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Thanks to all from the hotel, committee, friends and helpers, and not
least the wonderful musicians for a stunning 25th anniversary gig on
Sunday 4 March. Pictures on our Gallery Page.
Please note that Friends of Fleece Jazz get a £4 discount when purchasing a ticket.
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Clark Tracey drums, Alex Ridout trumpet, Sean Payne alto sax, Elliott Sansom piano, James Owston bass
Named Best Drummer at both the 2017 and 2018 British Jazz Awards, Clark Tracey has carved out a serious career for 40 years. He has worked with most of the great American players and almost every leading British musician, including his late father, the great jazz legend, Stan Tracey. He has brought together a group of brilliant young players, already causing ripples on the jazz scene, and guarantees to deliver the hard bop message for which he is so revered. Formed in January 2018, they released their first CD 'No Doubt' in September, which showcases the talents of these formidable stars in the making.
All four members of Clark's band have been finalists of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year award. Alex Ridout was crowned the winner in 2016 at the age of seventeen. “We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but most importantly the relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing” said Julian Joseph who was Chair of the jury that year.
Sean Payne won the same award in 2014 at the tender age of thirteen. Sean has been playing sax since the age of eight and jazz proper since he was eleven! Both musicians were heard by Clark at the Purcell School of Music some years ago and are currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music.
Elliott Sansom started playing piano at the age of five and eventually studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire where Clark teaches regularly. He was another contender in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award. James Owston was another Birmingham Conservatoire student and yet another contender in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, but this time in 2018.
So, we have four, obviously talented young people and it will be interesting to hear how Clark has moulded them into his Quintet.
“Clark Tracey is an increasingly important catalyst in the development of young musicians” - Jazz Views
AND COMING NEXT
*For the ability simultaneously to deliver great subtlety of musical character with both emotional energy and intellectual power, [Julian] is one of the very best we have.* - Peter Bacon
John Turville piano, Julian Arguelles tenor/soprano sax, Robbie Robson trumpet, Dave Whitford bass, James Maddren drums
Pianist and educator John Turville has established himself as a mainstay of the UK and European contemporary jazz scenes in his varied roles as sideman, co-leader and trio/quartet leader. After a classical education at Cambridge and the Guildhall, he has forged an international performing career. He has recorded and performed with many renowned jazz and tango groups, including Tim Garland’s Acoustic Triangle and Lighthouse Trio, the Tony Kofi/Alan Barnes Quintet, Kairos 4tet, Asaf Sirkis Trio, Gilad Atzmon, Transtango and El Ultimo Tango. Taking inspiration from British jazz legends John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, as well as the Argentine composer and tango pianist Diego Schissi, John’s writing is refined and wide-ranging, from lyrical ballads and spiky rhythmic compositions to reflective classical vignettes.
From his beginnings with the legendary Loose Tubes, through his worldwide collaborations, to his searching solo projects, UK composer/saxophonist, bandleader and educator Julian Arguelles has built an impressive reputation for presenting world-class, small-band post-bop that now spans almost three decades. His compositions have been described as “supremely lyrical, with beautiful melodies whilst staying cliché free”. His recordings, compositions and arrangements have earned him the highest accolades internationally with wide critical acclaim and awards.
Robbie Robson studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music, where he was awarded the John Coates Prize for Outstanding Musicianship, then moved to London to do his Postgraduate Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then he has been active on the London Jazz scene, participating in a very wide and varied spectrum of jazz projects including the London Jazz Orchestra and the Gareth Lockrane Big Band.
Dave Whitford discovered a passion for music at school where he started playing the bass guitar aged 13. Soon after he held the bass chair in the award-winning Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra and worked in music theatre, swing, funk and reggae bands. Dave has continued to forge a reputation for himself and can frequently be heard in the capital's top venues.
James Maddren is a highly gifted drummer who has, in recent years, become the first-call drummer of choice for both the younger and more established generation of jazz musicians in the UK including Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes Trio, Jacob Collier, Martin Speake Quartet, Nikki Iles and Norma Winstone among others.
“Mining as deep a seam of musical ideas as Brad Mehldau” - The Guardian