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Oct-Dec 2016


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£9 members/ £8 advance

£5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance

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2 Stan Tracey Gala Night - BOOK NOW

Screening of “The Godfather of British Jazz” & The Stan Tracey Legacy Quartet

Art Themen – Tenor, Steve Melling – Piano, Andrew Cleyndert – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Organised by Herts Jazz team member, Mike O'Brien as part of the Herts, this is a special evening to commemorate Stan Tracey, beginning with a screening of the award-nominated documentary, “The Godfather of British Jazz”.  Following this film, the quartet will feature some of Stan's compositions from his various suites with original band members.

9 Matt Ridley Quartet - BOOK NOW

Matt Ridley – Bass, Jason Yarde – Alto, John Turville – Piano, George Hart – Drums

Formed in 2012, this band has received great acclaim.  In the words of Jazz Views last year: “One of Britain's very finest contemporary quartets... the Matt Ridley Quartet is highly creative and exciting, working in a genre somewhere between free form and advanced lyricism and containing four talented musicians who have developed an almost telepathic musical understanding.”

16 Simon Spillett Quartet - BOOK NOW

Simon Spillett – Tenor, John Critchinson -Piano, Simon Thorpe – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Simon Spillett presents his own quartet in reworkings of material favoured by the late Tubby Hayes.  Author of the highly successful biography of Hayes, “The Long Shadow of the Little Giant”, award winning Spillett plays with the fire and passion deserving of this music.  Fasten your seatbelts for classic British bebop at its finest.

23 Sandy Suchodolski Trio – “Remembering Ray” - BOOK NOW

Sandy Suchodolski – Bass, Rob Barron – Piano, Clark Tracey - Drums

The Sandy Suchodolski Trio presents its tribute to Ray Brown and his trio.  Featuring songs and arrangements famously played by Ray throughout his career this is set to be a swinging affair!  Young bass maestro Suchodolski swings hard on his debut CD and captures the essence of Ray Brown's rare groove.

30 Jo Fooks & Art Themen - BOOK NOW

Jo Fooks/Art Themen – Reeds, Alex Hutton – Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Clark Tracey - Drums

Thrown together for this evening by Clark, jazz legend, and our club patron, Art Themen pairs up with Jo Fooks, a remarkable talent on tenor, backed up by a sterling trio, well versed in all styles and eager to accommodate! Sit back and enjoy spontaneous live jazz up close, performed by some great players.  


6 Andrew Bain's Project - BOOK NOW Note: gig timing is 8-10.30pm

Andrew Bain – Drums, John Irabagon – Tenor, George Colligan – Piano, Michael Janisch – Bass

Andrew Bain is one of the premier drummer/composers in the UK and will be embarking on his first nationwide tour with UK heavyweight pianist George Colligan , Thelonious Monk Competition winner Jon Irabagon on saxophone and Michael Janisch on the bass. This trans-Atlantic project will aim to capture the excitement and energy of New York City - where all have lived.  Especially exciting is the fact that both George and Jon have not toured the UK jazz circuit in any large capacity. *** Note - this gig will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for the Jazz Now programme scheduled for broadcast on 12 December. ***

13 Phil Robson Trio - BOOK NOW

Phil Robson – Guitar, Ross Stanley – Organ, Gene Calderazzo – Drums

Now a resident in New York City, Phil is back for a short UK tour with his musical collaborators Stanley and Calderazzo.  Phil has now become an accomplished artist worldwide and has appeared on many important festivals under his own name and worked alongside such musical greats as Mark Turner, Adam Nussbaum, Barbara Streisand, Maceo Parker and David Liebman.

20 Tom Harrison Quintet - BOOK NOW

Tom Harrison – Alto, Quentin Collins - Trumpet, Robert Mitchell – Piano, Huntly Gordon – Bass, David Lyttle - Drums

Rising star saxophonist Tom Harrison unveiled his hotly anticipated second release "Unfolding in Tempo" just one week ago.  The CD is a joyful celebration of the music of the legendary Duke Ellington and his long-time collaborator Billy Strayhorn. Harrison has hand-picked an all star cast of British jazz musicians to interpret the compositions, each of whom brings a unique voice to the musical palette.

27 Tribute to Stan Tracey's Hexad* - BOOK NOW

Clark Tracey – Drums, Chris Maddock – Alto, Nadim Teimoori – Tenor, Alex Ridout – Trumpet, Ashley Henry – Piano, Daniel Casimir – Bass

Clark has put together a new group to pay tribute to his father's sextet music, spanning from the early 1980s. The line ups varied over the decades with the likes of Don Weller, Guy Barker and Simon Allen having passed through the ranks, and Clark has fittingly chosen some of today's best musicians from a new generation to represent Stan Tracey's music.


4 Alan Barnes Octet: A Christmas Carol* - BOOK NOW

Alan Barnes – Reeds/narrator, Karen Sharp & Robert Fowler – Reeds, Bruce Adams – Trumpet, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Dave Newton – Piano, Simon Thorpe – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

He's back!  Alan is again on tour with this highly successful project, a suite (with narrative by Mr Barnes) based on Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol”.  The all star line up is featured tonight as part of an extensive UK tour, spreading Xmas cheer to jazz clubs everywhere!  Don't miss out on this one!

11 All Star Xmas Concert* - BOOK NOW

Brandon Allen, Richard Shepherd – Reeds, Freddie Gavita – Trumpet, Leon Greening – Piano, Adam King – Bass, Matt Home - Drums

It's that time of year again and we finish our season with another all star line up led by saxophonist Richard Shepherd and featuring the top names from the London jazz scene.  With arrangements by Shepherd, this is a tight and swinging sextet and a great way to wave goodbye to 2016.  Thanks for all your support folks!