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13 - Scott Hamilton Quartet*

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.

www.scotthamiltonsax.com


20 - College Collection - CANCELLED!

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

www.laurajurd.com

+ 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 - Drums

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.

www.stantracey.com


February

3 - Damon Brown Quintet

Damon Brown – Trumpet, Michael Lutzeier - Baritone, Paul Kirby - Piano, Martin Zenker - Bass, Clark Tracey – Drums

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-leads with New York sax virtuoso Steve Grossman.


10 - Clark Tracey Quintet

Clark Tracey – Drums, Chris Maddock - Alto, Henry Armburg Jennings - Trumpet, Reuben James - Piano, Daniel Casimir – Bass

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.

www.clarktracey.com


17 - Chris Biscoe Quartet

Chris Biscoe - alto sax and alto clarinet, Henry Lowther - trumpet and flugelhorn, Larry Bartley - Bass, Stu Butterfield – Drums

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!

www.chrisbiscoe.co.uk


24 - Byron Wallen Quintet

Byron Wallen – Trumpet + 2 TBC, Neil Charles - bass, Tom Skinner – drums

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… ”

www.byronwallen.co.uk


March

3 - Nat Steele Quartet

Nat Steele – Vibes, Leon Greening - Piano, Luke Steele - Bass, Mark Taylor – Drums

Since Nat’s recent arrival on the scene, he has quickly gained a reputation as a cutting-edge virtuoso on his instrument. Following in the footsteps of Milt Jackson, Victor Feldman and Cal Tjader, his playing is beautifully lyrical and melodic, but always with a focus on a hard driving swing.

www.natsteele.com


10 - College Collection

Sam Healey Quartet (Royal Northern College of Music)

Sam Healey – Alto, Ben Watte – Piano, Jim Molyneux – Bass, Stewart Wilson – Drums

www.samhealey.com

+ James Copus Quintet (Royal Academy of Music)

James Copus – Trumpet, Sam Glaser – Alto, Rob Luft – Guitar, Conor Chaplin – Bass, Scott Chapman – Drums

www.nyjo.org.uk/james-copus-trumpet


17 - Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble

Gilad Atzmon – Alto/Clarinet, Frank Harrison - Piano, Yaron Stavi - Bass, Eddie Hick – Drums

Maverick, award-winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble are back on the road with their latest album Songs Of The Metropolis. For the last 12 years the quartet have been touring all over the world, stunning audiences with their firebrand performances packed with drama, pathos, luscious harmonies and wit. Atzmon's latest compositions are a sweeping homage to our great cities, from Moscow to Buenos Aires and beyond. Each tune is at once reminiscent and hopeful; in a time of great uncertainty and turbulence Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble deliver melodies that provide an anchor to wherever it is that we call home. 

www.gilad.co.uk


24  - Frank Harrison Trio

Frank Harrison – Piano, Dave Whitford - Bass, Enzo Zirilli – Drums

Following a previously postponed date at the club, we finally present for our closer this season - Frank Harrison.  After taking up a scholarship at Berklee School Of Music, Boston, Frank returned to join Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, with whom Frank has recorded seven albums, including BBC Jazz Album Of The Year 2003, Exile.  Frank has also performed with Peter King, Julian Arguelles, Julian Siegel, Don Weller, Alan Barnes, John Etheridge, Louis Stewart and Iain Ballamy.

www.frankharrison.net


Winter 2013

January

6 - James Pearson Trio

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.

www.jamespearsonmusic.com

All gigs 8 till 10.30pm - Doors open 7.30. Tickets £5 students & under 21s/£8 Herts Jazz members/£11 concessions & in advance/£13 on the door except gigs marked * where entry is £5/£10/£13/£16.