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October

4 Zoe Rahman Trio

Zoe Rahman - Piano, Mark Lewandowsky - Bass, Gene Calderazzo – Drums

Described in The Observer as “a remarkable pianist by any standard”, Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performance, she has become a highly sought-after musician, working most recently with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra.




11 Denys Baptiste & Clark Tracey Trio

Denys Baptiste - Tenor, Robin Aspland – Piano, Stuart Barker – Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

His colossal talent - based on a powerful technique and an ability to improvise fluently and effortlessly across a wide range of musical styles – is matched only by his unfettered energy which takes him and his audiences into the musical stratosphere. An evening with Denys guarantees a display of unsuppressed expression, ranging from sweet “saxuality” to breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat virtuosity. Over the years, Denys has evolved into what the Time Magazine describes as “the icon of British jazz”, with a most distinctive and immediately recognisable sound.


18 Scenes In The City

Arnie Somogyi - Bass, Alan Barnes – Alto, Tony Kofi – Baritone, Jeremy Price - Trombone, Tim Lapthorn - Piano, Clark Tracey – Drums

Drawing its repertoire from the music of the great jazz composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, the band embodies the freedom of interpretation and drive that characterise the music of one of the most important and colourful figures in jazz.  Expect to hear lesser known Mingus compositions as well as familiar favourites such as "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Fables of Faubus" and "Better Get Hit in Your Soul".


25 Stan Tracey's “Under Milk Wood”

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

2015 is the 50th Anniversary of one of the most famous recordings in British jazz history – Stan Tracey’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ which has been reissued continually since its 1965 release.  The haunting, evocative sound of saxophonist Bobby Wellins played an essential role in the original recording. He will be joined by Andrew and Clark, both members of Stan’s groups for the last 35 years, and Stan’s personal choice of pianist Steve Melling. The narrator of Dylan Thomas’ seminal work is Stan’s grandson Ben Tracey, Stan’s preferred voice.


November

1 Enrico Tomasso & Roy Williams Quintet

Enrico Tomasso - Trumpet, Roy Williams - Trombone, Christian Vaughan – Piano, Dave Green - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Performing the music of Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer.  Enico is considered one of the top jazz trumpeters on the scene and has won best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards twice. A poplular figue at many of the European festivals and clubs, he has an exciting presence and lively personality on stage, with his command of the instrument and stylistic invention placing him amongst the top echelon.  Roy's professional musical career has now spanned 7 decades, having made his name as the regular trombonist with the Alex Welsh Band from 1965 to 1978. In addition, he has worked with many of the greats from both sides of the pond including Peanuts Hucko and Scott Hamilton.


8 Alex Garnett/Mark Nightingale

Alex Garnett - Tenor, Mark Nightingale - Trombone, Leon Greening - Piano, Arnie Somogyi - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way.  Mark Nightingale came through the ranks of NYJO, emerging onto the scene with his debut album, ‘Bonestructure’ in the late 80s. Since then he has flourished as a much in demand session musician in the London studios and has gained a reputation as one of the top-flight jazz trombonists worldwide. Mark can be heard as a featured soloist with ensembles throughout Europe, and is frequently called upon as a sideman in other musicians’ groups.


15 Tribute To Monk

Tony Kofi – Alto/Baritone, Art Themen – Tenor/Soprano, Bruce Boardman - Piano, Mark Lewandowsky - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Ruby, My Dear", "In Walked Bud", and "Well, You Needn't". Impressively, he is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.  With the addition of Art Themen this time, this group had a great gig on their last visit to Herts Jazz.


22 Simon Spillett Quartet

Simon Spillett - Tenor, Brian Dee - Piano, Dave Green - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Simon has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards. Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. Simon has also recorded three albums, Introducing Simon Spillett (2007), Sienna Red (2008) and Square One (2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press.


29 Benny And Beyond

Pete Long – Saxes, clarinet, Anthony Kerr – Vibes, Robin Aspland – Piano, Paul Morgan – bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Using the classic clarinet and vibes-led quintet format, Peter Long's ensemble will be revisiting some of the iconic treatments of jazz standards made famous by the great Benny Goodman, and in other parts of the show, investigating the possibilities of the line-up when applied to other, later idioms. Alongside AirMail Special, Avalon, and Flying Home, expect to hear the BG treatment applied to, amongst others,  Horace Silver, Billy Strayhorn, and Kool And The Gang!


December

6 Alan Barnes' Christmas Carol

Alan Barnes – Saxophone/Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Rob Fowler – Saxophones/Clarinet, Karen Sharp – Saxophones/Clarinet, Bruce Adams - Trumpet, Mark Nightingale - Trombone, Dave Newton - Piano, Simon Thorpe - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

This new suite of pieces, touring for the first time this year, takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘A Christmas Carol”.  Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!


13 Dave Newton Trio - “Victim Of Circumstance”

Dave Newton - Piano, Alec Dankworth - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

Dave performs the music from one of his most celebrated recordings with the original trio.  From a review in 1991,  “Newton is an impressive composer; five of the tracks are his own work. The title track carries a lovely, almost medieval tune, totally classic in construction and powerfully direct in cadential resolution. He possesses a massive flair for well-constructed melody, then a gentle, but by no means pussyfooting way with dynamics - his accenting is firm, positive and discriminately weighted. The simple fact that he rations his decibels gives him so much more scope for development and drama. All this is so relaxed and anti-frantic that he seems to have all the time in the world. And so he has; at thirty-two there is infinite possibility about his already matured, but deliciously fresh talent. Newton's law, as laid down here, has a ring of truth and greatness about it.”