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12 Alan Barnes with Clark Tracey Trio

Alan Barnes – Saxes, Clark Tracey – Drums, Steve Melling – Piano, Mark Hodgson - Bass

The return of the formidable Alan Barnes, appearing in an informal setting with Clark's trio.  Alan's reputation precedes him, a consistent poll winner over decades, with a vast range of experience at the top level.  Alan is probably the most sought after musician in the country.

www.alanbarnesjazz.com


19 James Pearson Trio

James Pearson – Piano, Arnie Somogyi - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

A truly remarkable pianist, James has been resident at Ronnie Scott's Club for some years now, rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the business including Johnny Griffin, Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Greco and Dame Cleo Laine. Tonight's gig will be very much in the tradition of the great jazz piano trios, with the spotlight on Mr Pearson.

www.jamespearsonmusic.com


26 Bruce Adams with Clark Tracey Trio

Bruce Adams – Trumpet, Clark Tracey – Drums, Robin Aspland – Piano,  Arnie Somogyi – Bass

Bruce is one of the greatest trumpeters to have graced the British jazz world since leaving the commercial world.  Noted for his astonishing range, Bruce swings harder than most.  His musical partnership with Alan Barnes was one of the great pairings and widened his audience enough to make him a deserved poll winner over many years.

www.bruce-adams.co.uk





February


2 Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Dave O'Higgins – Saxes, Graham Harvey - Piano, Geoff Gascoyne - Bass, Sebastiaan DeKrom – Drums

Dave has become an international figure since first making his mark with NYJO, Roadside Picnic and Mezzoforte.  Despite numerous jobs as a sideman (Cleo Laine, Matthew Herbert, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles etc), he has maintained his high stature as a band leader, composer and educator for 30 years, and has released around 20 discs under his own name.

www.daveohiggins.com


9 Leon Greening Trio

Leon Greening – Piano, Adam King - Bass, Steve Brown – Drums

Listening to Leon Greening’s playing is like hearing a history of post-Bop piano: there are authentic and yet personal echoes of everyone from Bud Powell to Wynton Kelly, Barry Harris and Horace Silver, all the more remarkable for coming from a musician of such youth. Rightly regarded as among the best of the current crop of UK jazz pianists.


16 Robert Fowler with Clark Tracey Trio

Robert Fowler – Tenor, Clark Tracey – Drums, Steve Melling – Piano, Mark Levandowsky – Bass

Following ten years touring Europe with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Robert is now a busy presence on the mainstream scene.  The first thing one notices about his playing is his broad, warm, mellow, juicy tone, which is a perfect fit for his calm, measured phrasing. His  sound is influenced by tenor giants Hawkins and Webster, with a swinging vibrancy to compete with the best.


23 Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio

Dennis Rollins – Trombone, Ross Stanley - Organ, Pedro Segundo - Drums

Dennis is a renowned band leader and his various groups have won prestigious awards: BadBone & Co was named the Best Band of 2007 at the BBC Jazz Awards and Velocity Trio was named the Band Of The Year at Jazz Yorkshire Awards in 2012. Having won 3 "Best Trombone" awards himself, Dennis was recently bestowed "Player Of The Year" by the British Trombone Society.

www.dennisrollins.com


March


2 Martin Shaw with Clark Tracey Trio

Martin Shaw – Trumpet/flugel, Clark Tracey – Drums, Dave Newton – Piano, Mark Hodgson – Bass

Martin is regarded as one of the top jazz soloists in the country by musicians and audiences alike; you will hear him in an extraordinary range of settings from big band to quartet, cutting edge jazz to contemporary pop and funk.  In 2001, Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire.  You must hear this stunning musician at the top of his game.


9 Gareth Williams Trio

Gareth Williams – Piano, Dave Green - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene, Gareth has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming professional in the early 90s.  Tonight Gareth will be paying tribute to the Bill Evans songbook.

www.garethwilliams.biz


16 Mark Nightingale with Clark Tracey Trio

Mark Nightingale– Trombone, Clark Tracey – Drums, Richard Busiaciewicz - Piano, Dave Green – Bass

Mark took up the trombone as a child and at the age of 15 won the prestigious award named for Don Lusher. Immediately following this he became lead trombonist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. It was while he was with the NYJO that Nightingale extended his musical prowess into the fields of composing and arranging. In the late 80s he formed Bone Structure, a small band with an all-trombone front line. The outfit released one album, Bone Structure, in 1988. A student at London’s Trinity College of Music, Nightingale has subsequently gone on to establish a strong reputation around the world, playing in groups led by artists such as Alan Barnes, Louie Bellson, Lee Konitz, James Morrison, George Shearing and Clark Terry.


23 Jean Toussaint Quartet *

Jean Toussaint – Saxes, Andrew McCormack – Piano, Larry Bartley - Bass, Troy Miller – Drums

Busting onto the world stage in the early 1980s with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Jean, now a UK resident, has performed widely with such greats as Horace Silver, Max Roach, Cedar Walton and McCoy Tyner to name but a few.  A tremendous musician and composer, his valuable contribution to the British scene includes collaborations with many young artists and he is also a respected educator.  


30 Georgia Mancio Quartet

Georgia Mancio – Vocals, Tim Lapthorn – Piano, Julie Walkington – Bass, Dave Ohm – Drums

Award-winning jazz vocalist and lyricist, Georgia has proved herself one of the UK’s most original, inventive and important new artists.  She has worked with Alan Broadbent, Bobby McFerrin, Sheila Jordan, and Bobby Wellins, played residencies at Ronnie Scott's, produced 4 albums and runs her own highly successful international voice festival, ReVoice.

www.georgiamancio.com



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January


5 Reuben James Trio

Reuben James – Piano, Fergus Ireland - Bass, Ed Richardson – Drums

Reuben made a big splash at our festival last year with his trio.  Still a student at Trinity Laban, he first played at our venue with the late Abram Wilson.  He is one of the most exciting performers on the scene, drawing inspiration from Gospel, Soul and of course a healthy dose of jazz piano masters.

Tickets

£13 on the night/ £11 advance

£12 concessions / £10 advance

£9 members/ £8 advance

£5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance



except *

£16 on the night/ £14 advance

£15 concessions / £13 advance

£12 members/ £10 advance

£5 students & U-21s/ £3 advance