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Reader Peter Howard acclaims the Herts Jazz Club, newly revived by Clark Tracey and now staging the first Herts Jazz Festival in August
May I, through Jazz Journal, express a word of thanks to Clark Tracey for so successfully resuscitating Herts Jazz Club? The club was previously situated at Panshanger, a suburb of Welwyn Garden City (WGC) but folded at the end of 2009, following the death earlier in the year of Brian Benton, the main organiser. Throughout 2010, Clark struggled to reignite the club, firstly at the Bell Inn at Codicote and then, briefly, in Watford.
The next move was to the Hawthorne Suite at Campus West in the centre of WGC where top class gigs are now presented at 7.45 pm each Sunday evening. Such first-class musicians as Bobby Wellins, Tim Richards, Stan Tracey, Simon Woolf, Brian Dee, Alan Barnes, Andy Panayi, Mark Nightingale, Steve Waterman, David Newton, Andy Cleyndert and Leon Greening have been booked for the club. The Hawthorne Suite is a user-friendly venue, with bar facilities close by and snacks. The club's website is at hertsjazz.co.uk.
I strongly recommend the club to all jazz lovers who live in the Welwyn/Hatfield area or find themselves in the vicinity.
21 April 2011
Stephen Hyde of Herts Jazz Club replies and announces the first Herts Jazz Festival:
On behalf of Herts Jazz Club, I'd like to thank Peter Howard for his very kind words about the revival of Herts Jazz Club.
We have been really pleased with the growth in audiences over the past six months or so and that has given us the confidence to mount the first ever Herts Jazz Festival on 19-21 August this year.
With an unbelievable line-up, we think this could be the strongest festival in Europe this year. Martin Taylor, Jason Rebello, Tim Garland, Don Weller Big Band, Stan Tracey's Octet, Trudy Kerr, Dave Newton/Alan Barnes Duo... I think you get my drift.
What's more, it is all in one building with two performance areas. Even better for festival-starved jazz-lovers in the Home Counties, it is all very commutable! None of this could be done without the very enlightened support of the team at Campus West who have been fantastic.
We'd love you all to come. Take a look at out e-booklet here. Tickets are on sale here.
I know this all shameless plugging but we are determined to make the club and the festival well established. Please come along!
25 April 2011