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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January through April 2018 season

Derek Nash, Rod Pooley and the Drawtones kick off the seaseon,
Bryan Corbett brings his stunning trumpetry
and on Sunday March 4th, we celebrate our 25th anniversary with the Alex Dankworth band.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Georgia Mancio Quartet
Georgia Mancio

"an object lesson in subtlety ... in the impact of nuance ... It's beautiful" - All About Jazz *****
“Pure, well enunciated vocals…a real talent for jazz phrasing…a highly skilful storyteller…The air of fragile beauty was haunting and effective” The Jazz Mann.

Georgia Mancio ~ Vocals, Kate Williams ~ Piano, Steve Watts ~ Bass, Dave Ohm ~ Drums

Georgia Mancio is an award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist and one of the Europe’s most original, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her unfailing integrity, emotional commitment and ever-evolving imagination, produces music of beauty and bite whether classic jazz, Latin or modern song repertoire or her own bold new writing.

British pianist/composer Kate Williams playing is full of graceful storytelling themes and uptempo swing, delicate piano breaks glowing with a Bill Evans hue, bebop horn solos over nimble walking grooves. She is a member of Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Moves, and has performed with many other leading UK artists including Tina May, Henry Lowther, and Jim Mullen.

Steve Watts studied classical bass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, leaving as soon as he discovered Jazz. Since then he has played with Mark Copeland, Julian Arguelles and many other top Jazz artists. Steve is currently Professor of Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and back at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama.

Known as "the powerhouse", the much -in-demand drummer, Dave Ohm has played, toured and recorded with amongst others, Benny Golson, Mornington Lockett, Dave Newton,Claire Martin, Pete King and is a regular member of the Ronnie Scott's All Stars.

Georgia is one of the great voices of the contemporary British jazz scene having both outstanding technical ability and great warmth.
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Sarah-Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione
Sarah and Antonio

They have each been compared to an array of musical geniuses including Janis Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) * a comparison Antonio wears with pride. They also exude a wonderful chemistry when performing together.

Sarah Jane Morris vocals, Antonio Forcione guitar.

'Leave your preconceptions at home,' begins one London critic's assessment of sensual singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris. Expect just fantastic singing and intense brilliance. 'Morris does not interpret soul. She is soul, with all its passion and pain, joy and sorrow, hard times and highs.' The Gazette, Montreal.

Sarah Jane trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama, alongside comedy duo French and Saunders, actor Rupert Everett and film star Kristen Scott-Thomas. She found fame with The Communards and with the BBC ban of her version of Me and Mrs Jones. Since then she has become a world superstar, with hits in Japan, Germany, Greece (two no. 1 's), and Italy, (awarded the key to the city of Verona!), honoured with a European Grammy and won the international San Remo song festival.


Antonio's playing is a thing of wonder, both as a stunning soloist at Fleece Jazz and with Sarah. He is a multi-award winning, charismatic, inventive, mould breaking, genre bending, Hendrix of the acoustic guitar. Recently he has been writing and playing with Sarah in what promises to be one of her best ever partnerships.

Come and see a "flamboyant, idiosyncratic singer on the borders of jazz, soul and pop, she's a majestic if raw-nerved singer of awesome eloquence" The Guardian.
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Kate Williams Quartet
Kate Williams

"...crisp, incisive and totally at one with the rhythmic ebb and flow." - "Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that's all her own" The Observer ****

Kate Williams piano, Stan Sulzmann saxophones, Oli Hayhurst bass, David Ingamells drums

Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.

She has released several previous CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including 'Made Up' (with her septet) and 'Smoke And Mirrors' (with tenor legend Bobby Wellins - an album that is always very close to my pleyer). Both were in Mojo magazine's top ten jazz albums in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

She was featured at the Pizza Express Steinway 2 - Piano Festival in 2010 , 2011 and 2013 (with Robin Aspland and Nikki Iles respectively), with two of the concerts being broadcast on Radio 3 's Jazz Line Up. Her Four Plus Three album with the Guastalla string quartet has got rave reviews

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader.

Always moving forward, Stan's Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album *Subjekt* explores Stan's ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival.
Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans. And now with Kate, which will be a magical combination.

Oli Hayhurst has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000 He is involved in a wide range of music playing with stars of jazz, classical and world musics. He has been featured on over 60 albums and toured extensively. He is a firm Fleece Jazz favourite.

David Ingamells was born in 1990 and started to play the drum kit at the age of seven. In 2009 he was awarded a place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Hathaway, Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone. He is currently a Fellow of the Guildhall School. Whilst at the Guildhall, David had the opportunity to play with the Southbank Sinfonia, as well as being involved in several projects featuring musicians such as Mike Gibbs and Nikki Iles. He graduated from the Guildhall in 2013 with a First Class Honours and was awarded both the Chartered Surveyors' Prize and the Yahama Jazz Scholarship in the same year. In addition to concert venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall and St. John's, Smith Square. He has performed in the Isle of Wight, Marlborough and Lillehammer Jazz Festivals, as well as the City of London Festival and the BBC Proms.

*a triumph of integrity and classy musicality* - The Guardian ****

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28 September, £15
Jon Shenoy
Jon Shenoy

Jon Shenoy is ‘A unique multi-instrumentalist, he plays with sophistication, heart and soul and is equally eloquent on each’ - Claire Martin OBE "Shenoy displays a melodic sensibility that bears comparison with any of the great saxophone balladeers of yore." * Bebop Spoken Here
Jon Shenoy tenor sax, Will Bartlett organ, Sam Dunn guitar, Chris Draper drums

Jon Shenoy is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer/arranger living in South London. A talented improviser and creative spirit, he plays a wide range of music and leads a number of celebrated ensembles. A stylistic chameleon, he makes a prolific contribution towards the contemporary sounds of the London jazz scene.
Will Bartlett read music at St. Peter's college, Oxford, specialising in composition and musical analysis as well as directing the Oxford University jazz orchestra. Since then he has worked as a pianist, educator and composer/arranger with names including Stan Sulzmann, Norman Winstone, Claire Martin and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
Sam Dunn is a jazz guitarist based in Yorkshire. His playing can be described as 'Contemporary in language and style but strongly influenced by the history of jazz and the guitar. Recent work has seen him playing with fellow guitarist Howard Alden and performing at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London.
Chris Draper grew up as a multi-instrumentalist specialising in both Jazz Trumpet and Classical Percussion studying at The Purcell School of Music and Royal Academy of Music. Known in the UK and abroad as a versatile musician, his credits include The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Mica Paris, Clare Teal, Kyle Eastwood and Soweto Kinch.

‘A total master of all his instruments ...Shinoy can hardly contain the force of his own inventiveness.’ Pete Long (MD. Ronnie Scotts Big Band). Another new name rocks the Brirish Jazz scene. Don’t miss this one.
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5 October, £18
Paul Booth Quartet
Paul Booth

Paul has firmly established himself as an in-demand solo artist, as well as a ‘first call’ sideman for many big names in both the jazz and popular music worlds.
His technical skills are outstanding and is a long standing master of his chosen instrument. His performing style goes far with a deep understanding of the roots of Jazz.

Paul Booth saxophone, Steve Hamilton piano, Dave Whitford bass, Andrew Bain drums

Paul Booth is one of the most in demand saxophonists on the international scene today. He first played tenor saxophone in public at age 11.Still in his teens he was playing with Jazz luminaries such as Spike Robinson. He then studied at the Royal Academy of Music going on to win the award for Most Promising Jazz Player Of The Year Under 21. Since then he has played with many other top Jazz musicians as well as his own groups.

Steve Hamilton studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He then moved to London where he became the most in-demand pianist across the genres performing with legends such as Freddie Hubbard and Gary Burton.

Dave Whitford started playing the bass guitar aged 13. Soon after he held the bass chair in the Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra and found himself working in many musical settings and working with many well known Jazz musicians and playing at all the important venues and festivals.

Ronnie Scott has likened saxophonist Paul Booth's style to that of the late Tubby Hayes - and John Fordham to the lyricism of Stan Getz and John Coltrane. A gig not to be missed.
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12 October, £18
Joanna Eden Quartet: Embraceable Ella
Joanna sings Ella

"The UK's answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones" - Time Out
"Eden's songs have melody, mystery and bite* - Mojo Magazine
Joanna Eden vocals, Chris Ingham pianon, Joe Petitt bas, George Double drums

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19 October, £15
Frank Harrison + Brigitte Beraha
Frank and Brigitte

"Lucid, intelligent, spacious and beautifully controlled explorations" - Jazzwise
"Norma Winstone-like subtlety and precision" - The Guardian
Frank Harrison piano, Brigitte Beraha vocals

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2 November, £18
Andrew McCormack's Graviton
Andrew McCormack

"An interesting and innovative recording that deserves to be widely heard." The Jazz Mann
Andrew McCormack piano, Noemi Nuti vocals, Josh Arcoleo saxophone, Robin Mullarkey bass, Josh Blackmore drums

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9 November, £15
Elina Duni & Rob Luft Duo featuring Fred Thomas
Elina Duni and Rob Luft

“Luft has delivered the most fully-realised debut from a guitarist since Julian Lage. A remarkably original statement that highlights his prodigious chops and his singular gifts as a composer and sonic provocateur.” - Downbeat Magazine (USA)
"Elina Duni definitely sounds like rising star material for ECM." - The Guardian (UK)

Elina Duni, vocals Rob Luft guitar, Fred Thomas piano/drums

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16 November, £20
Tina May
tina may

A favourite singer with a love of the words and the styles.
Tina May vocals, Josh Aspland piano, Arnie Somogyi bass, Steve Brown drums

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23 November, £16
African Jazz Quintet
Frank Williams

Exciting African Township music will keep your feet tapping!
Frank Williams ~ Tenor Sax, Alastair Gavin ~ Piano, Cameron Pierre ~ Guitar, Kofi Oheneba Adu ~ Drums, Bass to be announced
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30 November, £16
Talinka
Tali, Gilad, Aron, Jenny

Talinka- When jazz meets with Tango, Early music, Folk and Jazz again
Tali Atzmon vocals, Gilad Atzmon sax, Yaron Stavi bass, Jenny Bliss viola da gamba/flute/barque violin/vocals

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7 December, £16
Sarah Gillespie
Sarah Gillespie

Haunting tunes and striking lyrics*yearningly pretty and bitter sweet - The Independent *****
An incandescent new presence.. with superior lyrics - The Guardian ****
Sarah Gillespie vocals/guitar, Kit Downes piano/organ, James Maddren drums, Chris Montague guitar, Ruth Goller bass

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14 December, £20
Liane Carroll
Liane Carroll

"Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe." **** Mojo
Liane Carroll vocals/piano, Roger Carey bass, Russell Field drums

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28 December, £25
Sax Appeal
Derek Nash

Derek brings an array of the best saxophonists about and a very strong back line.
Derek Nash saxophones, Matt Wates saxophone, Brandon Allen saxophone, Paul Booth saxophone, Bob McKay saxophone, Pete Adams guitar, Phil Scragg bass guitar, Mike Bradley drums

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