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4 Zoe Rahman Trio
Zoe Rahman -
Described in The Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard”, Zoe Rahman has
firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz
scene. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted
in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her
very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-
11 Denys Baptiste & Clark Tracey Trio
Denys Baptiste -
His colossal talent -
18 Scenes In The City
Arnie Somogyi -
Drawing its repertoire from the music of the great jazz composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, the band embodies the freedom of interpretation and drive that characterise the music of one of the most important and colourful figures in jazz. Expect to hear lesser known Mingus compositions as well as familiar favourites such as "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Fables of Faubus" and "Better Get Hit in Your Soul".
25 Stan Tracey's “Under Milk Wood”
Bobby Wellins -
2015 is the 50th Anniversary of one of the most famous recordings in British jazz history – Stan Tracey’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ which has been reissued continually since its 1965 release. The haunting, evocative sound of saxophonist Bobby Wellins played an essential role in the original recording. He will be joined by Andrew and Clark, both members of Stan’s groups for the last 35 years, and Stan’s personal choice of pianist Steve Melling. The narrator of Dylan Thomas’ seminal work is Stan’s grandson Ben Tracey, Stan’s preferred voice.
1 Enrico Tomasso & Roy Williams Quintet
Enrico Tomasso -
Performing the music of Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer. Enico is considered one of the top jazz trumpeters on the scene and has won best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards twice. A poplular figue at many of the European festivals and clubs, he has an exciting presence and lively personality on stage, with his command of the instrument and stylistic invention placing him amongst the top echelon. Roy's professional musical career has now spanned 7 decades, having made his name as the regular trombonist with the Alex Welsh Band from 1965 to 1978. In addition, he has worked with many of the greats from both sides of the pond including Peanuts Hucko and Scott Hamilton.
8 Alex Garnett/Mark Nightingale
Alex Garnett -
Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in Europe for over two decades,
being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first
call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger,
and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless
recording credits along the way. Mark Nightingale came through the ranks of NYJO,
emerging onto the scene with his debut album, ‘Bonestructure’ in the late 80s. Since
then he has flourished as a much in demand session musician in the London studios
and has gained a reputation as one of the top-
15 Tribute To Monk
Tony Kofi – Alto/Baritone, Art Themen – Tenor/Soprano, Bruce Boardman -
Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't". Impressively, he is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington. With the addition of Art Themen this time, this group had a great gig on their last visit to Herts Jazz.
22 Simon Spillett Quartet
Simon Spillett -
Simon has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards. Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. Simon has also recorded three albums, Introducing Simon Spillett (2007), Sienna Red (2008) and Square One (2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press.
29 Benny And Beyond
Pete Long – Saxes, clarinet, Anthony Kerr – Vibes, Robin Aspland – Piano, Paul Morgan – bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Using the classic clarinet and vibes-
6 Alan Barnes' Christmas Carol
Alan Barnes – Saxophone/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Rob Fowler – Saxophones/Clarinet,
Karen Sharp – Saxophones/Clarinet, Bruce Adams -
This new suite of pieces, touring for the first time this year, takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘A Christmas Carol”. Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!
13 Dave Newton Trio -
Dave Newton -
Dave performs the music from one of his most celebrated recordings with the original
trio. From a review in 1991, “Newton is an impressive composer; five of the tracks
are his own work. The title track carries a lovely, almost medieval tune, totally
classic in construction and powerfully direct in cadential resolution. He possesses
a massive flair for well-
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