Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold will be opening its doors to a major star of British jazz on Tuesday, June 17 as North Wales Jazz presents Clark Tracey, son of the late, great pianist Stan Tracey.
Clark will be performing in the theatre's Clwyd Room with his top-notch quartet, featuring the Dexter Gordon-like Australian tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen, plus British Jazz Award winner Gareth Williams (piano) and Ronnie Scott's All-Stars member, Arnie Somogyi (double bass).
Leading the quartet, Clark Tracey (drums) has three times been voted Best Drummer at the British Jazz Awards and is a winner of the Ronnie Scott Award.
Since turning professional in 1978 Clark has always worked with the very best, touring worldwide and recording extensively with his father's various ensembles from trio to orchestra.
He has recorded more than 90 albums and performed in over 50 countries with American luminaries like Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, Red Rodney and Scott Hamilton, as well as with fellow British jazz greats including Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler and Tommy Smith.
Since forming the first of his own bands in 1981 with Django Bates and Iain Ballamy, Clark has become a renowned leader of many cutting edge line-ups including the stellar quartet that he brings to North Wales.
Brandon Allen (tenor saxophone) studied at the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, majoring in jazz performance, before moving to London and embarking on a diverse career that has seen him perform with internationally renowned musicians from across a range of genres.
Too many to list, some highlights include collaborations with Keith Tippett, Darius Brubeck, the BBC Big Band and Gerard Presencer, as well as with artists from the world of blues and pop such as Jools Holland, Neil Diamond and Eric Clapton.
Brandon is also a member of Alec Dankworth's World Jazz Trio and hosts the Late Late Show every Wednesday at Ronnie Scott's with his own quartet.
A creative, dynamic and exciting performer, Gareth Williams (piano) has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since turning professional in the early 90s.
Voted winner of the piano category at the 2013 British Jazz Awards, he has worked as pianist and musical director for British Jazz Singer of the Year award winner Claire Martin and played with a host of international jazz greats including Art Farmer, George Coleman, James Moody, Martin Taylor and Jack Wilkins.
Arnie Somogyi (double bass) is a much sought after musician, composer, bandleader, and jazz lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire, who has performed and recorded with a wide variety of leading musicians, from pop legends Tom Jones and Amy Winehouse to renowned jazz artists including John Dankworth, Stan Tracey and Bobby Hutcherson.
A member of the house band at Ronnie Scott's, the Ronnie Scott's All-Stars, Arnie can also be heard on the soundtrack to the film The Talented Mr Ripley as well as leading his own innovative and eclectic jazz projects.
The concert commences at 8pm and admission is £12, concessions £10 and schoolchildren £5.
Tickets can be purchased at Clwyd Theatr Cymru on 01352 755114 or at clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk, while more information is available from North Wales Jazz on 01745 812260 and at northwalesjazz.org.uk.