St Christopher

Stan Tracey Quintet
Event 12
Saturday October 13th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

A jazz legend

This is an archived event from the 2012 programme.

STAN TRACEY QUINTET:  Stan Tracey piano;  Simon Allen saxophone;  Mark Armstrong trumpet;  Andy Cleyndert bass;  Clark Tracey drums

Stan Tracey is one of the great figures of the British jazz scene. His dynamic and expressive style fuses many elements of the jazz piano tradition into an instantly-recognisable and uniquely-individual voice.  He’s a constantly inventive improviser who brings out the percussive qualities of the piano, yet he’s also sensitive in accompaniment, and leads an ever-evolving dialogue with the rest of the rhythm section. 

“Tracey’s piano playing just goes on getting better. It grips you from the very first note with its twists and turns, its droll asides, its romping good humour tinged with plangent melancholy. Following a Tracey improvisation is taking a walk with a hugely knowledgeable but benignly eccentric companion. You never know quite where you will end up, but it is a very interesting journey” (Dave Gelly, Guardian

His highly-talented Quintet will play Stan’s own originals as well the music of Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk from which he draws such potent inspiration.

Simon Allen is an articulate and ebullient saxophonist, a regular front-line member of Stan's groups. He won the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz competition, and is one of our most exciting improvisers.

Trumpeter Mark Armstrong is an incisive soloist – critics write of “explosive” and “scorching” breaks. He’s a member of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, and also NYJO’s Music Director, but his first love is small-group jazz – his own Quartet features Andy, Clark and Tom Cawley. He’s Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music.

Clark Tracey, “one of the sharpest jazz drummers in the country” (Birmingham Evening Post) has a “calm authority” but is “all the time generating tremendous power” (Guardian).  He’s performed with Stan since his teens, but also leads his own groups – Mark and Simon were members of his New Quintet.

Andy Cleyndert, one of the UK’s top bass players, lays a driving, inventive and sympathetic foundation to the groove as well as soloing with remarkable invention.  He’s a member of the Alan Barnes and Don Weller Quintets.

For Stan Tracey's website, click here.