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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

Georgina Jackson
Georgina Jackson

*Beautiful tone and phrasing, very special, the real thing* - Seal
Georgina Jackson vocals/trumpet, with Robin Aspland piano, Paul Morgan bass and Ed Richardson drums

Georgina Jackson began her musical career working as a professional trumpet player almost everywhere up, down, left and right of the country. She has worked with many famous faces, such as Frank Sinatra Junior, Nancy Sinatra and Seal, and eventually as resident singer with the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra.

Robin Aspand, a much in demand pianist, attended Colchester Institute where he attained a degree in music. He has worked with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Iain Ballamy, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Pete King, and many others.

Paul Morgan worked with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and became the Principal Bass with the BBC Radio Orchestra. He has worked with all types of groups and big bands and with many visiting American and other international artists.

Ed Richardson has established himself as a regular face on the UK music scene both at home and abroad. He can be seen most often at Ronnie Scott’s, performing with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra & All-Stars.

“The multi-talented Jackson has a vocal presence that is satin, tonally splendid and finger beckoningly seductive....she instinctively demos how to rhythmically milk the best and most meaningful out of both lyric and melody" Jazz Times

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Bryan Corbett
Bryan Corbett

"Corbett's playing is rousing and fierily expressive and his band are right on top of it." - Jazzwise

Bryan Corbett trumpet/flugel, Al Gurr keys, Ben Markland bass, Neil Bullock drums

Renowned trumpet and flugelhorn player Bryan Corbett returns to Fleece Jazz with his quartet of leading members of the Midlands jazz scene. Known for his lyrical tone and powerful stage presence, Bryan is not only a great performer of the jazz standards repertoire, but he is also an artist who pushes the boundaries. He has toured with Ben E King, US3, The Brand New Heavies, Tony Christie and Ruby Turner as well as with his own bands.

Al Gurr is an outstanding musician, arranging and producing as well as playing piano and bass. He has worked on a tribute to Stephane Grappelli.

Ben Markland is widely known and much admired, not only for his playing, but for his writing and arranging. He has a career that has seen him working with a wide range of well-known musicians.

Neil Bullock’s early career was in the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra and other local big bands, where he won many awards. Neil studied under Dave Brubeck's world-renowned drummer, Joe Morello. He has since played with an array of top performers and bands.

"Bryan is one of the chosen few. Class, pure class, plays from the heart, every note has a reason to live. Truly someone who can sing through his instrument." - Andy Taylor – Taylor Trumpets
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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

Charlie Wood is a musician whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, soul, traditional R&B and popular music. In his early 20s, Charlie toured with legendary blues guitarist Albert King, before securing a long-term residency on Beale Street with his Hammond organ trio. He so impressed touring musicians such as B.B. King, Georgie Fame, Joey DeFrancesco and Mulgrew Miller, that they asked to sit in with him. Charlie’s albums have received stellar reviews. R2 Magazine opined that his well-honed, literate lyrics are "written with the technical precision and linguistic flair of a classic from the Great American Songbook."

Chris Allard has an international reputation, having performed at and festivals, including the Royal Festival Hall and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has worked and recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Alison Balsom and Jamie Cullum. Jazz Views described Chris as "a non-clichéed linear improviser of great originality and talent".

Playing both double and electric bass, Dudley Phillips is a creative musician and composer based in London. Working in the fields of contemporary songwriting, jazz and folk/world music, he has played and recorded with Robert Wyatt, Bill Withers, June Tabor and Cedar Walton.

Nic France has been at the top of his game since arriving in London in 1980 when he began working as a session musician. Within the first three years, he played with a "Who's Who" of British and international artists including Ian Carr's Nucleus, Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler, David 'Fathead' Newman and Mose Allison.

"Every jazz fan likes to have a best-kept secret but if there’s any musical justice, we should see a lot more of Charlie Wood." - Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal

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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

Mick Foster is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer and has appeared with many top ensembles. He is a master of the baritone saxophone with an obvious debt to Gerry Mulligan as shown in tonight’s setting.

Laura Jurd is an award-winning trumpet player, and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Robert Fowler is a freelance Jazz saxophonist with a broad warm tone. He has worked with many bands on the British jazz scene as well as working across other areas of the musical spectrum.

Adrian Fry is a freelance jazz trombonist, arranger and composer. He has performed with many British bands including Back to Basie, Frank Griffith Nonet & Big Band, Elio Pace and the Karen Sharp Quintet.

Dave Chamberlain has been a full time bass player2002. He has played with Blue Note recording artist Stacey Kent and many other leading Jazz performers as well as a classical orchestra or two.

Tristan Maillot studied at Dartington College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He has appeared with many leading UK and international artists, including Art Farmer, Jim Hall and Peter King.

Celebrating the West Coast sounds of the ground breaking pianoless groups of Gerry Mulligan.
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Percy Pursglove/John O'Gallagher Quartet
Andy and John

"Somehow Pursglove created a completely whole musical world of his own. That is a rare achievement." – Jazzwise.
Mr. O’Gallagher is an exploratory alto saxophonist with a clear melodic streak." – New York Times.
John O'Gallagher alto sax, Percy Pursglove trumpet/flugel, Tim Giles drums/cymbals, Sam Lasserson bass

A freelance Jazz musician, composer, arranger and recording artist (trumpet & double bass), Percy Pursglove trained in Birmingham and New York where he performed with many other top class Jazz performers.

Considered one of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers on the New York scene, John O’Gallagher is known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of Jazz while rooted in its tradition. As well as leading his own projects, he has also performed with many top Jazz musicians.

Since first appearing at Fleece Jazz in his early teens, Tim Giles has become a BBC Jazz Award-winning performer and composer. He joined Iain Bellamy’s 'Hungry Ants', and played with people like Stan Sulzmann, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Arguelles.

Whilst studying at Trinity College of Music, Sam Lasserson began to perform regularly at many established jazz venues in London and around the UK. He has toured throughout Europe, America, Canada and Brazil and played with many leading Jazz musicians.

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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

This quartet brings together all of Martin’s musical influences alongside his favourite musical partners. The four are committed to improvising in the moment. They will feature works from:-the 2015 trio CD “Always A First Time” Martin’s soon to be released album “Intention” with Fred and others; and perhaps some compositions destined for the Quartet’s Album to be released later in 2018.

Martin is a "saxophonist with an unusual turn of phrase, a persuasively gentle sound and jazz allegiances that … veer toward the fifties Cool School … not just a distinctive improviser but a striking composer too.. John Fordham

Mike, Fred and Jeff have garnered similar raves from the press: London Jazz, New York City Jazz Record, and the BBC.

Words are not adequate to describe their music. You just have to come to this gig, the last opportunity to hear them together live anywhere, for many months.
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2 March, £0
no gig

making room for our 25 anniversary gig

2:00pm Sunday, 4 March, £25
Alec Dankworth All Star Quintet and Georgia Mancio/Chris Allard Duo
Alec and Georgia

Celebrating Fleece Jazz's 25th 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)

Having presented great music for 25 years, some 1200 gigs and in 3 venues, it is time to celebrate. And what better way but to bring you more great music.

Our Sunday afternoon starts with UK's star singer, Georgia Mancio, accompanied by Chris Allard. All About Jazz says of Georgia, an object lesson in subtlety…in the impact of nuance…It’s beautiful" and "Mancio’s performance – often within arrangements that would expose any weakness – puts her at the top of the ever-growing tree of jazz vocalists". Chris is a regular accompanist for Jacqui Dankworth and Gwyneth Herbert, has worked with Dave O’Higgins and Tom Richards as well as appearing on a fair number of pop-rock sessions.

And then we have a collection of the country's great instrumentalists. The band is lead by master bassist Alec Dankworth. There will be two stunning but contrasting saxophonists, Alan Barnes and Dave O'Higgins. the superb pianist David Newton, and the wonderful Clark Tracy on the kit; top people at the top of their game.

We would love to have you join us as we celebrate our anniversary with an afternoon of magical music.

Alec Dankworth All Star Quintet and Georgia Mancio/Chris Allard Duo

9 March, £0
no gig

Resting after the anniversary gig

16 March, £20
Julian Siegel
Julian Siegel

“Siegel’s tunes are a mix of fiendish, time-twisting grooves, building riffs and brightly hummable melodies . . .” - Edward Randell Music OMH

Julian Siegel sax, Liam Noble piano, Oli Hayhurst bass, Gene Calderazzo drums

Julian Siegel is an in-demand saxophonist on the British and European Jazz scene. He has played with the best, and has co-led the influential group Partisans with guitarist Phil Robson for the last eighteen years. In 2007, Julian was awarded the BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist; in 2011, the Julian Siegel Quartet won the Jazz Award in the London Festival Fringe Awards for Art and Performance; in 2017, the Quartet was awarded a prestigious showcase at the JazzAhead Festival in Bremen.

"Julian Siegel, the classically trained multi-instrumentalist who in the 90's blossomed into one of Europe's leading jazz player-composers, plays most reed instruments ... but he approaches the tenor saxophone with a special forensic aplomb" - John Fordham

Liam Noble has been described as "a brilliant pianist who hardly plays a solo without at least one turn of phrase that brings you to the edge of your seat" - John Fordham, The Guardian.
Oli Hayhurst has a beautiful, warm tone on the bass and plays melodically, underpinned by a driving rhythmic feel. He has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene.
Gene Calderazzo has played with an exhaustive list of top jazz musicians. His "time and energy creates an excitement similar to a young Tony Williams" = Stan Sulzman.

"Siegel’s wailing, swerving lines burst with character" - John Fordham, The Guardian
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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, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Steve Main tenor sax, Leon Greening piano, Malcolm Creese bass, Matt Skelton 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 Giles 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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