Our Next Concert (1)

Saturday 15th February 2020  (all concerts begin at 8pm and end at 10.30pm)



"Straight-ahead, high energy jazz is his line and he does it with aplomb" - The Guardian


THE SIMON SPILLETT QUARTET



Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable," SIMON SPILLETT has won several awards for his playing, including both the Rising Star and the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal magazine's Critics' Choice CD of the year, and the Services to British Jazz in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. 

He has worked with Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra.  He has recorded three albums, all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. 

Reviews of his playing say "... putting each song into context with wisecracks a la Ronnie Scott ... Spillett wasted no time in demonstrating his impeccable credentials ... a bebop masterclass", and ".... blew us all away with his high-octane playing. An absolutely fabulous swinging night. "



ROB BARRON is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as "one of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation."  His work has taken him all over the world and he has played with visiting American artists such as Benny Golson and Phil Woods, and in groups led by Jacqui Dankworth, Stacey Kent, Claire Martin, Dave O'Higgins and many more. He regularly appears with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra.

Rob's piano style evokes a passion for the American tradition and he cites Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones and David Hazeltine as major influences both in his playing and arranging style.

Rob's playing can be also heard on commercials for M&S and Sainsbury's and in TV series such as Peaky Blinders.



ALEC DANKWORTH is an award-winning bassist and composer who has worked with an amazing list of artists including Van Morrison, Stephane Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim, and George Shearing. 

Alec's musical influences came initially from growing up with his parents Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. The house was a constant hive of musical activity, with rehearsals and performances in The Stables theatre next door and music camps in the fields below.

Alec studied at the Guildhall School of Music before heading for Berklee College of Music in the USA.  1997 saw a move to New York, where he performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and later joined the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Back in the UK he has regularly played with musicians such as Dave O'Higgins, Alan Barnes, Georgie Fame's Blue Flames, and Chris Garrick.



CLARK TRACEY grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK'S leading jazz pianist.  He turned professional at 17 and now has had forty years' experience playing with artists such as Johnny Griffin, Bud Shank, Red Rodney, and Scott Hamilton.  British artists include names such as Ronnie Scott, John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Barnes, Don Weller and Tommy Smith. 

Clark has been voted best drummer at least six times in the British Jazz Awards, and has recorded over a hundred albums (fifteen as a leader of his own groups, which have frequently featured emerging young musicians).

In 2007 he formed Resteamed records, a label dedicated to his father's works, and has written a biography of Stan entitled "The Godfather Of British Jazz".

In 2010 Clark revived Hertsjazz, promoting weekly gigs featuring a wide variety of musicians - young, established, British, American, international - and in 2011 started the first annual Herts Jazz Festival.


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