Seven Jazz - The Leeds Club for Quality Accessible Jazz

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Mark Armstrong: trumpet; Mark Nightingale trombone; Sam Mayne: alto sax; Simon Allen: tenor sax; Nadim Teimoori: tenor/soprano sax; Steve Melling: piano; Andrew Cleyndert: bass; Clark Tracey: drums

To celebrate what would have been Stan Tracey’s 90th birthday this year, Clark Tracey, who had 35 years working with his father, has been showcasing three of Stan’s groups around the country and tonight we present his Legacy Octet. With the exception of outstanding newcomer Nadim Teimoori (Stan’s last choice of front man in his quartet), and pianist Steve Melling (Stan’s preferred replacement), the group is made up of original members of Stan’s Octet who appeared on the last two recordings.

Stan Tracey was an outstanding figure in the jazz world and always a great favourite with UK jazz audiences. His distinguished career spanned six decades of flourishing creativity. He was a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers, but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he worked. This evening celebrates his music and features most of Stan’s last Octet, led by his son Clark and with Steve Melling at the piano.

The Octet, originally formed forty years ago, will perform compositions from various suites, including a selection of Stan’s later music as well as his earlier output dating back to the early 1970s.

Support from Chris Bland Quartet 8-8.30pm feat Nel Begley, Sam Quintana and Harry Orme


Stan Tracey Legacy Octet Thursday evening 26 October @Seven Arts Doors 7.30pm £20/18 (NUS £5)