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Jan-Mar 2017


£14 on the night/ £12 advance

£13 concessions / £11 advance

£10 members/ £9 advance

£5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance

except *





Jan 15: Arnie Somogyi's Jump Monk - BOOK NOW

Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Tony Kofi - Saxes, Mark Edwards - Piano, Clark Tracey – Drums

Led by bassist Arnie Somogyi, Jump Monk pays tribute to two of the greatest composers in jazz: Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk.  Arnie has played on over 50 albums, including four as a leader, and has worked, recorded and performed with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians including James Moody, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Henderson, Scott Hamilton, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis and The Mingus Big Band - as well as international stars including Tom Jones, Charlie Watts and Amy Winehouse.  This stellar line-up includes some of the leading figures in British jazz. Expect passion and fireworks, pushed on by one of the best rhythm sections around.

Jan 22: Basil Hodge Quintet - BOOK NOW

Basil Hodge Piano, Tony Kofi Saxes, Quentin Collins Trumpet, Larry Bartley Bass, Clark Tracey Drums

After a great evening featuring the music of Horace Silver last time out, Acclaimed pianist/composer Basil Hodge presents a powerful band to play his original compositions. Described by Chris Parker (Vortex Jazz) as a modern day Blue Note sound combined with 60's Coltrane. Expect some hard swinging and passionate playing from these very fine musicians.

Jan 29: Dave O'Higgins with the Clark Tracey Trio- BOOK NOW

Dave O'Higgins - Tenor, Leon Greening - Piano, Adam King - Bass, Clark Tracey Drums

Dave is a popular & well known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 16 albums as leader with various lineups. He cut his teeth with NYJO, Cleo Laine, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte and went on to work with Jim Mullen, Ray Charles, Martin Taylor, Itchy Fingers, Frank Sinatra, Salif Keita, Jimmy Smith, Joe Locke, Kyle Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Matthew Herbert, Chico Chagas and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.

Feb 5: Zoe Rahman Trio- BOOK NOW

Zoe Rahman Piano, Mark Lewandowski Bass, Gene Calderazzo Drums

The British/Bengali pianist Zoe Rahman, a Mobo winner in 2012 for her rootsy world-folk album Kindred Spirits, seems to have been focusing her thoughts on more intimate music in recent years. She toured with Courtney Pine in a popular ballads-devoted duo, worked with the double-bass star George Mraz and has now released her first solo piano album of originals and jazz evergreens, with first takes producing most of the forceful and tender results.

Feb 12: Art Themen/Nadim Teimoori + Clark Tracey Trio- BOOK NOW

Art Themen/Nadim Teimoori Saxes, Robin Aspland - Piano, Mark Hodgson Bass, Clark Tracey Drums

Our club patron, the legendary Art Themen is joined this season by rising star Nadim Teimoori on tenor.  Doncaster born saxophonist, composer and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Nadim is making a national name for himself, appearing with Stan Tracey, Julian Joseph, Jamie Cullum, James Taylor, Iain Ballamy and many others.  First tenor in NYJO for many years, in 2014 he was a finalist at the Riga International Jazz Competition.  This will be a knockout gig!

Feb 19: Derek Nash Quartet- BOOK NOW

Derek Nash - Saxes, David Newton - Piano, Geoff Gascoyne - Bass, Clark Tracey Drums

Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, led Sax Appeal for over 30 years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion.  Renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances, he is an award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and the British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal. He received Best Jazz CD of the Year for Young Lions, Old Tigers with the late Spike Robinson, receiving the same British Jazz Award for "Joyriding" by The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet in 2012. He regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories (Alto/Tenor and Baritone) and was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation.

Feb 26: Nigel Price Quartet- BOOK NOW

Nigel Price Guitar, Vasilis Xenopoulos - Tenor, Ross Stanley - Organ, Clark Tracey Drums

Recently voted best guitarist in this year's Jazz Awards, Nigel is always welcome at the club.  Following a back-breaking tour of the country for much of last year, he is joined tonight for the first time at the club the talented Greek saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos.  Award winning Ross Stanley and Clark Tracey form the rest of this hard swinging band.

Mar 5: Laura Jurd's Dinosaur- BOOK NOW

Laura Jurd Trumpet, Elliot Galvin - Keys, Conor Chaplin Bass, Corrie Dick Drums

Following a successful European tour, in early 2016 Laura signed an exclusive album deal with British label, Edition Records for the release of Dinosaurs debut album, which was released in September 2016.  Blending elements of folk, jazz and rock, the music is formidable and compelling.  With the release of Together, As One, Dinosaur is ready to build a new international audience and profile.

Mar 12: Jim Hart's Cloudmakers Trio plus guests - BOOK NOW

Jim Hart - Vibes, Michael Janisch - Bass, Dave Smith - Drums, with guests: Hannes Riepler - Guitar, Antonin Tri Hoang Alto

After a very successful North American tour taking in Rochester, Vancouver, Victoria and Twin Cities Jazz festivals, Cloudmakers Trio once again open the door to collaboration by inviting two special guests for a program of new music penned by Hart. Joined by Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler and French-based alto saxophonist Antonin Tri Hoang this new music will see the band exploring their renowned cataclysm of exciting rhythmical interplay paired with the two front line voices in what will surely result in their strongest program of original, genre-twisting music to date.

Mar 19: Roman Schwaller Quartet - BOOK NOW

Roman Schwaller Tenor, Gareth Williams Piano, Arnie Somogyi Bass, Clark Tracey Drums

Born in Switzerland, Roman has spent much of his life working in Germany with NDR and the Vienna Art Orchestra.  With his own various groups he has played alongside Mel Lewis, Jimmy Cobb, Johnny Griffin and Sal Nistico and, returning to Switzerland in 1996 following a European tour with the Count Basie Orchestra, he continues to pursue his career as a musician, composer and band leader.

Mar 26: Alan Barnes/Gilad Atzmon Quintet - BOOK NOW

Alan Barnes/Gilad Atzmon Reeds, Frank Harrison Piano, Yaron Stavi Bass, Chris Higginbottom Drums

Despite their different backgrounds and approaches, the two men share a passion for performance and a firm belief that a jazz audience is there not to be educated but to be entertained.

They also share a healthy sense of competition. Says Barnes: I love our gladiatorial, or even Giladiatorial exchanges; the music is lit by shafts of wit, as the Reverend Spooner would have said. Atzmon concurs: I like few things better than playing a good set with Alan, and then shaking him warmly by the throat.

Jan 8: Scott Hamilton Quartet* - BOOK NOW

Scott Hamilton- Tenor, John Pearce - Piano, Dave Green - Bass, Steve Brown - Drums

In 1976 he had the good fortune to perform for several weeks alongside the great trumpeter Roy Eldridge. He also played with legendary saxophonist Illinois Jacquet.  A native of Providence, Rhode Island where he was born in 1954, Scott Hamilton is one of the great modern swing artists, following in the footsteps of greats such as Ben Webster and Don Byas.