Oct-Dec 2019 season

Sunday October 6, 2019
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Jim Rattigan's Pavillon

Jim Rattigan is one of the UK’s leading French horn players and widely recognised as a pioneer of the jazz French horn. He has performed with many globally renowned artists including, Michael Brecker, Bill Frisell, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and McCoy Tyner. After...

Sunday October 13, 2019
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Simon Spillett Quartet

“Simon Spillett is a phenomenal tenor player. 'Powerful' comes most readily to mind, but that adjective could also be applied to high-volume, raw-toned speed merchants. But Spillett is a master musician, not a one-trick showman. His combination of speed and articulation are amazing; the long,...

Sunday October 20, 2019
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Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet

Saxophonist, composer and educator Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz. London became his permanent home after graduating with honours from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and gradually...

Sunday October 27, 2019
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Liane Carroll

One of the most requested artists at the club, Herts Jazz welcomes Lianne back with her trio. With a string of jazz awards to her credit, she regularly sells out wherever she plays, delivering her unique blend of jazz and blues and a voice that...

Sunday November 3, 2019
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Dave Newton Trio

Another musician constantly in demand at the club. We aim to please so welcome Mr Newton back to enthral you with his personal brand of piano playing. "Newton is unbeatable. He can re-harmonise a tune so persuasively that you almost forget how the original sounded....

Sunday November 10, 2019
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O'Higgins & Luft

Dave’s 21st album recording as a leader is a collaboration with young guitar firebrand, Rob Luft, and due for release on the Ubuntu Music label in October 2019 (O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane. There is a 40-date tour set for the autumn with...

Sunday November 17, 2019
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Alex Hitchcock Quartet

Described by Jazzwise as part of ‘the shape of jazz to come’, saxophonist Hitchcock is joined by three of the UK’s most acclaimed improvising musicians. The group won the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in 2018 and plays original music that is firmly rooted in...

Sunday November 24, 2019
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Mark Nightingale/Daniel Higham Quintet

For this gig we've paired the UK’s finest on trombone, multi award winning Mark Nightingale, with the most promising young trombonist, Daniel Higham. Daniel appeared on our festival last year with the Purcell School of Music Ensemble. He now studies at the Royal Academy of...

Sunday December 1, 2019
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Art Themen/Tom Ridout Quintet

We’ve done it again… our Herts Jazz Patron, the indefatigable Art Themen meets another young giant, Tom Ridout. That surname should be familiar to Herts Jazz audiences by now, and rightly so. Emerging from an extremely talented family of jazz musicians, Tom is no exception....

Sunday December 8, 2019
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Clark Tracey Quintet

And to blow my own trumpet, this is my latest line up, James Copus joining the band since Alex Ridout moved to the States recently. I’ve said it before about them, but I think this is the best line up I’ve had to date. I’m...

Sunday December 15, 2019
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Danny Moss Jr Quartet

Good to have Danny back on his annual UK tour, following in his father’s footsteps as a wonderful musician, firmly steeped in the tradition and incapable of not swinging and driving the band from the bass chair. Having studied with no less than the legendary...

Sunday December 22, 2019
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“Under Milk Wood” & “A Child’s Xmas in Wales”

It doesn’t seem like a year ago when we performed the debut of this show to our audience here. It was the biggest round of applause I’d personally witnessed at the club since moving to St Albans. With just three days before Xmas, we had...