Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Stan Tracey

Stan Tracey is an outstanding figure in the jazz world. His distinguished career has spanned five decades of flourishing creativity. He has been a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he has worked.

Stan’s capricious piano playing combines the percussive melody of Thelonious Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington in a highly idiosyncratic style. A master of harmony, he possesses a potent and compelling improviser’s intellect. Through Stan Tracey’s unflinching commitment and dedication has emerged a very rare artist who has sustained an output of highly exceptional music throughout his career.

A self-taught musician, Stan played his first professional engagement aged sixteen. The unlikely start of such a prestigious career saw him working for the forces entertainment network ENSA. However he quickly became involved in the lively emerging London jazz scene of the 1950s, playing in the bands of Laurie Morgan, Kenny Baker, Ronnie Scott and Tony Crombie.

From 1957-9 he played piano and vibraphone and arranged for the Ted Heath Orchestra. As house pianist at Ronnie Scott’s club from 1961 to 1967 Stan played with many of the most important figures in jazz history including Ben Webster, Roland Kirk, Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Sonny Rollins. His stature at that time is illustrated by his collaboration with Sonny Rollins which produced some of the most creative music of both musicians’ careers.

Read more

9 Photos

Discography

Videos

Similar

Count Basie Count Basie
piano
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau
piano
Tony Bennett Tony Bennett
vocalist
Branford Marsalis Branford Marsalis
saxophone
Kenny Barron Kenny Barron
piano
Joey DeFrancesco Joey DeFrancesco
organ, Hammond B3
Jason Moran Jason Moran
piano
Support our sponsor

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Premium Profiles

Jon Dreyer Jon Dreyer
bass, acoustic
Hilary Kole Hilary Kole
vocalist
La Tanya Hall La Tanya Hall
vocalist
Leigh Pilzer Leigh Pilzer
sax, baritone
Kathy Sanborn Kathy Sanborn
composer/conductor
Dan Papirany Dan Papirany
piano
Sal La Rocca Sal La Rocca
bass, acoustic
Fernanda Cunha Fernanda Cunha
vocalist
Tony Adamo Tony Adamo
vocalist
Chris Greco Chris Greco
reeds
Ken Field Ken Field
sax, alto

New Service For Musicians!

Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with Premium Musician Profile.