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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

17 November, £15 buy Eyal Lovett tickets
Eyal Lovett
Three of the quartet

Israeli born, Berlin based pianist and composer demonstrates his delicate touch, harmonic prowess and clever arranging

Eyal Lovett piano, Eran Har Even guitar, Mathias Jensen bass, Aidan Lowe drums

Pianist-composer Eyal Lovett creates a wide range of music. Although classically trained, he is deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, as well as in the diverse music located in Israel and the Middle East. He studied classical music and Jazz at The New School in Tel Aviv and in New York. His music is influenced by classical music, Israeli tunes and Yiddish folklore.
Eran Har Even is an Israeli guitarist, composer and music teacher currently residing in Amsterdam. He has established himself as a leading figure in the Dutch Jazz scene.
Mathias Jensen is a member of the Holon Trio whose achievments include being prize winners at the European Young Artists' Jazz Award Burghausen in 2015.
Aidan Lowe trained at the Australian National University in 2011 and was an active member in the Canberra music scene, playing in many different ensembles in a variety of genres.

The melody is Eyal Lovett's art form, the tune that makes you think. He produces them with impressive delicacy. Somewhere inbetween and away from his great influencers Bach and Chopin, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau and Miles Davis.
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Quentin Collins Quartet
Quentin Collins

Quentin has established himself as one of the UK’s top jazz/commercial trumpeters, and brings a lively young band.
"It's so damn infectious, it's almost impossible to resist!" - Blues and Soul Magazine

Quentin Collins ~ trumpet, Ashley Henry ~ piano, Daniel Casimir ~ bass, Shane Forbes ~ drums

For two decades, Quentin Collins has established himself as one of Europe’s top trumpeters, having worked with a wide range of internationally renowned artists across many genres. His quartet highlights his formidable, soulful original compositions alongside his uncanny ability to interpret lesser played classic material from the jazz canon.

Ashley Henry plays the piano with a beauty and sensitivity that usually comes from a lifetime immersed in jazz and this has been picked up on by other musicians.

Daniel Casimir is an electric and upright bassist based in London. He won the Young Jazz Musician Award 2016 “with a great mix of communicativeness, simplicity and sass”.

Shane Forbes is one of the most in demand drummers in the UK. Known for his passion for playing and learning all styles of music, luscious swing feel and charisma, he has worked with most of the great names on the British jazz scene.

Quentin is "A trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/ Hubbard approach." - Mojo Magazine
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Josephine Davies: Satori
Josephine Davies

"A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes" - All About Jazz

Josephine Davies sax, Paul Clarvis percussion, Dave Whitford ~ bass

Playing drums from childhood, Paul Clarvis at school and performed with the National Youth Orchestra. Among jazz musicians with whom Clarvis has worked with include Alan Barnes, Gordon Beck, Tim Garland, John Law, Henry Lowther, Sam Rivers, Andy Sheppard, and Stan Sulzmann.
Dave Whitford held the bass chair in the award winning Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra and worked in a variety of musical genres. Dave quickly established himself as one of the most in demand young bass players in London.

An improvisatory trio project reflecting the definition of its Buddhist title "Satori" – a moment of enlightening presence and inner spaciousness away from the clutter of thought – finds British saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies collaborating with sidemen Dave Whitford and Paul in an immersive album of chordless originals.
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The Spirit of Trane: Gilad Atzmon & the OHE
Gilad Atzmon

"Coltrane is for us, jazz at its best: an authentic creative wave of constant transformation and innovation. 'Trane is for us; first and foremost ... a spirit." - Gilad Atzmon
"Gilad’s sheer dexterity makes for some delicious, mind challenging listening" - Sammy Stein, Jazz in Europe

Gilad Atzmon tenor and soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, Frank Harrison ~ piano, Yaron Stavi bass, Enzo Zirilli drums

Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man’s music. John Coltrane was the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history.

Gilad Atzmon is a frequent visitor to the Fleece: a larger-than-life character, he exudes fire and energy in his playing. The sound of his tenor matches his somewhat edgy presence while on soprano he is passionate and expressive.
Frank Harrison's playing has been described as “thoughtful, delicate and imbued with texture and colour” as well as “cranium-shattering in its levels of intensity" by The Guardian.
Yaron Stavi is a bassist who has performed all over the world with many musicians, playing double and electric bass and crossing genres into rock, classical, jazz and World Music.
Italian born master drummer and percussionist Enzo Zirilli has definitely paid his musical dues and has the resumé to back it up.
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15 December, £0
No gig tonight...

Due to circumstances beyond our control. You have time for late shopping.

8:00pm Wednesday, 20 December, £20 buy Ian Shaw and Barry Green tickets
Ian Shaw and Barry Green
Ian and Barry

"Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw, is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.
Ian Shaw vocals, Barry Green piano

Ian Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. During the next few years Shaw moved from the singer-pianist format to working with his new band to an eventual move into jazz. He has also performed regularly in the States including Jazz at the Lincoln Center (New York). Collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton and Joe Lovano.
Barry Green Studied classical music and Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and now plays regularly at jazz venues all over the UK. He has played and recorded with many jazz luminaries. Barry is now a professor of jazz piano at the Guilhall School of Music and Drama. He has also played in clubs and festivals in Germany, Ireland, Spain, Slovenoa, Italy and Spain and elsewhere around Europe.

Ian Shaw was awarded Best Jazz Vocalist at both the 2004 and 2007 BBC Jazz Awards. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest male vocalist. Tonight he is joined by Barry Green, his regular pianist and one of the most highly regarded accompanists on the jazz scene. Sit back and enjoy....

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5 January, £20
Derek Nash/Rod Pooley Drawtones
Drawtones and Derek

This Jazz/Funk/Soul organ band with the stunning Derek Nash will be a cracker.
Derek Nash saxes, Rod Pooley organ, Jessica Dann drums, Andy Williams guitar, Simon Brewin bass

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12 January, £15
Michael Spearman Trio
Michael Spearman

Michael has received commissions from Arts Council England and the Britten Sinfonia to write and perform new jazz and classical chamber music.
Michael Spearman gitar, Rob Palmer electric/acoustic bass, Tom Jiggins drums/percussion

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19 January, £16
Georgina Jackson
Georgina Jackson

*Beautiful tone and phrasing, very special, the real thing* - Seal
Georgina Jackson vocals/trumpet, with the Robin Aspland Trio

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26 January, £16
Bryan Corbett
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Bryan is not only a great performer of the jazz standards repertoire but an artist who pushes the boundaries writing and performing.
Bryan Corbett trumpet/flugel, Al Gurr keys, Ben Markland bass, Neil Bullock drums

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2 February, £18
Charlie Wood Band
Charlie Wood

"*the growl and moan of Eric Burdon, the otherworldly lilt of Donald Fagen, and the scorched majesty of Kurt Elling." - Jazz Times
Charlie Wood piano/vocals, Chris Allard guitar, Dudley Phillips bass, Nic France drums

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9 February, £16
Mick Foster Sextet Celebrating Gerry Mulligan
Mick Foster

Featuring the beautifully crafted sextet arrangements of Gerry Mulligan together with some new pieces by Mick Foster & Adrian Fry, this group celebrates the West Coast sound with an all star UK line up.
Mick Foster baritone sax, Laura Jurd trumpet, Robert Fowler tenor sax, Adrian Fry trombone, Dave Chamberlain bass, Tristan Maillot drums

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16 February, £16
Percy Pursglove/John O'Gallagher Quartet
Andy and John

Trumpet player Percy leads a new quartet alongside New York Saxophone legend, John O'gallagher
John O'Gallagher alto sax, Percy Pursglove trumpet/flugel, Tim Giles drums/cymbals, Sam Lasserson bass

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23 February, £18
Martin Speake Quartet
Martin Speake

"Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration." - Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Martin Speake sax, Mike Outram guitar, Fred Thomas bass, Jeff Williams drums

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2 March, £0
no gig

making room for our 25 anniversary gig

8:00pm Sunday, 4 March, £25
Sunday pm Alec Dankworth All Star Quintet and Georgia Mancio/Chris Allard Duo
Alec and Georgia

Celebrating Fleece Jazz's 25 Anniversary with the top of the British jazz tree.
Georgia Mancio vocals, Chris Allard guitar (2pm)
Alec Dankworth bass, Alan Barnes saxes, Dave O'Higgins sax, Dave Newton piano, Clark Tracey drums (3.30pm, 2 sets ending about 6 pm)
Refreshments will be available.

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9 March, £0
no gig

Resting after the anniversary gig

16 March, £20
Julian Siegel
Julian Siegel

"Julian Siegel, the classically trained multi-instrumentalist who in the 0 s blossomed into one of Europe's leading jazz player-composers, plays most reed instruments 0 0 0 but he approaches the tenor saxophone with a special forensic aplomb" - John Fordham
Julian Siegel sax, Liam Noble piano, Oli Hayhurst bass, Gene Calderazzo drums

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23 March, £18
Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier
Pete and Nic

Performing works from their scintillating new album "The Colours of Time"
Pete Oxley guitars, Nicolas Meier guitars, Raph Mizraki basses, Paul Cavaciuti drums/percussion

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30 March, £16
Matt Wates Sextet
Matt Wates

"A seriously good band containing six of Britain's finest jazz musicians, regardless of age or style" - Dave Gelly, Observer
Matt Wates alto sax, Martin Shaw trumpet, Steve Main tenor sax, Leon Greening piano, Malcolm Creese bass, Matt Home drums

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6 April, £18
Ed Jones
The Ed Jones Quartet

"A formidable saxophonist... he's an improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination, and one of the UK's most distinctive saxophonists." - John Fordham
Ed Jones saxes, Ross Stanley piano, Riaan Vosloo bass Tim Gilles drums

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13 April, £15
John Law's Recreations
John Law

John Law's new project: playing well known tunes from the world of jazz and pop, featuring award winner saxophonist Sam Crockatt
John Law piano/keyboards, Sam Crockatt saxophones, Yuri Goloubev bass, Billy Weir drums/percussion

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20 April, £18
Gill Manly
Gill Manly

"Gill's voice is nothing short of electric...singers with this much control and technique are a scarcity nowadays" - Jazz On Cd Magazine
Gill Manly vocals, Trevor Hyatt mandola/guitar/vocals, Thomas Coffey guitar/vocals

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27 April, £20
Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr

"Barb Jungr is the alchemist among jazz singers. She takes dubious songs, and turns them into gold. And she takes songs we already knew were gold, and makes them interestingly different." - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph.
Barb Jungr vocals, Jenny Carr piano, Dudley Phillips bass

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