By Alan Davies
Sunday, January 27, 2013
AN award-winning pianist will make his seasonal appearance with his quartet in Welwyn Garden City this evening (Sunday).
Acclaimed pianist Stan Tracey and his quartet featuring Simon Allen on saxes, Andrew Cleyndert on bass and son Clark Tracey on drums will perform new material at Herts Jazz Club in Campus West on Sunday night from 8pm.
Stan’s quartet has been together now for five years and the pianist is regarded as an outstanding figure in the jazz world.
His distinguished career has spanned six decades of flourishing creativity. He has been a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers, but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he has worked.
Stan’s capricious piano playing combines the percussive melody of Thelonious Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington in a highly idiosyncratic style.
In 2012, he was awarded the first-ever Ivor Novello Jazz Award.
This year sees Herts Jazz Club patron Stan celebrating his 70th year as a professional musician, arguably a unique record in British jazz.
You can catch the master at work, performing compositions from Senior Moment and also from his latest suite, soon to be recorded, in the Terrace Suite.
Tickets for the concert cost £13 in advance. Book online at http://www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk/whatsonstage.html
The cost is £16 at the door, while club members pay £10.
Tickets cost just £5 for students and under-21s.