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Welcome to the 9th Herts Jazz Festival in Bishop's Stortford. For those of you who have been to previous festivals, the format is pretty similar. This year we are dedicating the Friday evening to the Herts Jazz Film Festival, followed by Gareth Williams Trio playing in the bar.

Please note that there is separate ticketing for Friday because we have limited capacity for that evening. This is going to be a real jazz-lover's festival so please book soon and help us make it a real success!

See you there!

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Gareth Williams Trio in the Bar
Friday September 27
10:30 -11:59pm

Gareth Williams is one of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting jazz pianists on the UK scene, and has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since becoming a professional musician in the early 90s. Dave Gelly in The Observer described Gareth as ‘A...

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Tom Dunnett Sextet
Saturday September 28
12:00 - 1:15pm

At 18, in 2009 Tom took a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Whilst studying in Birmingham, Tom participated in workshops with and received tutorage from names such as Dave Holland, Mark Turner, Lee Konitz, George Colligan, Jeff Ballard, Mark Bassey, Mike Williams and Percy Pursglove....

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Graham Harvey Trio in the Bar
Saturday September 28
1:15 - 2:15pm

FREE ADMISSION. In 2006 Graham became the pianist with Stacey Kent. They have recorded several albums including Grammy nominated Breakfast on the Morning Tram and still tour extensively. Since 1991, Graham has worked with many Jazz and Pop artists including: George Benson, M People, Stevie...

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Quentin Collins Sextet
Saturday September 28
2:15 - 3:30pm

As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins, has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tony Kofi. On this tour, Quentin celebrates the release of his new album 'Road...

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Melling/Themen Duo
Saturday September 28
4:00 - 5:15pm

Steve Melling celebrates his 60th birthday in a variety of settings this year, including tonight in duet with the legendary Art Themen, following their impactual concert last year at the Llandudno Jazz Festival. There is a respectful nod towards Themen's ex-boss Stan Tracey, for whom...

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Ronnie's Remembered
Saturday September 28
7:00 - 8:00pm

Another historical 60th anniversary this year is the opening of Ronnie Scott's Club in Soho in late 1959. The following highly successful decades at the club almost put Ronnie's own group in the shadows but to celebrate the club and Ronnie, we have included an...

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Clark Tracey Allstars - Classic Albums Revisited
Saturday September 28
8:30 -11:00pm

Two line ups showcase two classic jazz albums which celebrate their 60th anniversaries this year. Art Blakey's game changing "Moanin'" and Charles Mingus' seminal "Ah-Um". Co led with bassist Arnie Somogyi, he and Tracey pay tribute to their heroes in two musical settings which promise...

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Leon Greening Trio in the Bar
Saturday September 28
11:00 -12:30am

FREE ADMISSION. Leon Greening is a truly impressive jazz pianist. Since being named runner up in the Sun Alliance Young Jazz Musician of the Year Awards in 1999 he has gone on to establish an enviable career on the UK jazz scene. His straight ahead,...

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Sunday September 29
11:30 -12:30pm

FREE ADMISSION. It would hardly be a Herts Jazz Festival without the inclusion of the Herts Youth Jazz Ensemble, a big band made up of young musicians still at school. HYJE have been with us every year of the festival and represent our future. Under...

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Alan Barnes Octet - Requiem
Sunday September 29
1:00 - 2:15pm

Requiem is an exciting and ambitious commission of new music following on from the outstanding success of Fish Tales. Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax,...

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Oxley/Meier Guitar Project in the Bar
Sunday September 29
2:15 - 3:30pm

FREE ADMISSION. The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project has continued to be highly productive: following nearly 100 concerts on the back of their 2017 album, ‘The Colours Of Time’. The Oxley - Meier Guitar project began working in earnest, following their second release in 2015, ‘Chasing Tales’,...

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Laura Jurd's Dinosaur
Sunday September 29
3:30 - 4:45pm

Receiving a rare 5-star review in the Guardian for their 2016 debut album, ‘Together, As One’, the band have toured extensively in Europe and beyond at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including North Sea Jazz, Montreal Jazz Festival and Molde International Jazz Festival....

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Art Themen/Zoza Kole Sextet
Sunday September 29
5:15 - 6:30pm

Following an excellent gig at our club recently, we decided to book this band for the festival too. Featuring our HJ Patron Art Themen and the award winning luminary Zoza Kole, this band plays some down the line jazz, influenced by Monk, Rollins and Mobley....

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Seamus Blake & French Connection
Sunday September 29
8:00 -10:30pm

New York based saxophonist/composer SEAMUS BLAKE is recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. His music is known for its sophistication, bold improvisations and “sheer swagger". John Scofield, who hired Seamus for his “Quiet Band,” called him “extraordinary, a total saxophonist.” Throughout...

Type Standard Members Students  
Weekend* £120.00 £100.00 £80.00  
Early-bird** £110.00 £90.00 £70.00 Book now
Sunday* £60.00 £50.00 £40.00  
Sunday early-bird** £55.00 £45.00 £35.00 Book now
Saturday* £70.00 £60.00 £50.00  
Saturday early-bird** £65.00 £55.00 £45.00 Book now
Individual gigs Gig tickets go on sale July 1. View the schedule to see individual prices
* Weekend and Day tickets do not include admission to the Herts Jazz Film Festival
** Early-bird tickets available until midnight June 30