Simon Hurley Guitar

This is the site of Simon Hurley, a professional guitarist and guitar teacher based in the Colchester area.

If you are looking for a session musician or for guitar lessons, I am a versatile guitarist with 23 years of playing and performance experience. I am competent in many styles and disciplines from theatre work and live rock performance to studio recording and vocal accompaniment. I also have 12 years experience teaching the guitar at all levels, both privately and in colleges and schools.

If you are looking for music for an event, party or wedding, I regularly perform as a jazz guitar soloist or with a number of ensembles of various sizes from jazz duo upward. I can provide appropriate music for the tone of your event and ensure a professional service.

So, if you are in need of a guitar tutor or wish to book a soloist or group for an event, please get in touch.

If you wish to see me play, please view the Live page for more information on gigs, both past and present with any number of jazz ensembles, function bands.


2016 Jazz East at The Alex, Felixstowe

simon spillett
This year brings with it a new series of jazz gigs from Jazz East taking over from the Fludyer Arms in Felixstowe. The new venue will be at The Alex and I have the pleasure of performing there on January 31st with Simon Spillett. Simon is well known for being an amazing player. He is an authority on the Sax player Tubby Hayes and has spent some time touring and playing alongside my personal guitar hero Louis Stewart who was in Tubby’s band so, not an intimidating gig at all for me!

2015 The Music of The George Shearing Quintet

This year I have the privilege of playing a series of concerts playing the music of The George Shearing Quintet. Lead by pianist Simon Brown, The Quintet of Vibraphone, Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums and will feature some amazing players such as Lewis Wright and Roger Beaujolais.

Current confirmed shows are:
18th June – The Hoste, Burnham Market, Norfolk
26th June – Haleigh Jazz Club, Town Hall, Hadleigh
30th Aug – Norwich Jazz Weekend, Norfolk
15th Oct – St James’ Theatre, London

Jazz East at The Fludyer Arms

Fludyer Arms

As part of the continuing series of weekly jazz gigs at The Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, I will be performing with my regular Quartet on the Sunday 18th January. We will be playing a set including some Wes Montgomery and Horace Silver tunes as well as some arrangements of standards. The band will feature Dan Banks (Piano), Andy Staples (Bass) and Alex Best (Drums).

I will then be returning to the Fludyers later in the year to perform as part of the Watson/Hurley Quartet featuring Andy Watson (Guitar), Rob Palmer (Bass) and Alex Best (Drums).

Please support this fantastic club. Entry is free and music is from 7:30 onwards. There is also fantastic food available. See you there.

Jazz Brunch at West Street Vineyard

The series of Sunday Brunch Gigs continues next year at West Street Vineyard, Coggeshall. The vineyard has a wonderful restaurant on the ground supplying great food and, of course, the local wine. The next 3 dates are Sunday 25th January with Dan Banks (Piano), Sunday 22nd February with Andy Watson (Guitar) and Sunday 29th March with Dan Banks once again. Bookings can be made on (01376)563303 Music Starts at 11:00

2014 Jazz at St Lawrence 24th Oct

I have kindly been asked by the Friends of St Lawrence Church, Rowhedge to perform on the evening of October 24th in order to raise funds for the upkeep of the building and grounds. I played there two years ago with Andy Watson to a great reception so am looking forward to playing with the Quintet. The band will feature some of the most talented musicians I know and promises to be a fantastic night of music. Tickets can be purchased from Rowhedge Post Office for £7.00.

Simon Hurley Quartet

I’ve been busy working on a pad full of charts these past few months and will be rolling them out with a series of quartet gigs. The first of which is on September 30th at Pizza Express Chelmsford. I have a great band with me consisting of Dan Banks (Keys), Andy Staples (Bass) and Alex Best (Drums). Expect a few Wes Montgomery tunes as well as some arrangements of faithful standards, bossas and ballads.
Music starts at 7:30, call (01245)491466 to book.

Jazz Brunch at West Street Vineyard

For the past year, I’ve been playing at West Street Vineyard, Coggeshall. The vineyard has a wonderful restaurant on the ground supplying great food and, of course, the local wine. The next 2 dates are Sunday 28th September with Dan Banks (Piano) and Sunday 30th November with Andy Watson (Guitar). Bookings can be made on (01376)563303 Music Starts at 11:00

The Fludyer Arms

Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of playing at the Jazz East club at The Fludyer Arms in Felixstowe. If you are a jazz fan, I urge you to go along and listen to some of the top quality acts that appear weekly. Entry is free and the house band feature some of the region’s best players.
So far, I have had the good fortune to play with Brandon Allen, Steve Fishwick, Martin Speake, Osian Roberts and Josh Kemp. I’m also going to be joining Simon Allen (saxes) on the 13th July and Martin Shaw (trumpet) in September.

Simon Allen, Fludyer Arms, July 13th

The Griffin, Danbury 13th June

I am pleased to announce that The Simon Hurley Trio will be performing this Thursday at The Griffin, Danbury. Featuring Holly Barrett on Alto, Andy Staples on Double Bass and myself on Guitar. Music from 7:30.

The Griffin, Danbury 30th March

As a Bank Holiday treat, the Hurley-Best-Banks Organ Trio will have its first outing on Saturday 30th March at The Griffin in Danbury featuring Alex Best (Drums) and Dan Banks (Organ). Music from 7:30.