Ron Simmonds...
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Ron Simmonds...
Born in Canada in 1928 he came to the UK with his parents in 1936 and began playing the trumpet from 1946. After demobilisation from the RAF in 1949 he began to play with the top bands of the day including Tommy Sampson, Leon Roy, Oscar Rabin, Vic Lewis and had a long spell with Jack Parnell, also Ted Heath and John Dankworth.
In 1963 he moved to Munich in Germany and besides working with the top European bands guested with US bands such as Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton and Oliver Nelson. He ran his own small group in Germany from 1974 until 1994 as well being active as a journalist, playwright, composer and lyricist and arranger.
He moved to Spain in semi-retirement in 1995 where he remained until his death in 2005.
He was never a noted jazz player but was recognised as one of the finest lead trumpet players in the world and was much in demand by the big bands of Europe and the US and had always free-lanced extensively in that capacity. He developed a very popular website that covers US, European as well as British jazz and it is still available on the web.
There are a number of links below that will be of interest to visitors to this website.

The great big bands Ron Simmonds
Harry Hayes... Profile by Mike Senn
Johnny Dankworth... Talking to Les Tomkins in 1969
Peter King... Report 2005
Lennie Bush... Gentleman of jazz
Peter Ind... Speaks his mind
Johnny Keating... A portrait by Ron Simmonds 1999
Basil Kirchin... A profile of the drummer and composer 2000
Jack Parnell... Talking to Les Tomkins in 1976
Kenny Clare... Talking to Tony Brown in 1969
Phil Seamen... Remembering Phil by Ron Simmonds
Ronnie Stephenson... Kenny Mathieson in The Scotsman
Tony Crombie by Cecil 'Flash' Winstone
Bill McGuffie Talking to Les Tomkins 1973
Dudley Moore Talking to Les Tomkins in 1966
George Shearing Talking to Les Tomkins in 1966
Max Harris A memorial by Ron Simmonds
Ralph Sharon Talking to Les Tomkins in 1988
Stan Tracey A British legend
Kathy Stobart Alan Plater in The Guardian
Ronnie Scott Talking to Les Tomkins in 1972
Ronnie Scott Talking to Les Tomkins about the club in 1979
Tubby Hayes Talking to Les Tomkins in 1966

Don Lusher Talking to Les Tomkins in 1973
George Chisholm Talking to Les Tomkins in 1976
Bobby Pratt The Gabriel from Scotland
Ian Hamer Interviewed by Ron Simmonds
Jimmy DeucharA tribute by Ron Simmonds
Kenny Baker Talking to Les Tomkins in 1987
Bill Le SageInterview in 1990
Victor Feldman Talking to Les Tomkins in 1971
Alan Dean Talking to Ron Simmonds in 2004
Les TomkinsProfile in Jazz Rag in 1993
Tommy Sampson Orchestra 20 Mighty Men
The Jack Parnell Orchestra 1950s
Geraldo Interviewed by Tony Brown 1969
Ted Heath and his Music The final years
Ronnie Verrell Viva Verrell
Harry Francis Jazz development in Britain 1924-74
Kenny Graham Hi there pop fans
Jazz Jamborees 1941/47
Jazz Jamboree 1958
Jazz Jamboree 1959
Don Rendell Don Rendell Reminisces 1967
Ron in Spain A minstrel in Spain