of London Jazz Festival performance >> read full review here<<

" ...with Klammer he has a group which gives full voice to his ambitious and exciting compositions."

The Vortex, London

"...complex ensemble playing and modern textures/rhythms with enough space for soloists to shine..."

EFG London Jazz Festival

"There’s fine ensemble playing, revealing multi-layered textures, crunchy sonorities and sensitive voicing"

The Cross-eyed Pianist, blog


Ralph Wyld, Mike Chillingworth, Rick Simpson, Dave Hamblett, George Crowley, Tom Farmer


Award-winning pianist and composer Rick Simpson has been no stranger to the heart of the London jazz scene – on both the new music and more traditional fronts – for many years now, and with Klammer he has a group which gives full voice to his ambitious and exciting compositions.

His music for Klammer focuses on through-composition, complex ensemble playing and modern textures/rhythms, though with enough space for soloists to shine and plenty of wit and levity to boot.

The band is completed by some of the young London jazz scene’s most sought-after rising stars.

George Crowley - tenor saxophone
Mike Chillingworth - alto/tenor saxophones + clarinets
Ralph Wyld - vibraphone
Rick Simpson - piano
Tom Farmer - double bass
Dave Hamblett - drums




Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008 Rick Simpson has performed with musicians such as Christian Scott, Eric Harland, Joe Sanders, Michael Janisch, Ernesto Simpson, Martin Speake, Earl Burness Travis, Stan Sulzmann, Jeff Williams and Brandon Allen as well as younger musicians in London. Rick plays in the ensembles of Jay Phelps, Tim Thornton, Tommy Andrews, Leo Richardson, Paul Riley, and US Jazz Singer Hailey Tuck amongst others.
Rick is based in London playing a wide variety of music, and leads his own group playing original jazz music. Rick is a regular performer at Ronnie Scotts, the 606 Jazz Club, Pizza Express Dean Street, The Vortex, The Bull’s Head, and he has also appeared at the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room.



11th April - Klammer, Spotted Dog, Birmingham, 8:30pm

13th April - Klammer, Jazz At Future Inns, Bristol, 8:30pm

14th April - Klammer, The Verdict, Brighton, 8:30pm

15th April - Rick Simpson/Mark Lewandowski/Will Glaser, Vortex, London, 8:30pm

18th April - Klammer, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, 8:30pm


@ Ronnie Scotts with Christian Scott


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