10th Herts Jazz Festival 2021, 15-17 Oct. Programme Announced + Booking Open

The Programme is announced for the 2021 Herts Jazz Festival. The dates are 15 to 17 October. It will be at the South Mill Arts in Bishop’s Stortford. Headliners for the evening concerts are the Darius Brubeck Quartet on the Friday, Liane Carroll on the Saturday and the Simon Spillett Big Band on the Sunday. Early Bird Full Weekend Tickets are available until 31 July

Headlining on the Sunday this year: The Simon Spillett Big Band – photographed here at the 2015 Herts Jazz Festival. Photo credit: Melody McLaren

As the text on the festival’s website announces:

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“We are back! we have managed to keep much of the line-up from last year’s cancelled festival and been able to make it even better. All gigs take place in the auditorium. 

The tenth Herts Jazz Festival brings the best of British jazz talent to South Mill Arts in Bishop’s Stortford again this year.

We have three stunning headliners – Darius Brubeck (son of jazz icon Dave Brubeck and a superb pianist in his own right) with his quartet on the Friday evening, superb singer and pianist Liane Carroll on the Saturday and we finish with a real bang on the Sunday night with the Simon Spillett Big Band playing the music of the legendary Tubby Hayes (who played at South Mill back in 1964).

Also appearing will be John Etheridge Quartet featuring Vasilis Xenopoulos, Gilad Atzmon Quartet, Rory Ingham’s “Wakey Blakey”, Art Themen Sextet, Derek Nash’s Picanté, Winston Clifford Quartet, Nikki Iles/Stan Sulzmann Duo, Dave Newton and Herts Youth Jazz Ensemble.

A limited number of discounted Early Bird Weekend and Day tickets are now on sale. These are only available until 31 July.”



8.00-10.30 Darius Brubeck Quartet
Darius Brubeck – piano, Dave O’Higgins – reeds, Matt Ridley – bass, Wesley Gibbens – drums


12.00–1.00 “Wakey Blakey” with Ingham-Davison Sextet : Rory Ingham – trombone, Jim Davison – trumpet, Alex Hitchcock – tenor, Matt Carter – piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado – Bass, Clark Tracey – drums

1.20-2.10 Bar: Dave Newton Solo
Dave Newton – piano

2.30-3.45 Art Themen Sextet

Art Themen, Alex Clarke – reeds, James Wade-Sired – trombone, Will Barry – piano, James Owston – bass, Clark Tracey – drums

4.14-5.30 Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon – reeds, Ross Stanley – piano, Dave Whitford – bass, Clark Tracey – drums

8.00-10.30 Liane Carroll Trio

Liane Carroll – piano, vocals, Jules Jackson – bass, Russell Field – drums

Nikki Iles and Stan Sulzmann at the 2017 Festival. Photo credit Melody McLaren


11.30-12.30 Herts Youth Jazz Ensemble
Duncan Fraser – director

1.00-2.00 Picanté

Derek Nash – reeds, Neil Angilley – piano, Dominic Ashworth – guitar, Andy Staples – bass, Satin Singh – percussion, Marc Cecil – drums

2.20-3.10 Nikki Iles/Stan Sulzmann Duo

Nikki Iles – piano, Stan Sulzmann – reeds

3.30-4.30 John Etheridge Quartet featuring Vasilis Xenopoulos

John Etheridge – guitar, Vasilis Xenopoulos – tenor, Arnie Somogyi – bass, Clark Tracey – drums

4.50-6.00 Winston Clifford

Winston Clifford – drums, Denys Baptiste – reeds, Jonathan Gee – piano, Simon Thorpe – bass

8.00-10.30 Simon Spillett Big Band

Simon Spillett – tenor, Sammy Mayne, Alex Garnett, Pete Long, Simon Allen, Karen Sharp – reeds
Mark Armstrong, Freddie Gavita, Nathan Bray, Steve Fishwick – trumpets
Andy Flaxman, Daniel Higham, Ian Bateman, Pete North – trombones
Rob Barron – piano, Alec Dankworth – bass, Pete Cater – drums

LINKS: Herts Jazz Festival

South Mill Arts

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