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*October 7th - Stan Tracey Octet


Stan Tracey (piano), Mark Armstrong (trumpet), Sam Mayne (alto), Mornington Lockett (tenor sax), Simon Allen (tenor sax), Alistair White (Trombone), Andrew Cleyndert (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)

Herts Jazz's patron, Stan Tracey CBE returns with his his mighty octet to open our new season. The first ever recipient of a "Jazz Ivor" at the Novello Awards ceremony earlier this year, and performing at the Umbria Jazz Festival in July, Stan is still as strong as ever. His octet ensemble has been around since the early Seventies and tonight features the best musicians on the current scene.

   

October 14th - David Newton Trio


David Newton (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)

The trio that recorded "Victim Of Circumstance" on Linn Records, still David's best seller, are back in action at Herts Jazz. A hugely popular performer, David is dripping with awards for Best Pianist, so we're hoping for another huge turnout to hear one of Europe's best musicians up close for a night of superlative piano.

   

October 21st - College Collection


The premiere of our special seasonal features of college musicians deserving wider recognition.


The first set is from Birmingham Conservatoire, coached by Clark Tracey earlier this year.

The BCU Sextet

Jack Dring (trumpet), Robbie Fearon (tenor sax), Alan Gilbert (guitar), Andy Woodhead (piano), Stuart Barker (bass), Nathan England-Jones (drums)


The second set features someone who we recently heard with the late Abram Wilson and knocked us out with his incredibly stylish approach.

Reuben James Trio

Reuben James (piano), Alex Davis (bass), Moses Boyd (drums)   

 

October 28th - Jim Mullen/Don Weller Quintet


Jim Mullen (guitar), Don Weller (tenor sax), Steve Melling (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass), Dave Barry (drums)

Two giants of the jazz scene unite in a rare collaboration, joined by a world class rhythm section. Jim Mullen is widely regarded as the leading exponent of jazz guitar in this country and Don Weller has been a unique and powerful presence for decades. Together they represent a veritable tour de force of this music and really should not be missed.

   

November 4th - Alan Barnes Quintet


Alan Barnes (saxes), Nigel Price (guitar), Barry Green (piano), Adam King (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)


Continuing this bumper season of jazz stars, we've asked the magnificent Alan Barnes to put together a special line up for tonight. Alan is a multi award winning multi saxophonist with a reputation for quality and diversity. As ever, he has chosen a band of highly skilled musicians to accompany him this evening.

   

November 11th - Andrea Vicari Quartet


Andrea Vicari (piano), Mornington Lockett (tenor sax), Dorian Lockett (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)


First reaching prominence with Julian Arguelles, Art Farmer and Eddie Henderson on the London scene of the Eighties, Andrea rose to greater heights nationally with her "Suburban Gorillas" project in the Nineties, featuring her much praised compositions. Now professor of Jazz Piano at Trinity College of Music, she is one of the best jazz pianists around, having performed with most of the British greats.

   

November 18th - Tim Lapthorn Quartet featuring Bobby Wellins


Tim Lapthorn (piano), Bobby Wellins (tenor sax), Arnie Somogyi (bass), Stephen Keogh (drums)


Previously seen at the club as a sideman, Tim is on tour with this fantastic line up, with the legendary Bobby Wellins up front, performing material from their new release "Transport". Tim has forged a reputation as one of the UK's most highly respected piano players with his harmonic, soulful yet spacious approach to the instrument with his many influences ranging from Debussy to D'Angelo.

   

*November 25th - Swing Low Sweet Baritones


Gary Smulyan, Alex Garnett, Pete Lukas (baritone saxes), Andrea Pozza (piano), Dominic Howles (bass), Matt Home (drums)


Led by an incredible musician, New Yorker Gary Smulyan (winner of 2011 Downbeat "Best Baritone" and 2011 Jazz Times "Best Baritone" awards), this unique band is on tour in the UK and also features two of our finest baritone exponents, Garnett and Lukas. The sextet is enhanced by the great Italian pianist Andrea Pozza, who has performed alongside George Coleman, Steve Grossman and Phil Woods to name a few.

   

December 2nd - College Collection


The second in our series of college bands. The first set features an amazingly talented young alto player, leading a great line up, all from the Birmingham Conservatoire.


Chris Young Quartet

Chris Young (alto sax), Elliot Galvin (piano), Dan Casimir (bass), Euan Palmer (drums)


The second set showcases a gifted young guitarist many of you will have heard at last year's festival, a local musician now studying at Leeds College of Music.

Michael De Souza Trio

Michael De Souza (guitar), Tom Wheatley (bass), Harry Pope (drums)

   

December 9th - Christine Tobin Quartet


Christine Tobin (vocals), Phil Robson (guitar), Dave Whitford (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)


Christine is one of the most idiosyncratic jazz vocalists on the scene. Originally from Dublin, since arriving in London she has performed alongside such greats as Kenny Wheeler, Billy Childs, Billy Hart, Mike Gibbs and Django Bates. With seven CDs under her own name, she has travelled globally, delivering her unique brand of jazz to critical acclaim, making her an outstanding performer in her own right.

   

*December 16th - Xmas Jazz Night


Simon Spillett (tenor sax), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Tony Kofi (saxes), Dick Pearce (trumpet), Steve Melling (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass), Clark Tracey (drums)


This year's stocking fillers promise a night of seriously festive hard core jazz! Possibly the best Xmas jazz night in the land, expect some unannounced headliners to drop in to add to the proceedings. Thanks for a great year and keep supporting Herts Jazz!

 


Autumn 2012

8pm till 10.30pm. - Doors open 7.30pm
All performances are £13 - at door on night / £11 concessions and advance booking / £8 - Herts Jazz members / £5 - Under 21s
Except nights marked * where entry is £16/£13/£10/£5