Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

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

QCBA: Quentin and Brandon
Quentin and Brandon

"This talented quartet get the full five stars ... for performing brilliantly, for playing bright, tuneful neo-bop originals that swing from start to finish." - Jack Massarik, Evening Standard

Brandon Allen ~ Tenor Sax, Quentin Collins ~ Trumpet, Ross Stanley ~ Organ, Lloyd Haines Drums

QCBA is the brainchild of Quentin Collins on trumpet & Brandon Allen on sax. They are an organ driven quartet of virtuosos playing smart, sassy, contemporary original music, influenced by the great Blue Note era of the 1960s. Since their inception in 2008, QCBA have taken the contemporary jazz scene by storm, having performed across the UK and Europe at many top venues and festivals. They are noted for collaborating with a broad range of artists, including Liane Carroll, Natalie Williams, Dennis Rollins and Antonio Forcione. Quentin and Brandon are also the front line for the Kyle Eastwood band.

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 including Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove and Tim Garland. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brandon Allen relocated to London in 2000. 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.

The new quartet line-up is completed by the masterful Ross Stanley on Hammond organ and the exciting young drummer, Lloyd Haines. Any time Ross Stanley can bring the B3 Hammond to us is a joy. Ross is in high demand, having worked with Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Joel Frahm, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, Jacqui Dankworth, Simply Red, Goldie… too many to name here. Award winning drummer Lloyd Haines is fresh. The terms ‘rising star’, ‘name to watch out for’ and ‘new kid on the block’ would be equally appropriate but are becoming well-worn. Lloyd is not.

"It's so damn infectious, it's almost impossible to resist" - Blues & Soul Magazine
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Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet
Asaf and Silwia

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from a wide range of genres.

Asaf Sirkis ~ Drums/Compositions/Konnakol, Sylwia Bialas ~ Vocals/Compositions, Frank Harrison Piano/Keys, Kevin Glasgow ~ Electric Bass

A not to be missed opportunity to hear this renowned group in an intimate venue
The Quartet, a collaboration between the Asaf Sirkis Trio and Sylwia Bialas, is truly International with:-
Sylwia Bialas: Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire, who says “I am tremendously fulfilled in being part of the band, contributing to its sound, adding different colours, sharing the joy of interacting and taking risks together.” Norma Winston was one of her influences.

Asaf Sirkis: Israeli drummer/composer, resident in the UK since 1999, first played at the Fleece with Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, and is now a frequent performer here. He is respected for his sensitive drumming, especially with vocalists. He is very busy on the international music scene.

Frank Harrison: English Pianist & Keyboards player, has been playing gigs since he was 15, and won a scholarship to Berklee School Of Music, Boston. His many appearances here have included ones with Gilad and Asaf.

Kevin Glasgow: Scottish string electric Bassist, moved to Ireland as a child and returned to study music at Edinburgh’s Napier University. Kevin has played around the world with various groups including the Scottish Jazz Orchestra.

The Quartet, making its second visit to the Fleece, will play material intended for their next album "Our New Earth" With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this quartet celebrates new music from Asaf and Sylwia, with a wide range of influences including European Jazz, Polish and Scandinavian folk, Middle Eastern, Indian and Classical music. Expect soulful melodies, and full colour electroacoustic jazz, with a few unusual instruments too.

“Bialas’s voice is not only exceptional, both in timbre and range, but her improvisations are stunning. She uses her voice like an instrument, wordless, powerful, soaring...” Free Jazz Album Reviews, Los Angeles
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15 June, £16
Roger Beaujolais Quartet
Roger Beaujolais

Of Roger's 19 th album, Ian Mann the Jazz Man says, "A very classy piece of work that will help to consolidate Beaujolais' reputation as one of the best loved musicians on the UK jazz scene."

Roger Beaujolais ~ Vibraphone, Robin Aspland ~ Piano, Simon Thorpe ~ Bass, Winston Clifford ~ Drums

These four have worked together as a Quartet, and in a Quintet, since 1999. The Quartet recorded “Mind the Gap” (2013) and “Sunset” (2017). The Quartet plays acoustic jazz in a classic modern jazz setting. Their influences are the small cool and hard bop bands of the fifties, as found on Blue Note. Their arrangements include ones influenced by the output of Wayne Shorter, Wes Montgomery, and Chick Corea. The rhythm section achieves remarkable dynamic interplay, without ever losing its hard swinging drive.

Roger started to teach himself the vibraphone at 24. By 30 he was making a living as a vibes player. He joined a ‘jump jive’ band featuring Ray Gelato; formed the Latin jazz ‘Beaujolais Band’ and the jazz/funk/soul ‘Vibraphonic’ group, who reached the top of the US jazz charts in 1995. Recently he has has concentrated on his acoustic Quintet and Quartet, and teaching at London’s Trinity College of Music.

Robin, from Leeds, studied music at Colchester Institute and jazz at Guildhall. He has played with Ronnie Scott, Peter King, Jon Dankwoth, George Fame, Van Morrsen and the BBC Big Band.

Simon is well known for his sound, quality, melodic solos & solid beat. He has played with Stacey Kent (featuring on 5 albums), Bobby Wellins , Alan Barnes, Dave & Don Weller. He leads a number of bands and composes for TV. Winston has played with most of the top musicians living in England, and with visitors such as Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard and Art Farmer. He studied with Trevor Tomkins at the Guildhall School of Music.

Of Roger's 19th album, Ian Mann the Jazz Man said it "will help to consolidate Beaujolais reputation as one of the best loved musicians on the UK jazz scene."
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8:00pm Sunday, 24 June, £21
Jacqui Dankworth

Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres.
St Peters by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich IP1 1XF
Tickets from the New Wolsey Theatre, 01473 295900

Jacqui Dankworth ~ Vocals, Charlie Wood ~ Piano, Chris Allard ~ Guitar

Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui also draws on folk, soul and blues influences. Her voice has been described as "multi-faceted" and "incomparable", "one of our finest singers, regardless of category." Sunday Times

Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional R&B and popular music. Wood is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter and has received stellar reviews for his original music. "Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen, or Costello, or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt." Jazz Times

Chris Allard (right) has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals and he has performed/recorded with numerous big names. Chris also leads his own band, which has played all over the UK and in Europe, including the International Guitar Festival and Ronnie Scott’s, and performed and had radio-play as far afield as Los Angeles. His last album received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist Magazine.
"One of the great guitarists in this country." Jamie Cullum

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Freddie Gavita Quartet
Freddie Gavita

“He solos with fluent authority, his tone ranging from the warmly conversational to the eloquently strident.”

Freddie Gavita ~ Trumpet, Tom Cawley ~ Piano, Calum Gourlay ~ Bass, Josh Blackmore ~ Drums

Freddie Gavita is a young trumpet player at the top of his game. Having won the British Jazz Award for best trumpeter of 2017, he is one of the most in-demand and versatile trumpet players in Britain today. Whether playing searing trumpet or delivering heartfelt ballads, he is guaranteed to wow any audience. He is a regular visitor to Fleece Jazz as a member of Fletch's Brew. Freddie has also played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Gregory Porter and Dionne Warwick.

Pianist and composer Tom Cawley has played all over the world and led bands in residencies at the Blue Note in New York and Ronnie Scott’s. Formerly the pianist with genre-bending iconoclasts Acoustic Ladyland and leader of his much-acclaimed group Curios. Tom’s piano-playing betrays many influences: Phineas Newborn, Brad Mehldau and all points in between.

London-based double bassist and composer Calum Gourlay is known for his deep warm tone, controlled execution as both a supporter and improviser, and rock-solid time and pulse. He has become a mainstay on the London scene.

Josh Blackmore was an incipient member of the piano trio ‘Curios’ with Tom Cawley; he co-founded Troyka with Chris Montague and Kit Downes. He has been described as “cerebral without being self-conscious, playful without seeming glib, simply bursting with intelligence and wit.” (Jazzwise)

“A talented trumpet prodigy” - John Walters, The Guardian
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Chris Ingham's Dudley Moore Show
Jazz of Dudley Moore

Following their acclaimed Hoagy project, the quartet revisit Moore's music on ther new CD, "Dudley"
"A vibrant and moving homage." - Downbeat
"An intimate and heartfelt pleasure" - London Jazz News

Chris Ingham ~ Piano, Paul Higgs ~ Trumpet, Geoff Gascoyne ~ Bass, George Double ~ Drums

Paul Higgs is one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers, blending the traditions of classical and Jazz. He has played with such luminaries as Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Johnny Dankworth and John Williams and many others.

Goeff Gascoyne played piano from the age of 6. He later played bass in punk bands. Since moving on to Jazz, he has played alongside many of the UK’s best musicians, touring with Jamie Cullum and even appearing in ‘The Talented Mister Ripley’ with Guy Barker’s band.

George Double's playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle. He is active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club and with musicians like John Etheridge, Digby Fairweather, Ray Gelato and Derek Nash. He is also curator of Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs.

"Unfailingly tuneful and spiced with gentle harmonic guile... Dudley would have been delighted." - Observer
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Rob Barron Quartet
Rob Barron

Rob Barron is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as " of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation."

Rob Barron ~ Piano, Nat Steele ~ Vibraphone, Jeremy Brown ~ Bass, Josh Morrison ~ Drums

Rob Barron is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as " of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation." Rob Barron started playing the piano at the age of five and in his teens, was performing his first gigs with a local band. He moved to Leeds in 2000 to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music. During his time in Leeds he played with Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland and Soweto Kinch. He has played with many other Jazz luminaries and with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

Nat Steele is a jazz vibraphone player and drummer, who has been described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Self-taught, and following in the style of Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel.

Jeremy Brown has work in Peter King's quartet and pianist Julian Joseph's trio. He is much in demand in the UK and Europe backing performers and working as the regular member of many groups including Stacey Kent, the BBC Big Band and the Anita Wardell quartet.

Josh Morisson is a London based drummer who as worked with several bands, particularly pianist Gabriel Latchin, Steve fishwickand and has recorded and toured with Stacey Kent.

"Pianist Rob Barron was particularly ompressive, his spidery, Horace Silver-like runs carving out their own space amongst the rest of the band." - John Fordham
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Fletch's Brew
Mark Fletcher

The band's style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bop, reggae and rock.
"...this quartet… could without overstating the case easily be called Band of Virtuosos" - Jazzwise magazine

Mark Fletcher ~ Drums, Freddy Gavita ~ Trumpet, Ross Stanley ~ Organ, Laurence Cottle ~ Bass

In 2010, drumming tour-de-force Mark Fletcher founded Fletch’s Brew, a band which blurs the boundaries of musical styles and surpasses preconceived notions of jazz. Whether playing original compositions or new arrangements from across the jazz canon, their style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bebop, reggae and rock. Mark is a remarkably talented and muscular drummer, capable of subtlety but never better than when leading an all-guns-blazing charge.

Freddie Gavita is an award-winning British trumpeter and composer who has cemented his place as a leading light on the British jazz scene. Freddie leads his own superb quartet who visited us back in June. Once described as “a cross between Kenny Wheeler and Freddie Hubbard”, he has also played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Gregory Porter and Dionne Warwick.

Ross Stanley is a regular at Fleece Jazz and an outstanding talent on the Hammond organ. He is always in high demand, playing with Guy Barker, Lianne Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band.

Laurence Cottle haas been the bassist of choice for some of the biggest names in the entertainment business over a career stretching back thirty years. His remarkable and varied career has spanned gigs with top jazz players – Jim Mullen, Django Bates, Gary Husband, Jason Rebello – as well as some of the biggest names in rock and pop – Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.

“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years." - Wynton Marsalis
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Georgia Mancio Quartet
Georgia Mancio

"an object lesson in subtlety ... in the impact of nuance ... It's beautiful" - All About Jazz *****
“Pure, well enunciated vocals…a real talent for jazz phrasing…a highly skilful storyteller…The air of fragile beauty was haunting and effective” The Jazz Mann.

Georgia Mancio ~ Vocals, Kate Williams ~ Piano, Steve Watts ~ Bass, Dave Ohm ~ Drums

Georgia Mancio is an award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist and one of the Europe’s most original, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her unfailing integrity, emotional commitment and ever-evolving imagination, produces music of beauty and bite whether classic jazz, Latin or modern song repertoire or her own bold new writing.

British pianist/composer Kate Williams playing is full of graceful storytelling themes and uptempo swing, delicate piano breaks glowing with a Bill Evans hue, bebop horn solos over nimble walking grooves. She is a member of Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Moves, and has performed with many other leading UK artists including Tina May, Henry Lowther, and Jim Mullen.

Steve Watts studied classical bass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, leaving as soon as he discovered Jazz. Since then he has played with Mark Copeland, Julian Arguelles and many other top Jazz artists. Steve is currently Professor of Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and back at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama.

Known as "the powerhouse", the much -in-demand drummer, Dave Ohm has played, toured and recorded with amongst others, Benny Golson, Mornington Lockett, Dave Newton,Claire Martin, Pete King and is a regular member of the Ronnie Scott's All Stars.

“She is one of the great voices of the contemporary British jazz scene having both outstanding technical ability and great warmth.
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