Stan Tracey, Guy Barker & Benjamin Herman
@ the Pizza Express Jazz Club
12 November 2006
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Stan Tracey biography
With a career spanning over 50 years, pianist, composer and arranger
Stanley William Tracey has been a pivotal figure on the British
and international Jazz scene. Ronnie Scott hired Self-taught Tracey
as his House pianist in 1960. A seven year residency would see Tracey
perform with many visiting Jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard,
Sonny Rollins, Sonny Sitt, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Zoot Sims
to name a few. Tracey also formed his own band, which included Bobby
Wellins, Peter King and Art Themen.
In 1965, Tracey released the acclaimed “Under Milk Wood Suite”,
a lyrical setting to Dylan Thomas’s play for voices. A year
later he produced the inspirational “Alice in Jazzland”.
Tracey has since progressed to produce more than 45 albums, many
on his label Steam Records.
In 1985, Stan Tracey was awarded the OBE, he was also voted International
Jazz Musician of the year. The Guardian/Wire Award for best composer
of the year would be added to Tracey’s growing list of achievements
in 1989. “We Still Love you Madly” was voted the best
album of the year in 1990.
Tracey has toured extensively as well as appearing on specific
television programmes, documenting his status among British jazz
greats. Further recognition has come in the form of a BASCA Award
(for services to the British Music Industry) and honorary membership
of the Royal Academy Of Music.
Guy Barker biography
Trumpeter and composer Guy Barker began playing the trumpet at
age 12. He joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra a year later.
Barker would receive tuition from Clark Terry in 1975 and would
progress to play with John Dankworth, Gil Evans, Lena Horne and
Barker was a member of Clark Tracey’s quintet (Stan Tracey’s
son) from 1984 to 1992. His services are still called upon by Tracey
junior (and senior) on a regular basis. In fact, Tracey has been
called to support many internationally renown musicians, such as
Frank Sinatra, Ornette Coleman, Carla Bley, Georgie Fame, Cleo Lane,
Mike Westbrook and Chris Hunter. Barker has also guested on recordings
by Sting, George Michael and Carmel.
Barker leads his own band, featuring an international mix of musicians
such as Perico Sambeat (alto saxophone), Bernardo Sassetti (piano),
Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).
Benjamin Herman biography
Like Guy Barker, Benjamin Herman was 12 when he started to play
the saxophone, his professional career began a year later. Herman
is currently based in Amsterdam, but he has toured extensively with
various sized groups, and performed at North Sea Jazz Festival.
At 21 Herman received the Wessel Ilcken prize for best young jazz
musician of the year. After graduating with honours at Hilversum
Conservatory Herman studied with Dick Oatts at Manhattan School
of Music in New York.
In 1999, Challenge records invited Herman to record an album in
New York with leading American jazz musicians. The critically acclaimed
“Get In” (which features Idris Muhammad on drums) was
released. Further successful live performances would follow.
Herman is part of the ‘New Cool Collective’. An eight
piece band who have a strong fan base, impressive tour and festival
resume, including the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1997. October 1999
saw the release of “Big” (NCC’s third release).
This album received an Edison Jazz Award in 2000. Georgie Fame and
Trijntje Oosterhuis are among the major artists who appear on the
Benjamin Herman is a much sought-after soloist. To date he has
performed with artists such as Candy Dulfer, Lois Lane, Michael
Borstlap, Georgie Fame, Larry Goldings, Misha Mengelberg and Rein
Stan Tracey – piano, Guy Barker – trumpet
Benjamin Herman – saxophone
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