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3 Derek Nash Picante -
NB: Gig starts at 8.15 & finishes at 10.30
Derek Nash -
We launch our new season with a slight diversion from our regular programming...
10 Nikki Iles/Stan Sulzmann Duet -
Nikki Iles – Piano, Stan Sulzmann – Saxes
A veteran of the UK jazz scene for over 40 years, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied
career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry
Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader. Nikki
Iles, after a musical apprenticeship in Wakefield Jazz Club, won the John Dankworth
Special Award at the BT British Jazz Awards in 1996 and recorded a duo CD, Treasure
Trove, with Sulzmann. Despite a long-
17 Gareth Williams' Glow Quartet -
Gareth Williams -
Gareth Williams has unquestionably established himself as one of the country’s leading
modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player, his remarkable talent has been
seen with an impressive array of world-
24 Ronnie Remembered -
Dick Pearce -
The legendary Ronnie Scott is paid a fond tribute tonight by some of his closest musical allies. The gig is led by Mornington Lockett, who the Observer says "must be one of the most complete masters of the instrument alive today." High praise can also be attributed to the other members of the group. Pearce and Critchinson, along with Lockett, formed a major role in Ronnie's sextet for many years, while Wells and Tomkins made regular appearances with Ronnie in his club. Somehow almost bypassed as a phenomenal saxophonist in his own right, this all star quintet presents Ronnie's preferred choice of material in his own style.
31 John Donaldson Trio -
John Donaldson – Piano, Simon Thorpe – Bass, Matt Home – Drums
John's career began in 1978 as a member of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s resident trio, backing visiting guest soloists in the city and in 1980 he won “Best Soloist” at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition. In 1982 he moved to California, where he worked with local notables including Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, John Handy and Richie Cole. Returning in 1993 he has become one of the leading musicians on the British scene, playing in groups led by Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Alan Barnes, Don Weller and Norma Winstone. He has also worked with American giants such as Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard and Buddy de Franco and was the winner of the piano category at the 2006 British Jazz Awards.
7 Patrick Cornelius Octet* -
Patrick Cornelius – Alto & Flute, Steve Fishwick – Trumpet, Alex Garnett – Tenor & Bass Clarinet, Nick Vayenas – Trombone, Phil Robson – Guitar, Steve Hamilton – Piano, Michael Janisch – Bass, Andrew Bain – Drums
After a decade in New York City, Texas native Cornelius has cultivated an impressive
body of work as a leader and performed his original music in some of the world’s
top jazz venues. Hailed as “Self-
14 Gavita & Au with the Clark Tracey Trio -
Freddie Gavita – Trumpet, Callum Au -
Tonight Clark presents two great musicians from the new breed. A stalwart of NYJO
Callum was a member of NYJO from 2005-
21 Price/Green/Tracey -
Nigel Price -
Nigel Price, who led his organ trio to pick up the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “best jazz ensemble”, is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today. He spent three years with UK funk legends: the James Taylor Quartet, was placed third in the 2014 British Jazz Awards for “best guitarist” and is also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, where he has played over 400 times.
Turning professional in 1963, Dave Green is widely considered to be this country's greatest jazz bassist. His early experience with legends like Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster has given Dave a firm grounding in jazz roots, yet he has continued to work so prolifically since then because of his innate versatility and a masterful ability to swing.
Clark Tracey of course runs Herts Jazz and can be seen and heard regularly at our venue.
28 Allison Neale Quintet: “Neale Meets Steele” -
Allison Neale – Alto sax/Flute, Nat Steele – Vibes, Rob Barron – Piano, Dario di Lecce – Bass, Matt Home – Drums
Drawing from the influences of the great West Coast altoists of the 1950s, Allison Neale's new Quintet project features vibraphonist Nathaniel Steele, a young jazz musician in the American bop tradition, influenced heavily by Milt Jackson. They will be performing music from their latest CD "I Wished on the Moon", which was released to great acclaim in 2015 on Trio Records.
6 Stan Tracey Legacy Octet* -
Art Themen, Simon Allen – Tenors, Sam Mayne – Alto, Mark Armstrong – Trumpet, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Steve Melling – Piano, Andrew Cleyndert – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
This evening celebrates the octet music of Stan Tracey and features members of his last ensemble, with Steve Melling at the piano and our Honorary Patron and former member, Art Themen, guesting for Mornington Lockett, on tenor and soprano. The octet, originally formed forty years ago, will perform compositions from various suites, including a selection of Stan's later music as well as his earlier output.
13 Grant Stewart with Dave O'Higgins Quartet* -
Grant Stewart/Dave O'Higgins – Tenors, Graham Harvey -
Grant Stewart is regarded as one of the most influential tenor sax players of the
contemporary jazz scene. After nine formative years of intense learning and playing
in his hometown of Toronto, the 19 year-
20 Tim Thornton Quartet -
Tim Thornton – Bass, James Gardiner Bateman – Tenor, Ross Stanley – Piano, Chris Draper – Drums
Emanating from a musical family, Tim graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire, having studied with Arnie Somogyi and Mark Hodgson, just a few years ago, almost 'mopping up' the London jazz scene and winning the 'Rising Star' category at the 2013 British Jazz Awards. Tim can currently be heard regularly at the Ronnie Scott's Club Late Late Show, where he has had the opportunity to work alongside an ever growing list of A Team musicians. This superb group is on tour promoting their latest CD release “The Feel Good Place”.
27 Tribute to Cannonball with Cleanhead & Andrews* -
Kevin Fitzsimmons – Vocals, Alex Garnett – Saxes, Steve Fishwick – Trumpet, Leon Greening – Piano, Adam King – Bass, Matt Fishwick – Drums
Described by Jazzwise as “a new star to follow”, the charismatic singer/songwriter
and his band pays tribute to Cannonball Adderley’s albums with Eddie ‘Cleanhead’
Vinson (‘Cleanhead & Cannonball’) and Ernie Andrews (‘Live Session!’) in the 1st
set . The 2nd set features the kind of originals, standards and new renditions of
contemporary anthems that impressed us on their last visit to Herts Jazz Club. “A
voice that can be adapted to both blues and jazz idioms, impresses greatly” -
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