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Apr-June 2017


£14 on the night/ £12 advance

£13 concessions / £11 advance

£10 members/ £9 advance

£5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance

except *






9 Freddie Gavita/Mark Nightingale - BOOK NOW

Freddie Gavita – Trumpet, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Leon Greening – Piano, Dave Green – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Freddie Gavita is an award winning trumpeter and composer. With the release of his debut album ‘Transient’ in April 2017, Freddie has cemented his place as a leading light on the British jazz scene.

He is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Club Quintet and jazz-rock outfit Fletch’s Brew as well as being a band leader in his own right.  Mark Nightingale is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist, highly respected writer, and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians.  For the rhythm section, Clark has assembled one of the best anywhere.

16 Art Themen/Alex Garnett - BOOK NOW

Art Themen & Alex Garnett – Saxes, John Turville - Piano, Arnie Somogyi - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

This season our HJ Patron, Art Themen, pairs up with the fabulous Alex Garnett.  Alex has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way.


23 Jam Experiment - BOOK NOW

Rory Ingham – Trombone, Alexander Bone – Saxophones/EWI/Synths, Toby Comeau - Piano &  Keyboard, Joe Lee – Bass, Jonathan Mansfield – Drums

A young, exciting and highly talented London based group includes the winner of the inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, and “Rising Star” in 2016 British Jazz Awards, Alexander Bone, as well as Rory Ingham (runner up in both Best Trombonist and Rising Star in 2016 British Jazz Awards). Studying at the UK’s top conservatoires, Jam Experiment display a fresh and energetic approach of original compositions and arrangements.  This concert will be part of their 30-date UK Debut Album Launch Tour 2017.


30 Simon Allen Quintet/Nonet* - BOOK NOW

Simon Allen – Saxes, Martin Shaw – Trumpet, Tom Cawley – Piano, Laurence Cottle – Bass, Mike Bradley – Drums - BOOK NOW

The remarkable Simon Allen presents his own music, performed by both established key players in jazz and emergent talents.  After 7 years with Clark Tracey's quintet, Simon then joined Stan Tracey's ensembles for 8 years where he became a prominent figure himself.  In the 2nd half, the band are joined by 4 gifted young musicians from the Purcell School where Simon is Head of Jazz Studies, including Alex Ridout and Sean Payne who have both played at our club before.



7 Mark Lewandowski Trio - “Waller” - BOOK NOW

Mark Lewandowski – Bass, Liam Noble - Piano, Paul Clarvis – Drums

Rising-star bassist, Mark Lewandowski brings together two of the most highly respected musicians on the UK jazz scene to explore the catalogue of one of the most nostalgic early innovators of jazz - the great Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller.  They will be delving into Waller's music and bringing their own personal spin on his repertoire using the intimate trio setting.  Three musicians known for their intricate dialogues and strong humour, paying tribute to another musician who had these attributes.  Mixing the traditional with the modern, this trio brings a little of 1930s Harlem into the 21st Century.


14 Brandon Allen Quartet Plays Gene Ammons - BOOK NOW

Brandon Allen – Tenor, Ross Stanley – Organ/Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Matt Home – Drums

While adept at the technical aspects of bebop, in particular its love of harmonic substitutions, Ammons more than Young, Webster or Parker, stayed in touch with the commercial blues and R&B of his day.

In 1950 the saxophonist's recording of "My Foolish Heart" made Billboard magazine's black pop charts.  The soul jazz movement of the mid-1960s, often using the combination of tenor saxophone and Hammond B3 electric organ, counts him as a founder.  The project focuses on music spanning Gene Ammons' entire career, from 1943 to 1974.


21 Draw By Four - BOOK NOW

Jon Shenoy – Tenor, Will Bartlett – Organ, Sam Dunn – Guitar, Chris Draper – Drums

2017 is a busy year for Draw By Four, having secured a 20-date UK tour in the lead up to recording and releasing their first album, FRAMEWORK. With a line-up steeped in tradition, they take the classic 60s organ quartet into brand new territory where the compositions from leader Shenoy (Ivo Neame Large Ensemble) mix contrapuntal bass lines and rhythmic hooks with thoughtful lyricism. Mixing stark ethereal voices with gritty Hammond boogaloo, organist Will Bartlett (Jim Mullen, Salena Jones) draws on a wide palette of sounds that build the foundation for an infectious mix of groove-based original compositions, enchanting ballads and unique arrangements of avant-pop songs.


28 Simon Spillett Quartet - BOOK NOW

Simon Spillett – Tenor, John Critchinson – Piano, Alec Dankworth – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

A recent recipient of the Services to British Jazz Award, multi-award winning saxophonist Simon Spillett joins us again to explore the heritage of the great Tubby Hayes, through his compositions and preferred choice of material spanning Tubby's short but significant lifespan.  Simon, who has rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest names in British jazz history and now forged a unique place in his own field, delivers a powerful message with his formidable technique and his singular knowledge of  jazz in Britain.  He is joined by some of the great names in jazz including the now legendary John Critchinson piano, with whom Simon has established a long and meaningful musical relationship since John worked in the late great Ronnie Scott's Quintet.



4 Portrait of the MJQ - BOOK NOW

Nat Steele – Vibraharp, Gabriel Latchin – Piano, Dario Di Lecce – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums

This is a new ensemble of well known and celebrated UK musicians, performing the music of one of the most famous and influential groups of the 20th century, the ‘Modern Jazz Quartet’. The MJQ is famous for bringing jazz out of the club and into the concert hall, and of being an early pioneer of the “third stream” fusion of classical form and jazz improvisation. It featured the contrasting talents of its musical director and pianist, John Lewis, who played with an understated control, with the firey, boppish stylings of vibes pioneer Milt Jackson.


11 The Maltese Connection* - BOOK NOW

Dominic Galea – Piano, Brandon Allen - Tenor, Martin Shaw - Trumpet, Mark Lewandowski - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Malta's leading jazz pianist Dominic Galea is on a short trip to the UK to promote the release of his latest CD, The Maltese Connection, which was recorded last year in London with this same line up.  The quintet have played already at Herts Jazz Festival and the Maltese Jazz Festival, performing original, distinctive compositions by Dominic, as well as his own father, Sammy Galea, and some standard tunes.


18 Benny And Beyond - BOOK NOW

Peter Long – Clarinet, Anthony Kerr - Vibes, Rob Barron - Piano, Paul Morgan – Bass, Clark Tracey - Drums

Using the classic clarinet and vibes-led quintet format, Peter Long's ensemble will be revisiting some of the iconic treatments of jazz standards made famous by the great Benny Goodman and, in other parts of the show, investigating the possibilities of the line-up when applied to other, later idioms. Alongside AirMail Special, Avalon, and Flying Home, expect to hear the BG treatment applied to, amongst others,  Horace Silver, Billy Strayhorn, and Kool And The Gang!


25 The Ridouts - BOOK NOW

Mark Ridout – Guitar, Alex Ridout – Trumpet, Tom Ridout – Tenor, Flo Moore – Bass, Tristan Maillot – Drums

The Ridouts features two generations of great jazz musicians, father Mark Ridout along with his award winning children, daughter Alexandra Ridout  - winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016 and British Jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’2016 nominee and son Tom - finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016 and Richard Turner Jazz Prize winner. They are joined by the very in demand Flo Moore on bass and the fantastic Tristan Maillot on drums.

April 2 Chris Laurence Quartet - BOOK NOW

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

A welcome return by this quartet led by virtuoso bassist Chris Laurence, who has had a successful career in both jazz and the classics. He is one of the busiest studio musicians around, having worked with Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Kronos Quartet. He is joined by Frank Ricotti (vibes), John Parricelli (guitar) and Martin France (drums).