Apr-Jun 2020 season

Sunday April 5, 2020
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Byron Wallen's Four Corners

On an Arts Council funded tour of the UK, we are delighted to present Byron Wallen. February 2020 will see the release of Portrait: Reflections On Belonging, his new and much anticipated album. It is his first recorded release in 13 years, and overall his...

Sunday April 12, 2020
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Sunday April 19, 2020
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Gilad Atzmon with the Clark Tracey Trio

Occasionally running into each other over the years, Gilad and Clark decided it was time to bite the bullet and enjoy each other’s company in a dedicated concert. Gilad, for those who are unaware, is one of the most exciting performers on the jazz scene....

Sunday April 26, 2020
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Chris Maddock Quartet

Since leaving the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012, Chris was a member of the Clark Tracey Quintet before becoming an in-demand musician in London, noted for his solid jazz knowledge, his impeccable technique and artistry. He has now added bandleader to his CV which allows his...

Sunday May 3, 2020
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Rossano Sportiello Trio

Rossano drew a huge audience on his last visit, perhaps unsurprisingly since his visits to the UK have attracted increasing attention over recent years. His technique is phenomenal, drawn from the likes of Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum with a modern hard swinging, infectious groove...

Sunday May 10, 2020
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Ari Hoenig Trio

In East Coast jazz circles, Philadelphia native Ari Hoenig has a reputation for being a flexible, broad-minded jazz drummer who is open to a variety of musical situations -- some very straight-ahead and accessible, some of them more cerebral and abstract. This gig forms part...

Sunday May 17, 2020
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Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra

Award winning pianist and composer, Nikki Iles takes her 20 piece Jazz Orchestra on a national tour marking a new chapter in a long and distinguished career in British Jazz, gathering together commissions from over the years, new orchestrations of her own small band tunes...

Sunday May 24, 2020
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Alan Barnes Quartet

Still maintaining a staggering work schedule, as well as composing regularly for his octet and small groups, we welcome back one of the country’s favourite musicians. A superb saxophonist and clarinettist with an incredible track record, alongside a wonderful sense of humour, he will be...

Sunday May 31, 2020
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Art Themen/Alex Clarke Quintet

Each season we like to pit our distinguished Herts Jazz Patron, Art Themen, against an up and coming outstanding young musician to perform a selection of standards they mutually prefer. This time I’ve invited Alex Clarke, an alto player I originally met at Birmingham Conservatoire...

Sunday June 7, 2020
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Henry Lowther's Still Waters

Henry Lowther’s Still Waters was born out of a long association and friendship, going back forty years, between Henry and bassist Dave Green. They both felt that the time had arrived to play the music of their choice, together with some of the finest jazz...

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Friday February 28, 2020
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Tom Dunnett Sextet

This band went down a storm at our festival last year and was, for many, the highlight of the weekend. Perhaps some names will be less familiar to you but the musicians, as always, are among the best in the land. Tom’s writing skills are...

Sunday June 21, 2020
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Misha Mullov-Abbado Sextet

And in the same vein, we welcome back this incredible young band who left their mark at the club and also at our festival two years ago thanks to Misha’s superb writing and the way the band empathises with his compositions. Each member has grown...

Sunday June 28, 2020
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Take 5 - The Music of Paul Desmond

Having established a reputation as a fine interpreter of jazz standards and the Great American Songbook, Trudy Kerr has over the last few years turned to writing lyrics to many contemporary compositions, and recently recorded two fine albums available to the discerning listeners among us...