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Stan Tracey (born Stanley William Tracey in London on 30 December 1926 ; died on 6 December 2013) was one of the UK’s most original, talented - yet startlingly underrated - jazz musicians. Sonny Rollins is quoted as saying “Does anyone here realise how good he really is?” As well as recordings under his personal name, he also recorded as Stan Tracey Octet, The Stan Tracey Quartet, Stan Tracey Big Band and Stan Tracey Trio.

Tracey played professionally from the age of 16, before becoming house pianist at the famous Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in his home city - London. In this capacity he accompanied many great musicians of the day including Rollins, Stan Getz, Roland Kirk and Zoot Sims.

His 1965 album ‘Under Milk Wood’ became a big hit. The record was inspired by Dylan Thomas’s audio play and featured Bobby Wellins on tenor saxophone.

The versatile pianist, who has also been known to perform on accordion and vibes, has recorded over 45 albums and received numerous music awards.

He passed away on the 6 December 2013, leaving an legacy few can rival.


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  • mecchaumai


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  • bobgreen623

    Saw him a couple of weeks ago with Ian Shaw on trumpet, Andy Cleyndert on bass and clark Tracey on drums, absolutely wonderful couple of hours. Already a candidate for gig of the year, and off the back of it I bought Tracey/Wellins play Monk, a live album from about 5/6 years ago which is also completely brilliant. Can't wait until September when Stan and Bobby appear together at our local jazz festival.

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • shaantigraphics

    Love Stan's work! : )

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
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  • Theeboon

    Saw the 85-year-old version playing in Utrecht yesterday. Great stuff.

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mindgarden

    I saw him last night. He's 83 but he can still play a great solo.

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
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