Steve Fishwick (t) Mark Nightingale (tr) Alan Barnes (reeds) Alex Garnett (ts) Nadim Teimoori (ts) David Newton (p) Andy Cleyndert (b) Clark Tracey (d)
I’m really happy to re-book this fantastic, hard-swinging band in the traditions of Tubby Hayes and Ronny Scott, formed by Dave and Clark nearly two decades ago with some of the finest musicians in Britain. Their CD ‘Bootleg Eric’ recorded live at Wakefield Jazz Club (recently reissued) is one of the very best straight ahead albums by a British band.
Dave and Clark have been regular visitors to Swanage over the past twenty-odd years with their own bands and in a variety of special groups put together for the Festival.
Dave grew up in Renfrewshire, Scotland. He had a musical upbringing with the piano trio sound of Peterson, Tatum or Garner an ever-present feature in the Newton household. After graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1979 David Newton freelanced around Yorkshire and eventually became a resident musician at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough for two and a half years. A move to Edinburgh followed where theatre work using local musicians quickly led to an established position on the Scottish jazz scene but after some four years there, his old roommate from college, Alan Barnes, persuaded him to move to London where he rapidly became a much sought after pianist teaming up with Barnes, guitarist Martin Taylor and saxophonist Don Weller.
Newton’s recording career had begun in 1985 with Buddy De Franco and Martin Taylor and his first solo album was released in ’88 in association with producer Elliot Meadow who oversaw the next nine years of recording for Linn Records followed by Candid Records. Once again, in 1997, David Newton and Alan Barnes teamed up and together with Concorde Label agent Barry Hatcher, made four CDs for that label. By 2003, Newton had learned a great deal of the ways a record company operated and he set up a business partnership with former pupil Mike Daymond and they established “Brightnewday Records” initially as a vehicle for Newton’s own music but with an eye to opening up the catalogue to other artists later on.
In the first five years of the nineties, Newton’s reputation as an exquisite accompanist for a singer, spread rather rapidly and by ’95 he was regularly working with Carol Kidd, Marion Montgomery, Tina May, Annie Ross, Claire Martin and of course Stacey Kent, with whom he spent the next ten years recording and travelling all over the world. While all this was going on, Newton was composing music which he would record on his own CDs as well as writing specifically for Martin Taylor, Alan Barnes, Tina May or Claire Martin and Newton’s music can now be heard on many television productions, especially in the United States where over twenty TV movies benefit from Newton’s haunting themes. In 2003, after a twenty-year gap, David Newton was reunited with playwright Alan Aykbourn having been involved with eight world premiers in Scarborough and London back in the early eighties, and he was asked to write the music for two new productions, ‘Sugar Daddies’ and ‘Drowning on Dry Land’. Currently, with the release of a new CD called “Portrait of a Woman”, on the ‘Brightnewday’ label, David Newton is relishing the musical freedom of his Trio and the special sound it makes whilst working on two other new recording projects, as an arranger and a composer.
David Newton has been voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the tenth time in 2011 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003.
Clark Tracey was born in London, England in 1961. He grew up in a jazz environment as the son of Stan Tracey, the UK’s leading jazz pianist, and from an early age took to the piano and vibraphones. At 13 he started playing the drums and began working with semi professional jazz groups until he turned professional at 17 in 1978 by joining his father’s various ensembles, from trio to orchestra. Within that context he has toured worldwide and recorded extensively ever since. In 2001 Clark began his own record company, Tentoten Records and in 2007 he also started up Resteamed Records, a label dedicated to his father’s works.
As a leader In 1981 he formed the first of his own groups with Django Bates, Iain Ballamy and Andrew Cleyndert. Later groups included Guy Barker, Jamie Talbot, Nigel Hitchcock, Dave O’Higgins, Mark Nightingale, Mornington Lockett, Julian Arguelles, Gerard Presencer, Alec Dankworth and Steve Melling, Simon Allen and Zoe Rahman. He currently runs a new sextet featuring young luminaries Lewis Wright and Kit Downes and a quartet with Brandon Allen, Gareth Williams and Arnie Somogyi, performing British material.
As a composer He has received commissions for his quintet, the octet “Bootleg Eric” shared with pianist Dave Newton, “Continental Drift” (an 11 piece band co-composed with Stan Tracey and commissioned by The Arts Council), and composed for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Appleby Festival big band. He has also written string quartet arrangements for his own group and vocalists Claire Martin & Joan Viskant, also the folk group Filska. He composes regularly for his own groups.
As a freelance drummer Clark has had 30 years’ experience playing alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad. Some of the most significant unions with American artists have been with Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, John Hicks, George Cables, Bud Shank, Red Rodney, and Scott Hamilton. British artists include names such as Ronnie Scott, John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Barnes, Don Weller and Tommy Smith. He has recorded over 90 albums (9 as a leader) and performed in around 50 countries. He has been awarded “Best Drums” title three times in the British Jazz Awards and Ronnie Scott’s Award for “Best Drums” in 2007. He has received endorsements from Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Remo Drumheads.
As an educator Clark also teaches privately and for the Hertfordshire Music Services and has given master classes at Leeds College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Musicians’ Institute of London, Bracknell jazz weekends courses, the Southport and Cheltenham festivals as well as numerous workshops around the UK and overseas, attached to British Council tours.
TV – Film – Radio – Stage
Clark has appeared on TV and radio all over the world, but key moments include “Omnibus” (BBC) with his quintet, “Mercury Music Awards” (BBC) with Sting, “Father & Son” (ITV) with own group and Stan Tracey, “The Paradise Club” (ITV), “Ellington’s” (ITV), “Call Me Mister” (ITV), “Blue Note’s 50th Anniversary Concert” with Tommy Smith at the Montreux Jazz Festival, plus numerous radio broadcasts with his own groups on Radios 2 & 3. In 1999 Clark got a feature in the motion picture “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (directed by Anthony Minghella) and this year was involved in the soundtrack of motion picture “Alfie”. Clark has appeared on stage as an actor/drummer on three occasions; Last Chance Theatre Company’s “The Last Connection” for 6 months, “Lady Day” starring Dee Dee Bridgewater for a year and “Lenny” starring Eddie Izzard and directed by Sir Peter Hall for a year.