Preview: Herts Jazz Festival

The Herts Jazz Festival announces its line-up for the 2016 edition at Welwyn Garden City's Hawthorne Theatre, including Tim Garland and Gilad Atzmon

Herts Jazz has announced the line-up for its sixth Herts Jazz Festival, taking place on 16-18 September at the Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City.

The "weekend of jazz for all" features Tim Garland’s Quartet (pictured right), Gilad Atzmon with Strings and a Mingus/Monk Big Band tribute headlining Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Big names from the jazz world feature throughout the weekend, including Julian Joseph, Keith Tippett, The Printmakers, Gerd Dudek, Laurie Cottle and Derek Nash’s Picante.

The festival will continue with the format of previous years, which has proved to be popular with fans. The programme includes free-of-charge sessions in the foyer during the lunch and dinner intervals and after hours. This year's free sessions feature stars from the British jazz scene such as Nigel Price, Bryan Spring and David Newton.

The festival is again being supported by Arts Council England. Festival director Clark Tracey said “It is great for us to be able to present such a prestigious collection of the best in jazz here in Welwyn Garden City. Our festival-goers know that they are going to see a great variety of jazz styles from established stars and some new faces. That’s what the Herts Jazz Festival is all about!”

The line-up is as follows:

Friday 16th
8.30-11.00          Tim Garland Quartet
11.00-12.30        Late night set – Bryan Spring Trio - Free

Saturday 17th
11.30-12.30        Herts Youth Jazz Ensemble – Free
1.00-2.00            The Printmakers
2.00-3.00            Lunch in the foyer – Neil Angilley Trio - Free
3.15-4.30            Dunmall/Tippett/McCredie/Tracey
5.00-6.15            Ernie Wilkins’ “Top Brass” Revisited
6.15-7.30            Dinner in the foyer – Dave Newton/Andrew Cleyndert Duo - Free
7.45-10.15          Gilad with Strings
10.30-12.00        After hours in the foyer – Introducing Sean Payne – Free

Sunday 18th
11.30-12.30        Derek Nash’s Picante
1.00-2.00            Gerd Dudek
2.00-3.00            Lunch in the foyer – Nigel Price Organ Trio - Free
3.15-4.30            Laurie Cottle Quintet
5.00-6.15            Julian Joseph Trio
6.15-7.30            Dinner in the foyer – Daniel Casimir Trio - Free
7.45-10.15          Mingus/Monk Big Band Tribute

Further details can be found at the Herts Jazz Festival website.

Tickets are now on sale and include tickets for individual concerts as well as weekend and day tickets. Pricing information and booking details are also on the festival website.

Bruce Lindsay

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