Sunday, December 11th, 2022
Clark Tracey Quartet
Celebrating Stan Tracey
For the first two decades of his 70-year career, pianist Stan Tracey was regarded by many as, at best, a maverick who could safely be ignored by his peers. The sentiments of younger musicians, however, and eventually of the wider public, warmed to such an extent that he has come to be seen as the colossus of an independent-minded British jazz scene.
A concept such as this was so unlikely 50 years ago, that it was a shock to the establishment when the noted American saxophonist Sonny Rollins said of Stan, "Does anyone here realise how good he is?"
During a 50+ year career, Stan cut more than 50 albums. As well as producing new material of consistently high quality, he remained a probing interpreter of older standards, whether from the American Songbook or instrumentalists such as Thelonius Monk and Duke Ellington.
While Stan’s untimely death from prostate cancer robbed the British jazz scene of a figurehead and the international arena of a major individualist, his music survives.
(Extracts from Brian Priestley's obituary of Stan Tracey, the Independent, December 8th, 2013)
Clark decided some time ago he wanted to pay a musical homage to his father, so assembled members of the original quartet. The group made their 2021 debut when they performed a selection of Stan's compositions at a Guildford Jazz Livestream.
Apart from leading his own groups featuring young talent, Clark's much in demand as an accompanist, having played alongside some of the most important artists in jazz, including American musicians such as Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, George Cables, Bud Shank, Red Rodney and Scott Hamilton, while Brits include Ronnie Scott, John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Barnes, Don Weller and Tommy Smith.
Clark's quartet features Simon Allen and Andrew Cleyndert, with Bruce Boardman more than filling the piano chair with his wonderful interpretations of Stan’s playing style.
Bruce Boardman (Piano), Simon Allen (Tenor/Soprano Saxophone), Andrew Cleyndert (Double Bass), Clark Tracey (Drums), Ben Tracey (Words).
Tickets: £20 / £18 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fees)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm
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Clark Tracey Sextet