FEBRUARY 2018
Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla Band

Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed’s music blurs the lines between jazz, electronic sound design and the music of her Bahraini heritage. It has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. The concert will include a selection of compositions from Yazz’s acclaimed second album, La Saboteuse, plus excerpts from her suite inspired by the work songs of the Bahraini pearl divers, Alhaan Al Siduri, and pieces from her soon-to-be-released third album, Polyhymnia. Hafla is an Arabic word meaning a party or gathering of kindred spirits and Yazz’s Hafla band is an all-star gathering of her closest musical collaborators.
Tickets £21/£16*

Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet

Award winning Art Themen, who toured the world fronting Stan Tracey's quartet for 20 years, formed this new band to showcase some of jazz's lesser known pieces of music from composers such as Monk, Mingus and Dexter Gordon, bringing musicality to material that you wouldn't normally hear. The band will be playing music from their recently-released CD, The Tour Continues and their stellar lineup includes charismatic drummer Winston Clifford, the band's secret weapon in the guise of an engaging vocalist.
Tickets £20/£15*

Clark Tracey Big Band

Stan Tracey CBE, who passed away at the end of 2013, would have been 90 last December and to celebrate, his son Clark has been touring with three of Stan's groups featuring many of the original members. We are privileged to present the big band, which typifies Stan's approach to booking his musicians: it’s a mixture of new and established artists, all leading soloists and great section players. The music is from the 1966 album 'Alice In Jazz Land' and, possibly Stan's greatest achievement for this ensemble, 'Genesis' - Stan's last written material for big band. Clark himself is celebrating his 40th year in jazz in 2018 and has just released a biography on his father entitled 'The Godfather of British Jazz'.
Tickets £23/£18*

Geoff Simkins, Nikki Iles, Dave Green

Sax player Geoff Simkins has always enjoyed making music as part of a small, acoustic group, and once said that he regards a sextet as a dangerously large crowd! This trio, with the creative and inspirational players – Nikki Iles and Dave Green - is a perfect setting for exciting, informal and improvised interplay. Featuring music from their recently released CD In a quiet way, the repertoire includes lesser known standards, compositions by Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Bill Evans, Earl Zindars among others, the occasional original and even a Chopin prelude!
Tickets £18/£13*