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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

22 September, £0
No Gig Tonight

Go out and look at the colours of the leaves

The Paper Jam Duo
David and Christian

No duo works better than this. They have a quality that fills space and keeps you tapping your toes to a bright shimmering sound

Christian Garrick violin, David Gordon piano.

Christian Garrick is an improvising violinist, a composer and a bandleader. He is active on the international concert circuit and on the London studio session scene. He is a professor of jazz and non-classical violin at three of London’s major music conservatoires. Tonight he will show us his quality and range of playing both in styles and in instruments played.

David Gordon started piano lessons at age 4, composing at 6, and discovered jazz for himself at the keyboard one day at 10. The house where he grew up was always full of baroque music, and contained a harpsichord. Jazz and baroque music have remained equally irresistible forces on him ever since. He is now based in London and continues to play with a variety of performers in a range of styles and formats, some of which we will no doubt hear tonight.

What we are guaranteed is an evening of exciting music from two virtuosos, each with a huge sense of fun.
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Derek Nash: Protect the Beat
Derek Nash

Derek is at the forefront of the British jazz movement, book early for this unmissable gig
Derek Nash saxes, Tim Cansfield guitar, Arden Hart ~ trumpet/keys, Winston Blisset bass, Darby Todd ~ drums

It was 2010 when we last saw this energy funk filled jazz group, and the room still retains the beat. We have five guys on a mission to mix up styles and drive audiences into happy submission. Derek wears many hats, all successfully. He is a Jools Holland saxophonist, runs a recording studio, and leads many bands. He is always engaging as a performer, but in this fiery company he really stretches out.

“Guitar is in the hands of Tim Cansfield. Looks of an actuary, sound of a Larry Carlton holed up in Chicago on a tour with Curtis Mayfield.” – Pete Sargeant. Arden has a Milesian tone and is a superb keyboardist and composer.

Winston, who tours with Massive Attack, is a powerhouse lownote bandit. He will burst into Chic riffs then stalk Hart's Rhodes like a man on a vengeance mission.

And Darby on drums: he uses every part of the kit to drive what is flowing and tumbling around him. The band will throw him into solo's and see what bursts out of him: seven varieties of magic.

Definitely NOT dinner jazz!
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The Meier/Budjana Group
Nicolas Meier Jimmy Haslip

Acoustic fretless and fretted nylon string and steel guitars with Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana and bass legend Jimmy Haslip

Jimmy Haslip bass, Dewa Budjana guitar, Nicolas Meier guitar, Asaf Sirkis drums, Saat Syah bamboo flutes

This is stop 9 on the band's European tour, the last in England, at Fleece Jazz, after which they go on to Holland, Belgium, Germany & Switzerland.

Swiss born, England based, Nicholas Meier has appeared here many times over the last ten years, in groups, solo and duo format.
Jimmy Haslip has been on the modern jazz scene for four decades, and was a founder member of the ground breaking Yellowjackets.
Dewa and Jimmy are new to the Fleece, but have both previously recorded with each other, and Nicholas. Twenty years leading Indonesian rock band Gigi has made Dewa Bujanda a guitar legend. However this musician, of Balinese decent, has also had a career as a composer, a solo artist, and appearing with Garry Husband, Jimmy Haslip and other jazz musicians.
Mochamad Saat Syah, originally from Borneo, is also big on the Indonesian music scene. This master of the suling (flute), contrasts percussive and legato playing in his jazz improvisation.
Asif Sirkis , who has often worked with Jimmy, is already well known and liked by Fleece regulars.

"True sonic explorers", "distinctive ethnic bland of Middle-Eastern and South-East Asian flavours, theirs is a music which is both soulful and cerebral." The Jazz Man
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Sara Dowling and Tommaso Starace: Nancy goes Cannonball
satori

Checking this out on Google I was right away transfixed by this lovely singer, you will love her! And Tommaso!
"...the old world sultry class of Julie London, and the gritty attitude of Amy Winehouse with a dash of Dinah Washington, Dowling’s voice has a timeless quality." Sally Evans Derby.

Sara Dowling vocals, Tommaso Starace sax, Chris Ingham piano, Arnie Somogyi bass, George Double drums

A salute to the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley album of 1962 featuring prodigiously gifted vocalist Sara Dowling and effervescent Italian alto saxophonist Tommaso Starace

Sara Dowling graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music as an accomplished cellist and composer, writing for film and TV. She later began singing displaying an impressive range (particularly resonant in the lower register), precise diction and a melodic ringing tone.
Tommaso Starace was born in Milano, moving to the UK in 1994 where he studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed with some of the most respected jazz musicians including Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Jim Mullen etc. Tommaso has also written for film and television
The superb back line of Chris Ingham, Arnie Somogyi and George Double complete this excellent quintet
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Steve Waterman
Steve Waterman

Trumpeter par excellence Steve leads a group of his jazz peers for this brilliant gig
Steve Waterman trumpet, Anthony Kerr vibes, Alec Dankworth bass, Dave Barry drums

More information soon ...
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Dave O'Higgins Quartet
Dave O'Higgins

Dave is rightly acknowledged as one of Britain's finest Contemporary jazz musicians
Dave O'Higgins soprano, Rob Barron piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums

Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins evokes an impassioned sound somewhere between Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation. He feels his main apprenticeships were served with John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Jim Mullen and Martin Taylor.

Dave brings a very classy trio. Rob Barron has a list of credits to die for. Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom are firm Fleece Jazz favourites.

This quartet plays some of the most swinging music you will hear today - straight-ahead jazz firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition, played by some of the finest UK-based jazz musicians. – The Observer
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10 November, £0
No gig tonight...

due to circumstances beyond our control. Too early for Christmas shopping?

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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24 November, £16
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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1 December, £15
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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8 December, £18
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
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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