Stan Tracey

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Stanley William Tracey, 30 December 1926, London, England. Tracey taught himself to play piano and by his early teens was performing professionally. In the 50s he was deeply involved in the British modern jazz scene, working with musicians including Kenny Baker, Tony Crombie and Ronnie Scott. For most of the 60s he was resident pianist at Scott’s club, backing numerous visiting jazzmen including Zoot Sims and Sonny Stitt. In the middle of the decade he formed a regular band, which included in its personnel at one time or another Bobby Wellins, Peter King and for many years Art Themen. Tracey made numerous albums, many of them on his own label, Steam Records, run with the help of his wife Jackie. Some of his recordings are with a quartet, others have him in duo, with the sextet Hexad, as leader of an octet, and with a powerful big band. Amongst Tracey’s collaborators on concert and record sessions have been Don Weller, Keith Tippett, Tony Coe, John Surman...

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