Musicians

Mick Hucknall – Vocals

Mick Hucknall formed Simply Red in 1984 after his previous group, the punk band
Frantic Elevators, disbanded.

As well as singing lead vocals, Mick also writes most of Simply Red’s songs and has won many awards including three Brits, two Ivor Novellos and a Mobo.

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Ian Kirkham – Keyboards and Saxophone

Ian is a well known face to Simply Red fans, his warm and expansive saxophone playing a familiar feature of the bands’ sound. His association with the group goes back to the Picture Book tour of 1986 and he has been on every Simply Red album and tour since then.

As well as Tenor, Alto and Soprano saxophones Ian also plays EWI (Electronic Woodwind Instrument), flute, clarinet and piano. His musical career started when he began piano lessons at five and a half. He’s played saxophone since he was eleven.

Visit Ian’s MySpace here.

Kenji Suzuki – Guitar

Kenji “Jammer” Suzuki started working with Simply Red when they were recording the Blue album. Originally from Japan, he has been living in the UK since 1988 and has recorded with such major artists as Annie Lennox, Seal, The Lighthouse Family and Bomb the Bass.

He has released several solo albums, some as Kenji Suzuki, some as Kenji Jammer. Kenji recommends guitars from Zemaitis.

Visit Kenji’s MySpace here.

Dave Clayton – Keyboards

Dave came to Simply Red on the Home album. He was a band member of ABC for three years and has also toured with George Michael, Marc Almond and Jason Donovan to name a few.

He has recorded with the likes of U2, Bob Marley, Sinead O’Connor, Depeche Mode, Paul McCartney, George Michael/Elton John, The Beloved and Robbie Williams.

Wearing his producer hat he has worked with Take That (Babe), The Human League, Kraftwerk, Les Mckeown and Lenny Henry. He also has writing credits for Sinead O’Connor, Bomb the Bass, Michael Hutchence and ABC. Dave’s personal projects revolve around Pressure Zone.

Visit Dave’s MySpace here.

Pete Lewinson – Drums

Pete started working with Simply Red on the Home album and co-wrote the track ‘Home’ with his brother Steve and Mick. In the past he has worked with many people including Corinne Bailey Rae, Herbie Hancock, Sade, Massive Attack, Annie Lennox, Eurythmics, Joss Stone, Beverley Knight, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins and Amy Winehouse.

Pete and Steve have their own successful production studios based in London.

Visit Pete and Steve’s MySpace here.

Steve Lewinson – Bass Guitar

Steve’s first involvement with Simply Red was on the Life tour. He went on to play on the Blue album and has been back permanently since the Home album. Steve is very much in demand and has worked with Herbie Hancock, Sade, Annie Lennox, Eurythmics, Kylie Minogue, George Michael, Anita Baker, Massive Attack, Joss Stone, Jimmy Cliff, Beth Orton, Bootsy Collins and Amy Winehouse.

Visit Steve and Pete’s MySpace here.

Kevin Robinson – Trumpet and Flute

Kevin has played trumpet for Simply Red since the Lyceum shows in 1998. He was classically trained from the age of eleven and has an accomplished career in London’s West End musicals (including ‘Hair’, ‘Five Guys Named Mo’ and ‘Kats and Kings’- which won two prestigious Olivier awards). On tour he plays both trumpet and flute.

As well as working with artists such as Paul McCartney, Incognito, Tom Jones, Brand New Heavies, Lauryn Hill, Annie Lennox and Steve Winwood, Kevin is also a composer. He was commissioned to write three pieces of music for the Lido Theatre In Paris for their touring show ‘Lido Tournee’ and was also the musical director for the ‘Heineken Night Live’ shows at the Ahoy, Rotterdam from 1999-2002.

Kevin is currently musical director for the award winning Jazz Jamaica All Stars big band.

Visit Kevin’s website here and his MySpace here.