WORLD JAZZ LIVE SESSIONS AT THE TOWER - Hosted by Maiuko Much acclaimed jazz drummer Clark Tracey has been leading his own bands since 1981 and currently leads an ever evolving quintet as
WORLD JAZZ LIVE SESSIONS AT THE TOWER – Hosted by Maiuko
Much acclaimed jazz drummer Clark Tracey has been leading his own bands since 1981 and currently leads an ever evolving quintet as well as tribute bands to his father, the late Stan Tracey. His latest quintet features a few of the most exciting young musicians today. They recently recorded their first CD, which is due for release in the new year. The unusual inclusion of a vocalist in Clark’s quintet, next to a horn player, offers another soundscape to work with. An exceptional vocalese artist, Emily Masser adds rhythm and words from the heart of BeBop, as well as beautiful lyrics.
Alex Clarke on alto and tenor saxophones is aged 23 and won the Rising Star in the British Jazz Awards 2 years ago and was runner up in the BBC Young Jazz Musician last year. She has successfully released her debut CD “Only A Year” with Dave Newton, Dave Green and Clark.
Emily Masser is an astonishing vocalist, still 19 years of age and attending the Guildhall School of Music. Her vocalese has already introduced her to hardened jazzers, including Claire Martin and Liane Carroll, who have both endorsed her and invited her to sit in with them. Daughter of saxophonist Dean Masser, her years belie her enormous talent, which began at Chetham’s School of Music.
Graham Harvey on piano is one of our most experienced pianists, studied at Berkley College in Boston, was the Musical Director of Incognito, is currently Stacey Kent’s pianist and is much sought after as a freelancer playing with major stars including Dave O’Higgins, Alan Barnes and Mark Nightingale.
James Owston on double bass is 27, a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and again a runner up in the BBC Young Jazz Musician Finals a few years ago. Having worked in Clark’s groups since 2013, in our opinion, he is the most technically gifted upright bassist in this country and is now working with a variety of musicians.
CLARK TRACEY – drums
JAMES OWSTON – double bass
GRAHAM HARVEY – piano
ALEX CLARKE – alto/tenor sax
EMILY MASSER – vocals
Support Act DIANE DUNN
Diane Dunn is a singer songwriter from Folkestone. Her live performances across the Southeast and Europe, are renowned for their energy and emotion, Diane has become a popular figure in the local music scene. Her dynamic voice, combined with her skilled guitar playing, have created a unique and captivating sound that has earned her a growing fanbase.
Diane Dunn music draws inspiration from a wide range of genres, including Folk, Blues, Jazz, and Rock, and is characterized by its powerful, soulful delivery and personal lyrics.
Diane has released several EPs, with her music being well received by critics and fans alike, receiving recognition for her song writing and vocal skills.
Tickets £15 | Doors from 6.30pm
A PortCaia Production in association with The Tower Theatre
(Thursday) 7:30 pm
The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 3HL