Simon Berry (Saxophone)
Simon’s father was the entertainment reporter for the Auckland Star and he grew up in a household frequented by the “big names” of the New Zealand music scene. When he was young, Simon learned piano and his initial outlet was singing in choirs during his school years. Simon took up the saxophone as a young lawyer in 1982 and has been playing his sax ever since.
Simon has a broad taste in music and has played rock and jazz with a number of covers bands (Every Second Tuesday, The Shakin’ Martinis, Billie); Latin music with a samba reggae outfit (Brassy Beats); and, most recently, ska and rocksteady with Surrey Boudit.
These gigs have included a wide variety of pubs (e.g. Kings Arms, Portland Public House, Grand Central), clubs (Grey Lynn and Warkworth RSCs), and festivals (Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues, Ruapuke Roots Garden Festival). Simon has also frequently performed with musos at pubs and restaurants in Rarotonga and Thailand.
In 2016 Simon attended the International Summer Jazz School in the south of France and is already enrolled for 2017.
Simon met Dave Peryman when Dave wrote some songs for the lead singer of the Billie band and they played together at the Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival in 2012.
“I feel privileged to fill the vacancy in Good Oil left by the band’s last sax player, says Simon, “They are lovely folk, great musos and I really rate Dave as a songwriter and bandleader.”
When he is not working or playing his sax, Simon likes to keep fit, listen to music, read, and hang out with his buddies, either at home in Herne Bay or at his bach near Kaiaua.