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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

Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier
Pete and Nic

Performing works from their scintillating new album "The Colours of Time"

Pete Oxley guitars (a few), Nicolas Meier guitars (lots), Raph Mizraki basses, Paul Cavaciuti drums/percussion

Pete and Nicholas have been performing as a duo since 2011. They launched their scintillating double album “Colours of Time”, with 10 tracks of duets and 8 of quartets, in February 2017. That April the duo performed at Fleece, as part of a 59 gig, 5 nation tour themed around the album. It was one of the highlights of the year, so be prepared for a big crowd to greet the whole quartet.

Raph is a classically trained cellist and multi-instrumentalist, at home from early music to modern jazz.
Paul studied at Berklee College of Music. This sensitive drummer is a popular, frequent performer at Fleece Jazz with a variety of bands.
“This duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection. Their roots lie in jazz, but they cover a whole bunch of genres…….. Latin, Middle Eastern, English pastoral and their own brand of simply music” - John Fordham, The Guardian.

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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

The sextet has been together for over a dozen years which shows in its developed cohesion and easy interaction. Together they form the finest and most enduring Sextet in Britain, as Steve Voce says "quite simply the best British band in years"

Matt Wates is a master of melodic swinging music, and intelligent humour. Many of his original compositions have an instant familiarity, as though meeting old friends.

The sextet is graced with top trumpeter Steve Fishwick, NYJO grad Steve Main on tenor, one of our favourite pianists in Leon Greening, the superb Malcom Creese on bass, and "go to" drummer Matt Skelton.

SIX OF THE VERY BEST! "The future of jazz is safe with guys like this around" Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine
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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

The work featured tonight will be the band's new highly acclaimed album "For Your Ears Only" of which Ian Mann writes "Musically the album covers a broad stylistic, emotional, and dynamic range - it’s much more than just a 'blowing session', despite its obvious hard bop lineage." John Fordham sums it up as "Freewheeling jazz with post bop swagger." It will be fantastic, that is certain.

Ed has been leading great bands for over 30 years. Ross is almost the house pianist and organist: a stunning performer. The terrific bassist Riaan, and the award winning drummer (at 12!) Tim complete the quartet.

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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

Londoner John was a child prodigy, who went the Royal Academy aiming to be concert pianist. He turned to jazz in 1983, during further study at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is now one of Europe's leading jazz pianist/composers.

In this project the quartet develop other composer’s well known tunes from the world of jazz, pop and classical music. They could include tunes, by the Beatles, Sting, Adele, etc.. Tipped for the gig are a baroque version of Summertime and a funky version of In The Summertime, from the Quartet’s just released second CD.

Like Fleece Jazz, Sam is a Parliamentary Jazz Award winner. Yuri is an "Honoured Artist of Russia". Billy studied at Birmingham Conservatoire’s renowned jazz course, where one of his tutors was Clark Tracey. "...so full of joy that it can renew your faith not just in jazz, but music itself." - Phil Johnson, Independent on Sunday
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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 Hyett mandola/guitar/vocals, Thomas Coffey guitar/vocals

Gill Manly has been singing jazz and blues for over 35 years and “Going Home” is her 4th album release, but her first blues cd and first live recording.

The rich tradition of blues and gospel music was always a huge love, and Gill views all blues as a form of folk tradition, the formation of her acoustic blues trio lends itself beautifully to that genre. But make no mistake, Gill’s eclectic approach to song choice means she has delved into composers such as Dory Previn, Doc Pomus, Bill Withers, Percy Mayfield, as well as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mississippi Fred MacDowell.

Trevor Hyett is a multi-instrumentalist, Thomas Coffey is a guitarist, both are vocalists and they have played with Gill for years.

So many great review quotes! Here are two:
"Gill Manly's command of the stage was instantaneous - she has an unbelievable vocal range and sings with such pure crisp tone that I wanted to bring her home, sit her in the corner of my room and have her sing me to sleep each night." - Lesley Pinder
"Some singers, like fine wines, improve and mature over time. Gill Manly, with more than 20 years of performing ageless material, exudes confidence and musicality in everything she does." - Steve Rubie, 606 Jazz Club
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27 April, £20
Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr

Barb Jungr is "shockingly expressive, with an astonishing palette of colours" "I just hope that Dylan himself has a listen and starts writing for her..." - The Observer

Barb Jungr vocals, Jenny Carr piano, Dudley Phillips bass

Barb Jungr returns to the writing of Bob Dylan again and again to explore the richest veins of inspiration. Fortunately Barb also returns again and again to the Fleece to share these treasures with us. As the New York Times wrote Barb can "squeeze more juice out of a Dylan song than just about anybody".

Joining Barb is Australian pianist Jenny Carr who has worked extensively with her over the years and always provides sensitive accompaniment with increasingly jazz infused solos overlying her classical roots.

Completing the line-up is creative, self taught bassist Dudley Phillips who has worked regularly with many singers including Amy Winehouse, Bill Withers and of course Barb. His teacher is to be congratulated.

Barb "opens up a window of vulnerability and sensuality that previously sat stoic beneath the surface of these songs, and suffuses them with such a delicate, gauzy luminosity that they seem to glow from the inside out" - All Music Guide
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