SIMON DEELEY - JAZZ PIANIST, COMPOSER, TEACHER
Simon Deeley grew up in the North Worcestershire village of Clent Nr. Kidderminster.
He started his musical studies with piano lessons at aged seven. Up until his mid twenties, his studies were focused on classical music, however, alongside his classical work, he always had an interest in jazz, blues and rock music. This became an ever increasing interest, which, in his late twenties,culminated in him starting to work with local jazz musicians, and then going on to play at well known jazz clubs and music venues in the B'ham and West Midlands area. During his time on the Midland's jazz scene he played alongside some of the best known and acclaimed players on the scene, including - Bryan Corbett, Casey Greene, Percy Pursglove, Steve Ajao, Chris Gumbley and Andy Derrick.
In 2000, Simon started the well known Jazz at the Bonded Warehouse club, which he ran continuously for sixteen years, and which regularly saw top Midlands players plus nationally acclaimed artists performing there.
Alongside his performing career, Simon has continuously worked as a piano teacher. In this field, he has for many years now, specialised in jazz and improvisation tuition, having some twenty years ago, devised his own course of development in this genre.
Simon's other important focus is on composition. Right from his earliest beginnings as a jazz performer, he has always composed and presented his own music. And composing is now the most important part of his career. Since his move to the Welsh Borders in 2014, his focus has been on creating his own music, which has resulted in the production of three recent albums of his music - Crossing Borders (2016),From The Blue Hills (2017), and Afan's Dance (2019), the latter two albums having been recorded by his current band - BLUE HAZE.