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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January through April 2019 season

Alan Barnes returns with fire and fun,
Snake Davis will be with us after far too long an absence
and Steve Fishwick brings trumpetry supreme.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Ant Law Quintet
Ant Law

Described as "An innovator" and "A gamechanger" by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant lives in London and leads his quintet, dubbed “An exciting band to hear live" by John Fordham.

Ant Law – guitar, Michael Chillingworth – sax Ivo Neame – piano, Tom Farmer – bass, James Maddren drums

Ant Law was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. From a young age he was exposed to early blues and rock 'n' roll and Arabic music. He began playing piano and guitar around the age of 8. Ant has played in Tim Garland's band with Jason Rebello & Asaf Sirkis and won the Jazzwise Best Album award. He is a member of Trio HLK touring with Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Michael Chillingworth is a London based saxophonist and clarinetist. Over the years He has worked with many fine musicians including Kit Downes, Jim Hart, Stan Sulzmann, Gareth Lockrane, James Maddren, and many others Ivo Neam is an award-winning pianist and composer. In addition to leading his own bands, he is a vital cog in several of European jazz’s most forward-lookinggroups. He has performed and recorded with top musicians around the world.

Tom Farmer is most renowned as one quarter of the hugely acclaimed international touring quartet Empirical. He has also graced the Jon Lloyd group.

James Maddren was born in Sussex into a musical family. From a young age he was playing the Cello, piano and Drums. He later focused on drums and percussion and performed in many contrasting bands and orchestras.

"How refreshing is this Englishman who romps in the border areas between the bop and modern jazz guitar of the post Peter Bernstein-generation, it's self-assured and thoroughly convincing." Jazz Podium (Germany)
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26 April, £18
Christian Brewer Quartet
Christian Brewer

"Brewer…never missed a trick, his playing is crackling" - Guardian, Jim Mullen

Christian Brewer saxophone, Leon Greening piano, Adam King bass, Matt Skelton drums

Christian Brewer is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, he has risen to prominence on the British jazz scene. He is now a regular at London’s prestigious Ronnie Scots and both he and his band are in great demand. Christian is considered to be as agile and fluently expressive as the Charlie Parker disciple Phil Woods on fast pieces, and his ballad playing echoes the raw-nerve soulfulness of the late Art Pepper.

Leon Greening simply gathers you up in the energy and momentum of his playing and sweeps you up along with his endlessly inventive improvisations. And yet for all his speed of execution, each note is placed with exact precision, struck with the clarity of pure crystal and weighted with deep emotion. He is a consummate master of his art, using both hands to build cliff-hanging tension. Like a Formula 1 driver he anticipates the road ahead and knows exactly when to change gear and when to hit or ease off on the accelerator. Leon’s playing is spell-bindingly awesome.

Bassist Adam King's success in the 2015 annual Musicians' Company Young Jazz Musician Award revealed one of the most promising jazz artists of his generation.

Matt Skelton is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Equally at home in modern and vintage Jazz styles Matt enjoys a diverse musical career that also encompasses Symphonic and Light Orchestral Music. He has accompanied many leading Internationally-known Jazz figures such as John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Michael Moore, Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton. He has recorded and appears regularly with singers such as Marion Montgomery, Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing and in concert for Jesse Norman’s Ellington and Gershwin Concert Series (2006). Matt accompanied Richard Rodney Bennett and Claire Martin in their American Song Book Show.

A super gig to end our spring season.
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The Blue Dahlia, free entry with Eyal Lovett tickets
Blue Dahlia

Dahlia Dumont's rich and textured singing will start the gig, 7:30 to 8 :10
Dahlia Dumont Vocals, Daniele Borgato Bass, Aurimas Goris Accordion

Dahlia Dumont is a vocalist, composer and a ukulele player.Areal Brooklyn-girl, but a nomad at heart, Dahlia traveled the world from an early age, always absorbing the cultural and musical influences in her path. Her Eastern European heritage and her years as an anthropology student and teacher in France and Senegal shaped her musical palette, and in 2012 she created her project *The Blue Dahlia.*

Dahlia's debut albumThe Blue Dahlia was released in 2015 ; the second, LaTraditionAméricaine, releases in theAugust 2018 , with her single En Dehors duTemps, released in June 2016

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Eyal Lovett Quartet
Eyal Lovett

The melody is Eyal Lovett's artform, the tune that makes you think. He produces them with impressive delicacy. 8 :15
Eyal Lovett Piano, Eran Har Evan Guitar, Aiden Lowe Drums, Thomas Kolarczyk Bass

Eyal Lovett is an Israeli jazz pianist and composer, currently living in Berlin. Lovett was chosen to be the 2017 "Artist of the year" by Jazzy Berlin. In June 2018 Eyal LovettTrio won 1 st place at the international competition JazzWings in Warsaw.


Eran Har Evan (born onApril 22 , 1983 ) is an Edison nominated Israeli guitarist, composer and music educator residing inAmsterdam. In 2012 Eran completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He is one of the most active figures of the Dutch jazz scene, recording and performing with some of the finest jazz musicians which includes Benny Golson,Terell Staford, David Friedman, JamalThomas, Joris Roelofs and Gilad Hekselman, to name a few.


Aidan Lowe is anAustralian drummer based between Berlin and Canberra. He plays a wide variety of music with a focus on contemporary jazz. In 2013 Aidan toured through Sweden, Poland and Germany with the Australian/Swedish collaboration SVELIA.Aidan also made multiple tours of Denmark with groups led by Kenneth Dahl Knudsen (Denmark) and Eyal Lovett (Israel).

In recent years Berlin-based double bass player Thomas Kolarczyk has earned a reputation as a multi-faceted, genre-spanning musician and composer. His musical career started with the classical guitar, moving to playing electric bass with metal, punk and funk bands in his youth, which finally brought him to the double bass.As a busy sideman in jazz bands including Flying Cakes,Abisko Lights, Marc Doffey Quintet, Leleka and the Gaststëtte zum HeiBen Hirten, he is active in the Berlin jazz scene.

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Liane Carroll
Liane Carroll

The stunning Liane is doing a benefit for us.
"Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe." **** Mojo

Liane Carroll Piano/Vocals

Award winning Lianne Carroll is unique. She is a larger than life character with a strong voice, in which one can find influences of the great soul singers and of her semi-pro country club singing parents. She performs her own compositions and a wide selection other jazz standards to which brings her own sound. Lianne adds in her classically founded mastery of the jazz piano and wittily delivered personal anecdotes, making her the complete one woman show. She is not to be missed. Lianne has spent most of her life in Hastings, where she lives with her second husband, bassist Roger Carey. She was already a favourite at Fleece Jazz, when she rose to national fame as a jazz musician. She continues to perform for us once or twice a year, solo or in groups.

She has worked in both jazz and R&B genres, but now concentrates on the jazz. She has recorded with Bobby Wellins, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Fletcher, Gwilym Simcock and Paul McCartney.

Lianne revels in live performance. She has made many appearances at Ronnie Scott's, has toured as far afield as New Zealand and Brazil and has performed at Jazz Festivals, including with sparring with Alan Barnes at Titsey.

"Carroll's confidence in the expressiveness of the smallest utterance gives her an irresistible eloquence, as strong at low volumes as it is at full throttle" John Fordham
"Liane sings her way through the whole spectrum from jazz diva to fragile victim." - Kathryn Shackleton

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Tim Kliphuis
Tim Kliphuis Trio

Dutch jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis is the foremost ambassador for the music of Stéphane Grappelli, as part of his range.
Tim Kliphuis Violin, Nigel Clark Guitar, Ray Percy Bass

Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy and improvised sound. He has been hailed as a contemporary improvising *Paganini* and has shared the stage with Richard Galliano, Frankie Gavin, Les Paul and many gypsy jazz groups including The Rosenberg Trio. Classically trained and widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli's heir, Tim is a highly personal and inspiring performer, composer and educator. He has a busy international schedule including work with The Hague Philharmonic and is an in-demand educator at competitions, masterclasses and conservatoires.


Nigel Clark is an awe-inspiring guitar virtuoso with a unique sound, who has played the music of Django Reinhardt all his life. He has worked with many big names in jazz, folk and rock including Philip Catherine, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Gloria Gaynor, Moya Brennan, Jan Akkerman and legendary jazz singer Carol Kidd with whom he toured the Far East.


Roy Percy's bass sound is rooted in New Orleans and Jump-Jive, bringing the Trio raw street rhythms and infectious grooves. His uniquebassslappingtechniques,unrivalledinEurope,andhissubtle dynamic feel make for a great range of emotions. Roy has worked with top Americans Duke Heitger, Marty Grosz, Bob Barnard and Evan Christopher.


Together their playful inventiveness and technical brilliance has wowed audiences across the world for over a decade.

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Alina Bzhezinska Quartet
Alina Bzhexinska

Alina Bzhezinska shares with Alice Coltrane a mastery of the Jazz Harp.
"... mesmerising, and, much like life, too short ..." - London Jazz News

Alina Bzhezinska Harp, Tony Kofi Sax, Larry Bartley Bass, Joel Prime Drums

Ukrainian/Polish harp player Alina Bzezhinska is an internationally-renowned classical and jazz harpist of great flair and sensitivity. The release of her acclaimed 2018 album “Inspiration”, which drew deeply from the music of Alice and John Coltrane, has seen her quartet perform at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the Royal Albert Hall, and earn a nomination for Best Live Experience of the Year at the Jazz FM Awards. Alina reproduces Alice Coltrane's trembling flurries of high notes and swooping glissandos with uncanny accuracy, and her intensely physical relationship with her harp is mesmerising to watch.

Accompanying Alina is the redoubtable saxophonist Tony Kofi, a firm Fleece favourite. Tony is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, playing alto, baritone, soprano and tenor saxophones, as well as the flute. His fluent and fiery hard-bop style ensures that he is constantly in demand; he has performed with such acclaimed artists as the David Murray Big Band, Courtney Pine, US3 (Blue Note), The World Saxophone Quartet and Roy Ayres. Tony has also recorded with Ornette Coleman and worked with Abdullah Ibrahim. He currently leads his own quartet as well as working with the ‘Organisation’ to perform hard-hitting blues, jazz and funk on baritone sax.

Larry Bartley has become one of the most sought-after bass players on the London jazz scene, having worked with bands led by Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint, Denys Baptiste, Julian Joseph and Andy Sheppard, as well as backing visiting musicians such as Stanley Turrentine and Steve Grossman.

Australian drummer Joel Prime has become an important addition to British jazz and completes the synergy of this fantastic quartet, as together they display an endearing enjoyment of each other’s playing with a subtle interplay and a sense of one unit, rather than it being a showcase for the harp. Alina enthuses, “Every time we take this journey, every time is different— it’s amazing!”

"Spell binding, everyone plays with total commitment and the result is fresh sounding, intense and utterly compelling" - Birmingham Jazz
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Art Themen Trio
Art Themen

One of the most important saxophonists in the UK scene, a living legend

Art Themen Sax, Pete Whittaker Organ, George Double Drums

Art started playing Jazz when reading medicine at Cambridge. In the 1960s London he was playing blues, with Alexis Korner. In the early 70s he was in interactive group of London musicians that included Don Rendell, Ian Carr, Michael Garrick, and Norma Winston. Art toured and recorded with Stan Tracy for 20 years, including with Don Weller, Peter King, and Henry Lowther.

At the 2018 London Jazz fest he formed a quintet with younger generation trumpeter Laura Jurd.

Pete Whittaker was active in the Wolverhampton youth music scene, playing guitar and an old electric piano. His love of jazz came to the fore when he was a student at UEA, where he went on to do an MSc in electroacoustic composition. He was greatly influenced by Jimmy Smith.

George Double toured with rock bands in the 1990s and more recently performs regularly at Ronnie Scotts, He has worked with a string of jazz greats including Alan Barns, Don Weller and Tina May. He is active in education and is drum consultant for Trinity College. He is also advises two Jazz clubs in the East.

"Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple ... Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations." - John Fordham
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12 July, £18
Joanna Eden's "Sondheim and Me"
Joanna Eden

"Bloody marvellous" Dame Cleo Laine; "The UK's answer to Diana Krall" Time Out; "Seek her out!" Sir Michael Parkinson; *Brilliant* Jamie Cullum; *melody, mystery and bite* Mojo Magazine
Joanna Eden Vocals/Piano, Gerry Hunt Reeds, Russell Swift Bass, George Double Drums

Joanna Eden approaches the songs of Stephen Sondheim from a jazz- influenced perspective, backed by the George Double Trio. Acclaimed singer and mentor to Oscar and Grammy winner Sam Smith, Joanna Eden approaches the songs of Stephen Sondheim from her own, jazz-influenced and heart-filled perspective. Joanna has graced the Fleece Jazz stage with evenings of the work of Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz at the Movies. A beautiful voice and perfect intonation coupled with great musicianship make quite a singer.

Jerry Hunt is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist on guitar, saxophone and various members of the string, wind and percussion families. Styles include rock, jazz, folk and classical. A composer for various theatre groups including The National Theatre and currently a member of performing groups such as The Grand Union Orchestra, The Hot Orange Big Band, Joanna Eden Group and the Medusa Saxophone Quartet.

Russell Swift has been a professional bassist for over 25 years, with a C.V. far to long to put here. Russell is also an Orchestral and Tour manager.

George Double's playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Grammy Award Winner Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle. His West End and touring theatre record includes stints on Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Sinatra and Anything Goes. He is active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and elsewhere as a freelancer (with John Etheridge, Digby Fairweather, Ray Gelato, Ian Shaw, Derek Nash, Alan Barnes, Scott Hamilton, Tina May, Don Weller, Art Themen, The Joe Loss Orchestra and many others). He is also curator of Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs.

The combination of Joanna's musicality and the music of Steven Sondheim sends shivers of anticipation up my spine.
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26 July, £20
Hexangonal
Hexangonal

Hexagonal play high energy music with African and Jazz influences

John Donaldson Piano, Greg Heath Tenor Sax, Jason Yarde Alto Sax, Graeme Flowers Trumpet/Flugel, Simon Thorpe Bass, Tristan Banks Drums

The Hastings based Hexangonal collective was formed late in 2016, to feature the music of the composer/pianists McCoy Tyler and Bheki Mseleku. The group has performed at major festivals and clubs. Its first album, “McCoy and Mseleku” was released in September.

"The band is impressively hip, with the collective chops to glide through complex rhythms and gentle Latin grooves! - Peter Jones, London Jazz News

McCoy Tyler, born in Philadelphia in 1938, was playing with Art Farmer and John Coltrain in the 1960s. Bheki Mseleku was born in Durban South African in 1955 and moved to London in 2006.

John Donaldson’s arrangements bring out the African-ness of both composers and the links between their styles. John and Simon toured with Mseleku in the last years of his life and Jason has worked with McCoy, enabling the sextet to convey the genuine feel of the music.

"John Donaldson’s piano style – dynamic, exciting, heavy with dense left hand chording and fluttering pentatonic runs – has drawn comparisons with that of McCoy Tyner" - Eddie Myer, Jazz Views
"Yarde has rarely played better....his sax improvising has quietly blossomed to world class" - Guardian of 606 club session.
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9 August, £18
John Etheridge "Blue Spirits"
John Etheridge

Blue Spirits Trio came about through John's love of the perennially attractive combination of Electric Guitar and Organ

John Etheridge Guitars, Pete Whittaker Organ, George Double Drums

Londoner John was inspired by Joe Pass, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, and Django Reinhardt. He has toured with Stephan Grappelli. Other he has gigged with include Nigel Kennedy, Keith Tippet, and John Williams as well as jazz greats.

Blyth Spirits came about through John’s love of the perennially attractive combination of Electric Guitar and Organ .They have a take on this combination in a way that connects with the intense bluesy side of John’s playing . You will find elements of swing elements, with soulful ballads and fiery funk.

Pete Whittaker was active in the Wolverhampton youth music scene, playing guitar and an old electric piano. Pete’s love of jazz came to the fore when he was a student at UEA, where he went on to do an MSc in electroacoustic composition. He was greatly influenced by Jimmy Smith.

George Double toured with rock bands in the 1990s and more recently performs regularly at Ronnie Scotts, He has worked with a string of jazz greats including Alan Barns, Don Weller and Tina May. He is active in education and is drum consultant for Trinity College. He is also advises two Jazz clubs in the East.

"He can coax the gentlest melody in harmonics from an acoustic guitar, and he can out-rage the wildest heavy rocker." - Peter Bacon, Birmingham Post.
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16 August, £18
Ben Crosland's "Ray Davies Songbook Vol. 2"
Ben Crosland

Ray Davies songs are rooted in the Blues, Music Hall,Popular,Variety and Music Theatre: the perfect vehicles for Jazz interpretation.

Ben Crosland Electric Bass, Brandon Allen Sax, Jim Watson Keyboards, Chris Allard Guitar, Dylan Howe Drums

Following the success of The Ray Davies Songbook, bassist Ben Crosland has put together a second tribute to the Kinks’ iconic singer and composer Ray Davies. Ben has been leading bands for over 25 years. He has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums with the cream of UK jazz musicians including Alan Skidmore, Jim Mullen, Mark Nightingale, Steve Waterman, John Etheridge, Martin Shaw, Steve Lodder and Barnaby Dickinson.

Brandon Allen is an expat Australian saxophonist who has made quite an impression on the scene since taking up residence in London. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles including Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Carleen Anderson, Stan Tracey, Pete King, Darius Brubeck and others.

A session and touring musician of formidable repute, Jim Watson has been featured in a huge variety of bands, including the Jazz/Funk bands “Incognito”, Brand New Heavies and “US3”. His jazz bona fides are just as impressive, having worked with James Moody, Dave O’Higgins, Julian Argüelles, Jean Toussaint and Peter King among many others.

Chris Allard has an international reputation, having performed at many prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Festival Hall and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has worked and recorded with major names including Jacqui Dankworth, Alison Balsom and Jamie Cullum.

Dylan Howe is a British drummer best known for leading his quintet and other groups since 2002 and his tenures with Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Steve Howe and Wilko Johnson, coupled with extensive session work since 1990, playing with Ray Davies, Paul McCartney and Andy Sheppard amongst many others.

"... [The Ray Davies Songbook] swings consistently ... with this sharp, cogent collection, a dedicated follower of Ray Davies has made him a well-respected jazz composer too." - The Times
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30 August, £20
Dave Lewis's 1UP Band
Dave Lewis

About the "Under the Same Sun" album: "Kinda jazzy, kinda bluesy, kinda souly – lots of influences – great singing, great playing ..." - Paul Long, BBC producer

Dave Lewis Tenor Sax, Lizzie Dean Vocals, Al Cherry Guitar, Robin Aspland Piano, Neville Malcolm Bass, Rod Youngs Drums
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Dave Lewis Tenor Sax, Lizzie Dean Vocals, Al Cherry Guitar, Robin Aspland Piano, Neville Malcolm Bass, Rod Youngs Drums

We were blessed with Dave Lewis's playing in March. He is one amazing player. Dave leads 𔃱UP’ with raw, lyrical emotion and a horn full of funk. His sound is steeped in the Blues – his St. Louis roots come through. Amongst others, Dave has performed, recorded or toured with John Martyn, Lamont Dozier, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall and Eric Clapton & The Blockheads.

Soulful intensity – searing blues vocals – Lizzie Deantotally embodies the spirit of a song. Amongst others Lizzie has performed/recorded/toured with: Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley (JB Horns), Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris, Jocelyn Brown, Belinda Carlisle & Boy George

Al Cherry great jazz guitarist with real blues and rock credentials – with his left-hand Telecaster Al tells it the way it is. Amongst others Al has performed/recorded/ toured with Albert Lee, Paloma Faith, Lisa Stansfield, Cat Stevens, Darryll Jones (Rolling Stones), Deodato & Percy Sledge.

Robin Aspland has played for us many times. He is something of a key's wizard. Robin brings passion, lyricism and rhythmic drive to everything he plays. Amongst manyothers Robin has performed/recorded/ toured with Van Morrison, George Coleman, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Curtis Stigers & Arturo Sandoval.

Newille Malcolm says, "I love the blues. I've got the blues, but I smile". 'Level-Neville' is bass-ability personified Amongst others, Neville has performed/recorded /toured with Roy Ayers, Joss Stone, Billy Cobham, Gregory Porter, Tom Jones, Mavis Staples and George Benson.

From Washington D.C., Rod Youngs lays it down with passion and authority. He plays the deepest grooves – he can really make it cook. It will be great to see his mastery again. Amongst others, Rod has performed, recorded or toured with Gil Scott-Heron, Hugh Masekela, Angela Bofil, Ronnie Laws, Jon Hendricks, Bennie Maupin & Natalie Cole.

The band lays down the deepest grooves with space for virtuosic improvisation and breathtaking interplay.
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