Check out jazz legend at Welwyn Garden City club

PUBLISHED: 20:51 26 February 2011

Stan Tracey will be playing at the Herts Jazz Club night at the Campus West in Welwyn Garden City

Stan Tracey will be playing at the Herts Jazz Club night at the Campus West in Welwyn Garden City


A DISTINGUISHED jazz star whose career has spanned six decades plays in Welwyn Garden City on Sunday night.

Stan Tracey CBE is widely regarded as a landmark figure in British jazz, having topped the Melody Maker polls annually as best pianist, composer and arranger in the 60s.

And tomorrow (Sunday) the 84-year-old will be performing with his son, Clark, to mark the release of their new double CD Soundcheck, which was recorded in August last year.

The night at the Hawthorne Studio, Campus West, will be an improvisation from the duet before they are joined by Andy Cleyndert on bass.

And Clark, a drummer who has been playing alongside his father for the past 35 years, told Venue jazz fans are in for a treat.

“So far Soundcheck seems to be getting an incredibly good reception, with The Guardian newspaper giving it five stars, which is really pleasing.

“My dad hasn’t played an improvised gig since the 70s, so we’re absolutely looking forward to it and we are hoping for a sell out.”

And Stan is more than used to playing in front of sell-out crowds.

The musician played to a full audience for the first ever jazz concert to be staged at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Concert and has enjoyed many memorable concerts down the years, having been a top name at the now world famous Ronnie Scott’s Club in London’s Soho.

This upcoming gig is part of Herts Jazz’s weekly Sunday line-up and starts at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £12 online or £15 at the door, or £10 for members and £5 for students and under-21s.

Book online from the Campus West website.

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