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5 Bryan Spring Trio -
Bryan Spring – Drums, Mark Edwards – Piano, Mick Hutton – Bass
We present a rare treat at Herts Jazz to open our new season. Bryan is an outstanding drummer, having been tutored by Philly Joe Jones, he emerged in the late 1960s, became Stan Tracey's regular drummer for many years and also formed a successful association with Don Weller. In recent years Bryan has focused more on his trio, releasing "The Spirit Of Spring" on Trio Records to critical acclaim.
"Bryan Spring is a performer of a fiercely adversarial virtuosity who challenges every comfortable assumption." The Guardian
12 Pete Long's Ellingtones* -
Ryan Quigley, Enrico Tomasso – Trumpets, Callum Au – Trombone, Pete Long, Simon Finch, Alex Garnett – Saxes, James Pearson – Piano, Alec Dankworth – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Pete Long has long been an admirer of Duke Ellington's music and arrangements and has led groups for many years in tribute to the jazz master.The Ellingtones are a small offshoot of the award winning Echoes of Ellington, featuring reduced versions of Ellington and Strayhorn scores in the context of a jam session. Tonight Pete has put together a tremendous line up to pay musical respect to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
19 Ten Pieces of Silver -
Basil Hodge – Piano, Tony Kofi – Sax – Quentin Collins – Trumpet, Larry Bartley -
Pianist/composer Basil Hodge's latest project pays hommage to the late, great Horace
Silver, one of the most influential composers and bandleaders in jazz. Hodge's hard
26 Tough Tenors -
Dave O'Higgins/Phil Dwyer – Tenors, Robin Aspland – Piano, Adam King – Bass, Matt Home – Drums
The UK's Dave O'Higgins introduces fellow tenor player from Canada, Phil Dwyer. In 2013 Phil was appointed as a Member of the Order Of Canada and cited for “his contributions to jazz as a performer, composer and producer, and for increasing access to music education in his community.” Dwyer has an illustrious 30 year career which has crossed stylistic and geographic borders and has included collaborations with a storied roster of great jazz artists. The quintet are on a short national tour so catch it while you can.
3 Clark Tracey Quintet -
Clark Tracey – Drums, Henry Armburg Jennings, Chris Maddock – Saxes, Harry Bolt – Piano, Dan Casimir – Bass
"As a talent spotter in the UK Clark is unparalleled, and his quintet plays a role in UK jazz similar to that of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, through which many of the great US players passed. The new lineup includes three graduates from the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Course where Clark is a drum tutor."
10 Graham Harvey Trio -
Graham Harvey – Piano, Dave Chamberlain – Bass, Sebastiaan De Krom – Drums
Graham is widely renowned as one of the best pianists the country has to offer. Albums he's played on include those with George Benson, Incognito, Sax Appeal and Bobby Wellins. He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Laws, Clark Terry, toured the U.S.A, Europe and Japan as keyboard player and M.D. for Incognito, with whom he also composed and played on 7 albums. Graham has also played with the BBC Big Band and the Lawrence Cottle Big Band and is currently the pianist for Stacey Kent.
17 Under Milk Wood 50th Anniversary* -
Bobby Wellins – Tenor, Steve Melling – Piano, Andrew Cleyndert – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums, Ben Tracey – Narration
April 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of this iconic music composed by Stan Tracey. As part of a national tour, Stan's quartet, with Steve Melling replacing Stan, perform the narrated version with Stan's grandson, Ben Tracey. Also in the line up is the great Bobby Wellins, who of course featured on that original recording.
24 Jurd/Carmichael -
Laura Jurd – Trumpet, Chelsea Carmichael – Tenor, Robin Aspland – Piano, Mark Hodgson – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Tonight features two highly talented young ladies who are now reaching prominence on the jazz scene. Laura has already become a national name as she writes for and performs in her own ensembles. Chelsea is a star in the making, drawing her inspiration from such early heroes as Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins, she can currently be heard with the group Yesa Sikyi. With an all star trio to back them, come and enjoy these exciting new names.
31 UK Trumpet Titans -
Martin Shaw, Bruce Adams – Trumpets, Gareth Williams – Piano, Mark Lewandowski – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Herts Jazz proudly presents two of the finest British trumpeters in jazz in a quintet setting. Following a successful date recently on the Isle of Man, these contrasting musicians proved to be a terrific blend of styles, both emanating from a common source. Martin and Bruce have individually received much success in their own right, in the studio, in the theatre, in the commercial world and, of course, primarily in the genre of jazz.
7 Phil Robson Trio -
Phil Robson – Guitar, Ross Stanley – Organ, Gene Calderazzo – Drums
Phil Robson, Parliamentary Jazz Award 2009 winner and 2015 nominee in three categories presents his latest project as a leader. Phil Robson teamed up with the Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and the inspiring and powerful drummer Gene Calderazzo to offer a cutting edge experience. As a band they push the envelope with their approach to the organ trio tradition. The trio are on a national tour promoting a new release, "The Cut Off Point".
14 Themen/Nightingale -
Art Themen – Saxes, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Leon Greening -
Our club patron, Art Themen returns in a quintet specially put together for this evening. Along with the masterful Themen is one of the world's great trombonists, Mark Nightingale. Picking familiar tunes from a hat, tonight should be full of busking merriment, ably supported by a well seasoned rhythm section.
21 Sam Leak's Aquarium -
Sam Leak – Piano, Sam Crockatt – Tenor, Oli Hayhurst – Bass, Tim Giles – Drums
Aquarium's debut album was recorded in 2009 and released to a fantastic critical
reception, alongside an extensive Arts Council funded national tour, in the summer
of 2011, on the prestigious Babel Label. This was featured as one of the top 10 international
Jazz albums of 2011 in MOJO Magazine, where it was described as "Multi-
28 Anita Wardell -
Anita Wardell – Vocals, Rob Barron – Piano, Jeremy Brown – Bass, Jon Scott – Drums
Anita's longstanding musical relationship with her trio started with the release of Until The Stars Fade in 2001. Jazzwise Magazine called her “energetic and inventive” while The Guardian proclaimed her “a model of the Jazz singer’s art”, highlighting her clarity, improvisational skills and emotional resonance. Anita received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006. Her latest album, The Road, was released in summer 2013. In the same year she won the Best Vocalist category iun the British Jazz Awards and in 2014 Anita was nominated in the 2014 British Jazz awards. Over the past four years, Anita has travelled extensively, performing and leading jazz vocal masterclasses in USA, Europe and Australia.
Unfortunately Clark is unable to perform on Sunday due to an injury. Therefore the performance of the Under Milk Wood Suite will not take place. However we will be lucky to enjoy a rare Bobby Wellins Quartet gig, featuring Steve Melling/Andy Cleyndert/Spike Wells. We will schedule a performance of Under Milk Wood later in the year. Clark sends his sincere apologies to everybody.
|Herts Jazz Film Festival 2016|