Simon hails from a musical family and is widely regarded as one of the leading drummers in London’s contemporary music scene. He grew up immersed in Big Band Jazz, Free Improv and 1960s Pop and works within the Contemporary, Jazz and World music scenes. He has performed across the UK, Europe, North and South America and Asia. He has supported Robert Glasper Trio at Ronnie Scott’s International Piano Trio Festival and Jools Holland at Greenwich Music Time. Simon’s music has been performed at the BBC Proms and broadcast widely on national radio. This year he was part of Brighter Sound’s Jazz Director’s Series, working with legendary US saxophonist Chris Potter & Inner City Ensemble. This year he formed his own group, called Land of If, dedicated to his songwriting.

“Simon Roth’s drumming is always just perfect – subtle, imaginative, in the pocket and never too loud.” – London Jazz News.

“Fine drummer & young conjuror of surprises”John Fordham, Guardian

“An overflow of creative juices, with each musician allowed the freedom to express their personality through a selection of finely tuned angular grooves and intricate melodic writing” – Jazz UK on Stories

“A heartening impression of the quixotic, optimistic and generously shared energies of London’s young artistic community.” – John Fordham, The Guardian on Pop-Up Circus

“A collection of rising stars on the British Jazz scene.” – Jez Nelson, BBC Radio 3

“These musicians are undoubtedly devoted to their art … the collision of sonorous rhythm and a backdrop of chaos make for a fervid debut.” – The Sunday Times on Thought-Fox


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