Bluejay recording artist Nat Simpkins was born in Manchester, Massachusetts. He was exposed to Jazz at an early age and performed with "Texas Tenors" Buddy Tate, Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson, Arnett Cobb, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Budd Johnson, and Houston Person. He has roots and strong ties in the Bahama islands and Bermuda, where he grew up. He performed for over eight years in all the major venues and festivals in New Orleans. He has performed at major New York venues like the Village Vanguard and Birdland for over 25 years. He has devoted his entire life to music as a performer, recording artist, song writer, and teacher. He is a multi-instrumentalist, performing primarily on saxophone and piano but also able to play and teach guitar, clarinet, flute, and most of the brass and woodwinds. Primarily a Jazz player, Simpkins is conversant with all styles and forms of music.
He has recorded ten CDs, including five live CDs which feature Nat with Charles Neville. His CD “Crescent City” reached number one on the Jazz Radio charts coast to coast in March of 2002, receiving both songwriting awards and performance awards.t. He has shared the stage with Arnette Cobb, Buddy Tate, Houston Person, Grady Tate, Major Holley, Russell Malone, Ray Bryant, George Duvivier, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Jay McShann, Groove Holmes, Bobby Hebb, Charles Neville, Branford, Jason and Delfayo Marsalis,Cecil Brooks III, Donald Harrison Jr, Henri Smith, and the Count Basie Band.