As a Jazz Vocalist for over 25 years, Simon Atkinson has drawn inspiration from the music of the great Crooners, Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme ,Nat King Cole and more recently Harry Connick Jnr. He has performed his own interpretations of the classic standards over that time in a wide variety of countries and venues. With the dramatic resurgence of the genre Simon has found that interest and demand for his relaxed cool style of Jazz and Swing vocal has increased steadily over the past years.
Following a 7 year period performing overseas, In 2003 Simon returned to the UK and found new success in with individual performances throughout Britain and in France , but most significantly with the superb Veteran Jazz pianist and arranger Allan Baillie and his band The Ben Marcato Trio.
Allan has performed for over 4 decades with an enormous range of the very best Scottish Jazz musicians as he developed and performed with his 12 piece jazz orchestra in the 1980's and his legendary Al Baillie Trio in the 1990's. He has recorded for the BBC and is now well known all over Scotland for his solo Jazz piano work as well as his performances and arrangement work with The Ben Marcato Trio. Allan jokes that Simon has pulled me out of retirement but both Atkinson And Baillie freely admit that their colaboration is the most rewarding of either's career.
following thier appearance at The Ayr Jazz festival in 2004, Scotland's Ayrshire Post described the combo as: