Rory Simmons is one of the most dynamic and creative young trumpet-players on the UK scene. Since moving to London in 2000, he has been in high demand as a soloist and as a composer. He is also currently the trumpet-player with international recording artist Jamie Cullum. He has recently toured worldwide with Jamie, playing international festivals, recording for the new Disney motion picture, and performing live on TV and radio across 4 continents. This has included supporting Herbie Hancock at Umbria Jazz Festival, performing at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta and extensive tours of the US and Canada. He has performed at Playboy Jazz Festival, Antibes Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Vienne International Jazz Festival, Thames Festival, Bath Jazz Festival, performing his own music at Ronnie Scott’s, Jazz Cafe, Cargo, The Vortex, Royal Festival Hall, Arts Depot, CCA Glasgow, Jersey Jazz Festival and Pizza on the Park including a recent radio broadcast with Jarmila Xymena Gorna.
Rory has also recorded and performed Katie Melua, Maria Rita, Bat for Lashes, Nizlopi, Ben Taylor, Robin Jones King Salsa, Mike Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra, Synergy, Grand Union Orchestra, Fire Collective, Byron Wallen, Arrange of Space, Ingrid Laubrock, Omar Puente, Ed Puddick Big Band, Combustible Alarms, Martin Speake, Jarmila Xymena Gorna, Arnie Somogyi, Martin Shaw, Steve Waterman, Tom Richards Jazz Orchestra, Guy Barker, NYJO, Kico Cowan, Mark Lockheart and Bill Watrous. Rory is also part of the innovative new Loop Collective www.loopcollective.org A collective of musicians based in North London promoting original performance in and around London by its members. In 2006 Rory was commissioned and UCL and the Institute of London to write a set of work involving classical and contemporary jazz musicians in a collaborative project involving heavily structured forms and free improvisation.