Clark Tracey Quartet – Celebration of Stan Tracey compositions


Date: 19 April 2022
End Date: 19 April 2022
Type: open

TIME: 8.00 – 11.00PM

TICKETS: £10 –  TICKETS Are available on the door

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Simon Allen – reeds
Bruce Boardman – piano
Andrew Cleyndert – bass
Clark Tracey – drums


Multi award winning drummer Clark Tracey is now dedicating his projects to the music of his late father, the ‘Godfather of British Jazz’, Stan Tracey, for whom he played drums for 35 years. Clark also runs a record company which reissues recordings of Stan, as well as some unheard sessions, such as the latest issue ‘The 1959 Sessions’ which has received lavish approval from the world of critics here and abroad. Clark’s gig tonight will draw the attention to something from every era of Stan’s 60 years in the music profession.

Simon Allen, the ex Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra multi reed musician, leads the quartet from the front. After spending several years in Clark’s own quintet, he was called by Stan to work in his quartet, sextet, octet and big band and was the last of Stan’s front line musicians. An incredibly talented and versatile musician and composer, his talents now extend to education at the Purcell School where he is head of Jazz Studies, recently producing Sean Payne, Alex Ridout, Dan Higham and Jas Kayser.

At the challenging piano stool Clark decided that Bruce Boardman was the man for the job. Not as familiar perhaps as his many counterparts, he shares a common interest with Stan in his love of Monk, Powell and Ellington. Having originally studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Bruce earnt his credentials in the 1970s working with Terry Lightfoot and George Melly. In the 1980s he formed his own trio which, for twenty years, toured the UK supporting just about everyone on the jazz circuit – Ronnie Scott, Georgie Fame, Harry Sweets Edison, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Norma Winstone and so on. Now an educator at the Watford Music School with his partner Ruth Bitelli, Bruce travels far less often but can be heard performing solo concerts in jazz and classical contexts, being adept on both harpsichord and organ.

Andrew Cleyndert was Stan’s bassist from the mid 1990s. Running his own label, Trio Records, he was able to maintain a steady output of Stan’s recorded music for some years until Resteamed was formed. Andrew barely needs an introduction to jazz fans. He has been first choice since he arrived in London in the early 1980s for such British legends as Don Weller, Bobby Wellins and the Ronnie Scott Sextet. In addition, Andrew has been called upon for his great experience to back a huge list of American visitors like George Coleman, Bud Shank, Red Rodney etc etc.”


Spotify playlist of Stan Tracey compositions