You will find a complete calendar of performance
dates, reviews, a new concise biography and photo of composer and
pianist, David Newton. Also, there are contact details and snapshots
taken on the road, a discography *(available from itunes) and the list of alternative professions.
Duos with saxophonists Alan Barnes & Art Themen and Dutch Violinist, Tim Kliphuis
Trios with Steve Brown (drms) & Andy Cleyndert (bass) or the Celebrating Oscar group with Nigel Clark (gtr) and Paul Morgan (bass). The David Newton Trio often perform with a guest soloist such as Alan Barnes or Don Weller.
The Octet "Bootleg Eric" consists of Clarke
Tracy. (drms) Andy Cleyndert, (bass) Alan Barnes, (saxes) Guy Barker,
(tpt) Don Weller, (sax) Mark Nightingale, (tbn) and Iain Dixon.
The New Quartet "XSK" featuring Colin
Oxley (Gtr), Dave Chamberlain (Bass) and Steve Brown (Drms)
Just a few words on the passing of Stan Tracey. Virtually every year for the
last twenty or so, Stan's music in one form or another (so that's at least twenty
different forms) has been the focal point of every last weekend in July for
many jazz fans as whatever ensemble it happened to be in any given year, would
see out the Saturday night session at the Appleby Jazz Festival or more recently,
Titley. That's a staggering amount of material either arranged, or, written
and arranged by just one man and I for one, would like to tip my hat.
Two outstanding memories for me came in the shape of a two piano gig at the
Vortex in Stoke Newington and a wonderful example of Stan's sandpaper-dry humour
at one of these ghastly assemblages of the jazz world's great and good.
We only had to play one set of an hour or thereabouts and it was supposed to
be 'free' as in make it up as you go along. I'm more than happy to do just that
but I have to confess that my own personal goal is to play music that will make
the hair on people's necks stand up, not raise their blood pressure or bring
out their inner Neanderthal so the thought of 60 minutes of dissonance, anarchy
and 'first one to play a major triad is a sissy' type jazz, was rather daunting.
Not for Stan of course who understood the genre completely and after much musical
hinting, he very graciously let me give up after forty minutes of freedom and
slowly climb back into the shackles of 'Autumn Leaves' where I think I belong.
In the mid-nineties, the British jazz-world and three or four musicians got
together at the Pizza on the Park (God knows why) where we heard Jonathan Abbott
speak excitedly (more of a Gregorian Chant really) on the new subject of the
coming of the digital age and that there would be wonderful opportunities for
musicians in the ensuing years as we would see the opening up of many new 'niche'
markets. In the gap at the end of this sentence, Stan's voice from the back
of the room in an aside for all to hear said, 'Niche work if you can get it'
at which the three or four musicians laughed and a blissfully unaware speaker
resumed his droning.