Starring ART THEMAN, PETE BILLINGTON, CLARK TRACEY, ANDY CROWDY! ROUND MIDNIGHT

Performing the Oscar winning Round Midnight movie score, arranged by Herbie Hancock featuring Jazz greats Thelious Monk, Charlie Parker, Stan Gets, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis & John Coltrane.

Iconic tracks including ‘What is this thing called love!’, Tivoli, ‘As Time Goes By’, Paper Moon, ‘Body & Soul’, Peacocks, ‘How long has this been going on’, Round Midnight & many more.

26th May Round Midnight Quartet world renowned jazz musicians Art Theman- Saxaphone. Pete Billington- Piano. Clark Tracey- Drums. Andy Crowdy- double bass.

Art Themen

Art Themen was involved in the traditional jazz scene in Manchester in the late 1950s. A member of the award winning Cambridge University jazz band from 1958 to 1961, he became involved in the early London blues scene, playing alongside Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Chuck Berry. He fronted the Stan Tracey quartet for 20 years from 1976. Key influences are Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon. Themen has toured world wide and played and recorded with many US and British luminaries.

“No one should pass up the chance of hearing Themen. He’s one of the very few totally original, and at the same time utterly engaging jazz musicians around. Usually, even with the best, you have some idea of where the improvisation is going, some route from A to B, but Themen will pile up ideas, apparently at random, maybe with the odd outlandish quotation for good measure, and when he’s finished, it all seems to have made sense”. (Dave Gelly, Guardian jazz critic).

Clark Tracey

Clark grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey CBE, the UK’s leading jazz pianist, and from an early age took to the piano and vibraphone. At 13 he started playing the drums and he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father’s various ensembles, and within that context he has toured worldwide and recorded extensively. He has over 40 years’ experience playing alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad. Some of the most significant unions with American artists have been with Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, Bud Shank, Red Rodney, and Scott Hamilton.

Clark has recorded over 100 albums (15 as a leader) and performed in over 50 countries, and has been awarded “Best Drums” title six times in the British Jazz Awards (most recently in 2018) and Ronnie Scott’s Award for “Best Drums” in 2007.

 

Pete Billington

Pete began his musical education learning the piano and viola, later teaching himself to play guitar and double bass. He studied Classical piano at university where he gave the British premiere of Maurice Ohana’s piano concerto before going on to a Jazz Postgrad at the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst there he began playing with Clark Tracey’s New Quintet, going on to record two albums with the group.

In recent years he has toured the US, Asia and Europe with veteran rock vocalist Colin Blunstone, produced a chart topping country album for singer-songwriter Mim Grey and backed a wide range of artists including Rick Astley, Paul Young, Alison Moyet, Michael Ball and more. He is currently the keyboard player for Martin Fry’s ABC, and is releasing this year albums with vocalist Fleur Stevenson and Jazz/Pop crossover The Mitchell Street band.

 

Andy Crowdy

Andy is one of the UK’s top jazz bass players. He has been touring with Joe Brown over 2019/20 and continues to work with Moscow Drug Club – Andy is musical director of the Crooked Billets forthcoming GYPSY JAZZ remembrance concert 1st July featuring all the gypsy jazz greats.He plays for John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus and Christian Garrick as well as leading Gypsy Jazz guitarists such as Angelo DeBarre, Fapy Lafertin and Gary Potter. He has toured Europe, Australia and the USA with Lillian Boutte performing at festivals and jazz clubs.

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