Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

Our Benefit Gig on 24th March 2013

Eighteen wonderful musicians played and sang for us on our benefit gig on Sunday. They gave of their time to help keep our club alive. They gave us an afternoon and evening of delight.

Peter Evans took these pictures and we thank him.

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If you are going to start with a bang, make it a big one. David Rees-Williams plays jazz informed by the classics. His classical technique means that the note count can be extremely high, but each one seems to have a place. Neil Francis on bass and Phil Laslett on drums provided the engine room. The bass provided an almost classical underpinning to the music, and the drums accented it. They ended with the entire Ravel Sonatina. click for hires image
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The next set was led by Matt Wates on sax, with Chris Ingham on piano, Mick Hutton on bass, and Marc Cecil on drums. Matt wore the fox hat... pardon, told jokes. But he plays like an angel lovely straight ahead jazz. The band was tight and accurate and fun. click for hires image
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Then up popped Joanna Eden, to sing for us. I have no idea why she has never gigged with us before: she was great, good storyteller, lovely voice, nice presentation. She had Chris Ingham with her on piano, Kevin Flanagan on saxophone, Mick Hutton on bass, and Russ Morgan on drums. Half way through a Latin number, she ran off and grabbed Marc Cecil by the bongos for the rest of the number. click for hires image
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Liam Noble is from the "right number of notes" school, which in this case is perfectly placed sparsity for some of his work. Mick Hutton was his excellent bassist, and Shakattack's Roger Odell was the drummer. The audience loved the pianistic artistry, Roger is a consummate drummer, click for hires image
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click for hires image Kate Shortt is a stunning jazz cellist, and she is a highly skilled and sought after classical cellist as well. To discover that she is a riot as a sit down comedian (how do you stand up with a cello?) was a surprise, and she had our audience rolling in the aisles.
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The last set was raucous, varied and basically, terrific. There was Damon Brown on trumpet, Leon Greening on piano, Matt Ridley on bass, Winston Clifford on vocals and Roger Odell on drums to begin with. Any chance to hear Winston sing is a delight. Winston took over from Roger on the kit, and Frank Sebastian Wetherby joined on saxophone. Our own Carole Burgess sang a number. The audience did not want the session to end.

But end it did. It was a great day.

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click for hires image A million thanks to the musicians who gave of their time to help to keep the club alive, and to provide us with such world class music week after week. Thanks to John and Michael for the arrangements, Dave and Gerry for the technicals, and a host of friends for mucking in with help, not least Stuart for the lights, JJ and Dougy.