Simon Read Octet

Simon’s latest project is an octet made up of some of the finest players from Leeds and London. The group is made up of:

Laura Jurd – Trumpet
Ben Lowman – Alto Sax
Will Howard – Tenor Sax/Clarinet
Kevin Holbrough – Trombone
Michael De Souza – Guitar
Jamil Sheriff – Piano
Simon Read – Bass
Sam Gardner – DrumsOctet gig

Whilst studying at Leeds College of Music, Simon developed a passion for listening to and writing for a medium size ensemble. Taking influence from such bands as the Julian Argüelles Octet and the Dave Holland Octet, Simon decided to form his own group.

The octet recently recorded the EP ‘Times Leap’ which is available for purchase at

Simon is very pleased to be a part of Jazz North’s Northern Line scheme. This means that Jazz North will subsidise the gig fee hopefully saving venues money and ensuring that the musicians get paid properly. For more information on this go to: