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Herts Jazz Festival

Starts: 16th Sep 2016

6th jazz festival in Welwyn Garden City


Start Date

16th Sep 2016

End Date

18th Sep 2016


Hawthorne Theatre


Tim Garland Quartet, Gilad Atzmon with Strings, Mingus/Monk Big Band Tribute


Herts Jazz is pleased to announce the line-up for its sixth Herts Jazz Festival taking place on 16-18 September at the Hawthorne Theatre, Welwyn Garden City.

The weekend of jazz for all is planned with Tim Garland’s Quartet, Gilaz Atzmon with Strings and a Mingus/Monk Big Band tribute headlining Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. Big names from the jazz world feature throughout the weekend including Julian Joseph, Keith Tippett, The Printmakers, Gerd Dudek, Laurie Cottle and Derek Nash’s Picante.

The festival will have a similar format to previous years which was so popular, with free of charge sessions in the foyer during the lunch and dinner intervals and after hours. The free sessions also feature stars from the British jazz scene such as Nigel Price, Bryan Spring and David Newton. The Festival is again being supported by Arts Council England.

Festival Director, Clark Tracey, said, “It is great for us to be able to present such a prestigious collection of the best in jazz here in Welwyn Garden City. Our festival-goers know that they are going to see a great variety of jazz styles from established stars and some new faces. That’s what the Herts Jazz Festival is all about!”

From previous festivals: “One of Britain’s finest jazz events”, Alyn Shipton, The Times.

“Herts Jazz Festival is everything a weekend jazz festival should be. The venue is excellent and it’s customer-friendly, with decent food and plenty of relaxed chatting space.” Peter Vacher, London Jazz News.

Early-bird Festival weekend tickets are now on sale at and at the Hawthorne Theatre box office (0300 3039 620).

Festival programme and ticketing details on next page.

Photos of Tim Garland, Gilad with Strings and Mingus/Monk are attached.

For more information about the Festival, including full personnel lists and a preview from Simon Spillett, go to

Herts Jazz Festival 16-18 September 2016
Friday 16th

8.30-11.00 Tim Garland Quartet
11.00-12.30 Late night set – Bryan Spring Trio - FREE!

Saturday 17th

11.30-12.30 Herts Youth Jazz Ensemble – FREE!
1.00-2.00 The Printmakers
2.00-3.00 Lunch in the foyer – Neil Angilley Trio - FREE!
3.15-4.30 Dunmall/Tippett/McCredie/Tracey
5.00-6.15 Ernie Wilkins’ “Top Brass” Revisited
6.15-7.30 Dinner in the foyer – Dave Newton/Andrew Cleyndert Duo - FREE!
7.45-10.15 Gilad with Strings
10.30-12.00 After hours in the foyer – Introducing Sean Payne – FREE!

Sunday 18th

11.30-12.30 Derek Nash’s Picante
1.00-2.00 Gerd Dudek
2.00-3.00 Lunch in the foyer – Nigel Price Organ Trio - FREE!
3.15-4.30 Laurie Cottle Quintet
5.00-6.15 Julian Joseph Trio
6.15-7.30 Dinner in the foyer – Daniel Casimir Trio - FREE!
7.45-10.15 Mingus/Monk Big Band Tribute

Tickets (NB all tickets have allocated seats at no extra cost):

Early-bird Weekend*: £99/£90 Herts Jazz members/£40 students
Weekend: £110/£99/£45
Early-bird Saturday**: £55/£50/£20
Saturday: £60/£55/£25
Early-bird Sunday**: £60/£55/£20
Sunday: £65/£55/£25

*Early-bird weekend tickets are now on sale until 31 July 2016 at and at the Hawthorne Theatre box office (0300 3039 620).
Wheelchair users: please phone the box office for your tickets.
**Early-bird Saturday and Sunday tickets available 1-15 August only.
Gig tickets available from 1 August.


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