Celebrating his seventieth year as a professional musician, Stan Tracey is surely
the ultimate British jazz veteran. Appropriately dubbed “The Godfather of British
Jazz”, his gift for composition and arrangement resulted in the mid-Sixties masterpieces
Under Milk Wood and Alice in Jazzland, but it can be argued that he really came into
its own in the 1970’s with the formation of his octet, a line-up flexible enough
to accommodate some of the best improvisers of the era and yet capable of packing
the orchestrated punch of a mini-big band. The front line of this latest edition
is no less starry, featuring regular Tracey confreres Simon Allen, Sam Mayne, Mark
Nightingale and Mark Armstrong together with a new saxophone star, Nadim Teimoori.
In a fitting acknowledgement of the great man’s milestone anniversary, the band will
reprise material from several of Stan’s various commissions and suites. Click here
for YouTube clip.
The Arnie Somogyi Trio
Bassist Somogyi is a ubiquitous figure on the UK jazz circuit, having been a member
of the bands of Peter King, Alan Skidmore and Claire Martin, among others. However,
he’s probably best known for leading his own groups, the adventurous Ambulance, which
toured and recorded with US trumpet legend Eddie Henderson and Scenes in the City,
a celebration of the music of Charles Mingus, which proved to be among the highlights
of 2011 Herts Jazz Festival. Tonight he unites with pianist Tim Lapthorn – described
by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as simply “brilliant” - and drum star Stephen Keogh
to give his own after-hours twist on the jazz piano trio tradition.