Tickets for the 2014 Herts Jazz Festival in Welwyn Garden City are now on sale.

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Taking place at the Hawthorne Theatre, Campus West, over the weekend of Friday, September 12 to Sunday, September 14, Herts Jazz organisers have released festival weekend tickets for sale sooner than originally planned.

The three headliners will be the Big Chris Barber Band on the opening night, the John Taylor Quartet on the Saturday and the Alan Skidmore Quartet with special guest Georgie Fame on the final day.

There are plenty of other big names from British jazz on the programme, including Ben Castle, Art Themen, Jean Toussaint, Orphy Robinson & Anthony Kerr, Clark Tracey, James Pearson, JJ Wheeler and more.

This will be the fourth Herts Jazz Festival in Welwyn Garden City and will have a similar format to last year’s successful three-day event, with free-of-charge sessions in the foyer during the session intervals and after hours.

One big difference for 2014 is that for the first time there will be allocated seating for the main concerts at no extra cost.

Festival director Clark Tracey said: “We are proud to have established the Herts Jazz Festival as part of the British jazz calendar.

“I think we’ve got something for every jazz-lover over the weekend, from the legend that is Chris Barber, who was born in Welwyn Garden City, to up-and-coming new star JJ Wheeler.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer allocated seating in the theatre – so the sooner you book the bigger your choice of seat.”

Festival weekend tickets cost £95 standard, £85 Herts Jazz members and £30 students.

Early-bird discounts of £10 are available for tickets purchased before July 1, 2014.

Tickets are on sale via the festival website at www.hertsjazzfestival.co.uk and at the Hawthorne Theatre box office on 01707 357117.

The full Herts Jazz Festival 2014 line-up is:

* Friday, September 12

8.30pm-11pm: Big Chris Barber Band – Chris Barber (trombone), Bob Hunt (trombone), Mike Henry (trumpet), Peter Rudeforth (trumpet), Richard Exall (sax), Ami Roberts (sax), Bert Brandsma (clarinet), Joe Farler (guitar), Jackie Flavelle (bass), Gregor Beck (drums).

11pm-12.30am: After hours in the foyer Brian Dee Trio – Brian Dee (piano), Bill Coleman (bass), Clark Tracey (drums).

* Saturday, September 13

11.30am-12.30pm: James Pearson Trio – “A history of jazz piano”: James Pearson (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass), Clark Tracey (drums).

1pm-2pm: Art Themen Quartet – Art Themen (saxes), Gareth Williams (piano), Andrew Cleyndert (bass), Bryan Spring (drums).

2pm-3pm: Lunch in the foyer – Nigel Price (guitar) solo.

3.15pm-4.30pm: Ben Castle Quartet – Ben Castle (saxes), Mark Edwards (piano), Sam Lasserson (bass), Chris Higginbottom (drums).

5pm-6.15pm: Jean Toussaint’s Blakey Tribute – Jean Toussaint (saxes), Byron Wallen (trumpet), Tom Dunnett (trombone), Andrew McCormack (piano), Alex Davis (bass), Clark Tracey (drums).

6.15pm-7.30pm: Dinner in the foyer – Duo Michael De Souza (guitar), Matthew Herd (alto).

7.45pm-10.15pm: John Taylor Quartet – John Taylor (piano), Julian Siegel (tenor), Chris Laurence (bass), Martin France (drums).

10.30pm-12am: After hours in the foyer – Leon Greening Trio: Leon Greening (piano), Adam King (bass), Steve Brown (drums).

* Sunday, September 14

11.30am-12.30pm: Herts Youth Jazz Ensemble.

1pm-2pm: Clark Tracey Quintet – Clark Tracey (drums), Chris Maddock (sax), Henry Armburg Jennings (trumpet), Harry Bolt (piano), Daniel Casimir (bass).

2pm-3pm: Lunch in the foyer – Mike Gorman (piano) solo.

3.15pm-4.30pm: JJ Wheeler Quintet – JJ Wheeler (drums), Nadim Teimoori (tenor), Chris Maddock (tenor), Sam James (piano), PaulTrippett (bass).

5pm-6.15pm: Stickchops – Orphy Robinson (vibes), Anthony Kerr (vibes), Clark Tracey (drums).

6.15pm-7.30pm: Dinner in the foyer – Alan Barnes (clarinet)/Dave Newton (piano) duo.

7.45pm-10.15pm: Alan Skidmore Quartet with special guest Georgie Fame – Alan Skidmore (saxes), Georgie fame (vocals), Steve Melling (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass), Clark Tracey (drums).

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