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April

5 Bryan Spring Trio - BOOK NOW

Bryan Spring – Drums, Mark Edwards – Piano, Mick Hutton – Bass

We present a rare treat at Herts Jazz to open our new season.  Bryan is an outstanding drummer, having been tutored by Philly Joe Jones, he emerged in the late 1960s, became Stan Tracey's regular drummer for many years and also formed a successful association with Don Weller.  In recent years Bryan has focused more on his trio, releasing "The Spirit Of Spring" on Trio Records to critical acclaim.  

"Bryan Spring is a performer of a fiercely adversarial virtuosity who challenges every comfortable assumption." The Guardian



12 Pete Long's Ellingtones* - BOOK NOW

Ryan Quigley, Enrico Tomasso – Trumpets, Callum Au – Trombone, Pete Long, Simon Finch, Alex Garnett – Saxes, James Pearson – Piano, Alec Dankworth – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Pete Long has long been an admirer of Duke Ellington's music and arrangements and has led groups for many years in tribute to the jazz master.The Ellingtones are a small offshoot of the award winning Echoes of Ellington, featuring reduced versions of Ellington and Strayhorn scores in the context of a jam session.  Tonight Pete has put together a tremendous line up to pay musical respect to one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.

www.plong.co.uk


19 Ten Pieces of Silver - BOOK NOW

Basil Hodge – Piano, Tony Kofi – Sax – Quentin Collins – Trumpet, Larry Bartley - Bass, Rod Young – Drums

Pianist/composer Basil Hodge's latest project pays hommage to the late, great Horace Silver, one of the most influential composers and bandleaders in jazz.  Hodge's hard swinging blues-tinged piano is perfect for the Silver role and tonight he has put together a superb quintet featuring Tony Kofi and Quentin Collins in the frontline to bring us an evening of Horace Silver classics, as well as some of his less well known tunes.

www.basilhodge.co.uk


26 Tough Tenors - BOOK NOW

Dave O'Higgins/Phil Dwyer – Tenors, Robin Aspland – Piano, Adam King – Bass, Matt Home – Drums

The UK's Dave O'Higgins introduces fellow tenor player from Canada, Phil Dwyer.  In 2013 Phil was appointed as a Member of the Order Of Canada and cited for “his contributions to jazz as a performer, composer and producer, and for increasing access to music education in his community.” Dwyer has an illustrious 30 year career which has crossed stylistic and geographic borders and has included collaborations with a storied roster of great jazz artists.  The quintet are on a short national tour so catch it while you can.

www.daveohiggins.com


May

3  Clark Tracey Quintet - BOOK NOW

Clark Tracey – Drums, Henry Armburg Jennings, Chris Maddock – Saxes, Harry Bolt – Piano, Dan Casimir – Bass

"As a talent spotter in the UK Clark is unparalleled, and his quintet plays a role in UK jazz similar to that of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, through which many of the great US players passed. The new lineup includes three graduates from the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Course where Clark is a drum tutor."  

www.clarktracey.com


10 Graham Harvey Trio - BOOK NOW

Graham Harvey – Piano, Dave Chamberlain – Bass, Sebastiaan De Krom – Drums

Graham is widely renowned as one of the best pianists the country has to offer. Albums he's played on include those with George Benson, Incognito, Sax Appeal and Bobby Wellins. He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Laws, Clark Terry, toured the U.S.A, Europe and Japan as keyboard player and M.D. for Incognito, with whom he also composed and played on 7 albums. Graham has also played with the BBC Big Band and the Lawrence Cottle Big Band and is currently the pianist for Stacey Kent.


17 Under Milk Wood  50th Anniversary* - BOOK NOW

Bobby Wellins – Tenor, Steve Melling – Piano, Andrew Cleyndert – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums, Ben Tracey – Narration

April 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of this iconic music composed by Stan Tracey.  As part of a national tour, Stan's quartet, with Steve Melling replacing Stan, perform the narrated version with Stan's grandson, Ben Tracey.  Also in the line up is the great Bobby Wellins, who of course featured on that original recording.

www.stantracey.com


24 Jurd/Carmichael - BOOK NOW

Laura Jurd – Trumpet, Chelsea Carmichael – Tenor, Robin Aspland – Piano, Mark Hodgson – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Tonight features two highly talented young ladies who are now reaching prominence on the jazz scene.  Laura has already become a national name as she writes for and performs in her own ensembles.  Chelsea is a star in the making, drawing her inspiration from such early heroes as Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins, she can currently be heard with the group Yesa Sikyi.  With an all star trio to back them, come and enjoy these exciting new names.


31 UK Trumpet Titans - BOOK NOW

Martin Shaw, Bruce Adams – Trumpets, Gareth Williams – Piano,  Mark Lewandowski – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Herts Jazz proudly presents two of the finest British trumpeters in jazz in a quintet setting.  Following a successful date recently on the Isle of Man, these contrasting musicians proved to be a terrific blend of styles, both emanating from a common source.  Martin and Bruce have individually received much success in their own right, in the studio, in the theatre, in the commercial world and, of course, primarily in the genre of jazz.


June

7 Phil Robson Trio - BOOK NOW

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

Phil Robson, Parliamentary Jazz Award 2009 winner and 2015 nominee in three categories presents his latest project as a leader. Phil Robson teamed up with the Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and the inspiring and powerful drummer Gene Calderazzo to offer a cutting edge experience. As a band they push the envelope with their approach to the organ trio tradition.  The trio are on a national tour promoting a new release, "The Cut Off Point".

http://philrobson.net


14 Themen/Nightingale - BOOK NOW

Art Themen – Saxes, Mark Nightingale – Trombone, Leon Greening - Piano, Arnie Somogyi – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Our club patron, Art Themen returns in a quintet specially put together for this evening.  Along with the masterful Themen is one of the world's great trombonists, Mark Nightingale.  Picking familiar tunes from a hat, tonight should be full of busking merriment, ably supported by a well seasoned rhythm section.


21 Sam Leak's Aquarium - BOOK NOW

Sam Leak – Piano, Sam Crockatt – Tenor, Oli Hayhurst – Bass, Tim Giles – Drums

Aquarium's debut album was recorded in 2009 and released to a fantastic critical reception, alongside an extensive Arts Council funded national tour, in the summer of 2011, on the prestigious Babel Label. This was featured as one of the top 10 international Jazz albums of 2011 in MOJO Magazine, where it was described as "Multi-faceted and smart as a pin, this is poetic chamber Jazz of a very high order" by Chris Ingham.  Helen Mayhew has described ex Royal Academy student Leak as "One of the brightest young stars in the jazz piano galaxy, a heavenly improviser and a brilliant prospect for the future."

www.samleak.com


28 Anita Wardell - BOOK NOW

Anita Wardell – Vocals, Rob Barron  – Piano, Jeremy Brown – Bass, Jon Scott – Drums

Anita's longstanding musical relationship with her trio started with the release of Until The Stars Fade in 2001. Jazzwise Magazine called her “energetic and inventive” while The Guardian proclaimed her “a model of the Jazz singer’s art”, highlighting her clarity, improvisational skills and emotional resonance.  Anita received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006.  Her latest album, The Road, was released in summer 2013. In the same year she won the Best Vocalist category iun the British Jazz Awards and in 2014 Anita was nominated in the 2014 British Jazz awards.  Over the past four years, Anita has travelled extensively, performing and leading jazz vocal masterclasses in USA, Europe and Australia.

www.anitawardell.com




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Unfortunately Clark is unable to perform on Sunday due to an injury. Therefore the performance of the Under Milk Wood Suite will not take place. However we will be lucky to enjoy a rare Bobby Wellins Quartet gig, featuring Steve Melling/Andy Cleyndert/Spike Wells. We will schedule a performance of Under Milk Wood later in the year. Clark sends his sincere apologies to everybody.