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Scott Hamilton – Tenor, John Pearce – Piano, Dave Green – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
Scott makes a very welcome return to the club after packing the house in Codicote a couple of years ago. He has been globally recognised as being a musician at the vanguard of his genre since hitting the scene in New York in 1977, playing with Roy Eldridge and Poppa Jo Jones. A firm favourite of British jazz audiences, we’re looking forward to a great night again.
Our third in this successful programme, supported by the PRS Foundation for Music sees an octet and a duet for an evening of interesting contrasts from some of the top young British jazz musicians.
Laura Jurd Octet (Trinity Guildhall School of Music)
Laura Jurd – Trumpet, Elliot Galvin – Piano, Conor Chaplin – Bass, Corrie Dick – Percussion, Mandhira de Saram, Patrick Dawkins – Violins, Richard Jones – Viola, Ben Davis – Cello
+ Greg Sterland/Joe Webb Duet (Welsh College of Music & Drama)
Greg Sterland – Tenor, Joe Webb – Guitar
27 – Stan Tracey Quartet*
Stan Tracey – Piano, Simon Allen – Saxes, Andrew Cleyndert – Bass, Clark Tracey -
Herts Jazz’s patron, Stan Tracey CBE makes his seasonal appearance with his quartet for the last five years. This year sees Stan celebrating his 70th year as a professional musician, arguably a unique record in British jazz. Catch the master at work, performing compositions from “Senior Moment” and also from his latest suite, soon to be recorded.
Damon Brown – Trumpet, Michael Lutzeier -
A trumpet player and composer whose “Killer Shrimp” group won a Parliamentary Jazz
Award for Best Jazz Ensemble in 2007 (not to mention a nomination for Best CD), Damon
Brown has spent years living abroad, exploring his craft. The journey has yielded
more than musical inspiration, with many international collaborations ensuing, such
as the regular quintet that he co-
Clark Tracey – Drums, Chris Maddock -
Herts Jazz promoter Clark Tracey leads his latest line up featuring exceptional young musicians. Following in the footsteps of previous alumni such as Guy Barker, Gerard Presencer, Zoe Rahman, Kit Downes, Alec Dankworth and Django Bates, this band continues Clark’s tradition of providing a national platform to the most gifted young musicians.
Chris Biscoe -
Chris Biscoe returns to Herts Jazz in an exploration of the musical legacies of the extraordinary bassist, composer and bandleader Charles Mingus, and of reeds virtuoso Eric Dolphy. The band features music written by Eric Dolphy and tunes from Oliver Nelson, Fats Waller, Monk and Mingus which he recorded.
Chris’s quartet played such a fantastic gig at Herts Jazz two years ago that they released the recording on CD – possibly the only “Live at Campus West” CD available!
Byron Wallen – Trumpet + 2 TBC, Neil Charles -
Recently heard at our festival, Byron is "one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive" (Jazzwise Magazine). Widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz, he is constantly travelling the world recording, teaching and performing. “Byron's always absorbing music genuinely draws in the disparate elements of African and Eastern cultures, while retaining true jazz spirit… ”
Nat Steele – Vibes, Leon Greening -
Since Nat’s recent arrival on the scene, he has quickly gained a reputation as a
Sam Healey Quartet (Royal Northern College of Music)
Sam Healey – Alto, Ben Watte – Piano, Jim Molyneux – Bass, Stewart Wilson – Drums
+ James Copus Quintet (Royal Academy of Music)
James Copus – Trumpet, Sam Glaser – Alto, Rob Luft – Guitar, Conor Chaplin – Bass, Scott Chapman – Drums
Gilad Atzmon – Alto/Clarinet, Frank Harrison -
Frank Harrison – Piano, Dave Whitford -
Following a previously postponed date at the club, we finally present for our closer
this season -
James Pearson – Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums
House pianist at Ronnie Scott’s Club, James is one of the country’s most respected musicians. His work covers all genres of music, especially contemporary music, jazz and classical. James has broadcast on all the major radio and television networks and this year his trio played a four night run in Birdland in New York. His piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums. Amongst the many giants he has worked with are Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Greco and Johnny Griffin.
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