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Oct-Dec 2014


£13 on the night/ £11 advance

£12 concessions / £10 advance

£9 members/ £8 advance

£5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance

except *

£16 on the night/ £14 advance

£15 concessions / £13 advance

£12 members/ £10 advance

£5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance


5 The Three Tenors* BOOK NOW

Art Themen, Don Weller, Mornington Lockett – Saxes, John Critchinson - Piano, Andrew Cleyndert - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

We open our new season with a band normally seen only at festivals and featuring three of the UK's favourite horn players.

“Such meetings too often descend into mere contests of velocity and lung power but these three heroes are too wily, too witty and too sure of themselves for that. Each has an utterly distinctive style, which makes for engrossing musical dialogue and an imaginative stamina that leads to endless surprises.” The Observer


12 Larry Bartley & Just Us! BOOK NOW

Larry Bartley – Bass, Tony Kofi, Ed Jones - Saxes, Rod Youngs – Drums

Having previously appeared at the club with Jean Toussaint, Larry now also leads his own Ornette Coleman influenced quartet.

“Like any great bassist, Larry Bartley has lent his weight to many ensembles, but he seems to have a special affinity for classy saxophone players – including gigs or recordings with Denys Baptiste, Chris Biscoe, Courtney Pine and Ingrid Laubrock.” London Jazz News


19 Chris Laurence Quartet BOOK NOW

Chris Laurence – Bass, Frank Ricotti – Vibes, John Paricelli – Guitar, Martin France – Drums
Master bassist Chris Laurence brings the group who's recent CD “New View” received glowing accolades from the critics. Chris has managed to 'cross over' between jazz and classical throughout his career, enabling him to perform with such diverse artists as John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, John Surman and JJ Johnson as well as being principal bass with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields until 1995. This is a band of exceptional musicians and a real treat to witness.

26 Jason Rebello's Tribute to Oscar Peterson* BOOK NOW

Jason Rebello – Piano, Ant Law – Guitar, Larry Bartley – Bass

Jason has worked in a variety of settings and alongside giants like Wayne Shorter, Sting, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.  However, tonight is an exceptional treat as he focuses on one of jazz's ultimate piano heroes in the classic drummer-less setting.

“His recent show with this band and album material at Ronnie Scott’s, and this album itself demonstrate that Rebello has lost nothing of the inventiveness and joyful musicianship of his early years.” London Jazz News



2 Alan Barnes Octet* BOOK NOW

Alan Barnes - Saxes/Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Henry Lowther - Trumpet, Mark Nightingale - Trombone, Karen Sharp - Saxes/Clarinet, Robert Fowler - Saxes/Clarinet/ Flute,  David Newton - Piano, Adam King - Bass, Clark Tracey - Drums

Alan is always a welcome face at Herts Jazz Club, and it's a pleasure to have him fronting this stellar ensemble.  This band surely needs very little introduction...

“A well-worked and highly successful achievement...clever charts, superbly played, the soloists prompted to perform at their best.” Jazzwise


9 Dave O'Higgins Quartet BOOK NOW

Dave O'Higgins – Tenor, Tom Cawley – Piano, Geoff Gascoyne – Bass, Sebastiaan de Krom – Drums

Dave is a popular and well-known figure on the international jazz scene, having recorded 13 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, Frank Sinatra, Jamie Cullum, Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars and the BBC Big Band to name only a few.

“A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide


16 Lafayette Gilchrist Trio* BOOK NOW

Lafayette Gilchrist – Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

The Baltimore-based pianist hit the scene hard with his debut, The Music According To Lafayette Gilchrist, and went straight to earning raves for his sophomore release, Towards The Shining Path. Having emerged from David Murray’s Black Saint Quartet, he is on a rare trip to the UK.

“I haven't heard music as soulful, eloquent, and passionate as this in a long time. A lot of times jazz seems to be cut off from the world around it, existing in some sort of bubble, but not this music. Lafayette Gilchrist's compositions are definitely of this world, and you hear it in every note he plays.” Music Review


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30 Zoe Rahman Trio* BOOK NOW

Zoe Rahman – Piano, Mark Lewandowski - Bass, Gene Calderazzo – Drums

Zoe is one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene.  A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste.

“An exceptional pianist. A percussive player with the ability to take the material anywhere she wants in terms of line, harmony and rhythm.” Irish Times



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14 Leon Greening Quartet BOOK NOW

Leon Greening – Piano, Alex Garnett – Saxes, Adam King – Bass, Steve Brown – Drums

Leon's extraordinary solos, inspired by the likes of Wynton Kelly and Bud Powell, keep the audience on the edge of their seats and mark him out as one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced.

“Greening provided the most energetic music of the evening.  The highlight was Tempus Fugit by Bud Powell; the perfect vehicle for Greening’s wonderful tension-building repetition and unstoppable swing.” London Jazz News


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