Gig Details

Friday 19 October. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, 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; Elliott Sansom: piano; James Owston: bass; Clark Tracey: drums

Celebrating his 40th year in jazz, Clark Tracey has assembled his newest line-up of gifted young musicians for 2018.  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 just won the last two years’ Best Drums in the British Jazz Awards, Alexandra Ridout also won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year last year, with Sean Payne the runner-up. Since its inception in January, 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


You may also enjoy this lunchtime event as part of the Off The Shelf Festival: at Trippets Lounge Bar, Trippet Lane, from 13.00 to 14.00 on Friday 19 October 2018:


Jazz drummer and award winning musician Clark Tracey talks about the jazz life of his father, the internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist Stan Tracey [1926-2013]. Clark draws on personal recollections, diaries and interviews, to illustrate Stan’s wit and wisdom. Hear what made Stan’s music unique in jazz, the trials and tribulations of dedication to art, and something of Stan’s relationship with many jazz giants encountered musically in a seventy-year career.