Gig Details

Friday 4 December. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £13, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free.

Advance tickets available from at the same net price as on the door.

Sean Payne: sax; Alexandra Ridout: trumpet; Daniel Higham: trombone; Elliott Sansom: piano; James Owston: bass; Clark Tracey: drums

Celebrating his 42nd year in jazz, Clark Tracey brings to Sheffield his newest line-up of gifted young musicians.  From his own vast experience Clark leads them through Bebop to post- bop, a highly accessible journey that swings all the way.  Aside from Clark, who has  won Best Drums in the British Jazz Awards, Alexandra Ridout also won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year in 2017, with Sean Payne the runner-up. Since its inception (then as a quintet), this band has astonished audiences already around the country at clubs and festivals with a maturity beyond their years.

“Clark Tracey, an increasingly important catalyst in the development of young musicians, presented his latest quintet in the context of an evening entitled Bebop & Beyond. Often overlooked in these days of modal and ambient jazz, bebop retains its freshness and urgency and the quintet handled it with great assurance, both in terms of adhering to the tight arrangements and in solos which demonstrated a high degree of technique and invention. A solid programme included ‘Hot House’, ‘Groovin’ High’, ‘Anthropology’ and ‘A Night in Tunisia’, giving all the members opportunity to show their capabilities, and on ‘Minority’ trumpeter Alexandra Ridout‘s clear tone and the expressive alto of Sean Payne brought to mind the definitive 1953 rendition by Clifford Brown and composer Gigi Gryce. All the time Clark drove the rhythm section in customary fashion, eliciting solid contributions from pianist Elliott Sansom and bassist James Owston, who showed a prodigious mastery of his instrument. A group of youngsters well worth looking out for”….Jazzwise, February 2018