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Kaz Simmons

Raised in Hove, East Sussex and now based in London, Kaz made her stage debut singing solo at the age of four at the Brighton Dome.

She studied Music at Goldsmiths University and Trinity College of Music and shortly after graduating, recorded her first album, the jazz based, Take Me Home (33 Records).

In 2005 she was a finalist in the international competition, which featured 147 contestants from all around the world.

She has performed with the likes of Lyn Dobson (Manfred Mann, Dusty Springfield, Nick Drake) and Jamie Cullum, Ife Tolentino and jazz wunderkind Gwilym Simcock is featured on Take Me Home.

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“She’s a unique sounding singer, she doesn’t sound like anyone else, her songs don’t sound like anyone else” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“What was that phrase? “We make our own way”. That’s the way which seems to suit Kaz Simmons, and is bringing her increasing recognition as a highly individual and persuasive songwriter” – Sebastian Scotney, The Telegraph

“The range of colours and moods that the London-based vocalist and guitarist serves up here is quite astonishing” – Peter Quinn, Jazzwise


“A very fine new album” - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“Somehow adept at handcuffing the listener so that one song is not enough…Simmons punctuates the album with grace and simplicity, while being craftily intricate”- R2 Rock’n’ Reel Magazine

“Combining a voice of crystalline purity, a neat lyrical touch, some superb backing musicians and a few lushly romantic arrangements, Kaz Simmons’ Dandelions has a gorgeous heart and a few twists and turns that surprise, delight and occasionally mystify by turn” ��” All About Jazz

“Sympathetic souls will appreciate her gentle candour and sincere ingenuousness, and the album as a whole certainly provides a welcome antidote to the macho posturing of much contemporary pop, male and female” ��” LondonJazz


”A shining future for her is assured”, Musician Magazine

”It's a beautiful record, beautifully performed and recorded” Mark Lockheart

”Simmons brings a graceful charm and insinuating ease that makes the album simply melt in the ear”, Chris Parker,


“On the front cover it says: “Take Me Home” and you ought to” Richard Niles, BBC Radio 2

“Absolute clarity of diction, a nice line in scat, an exuberant vocal quality and an inventive arranger…Take Me Home perfectly encapsulates the enormous potential of singer Kaz Simmons” Jazzwise

“A commendable achievement…her bright chirpy optimistic approach is very enjoyable” In Tune International

“A young vocal bomb waiting to explode onto the Jazz Idiom”

“She takes the music in new and wonderful directions”

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