Clark Tracey (UK) Wed 11 Mar 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Son of Jazz pianist Stan Tracey, Clark has been working in the UK jazz scene for over 40 years. He has a phenomenal reputation as both a drummer and a bandleader. This is yet another night of jazz from some of the finest modern jazz the UK has to offer. Not to be missed!
Ben Crosland (UK) Wed 25 Mar 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
BEN CROSLAND QUINTET PLAYS THE RAY DAVIES SONGBOOK, VOLUMES I AND II ON TOUR 2019/2020
“…the album swings consistently…with this sharp, cogent collection, a dedicated follower of Ray Davies has made him a well-respected jazz composer too.” The Times “…a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing…these well respected men have done Mr. Davies proud” Jazzwise “…I thought it was very good and well played. Your album is easy to listen to and I like the sound with the tenor and soprano sax. The improvisation is so good. Well done!” Mick Avory, the Kinks
In 2016 The Ben Crosland Quintet released the critically acclaimed album The Ray Davies Songbook, a tribute to the Kinks iconic singer/composer Ray Davies. Crosland began his musical education at the age of thirteen playing along to the Kinks’ singles on the Dansette in his bedroom. Fifty years on, he has discovered new subtleties and strengths in Ray Davies’ compositions and has assembled a quintet of international standing to record and perform his imaginative arrangements The Quintet features Crosland on bass, Theo Travis on tenor and soprano saxophones, John Etheridge on guitar, Steve Lodder on piano and keyboards, and Dylan Howe on drums. Strong grooves, a natural swing and strong, evocative melodies characterise Ray Davies’ songs which allows them to be beautifully re-interpreted in a more contemporary fashion. From straight-ahead swing through 8th feel grooves and ballads to reggae, Crosland and the band shine a new light on these classic songs. The album was nominated by respected jazz writer Brian Morton as one of his albums of the year in the Jazz Journal Critics’ Poll 2016. Following the success of the first album, the Quintet has released a second Volume of the Ray Davies Songbook, also to significant critical acclaim.
Theo Travis Saxophones, Chris Allard guitar, Steve Lodder piano, Dylan Howe drums and Ben Crosland on bass
This is part of the tour organised by Jazz West Midlands and showcases Lockheart’s new quartet.
This brand new group explores Mark’s multi-faceted outlook on music, through a new set of original compositions plus a few older ones for good measure; and even a Duke Ellington tune. Urgent and exciting grooves and improvising all cleverly crafted together within Lockheart’s unique but memorable tunes. Wide ranging influences from Ellington, Shorter, Gil Evans, John Zorn, Burt Bacharach and even Kraftwerk. All delivered by a stellar band of stars.
Line Up: Mark Lockheart – saxophones, Elliot Galvin - keyboards, Tom Herbert - bass & Dave Smith - drums
“From Loose Tubes to Polar Bear and beyond, Lockheart’s capacity to be ahead of the jazz cure is undeniable. In this new band his combination of lyrical economy and harmonic creativity has found three improvisatory soulmates who clearing know how to make the most of his compositions in their own terms” . Jazzwise magazine
Alex Clarke Quartet feat. Dave Newton (UK) Wed 22 Apr 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Alex rocked up to a Stratford Jazz Jam one month as an unknown and blew the roof off the place! Since then she has won the rising star category of the British Jazz Awards and has been touring the UK. She will be bring her quartet which happens to feature legendary pianist Dave Newton to take on her favourite swinging standards.
Ma Bessie & the Pigfoot Band in association with Live & Local Wed 13 May 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Something a bit different for Stratford Jazz. We have teamed up with Live & Local to put on a touring show. This is an opportunity to take in a full stage show and enjoy the songs and stories of the 1920s/30s. Here's the full description:
Take a trip back to Prohibition-era America with Ma Bessie. This show is an incredible time capsule and brings the very best of 20s/30s blues and jazz to the present day, focusing on the life and musical canon of the late, great Empress of Blues herself, Bessie Smith.
- Led by Julia Titus and her impressive vocal range, the troupe chronicle the life of Ma Bessie Smith. From a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, her story is told through song and music. It even follows Smith to her tragic demise in 1937 at the too-soon age of 43, giving the show a dramatic narrative arch. - Titus’ warm vocals are matched by a mix of guitar and keys, as well as additional clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and drums depending on the size of show. - Their songbook tracks the work of Smith with a range of classics like ‘Careless Love’, ‘Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out’ and 'St Louis Blues’, as well as incorporating the work of contemporaries like Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday to name but a few. - They are equally happy to include additional songs so that the show is tailormade to fit your audience – an unusual treat from a group of this quality. - As the performance is set around the prohibition era and beyond, every player in the group sounds and looks the part and audience members are more than welcome to join in by dressing up.
John Law's Congregation Wed 27 May 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
CongregationIn contrast to his Re-Creations project, this quartet plays exclusively John’s original compositions, designed to mix contemporary jazz and electronics, often playing over electronic music backing tracks and also occasionally mixing in elements from John’s past in the form of free improvisation from his free improv work in the 1990’s as well as going even further back, drawing inspiration from his classical roots. An off-shoot of John Law’s Congregation quartet project of 2014 (which itself came out of his Art of Sound trio project, with first Sam Burgess and Asaf Sirkis and then Yuri Goloubev and Asaf, with many years touring and recording) Congregation recorded the epic double album These Skies In Which We Rust which featured Josh Arcoleo, Yuri Goloubev and Laurie Lowe. Later tours involved Sam Crockatt on saxophones, Ashley John Long and Oli Hayhurst on bass and Lloyd Haines, Dave Hamblett and Billy Weir on drums. Then in 2016 the quartet line-up stabilised as Ashley John Long and Billy Weir as the dynamic rhythm section and featured, from Mercury Prize nominees Roller Trio, James Mainwaring on both saxophones and guitar and also doing a lot of the electronics that became gradually more and more a feature of the band’s sound and approach. It was this line-up that toured widely in the UK, Germany and India before recording their debut album CONFIGURATION, to be released on Ubuntu Music May 1st 2020. In 2019 John signed to the label Ubuntu Music. MORE INFO. New drummer for Congregation! Leading UK drummer, ex-Robert Plant group, Dave Smith, is joining the Congregation for the 2020 CD tour CONFIGURATION! Short promo film for the new CD CONFIGURATION, out on May 1st 2020 on the label Ubuntu Music
Aquarela do Brasil Wed 10 June 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Featuring local singing talent Luísa Chumbinhoand instrumentalists from across Warwickshire we have a night of traditional Brazilian jazz. If you love being serenaded in Portuguese and taking in summer vibes then you'll love this. Bring your sunglasses...there may be some loud shirts!
The Shoehorns Wed 24 June 2020 20:00 £12 (£5 Students)
Stratford Jazz's own Dionne Sambrook brings her saxophone talents and her buddies to bring you a show based on the songs and history associated with Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter(néeRothschild). You may know already that the Jazz Baroness had strong links with Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk but do you know the full story? This show will delve into the history and delve into some jazz standards from artists of the era.