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3 Derek Nash Picante - BOOK NOW

NB: Gig starts at 8.15 & finishes at 10.30

Derek Nash - Saxes, Dominic Ashworth - Guitar, Neil Angilley - Piano, Davide Mantovani – Bass, Robin Jones – Drums, Marc Cecil – Percussion

We launch our new season with a slight diversion from our regular programming... Multi-award winning saxophonist Derek Nash takes time off from the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to make a welcome return to the club, this time bringing with him his new Latin/Salsa band Picante.  This exciting sextet provides a platform for some of the greatest exponents of this music in the UK.  Expect an evening of lively entertainment, well executed arrangements and an irrepressible Latin beat.

10 Nikki Iles/Stan Sulzmann Duet - BOOK NOW

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-standing musical friendship and frequent collaborations, almost 20 years later Stan and Nikki have recently released their much acclaimed new offering, Stardust, which celebrates their shared passion for songs.

17 Gareth Williams' Glow Quartet - BOOK NOW

Gareth Williams - Piano, Trish Clowes - Saxes, Calum Gourlay - Bass, Martin France – Drums

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-class artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “Us3” through to internationally-renowned jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, George Coleman and Jim Mullen. He has been MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin for many years and in 2013 also won the 'Best Pianist' category in the British Jazz Awards.  Gareth and award winning Trish Clowes have worked together a few times in the last year, and recently decided to create a more formal collaboration in the “Glow Quartet”.

24 Ronnie Remembered - BOOK NOW

Dick Pearce - Trumpet, Mornington Lockett - Tenor, John Critchinson - Piano, Tim Wells - Bass, Trevor Tomkins – Drums

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 - BOOK NOW

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* - BOOK NOW

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

Multi-award winning American saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius presents the UK premiere of "While We're Still Young," featuring songs inspired by the children's poetry of A.A. Milne. Originally commissioned by Chamber Music America as part of their 2012 "New Jazz Works" program, the suite pays tribute to the classic whimsical adventures of Christopher Robin from Milne's 1924 collection "When We Were Very Young", all the while giving a nod to timeless composers like Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, and Debussy, and providing the members of an all-star ensemble plenty of space for development and expression.

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-assured” and “Resourceful” by the NY Times, “Elegant” and “Extraordinary” by DownBeat Magazine, Cornelius has released six albums as a leader, and performed with a wide cross-section of established masters.

14 Gavita & Au with the Clark Tracey Trio - BOOK NOW

Freddie Gavita – Trumpet, Callum Au - Trombone, Ross Stanley - Piano, Mick Hutton - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Tonight Clark presents two great musicians from the new breed.  A stalwart of NYJO from 2004-7, Freddie has been a fixture on the British big-band scene for the last eight years. He plays regularly with the Stan Sulzmann Big Band, the Laurence Cottle Big Band, the Dankworth Million Dollar Big Band, the Callum Au Big Band, and has been a member of the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra since 2007. He also runs his own big band, a joint project with Calum Gourlay. One of Freddie's most prestigious performances was as a featured soloist on BBC Radio 2 with the BBC Big Band.

Callum was a member of NYJO from 2005-10, during which time he played lead trombone and was one of the band’s principal arrangers.  He now works in two of the house bands at Ronnie Scott’s Club – the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and the Ronnie Scott’s Jook Joint Orchestra. With these bands he has worked with many of the world’s top professional jazz and commercial artists, including Seth MacFarlane, Liane Carroll, Peter Erskine and two thirds of the Spice Girls! Outside of Ronnie’s, Callum is active as a freelance tenor and bass trombonist, having worked with many of the top ensembles in the UK, including the John Wilson Orchestra, Echoes of Ellington, and the Guy Barker Big Band.

21 Price/Green/Tracey - BOOK NOW

Nigel Price - Guitar, Dave Green - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

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” - BOOK NOW

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* - BOOK NOW

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* - BOOK NOW

Grant Stewart/Dave O'Higgins – Tenors, Graham Harvey - piano, Simon Woolf - bass, Sebastiaan de Krom - drums

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-old took his saxophone and bought a flight to New York. Once there, he did things his own way from day one: he decided his best bet would be to seek tutelage from musicians he liked, such as trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Barry Harris and saxophonist Joe Lovano. He is, perhaps, a prime example of an accomplished jazz musician who never attended a formal college. Instead, he devoted his time to transcribing and to studying alone, and it wasn't long before his efforts began to pay off. Since then, he has recorded 12 records as a leader and has performed with many prominent jazz artists, among them singers Jon Hendricks and Etta Jones, and pianist Brad Mehldau.  Heard tonight with the fabulous Dave O'Higgins Quartet, make sure you take this rare opportunity!

20 Tim Thornton Quartet - BOOK NOW

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* - BOOK NOW

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” - UKVIBE (JAZZ CULTURE ONLINE),  “Shows he is a thoroughbred jazz singer and can even swing a superior rock song” – MARLBANK,  “Reminiscent of Kurt Elling in that Fitzsimmons isn’t afraid to nonchalantly wander off the melody line while still capturing the song’s essence” – JAZZWISE MAGAZINE, “Strong talent blessed with rich voice, mature phrasing and a superb sense of swing” – JAZZ CAMERA.