Stan Sulzmann’s 75th birthday gig at Watermill Jazz

    The saxophonist's 75th birthday gig in Dorking featured his Neon Orchestra with special guest Nikki Iles on accordion

    The Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra at the Watermill, 28 November 2023. Clockwise from top left: Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles, Nick Smart, the band, Henry Lowther. Photos © Brian O'Connor

    Brian O’Connor writes – The 75th birthday of saxophonist Stan Sulzmann was marked at the Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking, Surrey in November with a gig by his Neon Orchestra.

    The 19-piece big band, with special guest Nikki Iles on accordion and piano, featured Nick Smart (conductor); Henry Lowther, Tom Walsh, George Hogg, Robbie Robson (t); Ollie Martin, Trevor Mires, Harry Maund, Sarah Williams (tb); Pete Hunt, Tom Barford, Martin Hathaway, Matt Sulzmann, James Allsopp (s); Will Barry (p); Jonny Mansfield (vib); Alex Monk (elg); Dave Whitford (b); and Finn Genockey (d).

    This was the second of two birthday gigs, the first being the evening before at Ronnie Scott’s. It was a rousing finale to 2023 at Watermill Jazz, and a very fitting celebration of Stan’s career. Long may he continue.

    The Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra, celebrating Stan’s 75th birthday at the Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking, Surrey. Tuesday, 28 November 2023