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3 Clark Tracey Quintet - BOOK NOW

Clark Tracey – Drums, Chris Maddock - Saxes, Henry Armburg Jennings - Trumpet, Harry Bolt - Piano, Daniel Casimir – Bass

Herts Jazz Club proprietor Clark Tracey brings his own group as part of a national tour, promoting the release of their second CD, “Jubilation”.  The band has grown from strength to strength since forming three years ago.  Clark has a track record of booking young musicians who have gone on to become some of this country's leaders in their field.  This band is now nationally acknowledged as containing some of the most gifted musicians of the next generation.


10 Steve Fishwick Quartet - BOOK NOW

Steve Fishwick - Trumpet, Gabriel Latchin - Piano, Jeremy Brown - Bass, Matt Fishwick – Drums

Steve Fishwick is widely considered to be one of the best jazz trumpet players ever to come from the UK, and is rapidly gaining a global reputation thanks to his flawless technique, and his beautifully flowing, harmonically rich improvisations. He is one of an increasing number of trumpeters who have been heavily influenced by the melodic approach of the late great Kenny Dorham.  His current CD “In The Empire State” is receiving huge acclaim.  Read more and listen to Steve at his website.


17 Art Themen/Don Weller Quintet - BOOK NOW

Art Themen/Don Weller – Tenors, John Critchinson - Piano, Andrew Cleyndert - Bass, Clark Tracey - Drums

This week we've teamed up our Herts Jazz Patron, Art Themen, on his seasonal date at the club with the mighty Don Weller, back on the scene after a brief illness.  Art and Don were originally paired up in Stan Tracey's Octet some forty years ago and epitomise the “Tough Tenors” branding which has played a big role in jazz history.  These two giants of their instruments display respectful mutual admiration as well as setting up hard swinging grooves in the company of the legendary John Critchinson on piano.

24 Benet McLean with Clark Tracey Trio - BOOK NOW

Benet McLean - Violin, Robin Aspland - Piano, Arnie Somogyi - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

London born Benet McLean has been involved in music since the age of 3!  He began on violin and whilst training to become potentially a concert violinist, he also soon became interested in other forms of music such as jazz, bebop and a young genre rising under the name of Hip-hop.  Soon teaching himself other instruments such as guitar, piano, electric bass, alto saxophone, as well as singing and composing, a musical 'melting-pot' began to 'cook'!  A hugely respected musician amongst his peers, please grab this opportunity to hear a master of his craft at work.  You won't be disappointed!



1 Rob Barron Quartet - BOOK NOW

Rob Barron - Piano, Colin Oxley - Guitar, Jeremy Brown - Bass, Josh Morrison – Drums

Mostly seen and heard as an accompanist in a wide variety of musical settings, this greatly experienced pianist has just released a CD as a band leader in his own right and in the company of some jazz heavyweights.  After studying at Leeds and at the Guildhall, Rob's ability took him from the ranks of NYJO to working alongside such artists as Al Jarreau, Phil Woods, Benny Golson and Bob Mintzer.  We're also looking forward to the marvellous guitarist Colin Oxley joining us for the first time at the club.


8 Chris Laurence Quartet - BOOK NOW

Chris Laurence - Bass, Frank Ricotti - Vibes, John Parricelli - Guitar, Martin France – Drums

We proudly present the return of this exceptional line up of great musicians.  Chris Laurence has maintained a dual career in both jazz and classical music.  He has performed regularly with John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Norma Winstone and also recorded with J.J. Johnson, Tony Coe, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan and Andy Sheppard.  Frank Ricotti was voted Melody Maker’s Top Vibraphone player back in his teens, since when he has remained constantly in demand in the studios, valued for his creative input.  In jazz he has notably played alongside Stan Tracey, John Taylor, Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Gordon Beck, John Surman and Stan Sulzmann.

15 Alex Merritt Quartet - BOOK NOW

Alex Merritt – Alto, John Turville – Piano, Sam Lasserson – Bass, Jeff Williams – Drums

It has long been a policy of Herts Jazz to provide a platform for younger jazz artists who are at the beginning of their careers in music.  Alex Merritt is one such musician worthy of our stage.  Alex graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire a few years ago and has since picked up work under his own name at Ronnie Scott's Club, the Brecon Jazz Festival and the London Jazz Festival.  On a national tour promoting his recent CD “Anatta”, Alex is joined by Turville and Williams, both tutors at Birmingham, and the superb Sam Lasserson on bass.  Read more and listen to their music first at Merritt's website below.


22 Jump Monk - BOOK NOW

Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Andy Panayi – Saxes, Jeremy Price – Trombone, Liam Noble – Piano, Clark Tracey – Drums

This popular group makes a return visit.  Led by the accomplished bassist Arnie Somogyi, the quintet pays tribute to two of his musical idols, Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk.  Arnie stood in at Ronnie Scott's Club with the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, a very high accolade indeed and verification of his qualifications as one of the UK's leading bassists.  A slight change in personnel from their last visit, the music of Mingus and Monk comes to life through the infectious and unique compositions, played with verve and energy and creating the atmosphere required to showcase these masters fully.


29 Barnes & Adams - BOOK NOW

Alan Barnes - Saxes, Bruce Adams - Trumpet, Dave Newton – Piano, Jeremy Brown - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Trumpet and flugelhorn giant Bruce Adams teams up with award winning saxophonist Alan Barnes and an all star rhythm section for this exciting and fiery session. The two horn men have been popular sparring partners on the jazz scene for many years and this will be much in evidence this evening.  The highly accessible programme includes originals, blues, Latin grooves and some driving be-bop workouts.


5 Anita Wardell - BOOK NOW

Anita Wardell – Vocals, Robin Aspland – Piano, Dario De Lece – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums

Anita's singing is exciting and breathtaking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. Anita is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.  Singer Norma Winstone praised her “unexpected vulnerability, which makes her reading of the ballads both beautiful and touching. Her honesty shines in this well-chosen collection of songs.”  Bebop pioneer, Mark Murphy, proclaimed Anita, "a gift from Australia", adding “What hits me, is how expressive her ballad singing is. Then she has the courage to scat a ballad or two, not unlike a young lady disciple of the Ben Webster school.”


12 Brandon Allen/Sean Payne with the Clark Tracey Trio - BOOK NOW

Brandon Allen – Tenor, Sean Payne – Alto, Leon Greening – Piano, Daniel Casimir - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

This week Clark has put together a great band, showcasing young Sean Payne on alto, just 15 years old and attending the Purcell School of Music, where Clark first heard him.  With the support of the ever popular Leon Greening on piano, Clark's bassist Daniel Casimir and the mightily talented Brandon Allen from Clark's quartet, we're looking forward to a memorable evening.  Come and check out this exceptionally talented young man in the company of some of the UK's finest.

19 Jim Mullen Organ Trio - BOOK NOW

Jim Mullen – Guitar, Mike Gorman – Organ, Tristan Maillot – Drums

The Jim Mullen Organ Trio bring together three of the leading jazz exponents in the UK.  Performing a richly dynamic set of originals and standards, expect a hard swinging evening of melodic, blues drenched modern jazz. Excitingly and uniquely, Jim's band has elements of the old and the new. It's a mixture of "tradition and transition" as he puts it. Contemporary knowledge applied to a basic determination to swing. Jim's musical approach encompasses not only a thorough knowledge of jazz, but a wellspring of experience which nods towards blues, soul, funk, rock and traditional Scottish music.

26 Ellingtonia*- BOOK NOW

Clark Tracey - Drums, Dick Pearce - Trumpet, Karen Sharp, Mike Hall – Saxes, Chris Traves – Trombone, James Pearson - Piano, Andrew Cleyndert – Bass

With arrangements by Clark Tracey, this band was originally co-led with his father, Stan Tracey, and was formed to celebrate Duke Ellington's 100th Centenary of his birth in 1899.  Following several requests, we've put together an ensemble close to the original line up with some new arrangements added specially for this performance.