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2 Stan Tracey Gala Night -
Screening of “The Godfather of British Jazz” & The Stan Tracey Legacy Quartet
Art Themen – Tenor, Steve Melling – Piano, Andrew Cleyndert – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Organised by Herts Jazz team member, Mike O'Brien as part of the Herts, this is a
special evening to commemorate Stan Tracey, beginning with a screening of the award-
9 Matt Ridley Quartet -
Matt Ridley – Bass, Jason Yarde – Alto, John Turville – Piano, George Hart – Drums
Formed in 2012, this band has received great acclaim. In the words of Jazz Views last year: “One of Britain's very finest contemporary quartets... the Matt Ridley Quartet is highly creative and exciting, working in a genre somewhere between free form and advanced lyricism and containing four talented musicians who have developed an almost telepathic musical understanding.”
16 Simon Spillett Quartet -
Simon Spillett – Tenor, John Critchinson -
Simon Spillett presents his own quartet in reworkings of material favoured by the late Tubby Hayes. Author of the highly successful biography of Hayes, “The Long Shadow of the Little Giant”, award winning Spillett plays with the fire and passion deserving of this music. Fasten your seatbelts for classic British bebop at its finest.
23 Sandy Suchodolski Trio – “Remembering Ray” -
Sandy Suchodolski – Bass, Rob Barron – Piano, Clark Tracey -
The Sandy Suchodolski Trio presents its tribute to Ray Brown and his trio. Featuring songs and arrangements famously played by Ray throughout his career this is set to be a swinging affair! Young bass maestro Suchodolski swings hard on his debut CD and captures the essence of Ray Brown's rare groove.
30 Jo Fooks & Art Themen -
Jo Fooks/Art Themen – Reeds, Alex Hutton – Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Clark Tracey
Thrown together for this evening by Clark, jazz legend, and our club patron, Art Themen pairs up with Jo Fooks, a remarkable talent on tenor, backed up by a sterling trio, well versed in all styles and eager to accommodate! Sit back and enjoy spontaneous live jazz up close, performed by some great players.
6 Andrew Bain's Project -
Andrew Bain – Drums, John Irabagon – Tenor, George Colligan – Piano, Michael Janisch – Bass
Andrew Bain is one of the premier drummer/composers in the UK and will be embarking
on his first nationwide tour with UK heavyweight pianist George Colligan , Thelonious
Monk Competition winner Jon Irabagon on saxophone and Michael Janisch on the bass.
13 Phil Robson Trio -
Phil Robson – Guitar, Ross Stanley – Organ, Gene Calderazzo – Drums
Now a resident in New York City, Phil is back for a short UK tour with his musical collaborators Stanley and Calderazzo. Phil has now become an accomplished artist worldwide and has appeared on many important festivals under his own name and worked alongside such musical greats as Mark Turner, Adam Nussbaum, Barbara Streisand, Maceo Parker and David Liebman.
20 Tom Harrison Quintet -
Tom Harrison – Alto, Cleveland Watkiss – Vocals, Robert Mitchell – Piano, Huntly
Gordon – Bass, David Lyttle -
Rising star saxophonist Tom Harrison unveiled his hotly anticipated second release
"Unfolding in Tempo" just one week ago. The CD is a joyful celebration of the music
of the legendary Duke Ellington and his long-
27 Tribute to Stan Tracey's Hexad* -
Clark Tracey – Drums, Chris Maddock – Alto, Nadim Teimoori – Tenor, Alex Ridout – Trumpet, Ashley Henry – Piano, Daniel Casimir – Bass
Clark has put together a new group to pay tribute to his father's sextet music, spanning from the early 1980s. The line ups varied over the decades with the likes of Don Weller, Guy Barker and Simon Allen having passed through the ranks, and Clark has fittingly chosen some of today's best musicians from a new generation to represent Stan Tracey's music.
4 Alan Barnes Octet: A Christmas Carol* -
Alan Barnes – Reeds/narrator, Karen Sharp & Robert Fowler – Reeds, Bruce Adams – Trumpet, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Dave Newton – Piano, Simon Thorpe – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
He's back! Alan is again on tour with this highly successful project, a suite (with narrative by Mr Barnes) based on Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol”. The all star line up is featured tonight as part of an extensive UK tour, spreading Xmas cheer to jazz clubs everywhere! Don't miss out on this one!
11 All Star Xmas Concert* -
Brandon Allen, Richard Shepherd – Reeds, Freddie Gavita – Trumpet, Leon Greening
– Piano, Adam King – Bass, Matt Home -
It's that time of year again and we finish our season with another all star line up led by saxophonist Richard Shepherd and featuring the top names from the London jazz scene. With arrangements by Shepherd, this is a tight and swinging sextet and a great way to wave goodbye to 2016. Thanks for all your support folks!