7-8 February 2015


As part of our 40th anniversary, Turner Sims is delighted to present an exclusive weekend of music with composer and multi-instrumentalist John Surman.

John Surman is one of Britain’s most well-respected jazz performers - a key figure in a generation of European musicians who expanded the international horizons of jazz during the last three decades of the twentieth century. A stalwart of the ECM record label, and long acknowledged as an improviser of world class, he has composed of a body of work that extends far beyond the perceived boundaries of jazz repertoire. Turner Sims has enjoyed a strong relationship with John over many years including presenting the first UK live performances of his ECM discs Rain on the Window and Saltash Bells, and we’re delighted to be working with him once more, presenting an exclusive weekend that celebrates this outstanding artist.


JOHN SURMAN SPECIAL QUARTET | Saturday 7 February 8pm

John Surman saxophones / Alex Hawkins piano /  Neil Charles bass / Tom Skinner drums

In an exclusive performance for Turner Sims, John Surman is joined by an outstanding rhythm section featuring some of the UK’s finest young jazz performers.


TALES OF THE ALGONQUIN | Sunday 8 February 7.30pm

John Surman saxophones/ John Warren piano /Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra /
Dan Mar-Molinero director

John Warren’s 1971 masterly jazz suite, Tales of the Algonquin, stands comparison with the music of Gil Evans or Maria Schneider. John Surman, the great British saxophonist who was principal soloist on the original recording, brings the work to the stage with its creator, John Warren and SYJO.