Bluejay Recording Artist Nat Simpkins has been involved professionally in music for over 35 years as a music teacher, performing artist, recording artist, record producer, record label owner, arranger and composer. He has written many music books and hundreds of arrangements for musicians of all levels. He has experience in virtually all styles of music. His entire family is involved in the arts. His mother was a painter and violinist in the Cape Ann Symphony and his father was an actor and a writer. His Uncle was under contract to Cecil B. DeMille and appeared in several Hollywood movies with Gary Cooper and Paulette Godard.
Mr. Simpkins was educated at the Berklee School of Music. He also studied privately with John Payne, Jerry Bergonzi, Houston Person, Buddy Tate, Arnett Cobb, Eddie lockjaw Davis, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. He has recorded 15 CDs as a leader and his CD, Crescent City, was the #1 Record on Jazz Radio Charts coast to coast in 2002 and #35 of all jazz Records released in that year. He performed on “Good Morning America” as part of the Mardi Gras coverage and he has performed in New Orleans at Jazzfest, Satchfest, and major venues including Tipitinas, Snug Harbor, and the House of Blues and with the Neville Brothers and the Marsalis family. He has also performed in New York City at The Village Vanguard with Buddy Tate and Scott Hamilton, Birdland with the Count Basie Band, the Lester Young Tribute Concert in NYC, and Cecil’s Jazz Club in New Jersey. He headlined at Boston’s “Steppin’ Out” concert, sharing the stage with Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Tito Puente Jr. and many others, and at the Jazz Week festival in Boston sharing the stage with Max Weinberg from the “Late Nite” with Conan O’Brian Show.
Primarily a saxophonist Mr. Simpkins also performs on and teaches piano, guitar, bass, drums, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, banjo and mandolin. He can be see regularly performing on Cape Ann and the North Shore. Check out this video of Nat playing both sax and double bass in the same tune: Nat Simpkins in Salem, MA 2012