Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

Gigs since 1996 (and a few before)

The fleece has hosted almost 1000 Gigs in 18 years. We have had a web presence for a few years now, long enough to require that older information about past gigs be kept separately. They are kept in reverse chronological order.

From late September 2002, archived information contains the original programme information, followed by any changes made to personnel or other matters. Previous to this, things were a bit mixed, with most gigs shown as in the brochure, and a few with modifications.

With Patrick Iredale's help, we are beginning to fill in the pre-1996 information. It will be under construction for some time to come.

1993 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017


    Superb gigs at Stoke by Nayland and a beauty at New Wolsey Theatre

    2017 started with the bang of Fletch's Brew to lead off a strong season.



    Autumn culminating in the Christmas show to end all others


    A summer with a special fundraising gig for refugees


    A beautiful start to the January/April 2016 season



    Wonderful music all through September/December 2015

    May to August 2015 had huge high spots

    January to April 2015 gave us some of the best gigs in years.



    September to December 2014 gave us pleasure and power


    May to August 2014 was a delight, with a wee break


    January to April 2014 was a great season.



    September through December 2013 had stunning music.


    May through August 2013 was filled with memorable gigs.


    A cracking start to our January-April 2013 season



    Fine music and a rousing end to our September-December 2012 season


    There was some summer May-August 2012, but the music always shone through.


    A stunning January-April 2012 season, culminating in our 1000th gig


    A great season of music, culminating in spectacular gigs, September through December 2011.


    A cool summer of great music, May through August 2011.

    A brilliant season, January through April 2011.



    A barbeque summer with fine dining music in 2010.


    A spring season of musical delights in 2010.


    A bright new year at lovely Stoke by Nayland Club.


    Our second season at Stoke by Nayland Club warmed a fascinating Autumn.

    This summer was our first at Stoke by Nayland Club - a lovely venue and great music.

    2009 - This spring marked our last gigs at Kersey Mill, but with stunning music.


    2009 - We had a Winter Season of Delights, really capital jazz.


    2008 - The Autumn season had some Saturday gigs, but it mattered not - The Music was as great as always.

    2008 - We loved our summer season - fabulous musicianship throughout.

    2008 - Our spring season lived up to the promise of the anniversary season, and included a move to Kersey Mill.

    2008 - The winter season was our 15th anniversary celebration, and what wonderful gigs did we have!



    2007 - The Autumn season was sheer delight. I feel sorry for those who missed the early gigs.

    2007 - The weather needed to be better this summer: the music could not have been bettered.

    2007 - a wet spring, hot and consumate Jazz.

    What a start to 2007 - great singing, great playing, great enjoyment.



    The wonderful musicianship of great musicians - our prize for the 2006 autumn

    We had a 2006 summer filled with hot weather and cool music from musicians whose temperature was just right.


    Glorious music this 2006 spring from three continents.


    The 2006 Winter started hot at the Fleece, and just got better and better.


    Our Autumn 2005 season had music to dream and dance about.

    The 2005 Summer season went from brilliant Bass to bright Beat

    Spring sprang with spritely and sophisicated jazz

    A Winter season to remember, filled with starry performances.


    The autumn was filled with exciting events, many of which sold out.

    Summer programmes are not usually as popular as this one, with such stunning music

    The 2004 spring programme was even stronger, with many memorable gigs

    The winter of our eleventh year had a very strong programme in 2004

  • 2004 Friday, 2 January 8.30, Ticket £11 - Jamie Cullum - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2004 Friday, 9 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - David Newton - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2004 Friday, 16 January 8.30, Ticket £11 - John Law Quartet
  • 2004 Friday, 23 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Alan Skidmore / Peter King Quintet "In Honour of Bird 'n Trane" - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2004 Friday, 30 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Mark Lockheart Quartet
  • 2004 Friday, 6 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Jacqui Dankworth Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2004 Friday, 13 February 8.30, Ticket £10 - Dylan Howe Quintet
  • 2004 Friday, 20 February 8.30, Ticket £10 - Julie Edwards Quintet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2004 Friday, 27 February 8.30, Ticket £13 - Clare Teal - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2004 Friday, 5 March 8.30, Ticket £10 - Tommaso Starace Quartet
  • 2004 Friday, 12 March 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ricky Woodard
  • 2004 Friday, 19 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - Marlene Verplanck
  • 2004 Friday, 26 March 8.30, Ticket £10 - Peter King Quartet - Sorry, sold out!


  • An autumn of mellow fruitfulness and stunning jazz in 2003.

  • 2003 Friday, 3 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Julian Marc Stringle and the Dream Band
  • 2003 Friday, 10 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ed Jones Quintet
  • 2003 Friday, 17 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Viktoria Tolstoy
  • 2003 Friday, 24 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Kirk Lightsey and Joe Lee Wilson
  • 2003 Friday, 31 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Karen Sharp Quartet
  • 2003 Friday, 7 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - The Hanson-Mullen Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 14 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - Damon Brown's International Quintet
  • 2003 Friday, 21 November 8.30, Ticket £11 - Christian Garrick Quartet
  • 2003 Friday, 28 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - Denny Ilett / Katya Gorrie Quintet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 5 December 8.30, Ticket £10 - Alec Dankworth Trio - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 12 December 8.30, Ticket £10 - Renato D'Aiello Quartet - 'Canzone' (Italian Songs in Jazz)
  • 2003 Friday, 19 December 8.30, Ticket £12 - Sax Appeal - Sorry, sold out!
  • A scorching summer for jazz and sunbathing in 2003.

  • 2003 Friday, 4 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Christian Brewer Quartet
  • 2003 Friday, 11 July 8.30, Ticket £12 - Lodder/Etheridge Quartet (note change from published programme)
  • 2003 Friday, 18 July 8.30, Ticket £11 - Joan Viskant - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 25 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Laurence Cottle Quartet
  • 2003 Friday, 1 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Brian Dee Quartet
  • 2003 Friday, 8 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Chaz Jankel Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 15 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Carole Burgess Quartet
  • 2003 Friday, 22 August 8.30, Ticket £11 - Frank Williams African Jazz Quintet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 29 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Polly Gibbons
  • 2003 Friday, 5 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - Lennie Bush Quintet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 12 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - Protect the Beat - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 19 September 8.30, Ticket £10 - Kevin Flanaghan Quartet
  • Saturday, 20 September 8.00, Ticket £13 - Ray Gelato Giants Dance at Boxford Village Hall
  • 2003 Friday, 26 September 8.30, Ticket £13 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, sold out!
  • The weather was mixed but the jazz was grand for our 2003 Spring season

  • 2003 Friday, 4 April 8.30, Ticket £11 - Marlene Verplanck
  • 2003 Friday, 11 April 8.30, Ticket £10 - Roger Beaujolais Quintet
  • 2003 Friday, 18 April 8.30, Ticket £10 - John Etheridge - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 25 April 8.30, Ticket £12 - Clare Teal - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 2 May 8.30, Ticket £10 - Mark Crooks Quintet
  • 2003 Friday, 9 May 8.30, Ticket £10 - Celebrating The Jazz Couriers - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 16 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - Lee Gibson - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 23 May 8.30, Ticket £9 - Jim Mullen and the Graham Harvey Trio
  • 2003 Friday, 30 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - Alan Barnes Octet "The Sherlock Holmes Suite"
  • 2003 Friday, 6 June 8.30, Ticket £10 - Laura Zakian
  • 2003 Friday, 13 June 8.30, Ticket £10 - Mick Hanson and David Newton - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 20 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - Gilad Atzmon and the Extended Orient House Ensemble - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 27 June 8.30, Ticket £11 - Trudy Kerr
  • We are ever so proud of our 10th Anniversary Winter 2003 season

  • 2003 Friday, 3 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Jean Toussaint
  • 2003 Friday, 10 January 8.30, Ticket £9 - Big Chief
  • 2003 Friday, 17 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Renato D'Aiello's International Quartet
  • 2003 Friday, 24 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ola - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 31 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Ian Shaw
  • Saturday, 1 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Stan Tracey Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 7 February 8.30, Ticket £14 - Stacey Kent - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 14 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Tina May Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 21 February 8.30 and Saturday, 22 February 8.30, Ticket £13 - Martin Taylor - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 28 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Clark Tracey's "Tribute to Art Blakey" - Sorry, sold out!
  • Saturday, 1 March 8.30, Ticket £14 - Claire Martin Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 7 March 8.30, Ticket £9 - Pat Crumley Quartet
  • 2003 Friday, 14 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 21 March 8.30, Ticket £9 - Jamie Cullum Trio - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2003 Friday, 28 March 8.30, Ticket £11 - Snake Davis - Sorry, sold out!


  • Delights on a 2002 Autumn

  • 2002 Friday, 4 October 8.30, Ticket £8 - Chaz Jankel Quartet
  • 2002 Friday, 11 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Viktoria Tolstoy
  • 2002 Friday, 18 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - The Garricks String Quartet
  • 2002 Friday, 25 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Billy Jenkins' Blues Collective
  • 2002 Friday, 1 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ingrid Laubrock Quartet
  • 2002 Friday, 8 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 15 November 8.30, Ticket £11 - Peter King Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 22 November 8.30, Ticket £11 - Annie Whitehead Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 29 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - David Gordon Trio
  • 2002 Friday, 6 December 8.30, Ticket £10 - Julian Siegel Quartet
  • 2002 Friday, 13 December 8.30, Ticket £11 - Protect the Beat
  • 2002 Friday, 20 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Dennis Rollins' Bad Bone and Co. - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 27 December 8.30, Ticket £11 - Victoria Newton
  • A 2002 summer with many double pleasures

  • 2002 Friday, 5 July 8.30, Ticket £9 - Lennie Bush and Friends
  • 2002 Friday, 12 July 8.30, Ticket £13 - Tina May and her French Band
  • 2002 Friday, 19 July 8.30 and Saturday, 20 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Celebrating the Jazz Couriers
  • 2002 Friday, 26 July 8.30, Ticket £9 - Tim Richards Trio
  • 2002 Friday, 2 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Polar Bear / Acoustic Ladyland
  • 2002 Friday, 9 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - John Etheridge / Theo Travis Quartet
  • 2002 Friday, 16 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Rachael Calladine
  • 2002 Friday, 23 August 8.30 and Saturday, 24 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Lillian Boutt&eacut
  • 2002 Friday, 30 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Paz
  • 2002 Friday, 6 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - As Meninas - Sorry, Sold Out
  • 2002 Friday, 13 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, Sold Out!
  • Sunday, 15 September 8.00, Ticket £12 - Mark Murphy and The Pete Churchill Trio
  • 2002 Friday, 20 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - John Law Quartet
  • 2002 Friday, 27 September 8.30 and Saturday, 28 September 8.30, Ticket £13 - Martin Taylor - Sorry, sold out!
  • Spring of 2002 shone with great music.

  • 2002 Friday, 5 April, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Lush Life
  • 2002 Friday, 12 April, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Alyson Cawley Quintet
  • 2002 Friday, 19 April, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ola - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 26 April, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Geoff Gascoyne Quartet
  • 2002 Friday, 3 May, 8.30 Ticket £9 - The Organ Trio
  • 2002 Friday, 10 May, 8.30 Ticket £11 - The New Noakes Internationals
  • 2002 Friday, 17 May, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Ed Jones Quintet
  • 2002 Friday, 24 May, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Dave Newton and Mick Hanson - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 31 May, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Elaine Delmar - Sorry, sold out!
  • Saturday, 1 June, 8.00 Ticket £12 -The Ray Gelato Giants Jubilee Dance at Boxford Village Hall - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 7 June, 8.30 Ticket £14 - Andy Sheppard - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 14 June, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Alec Dankworth Trio
  • 2002 Friday, 21 June, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Carole Burgess Sextet - Sorry, sold out!
  • Friday, 28 June, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Julian Marc Stringle and the Dream Band

  • Here is the glorious Winter of 2002.

  • 2002 Friday, 29 March, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Marlene Verplanck - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 22 March, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Renato D'Aiello Quintet
  • 2002 Friday, 15 March, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Alan Barnes, David Newton Trio, with Steve Fishwick - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 8 March, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Bob Bromhead Quintet
  • 2002 Friday, 1 March, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Damon Brown's International Quintet
  • 2002 Friday, 22 February, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Laura Zakian Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 15 February, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Kimbara Brothers
  • 2002 Friday, 8 February, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Snake Davis - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 1 February, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Dennis Rollins' Bad Bone & Co.
  • 2002 Friday, 25 January, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Eriko Ishihara Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 18 January, 8.30 Ticket £11 - The Tough Tenors
  • 2002 Friday, 11 January, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Stan Tracey Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2002 Friday, 4 January, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Frank Williams' African Jazz Quintet - Sorry, sold out!


  • The Autumn of 2001 gave us quite a string of sellouts


  • 2001 Friday, 28 December, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ingrid Laubrock Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 21 December, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Dana Gillespie - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 14 December, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Scott Hamilton - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 7 December, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Ian Shaw - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 30 November, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Sweet Chorus - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 23 November, 8.30 Ticket £10 - David Newton Trio - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 16 November, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Dunstan Coulber Quartet
  • 2001 Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Lillian Boutt&eacutrry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 2 November, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Benn Clatworthy
  • 2001 Friday, 26 October, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Nicki Leighton-Thomas
  • 2001 Friday, 19 October, 8.30 Ticket £9 - John Parricelli Group
  • 2001 Friday, 12 October, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Guy Barker's International Quintet
  • 2001 Friday, 5 October, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Bobby Worth Quartet
  • Summer 2001 was another credit to Liz's booking


  • 2001 Friday, 28th September, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Denny Ilett Quartet
  • 2001 Friday, 21st September, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Theo Travis Quintet featuring Roger Beaujolais
  • 2001 Friday, 14th September, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Clark Tracey New Quintet
  • 2001 Friday, 7th September, 8.30 Ticket £11 - John Etheridge and Victoria Newton Quintet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 31st August, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Dave O'Higgins with the Tom Cawley Trio
  • 2001 Friday, 24th August, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Rachel Calladine Quartet
  • 2001 Friday, 17th August, 8.30 Ticket £10 - A Celebration of the Jazz Couriers - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 10th August, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Zoe Rahman Quartet
  • 2001 Friday, 3rd August, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Stacey Kent Quintet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 27th July, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Girl Talk
  • 2001 Friday, 20th July, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble
  • 2001 Friday, 13th July, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Tina May and her French Band Featuring Tony Coe - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, 6th July, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Steve Lodder Sextet
  • Spring 2001 brought us musical delights

  • 2001 Friday, June 29th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - As Meninas - Sorry, Sold Out!
  • 2001 Friday, June 22nd, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Gordon Beck / Peter King Quartet
  • 2001 Friday, June 15th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Jonathan Gee / Damon Brown International Quartet
  • 2001 Friday, June 8th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Mark Crooks Quintet
  • 2001 Friday, June 1st, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Alan Barnes Sextet: Tribute to Cannonball Adderley - Sorry, Sold Out!
  • 2001 Friday, May 25th, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Michael Garrick Quartet
  • 2001 Friday, May 18th, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, Sold Out!
  • 2001 Friday, May 11th, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Perfect Houseplants
  • 2001 Friday, May 4th, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Zubop
  • 2001 Friday, April 27th, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Allison Neale Quartet
  • 2001 Friday, April 20th, 8.30 Ticket £11 - John Law Quartet featuring Tim Garland
  • 2001 Friday, April 13th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ed Jones Quintet
  • 2001 Friday, April 6th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Barb Jungr and Mari Wilson
  • Winter 2001 was hot at the Fleece

  • 2001 Friday, March 30, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Anthony Kerr Quartet
  • 2001 Friday, March 23, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Sheena Davis with Jim Mullen Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, March 16, 8.30 Ticket £10 - The David Newton Trio Sorry, sold out!
    with an interval and preshow appearance by the Yakima Valley Combo
  • 2001 Friday, March 9, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Marlene Verplanck
  • 2001 Friday, March 2, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Daniel Smith "Bassoon and Beyond"
  • 2001 Friday, February 23, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Ladies of Jazz and the Tommy Whittle Quartet - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, February 16, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Lillian Boutt&eacut
  • 2001 Friday, February 9, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Afroblue - Sorry, sold out!
  • 2001 Friday, February 2, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Herb Geller
  • 2001 Friday, January 26, 8.30 Ticket £9 - The Hungry Ants
  • 2001 Friday, January 19, 8.30 Ticket £12 - The Matt Wates Sextet
  • 2001 Friday, January 12, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Clark Tracey's New Quintet
  • 2001 Friday, January 12, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Clark Tracey's New Quintet
  • 2001 Friday, January 5, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Art Themen and the Bryan Spring Trio


  • The approach to the millenium year holidays was replete with fabulous sax and singing.

  • 2000 Friday, December 29, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Claire Martin and Ian Shaw Sorry, sold out!
  • 2000 Friday, December 22, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Frank Williams African Jazz Quintet Sorry, sold out!
  • 2000 Friday, December 15, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Bobby Wellins Quartet
  • 2000 Friday, December 8, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Peter King Quartet
  • 2000 Friday, December 1, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ricky Woodard
  • 2002 Friday, November 24, 8.30 Ticket £8 - The Alyson Cawley Quintet
  • Friday, November 17, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Christian Garrick, John Etheridge and the David Gordon Trio
  • Friday, November 10, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ed Jones Quintet
  • Friday, November 3, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Trudy Kerr
  • Friday, October 27, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Tina May and "the Frogs"
  • Friday, October 20, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Change of programme The Frank Griffith Quartet with Liam Noble
  • Friday, October 13, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Neil Yates and Joe Robinson (Praxis)
  • Friday, October 6, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Flanagan / Ingham Quartet

  • Something of a 2000 damp summer and wet autumn, but warm and wonderful music.

  • Friday, September 29, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Partisans
  • Friday, September 22, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Christian Garrick Quartet
  • Friday, September 15, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Young Lions / Old Tigers – Celebrating 60 years in the business
  • Sadly, we have had to cancel this gig due to the fuel shortage. They'll be back, folks.
  • Friday, September 8, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Lennie Bush and friends
  • Friday, September 1, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Liane Carroll and John Etheridge - Sorry, sold out!
  • Friday, August 25, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Pete Long Sextet featuring Patti Revell.
  • Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19 8.30 Ticket £12 - Martin Taylor Sorry,sold out
  • Friday, August 11, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Clark Tracey Sextet "Tribute to Art Blakey" Sorry,sold out
  • Friday, August 4, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Tony Coe, John Horler and Alec Dankworth
  • Friday, July 28, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Sarah Jane Morris Quintet
  • Friday, July 21, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Geoff Eales Trio featuring Jim Mullen
  • Friday, July 14, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Frank William's African Jazz Quintet
  • Friday, July 7, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Ingrid Laubrock Quartet

  • A warm 2000 spring and warmer and wonderful jazz.

  • Friday June 30th 8.30 £10. You are advised to purchase tickets well in advance. - Elaine Delmar
  • Friday June 23rd 8.30 £9 - Damon Brown Quintet
  • Friday June 16th 8.30 £9. You are advised to purchase tickets well in advance. - Ian Shaw and James Pearson
  • Friday June 9th 8.30 £9. You are advised to purchase tickets well in advance. - Alan Barnes Quartet
  • Friday June 2 8.30 £7 - Pete Wareham Quartet
  • Friday May 26 8.30 £10 - Stacey Kent - Sorry, sold out
  • Friday May 19 8.30 £8 - Tim Whitehead Quartet "Personal Standards"
  • Friday May 12 8.30 £9 - Cubana Bop
  • Friday May 5 8.30 Ticket £11. Sorry, sold out. - Dana Gillespie
  • Friday April 28 8.30 Ticket £18. You were advised to purchase tickets well in advance. - Under Milk Wood
  • Friday April 21 8.30 £8 - Tim Richards and Sigi Finkel's Soundscape
  • Friday April 14 8.30 £9 - Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble
  • Friday April 7 8.30 £10 - Zubop

  • There have been some extra special events in the first part of the centenial year.

  • Friday 31 March 8.30 £9 - Neil Stacey's Kimbara Brothers
  • Friday 24 March 8.30 £9 - Martin Drew Quartet
  • Friday 17 March 8.30 £10 - Marlene Verplanck and the Roy Babbington Trio
  • Friday 10 March 8.30 £8 - Laura Zakian Quintet
  • Friday 3 March 8.30 £12 - John Surman - Sorry, sold out.
  • Friday 25 February 8.30 £8 - Mick Hanson and Dave Newton
  • Friday 18 February 8.30 £8 - Loz Speyer Quartet
  • Friday 11 February 8.30 £12 - Girl Talk --- Sorry, sold out!
  • Friday 4 February 8.30 £15 - Andy Sheppard, Steve Lodder and Chris Laurence --- Sorry, sold out!
  • Friday 28 January 8.30 £9 - Gary Baldwin Quartet
  • Friday 21 January 8.30 £10 - Lee Gibson and Alan Barnes
  • Friday 14 January 14 8.30 £7 - Kate Williams Quartet

  • Friday 7 January 8.30 £10 - Reduced N&oacutb>


    1999's cold months brought us some wonderful music.


    1999's summer and early autumn of musical delights.


    Lovely spring and early summer 1999 musical weather at the Fleece.


    An amazing array of talent displayed at the Fleece in the winter and early spring of 1999, in reverse chronological order.


    The Autumn of 1988 was warm, particularly at the Fleece. Here is what we heard, in reverse chronological order.
    A fine time for jazzers at the Fleece was the summer of 1988. In reverse chronological order, we heard
    Spring 1998 was vintage stuff. Here are the gigs, in reverse chronological order
    The first programme from 1998 was a delight and a wonderment. The gigs are listed below in reverse chronological order.

    Here are the gigs from a delightful 1997. They are still in reverse chronological order.

    Here are some past gigs from 1996. A good year, even if in reverse chronological order.

    The superb Patrick has begun the task of building the earliest of the gigs database. As a taster, here are the gigs from February 1993 through to September of that year.
    • MICK HANSON/DAVID NEWTON QUARTET
    • BOBBY WELLINS QUARTET
    • LIANE CARROLL TRIO
    • KEVIN FLANGAN QUARTET
    • JIM MULLEN QUARTET
    • KELVIN CHRISTIANE BAND
    • SUE HAWKER and BOB KORAL'S SKETCH
    • JIMMY HASTINGS/JOHN HORLER QUINTET
    • SPIKE ROBINSON QUARTET
    • SHORT STORIES
    • ROGER BEAUJOLAIS QUARTET
    • GEOFF ELLISTON SWING BAND
    • BRUCE ADAMS QUARTET
    • BILL BERRY QUARTET
    • MIKE HANSON QUARTET
    • PHIL CAPONE QUINTET
    • HILARY CAMERON QUARTET
    • NEW NOAKES QUARTET
    • CHRISTINE TOBIN BAND
    • TIM RICHARDS' TRIO
    • DAVE QUINCY QUARTET with MICK HANSON
    • GEOFF WILLIAMS QUARTET
    • THEO TRAVIS BAND
    • PETER OXLEY TRIO
    • STEVE MELLING TRIO
    • ALAN BARNES, ANTHONY KERR BAND
    • ED BENTLEY TRIO
    • PETER JACOBSEN TRIO
    • LIANE CARROLL
    • DEIRDRE CARTRIGHT QUARTET
    • AFRICAN JAZZ QUARTET

    Friday 6 September 8.30pm £8

    JACQUI DANKWORTH and FIELD OF BLUE

    Those of you who saw Jacqui's two sets at the club with brother Alec's quartet will know she is set to become one of the great jazz vocalists. This new group (with its first album set for imminent release) features the singer with guitarist/pianist/arranger Harvey Brough, John Miller (piano/vocals) Martin Brunsden (bass) and Marc Parnell (drums). Expect the emphasis to be on original tunes, deft lyrics and a "yearning to create the perfect 3 1/2 minute pop song"
    Go to Top

    Friday 13 September 8.30pm £7

    GARY CROSBY'S NU TROOP

    The declared object of this acoustic sextet is "to swing hard". If the music of Coltrane, Parker and Davis is for you, then catch former Jazz Warrior Gary on double bass, Neil Yates (trumpet), Denys Baptiste (tenor) Tony Kofi (alto) Robert Fordjour (drums) and Ahmed Ben-Imhotep (piano) with their clear, true sound reminiscent of a golden era but with a definitive 1990's edge.
    Go to Top

    Friday 20 September 8.30pm £7

    THE GARY SCOTT QUARTET

    American Gary is making a short British visit, gigging at a few select clubs (happily including us!). He hails from San Diego, has accompanied Sinatra and Mel Torme amongst others and plays tenor, alto and clarinet. Essential!
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    Saturday 21 September 8.30pm £25 per Couple

    A SUPPER DANCE

    Supper Dance

    to the music of

    The Flanagan - Ingham Quartet
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    Friday 27 September 8.30pm £7

    THE MATT WATES SEXTET

    Matt's band played a memorable first gig at the Fleece last year and we've had many requests for a return visit by the altoist/composer - so here he is with John Pearce (piano), Andy Panayi (saxes and flute), Mark Fletcher (drums) Martin Shaw (trumpet) and bassist Malcolm Creese, whose ABCD label has recently recorded Matt's second album.
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    Friday 4 October 8.30pm £8

    MICHAEL HASHIM with JAY DENSON, MIKE HANSON & MIKE>

    The superb New York based alto and soprano player begins his UK tour in fine company with Mike Bradley on drums and local favourite, guitarist Mike Hanson, who considers Jay to be the best Hammond organist in Britain today. Book early for an unmissable evening!
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    Friday 11 October 8.30pm £6

    TIM RICHARD'S SPIRIT LEVEL

    One of our most enduring and original bands, the quartet was re-constituted by pianist Tim in 1989 and now makes a third appearance at Boxford. The close-meshed ensemble sound in no way compromises the individuality of the players: just listen to their recent fifth album "On The Level" on 33.
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    Friday 18 October 8.30pm £8

    SAX APPEAL

    The popular octet features a front line of no less than five saxophonists, led by alto star Derek Nash. Expect to see some of our finest young reed
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    Friday 25 October 8.30pm £8

    Elaine Delmar and the Brian Dee Trio

    Among all contemporary singers there are a few who understand the jazz repertoire better, or who express it with such dynamic simplicity. Elaine casts a subtle new light on the material - her supurb accompanying trio includes pianist Brian and drummer Bobby Worth.
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    Friday 1 November 8.30pm £6

    The Esmond Selwin Trio

    Debuts this evening for Welshman Esmond on guitar and base player Clive Morton, together with a long overdue return for drummer Robin Jones, renowned for his percussion work with Matt Bianco and his own group King Salsa. Esmond (who releases an eagerly anticipated new CD during 1997) and Robin are well known in jazz circles for their association with tenor man Don Rendell: check out this splendid trio tonight in the intimate surroundings of our club.
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    Friday 8 November 8.30pm £8

    Benny Green and Sons

    Boxford welcomes the distinguished broadcaster, author, musician and raconteur (and leading authority on cricket and P.G.Wodhose, favourite subjects of your committee). Benny on tenor plays a relaxed club date in company with Leo Green (tenor), Dominic Green (guitar), John Piper (drums), James Pearson (piano) and base player Andy Brown.
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    Friday 15 November 8.30pm £9

    Bobby Shew and the Bobby Worth Trio

    The powerful American trumpeter, whose soft, warm sound is so suitable to ballads, has played in the bands of such legends as Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. Bobby makes a much awaited return to Suffolk to team with the matchless rhythm section of Bobby Worth (drums), Leon Clayton (bass) and John Pearce (piano).
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    Friday 22 November 8.30pm £6

    Orquestra Mahatma

    Following a series of gigs with Elvis Costello and Andy Sheppard, Fleece favourite and star percussionist Paul Clarvis returns to Boxford as a leader in this dynamic trio. Base player Thad Kelly and multi instrumentalist Stuart Hall complete the line up, so be early for an evening of unusual and rewarding music.
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    Friday 29 November 8.30pm and Saturday 30 November Ticket £9

    Martin Taylor

    We can't do better than quote Chet Atkins: "Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive players in the world". Two chanes to catch a true giant of jazz guitar whose awesome technique and unerring musical sense held a sellout Fleece audience spellbound last Autumn.
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    Friday 29 November 8.30pm £7

    The Alan Skidmore Quartet

    One of Britian's finest tenor players presents an evening of highly charged muscular music steeped in the spirit of his mentor, John Coltrane. Skid's quartet include pianist Steve Melling, gigging recently with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine.
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    Friday 13 December 8.30pm £7

    The Gary Potter Quartet

    The mercurial Liverpudlian guitarist appears live at the Hot Club of Boxford - if you haven't yet seen this master musician, give yourself an early Christmas treat! His band tonight comprises Herbie Flowers on double bass, Dave Trigwell on drums and pianist Mark Jackson. Watch out for Gary's new CD "Friends".
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    Friday 20 December 8.30pm All Ticket £9

    Claire Martin and Her Trio

    Our cover star returns to Boxford for a secnd Christmas spectacular with Clark Tracy (drums), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and - making a Fleece debut - pianist Gareth Williams. Her fourth album "Offbeat" (recorded at Ronnie Scott's) showcases this band in performance, demonstrates Claire's unrivalled ability to select great material and confirms her stature as one of our finest jazz singers - ever.
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    Friday 27 December 8.30pm £7

    Eddie Johnson's Jazz Unlimited with Don Rendell

    We say goodbye to 1996 in grand style with a second visit by this august organization. Eddie on bass, Richard Butcher (drums), Vic Wood (trumpet), new addition Mark Allaway (saxophone) and pianist/arranger John China join their very special guest, Don on tenor and reeds. We promise you that the roof will be raised!
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    Friday 3 January 8.30pm All Ticket £9

    The Peter King Quintet

    It's extraordinary to think that it's three years since we presented this wonderful musician at the club. We celebrate our 200th gig and the New Year with a second visit by Peter on alto saxophone leading a stellar quintet to include Gerard Presencer (trumpet), Steve Melling on piano, bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Seve Keogh. An unmissable evening - and here's to the next 200!
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    Friday 10 January 8.30pm £6

    The Almost Acoustic Trio

    The most versatile of players, guitarist John Etheridge has been associated with such violinists as Grappelli, Menuhin, Ric Sanders and Nigel Kennedy - here he links with another in the fast rising Chris Garrick. The trio is completed by Malcolm Creese, the busiest double bass player on the circuit - and one of the very best!
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    Friday 17 January 8.30pm £7

    The Lee Gibson Quartet

    We're delighted to present a second appearance by this stylish singer who caught our attention with her expressive interpretation of the standard repertoire and her CD's "You Can See Forever" and "The Nearness Of You". With Lee this evening are drummer/arranger Gerry Boyce, pianist John Pearce and Paul Morgan on double bass.
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    Friday 24 January 8.30pm £7

    The Jean Toussaint Quartet

    The American tenor and soprano star and former Jazz Messenger makes a long overdue return to Suffolk with a band that includes Dave Green on double bass and pianist Steve Hamilton. Since leaving Art Blakey in 1986, Jean has been resident in London, recording two acclaimed CDs "What Goes Around" and "Life I Want" and playing with such great names as Julian Joseph, Andy Hamilton and Jason Rebello.
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    Friday 31 January 8.30pm £6

    The Steve Melling Trio

    Tonight we turn the Boxford spotlight on Steve, an integral part of the Alan Skidmore and Peter King groups, whose memorable first album as a leader "Trio Duo Solo" is released on Ronnie Scott's Jazz House label. Dave Ohm on drums and Arnie Somogyi on double bass join the pianist to complete this intriguing trio.
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    Friday 7 February 8.30pm £7

    Mind and Time

    Four of Britain's leading musicians in Martin Speake (alto saxophone), Clark Tracey (drums), Chris Batchelor (trumpet) and Mick Hutton (double bass) comprise this brand new band. The music of the Texan tenor player Ornette Coleman changed the direction of jazz - this evening the quartet re-evaluates Ornette's compositions and pays tribute to an American legend.
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    Friday 14 February 8.30pm All Ticket £9

    The Tina May Quartet

    Chris Parker of The Times commented that her fourth album 'Time Will Tell' "triumphantly confirms Tina's reputation as one of the brightest vocal stars in the UK jazz firmament". If you haven't yet caught this marvellous singer with her pure soprano voice with a three-octave range and flawless pitch, book early for our St Valentine's Day special!
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    Friday 21 February 8.30pm £7

    The Ed Jones Quintet

    A third visit from this superb band whose previous gigs have assumed legendary status with Fleece regulars. The quintet is led by Ed on tenor, whose credits include recording or live work with such as Incognito, Chaka Khan, the Brand New Heavies and George Benson expect two soaring sets from one of Britain's finest saxophonists and a wildly appreciative audience!
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    Friday 28 February 8.30pm £7

    The Iain Dixon Quartet

    The tenor and soprano player who so impressed us at the Appleby Jazz festival makes a first appearance at the Fleece, leading Nicci Iles (piano), Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums). Iain and Nicci are the principal composers, but listen out for some standards too.
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    Friday 7 March 8.30pm £6

    The John Law - Tim Wells - Paul Carvis Trio

    John on piano, Tim on double bass and Paul on drums and percussion, have just released two albums "Giant Leaves (Autumn Steps)" and "The Onliest" on FMR records. Their aim is to explore the classic jazz standard language from an open, improvised perspective - tonight, the trio reinterprets the music of Thelonius Monk. Watch out for this "brilliant pianist who plays like a hybrid of Cecil Taylor and Keith Jarrett".
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    Friday 14 March 8.30pm £7

    The Rachel Buchanan Quartet

    This stylist vocalist was highly recomended to us by Tina May's manager, David Jacobs, who clearly knows a fine singer when he hears one! We flipped over Rachel's reading of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" and so here she is with her new approach to the great standards, some dramatic ballads, originals and a little Latin influence!
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    Friday 21 March 8.30pm £7

    The Clare Hirst Quartet

    Clare on tenor and soprano saxophones, Hilary Cameron (keyboards), Phil Scragg (bass guitar) and drummer Davide Giovanini comprise this splendid quartet, whose CD "Tough And Tender" on the 33 label was arguably the finest debut recording issued in 1996. If you like exhilarating jazz with a "world music" influence, then don't miss their second Boxford gig!
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    Friday 4 April 8.30pm £7

    Dominic Alldis Quartet

    A first chance to catch the pianist/vocalist with the impeccable diction and defiantly English style, whose 1996 CD "Turn Out The Stars" paid elegant tribute to the great Bill Evans. Dominic contributes precise and poised keyboards to his quartet completed by Adam Glasser (harmonica/piano), Andrew Cleyndert (double bass) and drummer Tristan Maillot.
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    Friday 11 April 8.30pm £8

    The Stacey Kent Quintet

    Stacey releases her eagerly awaited debut CD "Close Your Eyes" on Candid Records in May. Tonight the stylish chanteuse joins Jim Tomlinson (tenor), Dave Newton (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) to preview songs from what will be one of the years essential albums.
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    Friday 18 April 8.30pm £7

    The Gary Scott Quartet

    A very special night is promised at the club with the return of this most accomplished of musicians on a short European tour. American Gary is based in San Diego, has accompanied Sinatra, Presley and Tony Bennett amongst a galaxy of stars and plays tenor, alto and clarinet. Actually, he plays no less than 13 different woodwind instruments!
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    Friday 25 April 8.30pm £8

    Ian Shaw

    The sensational singer/pianist tells us that he particularly likes to play solo gigs at the Boxford Fleece and the Algonquin Hotel, New York! Tonight the Big Apple must wait its turn as Ian showcases songs from his fourth (and best) album "The Echo Of A Song" newly released on Ronnie Scott's Jazz House label.
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    Friday 2 May 8.30pm £8

    The Buckley-Batchelor Quartet

    "Steve Buckley is the tall one with fair hair who plays saxophones, bass clarinet and pennywhistle; Chris Batchelor is the small yet perfectly formed dark haired one who plays trumpet" - a succinct description of the former Loose Tubes men lifted from their publicity handout! If you like adventurous and unusual music, then catch the duo with drummer Mark Sanders and Improv star/ composer Simon Pell (bass).
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    Friday 9 May 8.30pm £8

    The Julie Dexter Quintet

    Julie's management team wrote to say "...you'll love her to bits...Julie Dexter is a beautiful young vocalist who can blend classic jazz with modern jazz and is a brilliant arranger...she is the tops when it comes to arranging standards." We're very struck - judge for yourself when the fast rising singer makes her Boxford debut.
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    Friday 16 May 8.30pm £8

    The David Newton Quartet

    David co-led the band on our first ever gig in February 1993. On our 219th gig tonight, his new quartet make their Boxford debut - the stellar pianist links with Iain Dixon (tenor and soprano), Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) with emphasis on music from their forthcoming Candid CD "DNA". Another crucial summer purchase!
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    Friday 23 May 8.30pm £8

    Cubana Bop

    We're delighted to present a first appearance by this exuberant Latin-jazz sextet led by pianist Terry Seabrook. Cubana Bop provide an exciting blend of traditional Latin numbers and jazz standards and are described by the Times as "... one of the UK scene's freshest live acts." Be early for an essential gig!
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    Friday 30 May 8.30pm £8

    The Sigi Finkel - Tim Richards Band

    This new partnership pairs pianist Tim, leader of the enduring Spirit Level project, with a star Vienna based tenor/soprano player. Sigi hails from Germany and has worked with such internationally known musicians as Enrico Rava and John Abercrombie. On a UK tour in support of their CD "Dervish Dances", the duo are joined by drummer Marc Parnell and bassist Phil Scragg.
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    Friday 6 June 8.30pm £7

    The Kelvin Christiane Band

    Phil Scragg (bass), Mark Fletcher (drums) and Neil Angilley on piano comprise Kelvin's group on his third Boxford date. This fine musician and engaging personality will be playing tenor, alto, flute and clarinet on tonight's gig - meanwhile he's busy working on a quartet CD and the debut recording by Latin Jazz ensemble Balangandan for future release.
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    Friday 13 June 8.30pm £8

    The Jim Mullen Band

    His third CD for the EFZ label "We Go Back" marked a change of direction for the ace Scottish guitarist. Jim departed from the sharp, electric sound that characterised his 90's albums to team with Gary Husband, Gareth Williams and Mick Hutton to make a superb record of standard tunes with an acoustic emphasis. This reflective gentler approach confirms his stature as one of the country's great musicians - don't miss Jim's much awaited return to Suffolk!
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    Friday 20 June 8.30pm £8

    The Michael Garrick Quartet

    This programme concludes in fine style with a first appearance by this elegant pianist in company with Mike Hall on saxophone, Paul Moylan on bass and drummer Alan (AJ) Jackson. Closely associated with such names as Joe Harriott, Don Rendell, Ian Carr and Norma Winstone, Michael is renowned as an inspirational bandleader, a prolific composer and a tireless educator and administrator.
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    Friday 27 June 8.30pm £8

    The Tim Whitehead Quartet

    At last! The return of the former Loose Tubes tenor man, whose superb compositions and impassioned improvising form the focal points of the "the best band I've ever put together". The group's third album was recorded live at Ronnie Scott's this month. Tonight pianist Peter Jacobsen and drummer Dave Barry join Tim for an evening of contemplative ballads and Latin fusion inspired tunes.
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    Friday 28 March 8.30pm £7

    The Steve Waterman Quartet

    Good Friday - Great Band - Paul Clarvis (drums and percussion), Jeff Clyne (double bass) and Liam Noble (piano) join the powerful trumpeter whose album "Destination Unknown" was one of the essential recordings of 1996. Steve takes time out from a busy schedule of session work, West End shows and TV jingles to showcase his own lyrical compositions in a club setting.
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    Friday 4 July 8.30pm £8

    The Ray Alexander Quartet

    From Bayside, New York to Boxford Suffolk - an annual visitor to these shores, Ray is a favourite at summer festivals throughout Britain. Tonight we celebrate American Independence Day with a much overdue return for the superb vibes player and entertainer, whose band includes multi-instrumentalist Neale Ridding on piano.
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    Friday 11 July 8.30pm £8

    The Penelope Tobin Sextet

    Now based in Brooklyn, Penelope returns to her native UK to make a keenly anticipated debut at the club on the eve of her season at Ronnie Scott's. Described as "a jazz musician for the 21st century", the fast rising singer/pianist joins the finest of musicians in Dave Green (bass), Tristan Maillot (drums), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Mark Lockheart (saxophones) and Mark Nightingale (trombone) with the emphasis on material from her new Spotlite CD "Beside Myself".
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    Friday 18 July 8.30pm £13 ALL TICKET

    Marion Montgomery and her Trio

    From Natchez, Mississippi to Boxford Suffolk - Marion Montgomery, singer. Tonight expect to find a sellout crowd and a trio including ace drummer Martin Drew and composer/pianist Laurie Holloway. Expect to hear a repertoire consisting of tunes from Gershwin to Mercer to Rupert Holmes to Bill Withers. Expect most of all to see one of the greatest vocalists in jazz.
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    Friday 25 July 8.30pm £9 ALL TICKET

    The Dave O'Higgins Quartet

    The notes on his second CD opined that Dave O'Higgins had "earned his place in the global "A" team". His four sharp EFZ albums now represent a substantial body of work and fully bear out that claim - check out Dave's "Secret Ingredient" for proof and catch the superb tenor and soprano star on his eagerly awaited return to Suffolk with Alec Dankworth (bass), Robin Aspland (piano) and New Yorker Gene Calderazzo on drums. One crucial gig!
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    Friday 1 August 8.30pm £12 ALL TICKET

    The Scott Hamilton Quartet

    We're delighted to present a first appearance by the doyen of contemporary American mainstream players - Scott on tenor is joined by his regular British rhythm section, the Rolls Royce team of Dave Green (double bass), Allan Ganley (drums) and Fleece debutante Brian Lemon on piano. One of the great working quartets in Nineties jazz provides a magical start to our fourth annual Jazz Weekend!
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    Saturday 2 August 8.30pm £9 ALL TICKET

    Elaine Delmar

    Another marvellous rhythm section in pianist Brian Dee, drummer Bobby Worth and bass player Harvey Weston accompany Elaine on her second Boxford gig. Among all contemporary singers there are few who understand the jazz repertoire better, or who express it with such dynamic simplicity. She casts a subtle light on the material - so anticipate a little Saturday night fever!
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    Sunday 3 August Midday FREE ENTRY

    Sax Appeal

    A lazy Sunday afternoon, dreamy summer weather, a superb barbecue and free admission to the Fleece courtyard! Our mini festival concludes with a return visit by alto player Derek Nash with the cream of young British saxophonists and a stellar rhythm section - this popular octet has recently released a third CD "Outside In" in the wake of a highly successful tour of South America. An essential band on an essential day in the Boxford calendar!
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    Friday 8 August 8.30pm £8

    The Byron Wallen Quintet

    Who could forget Byron's stunning duo gig with Mervyn Africa at Boxford last year? Described by The Guardian as "the most interesting new explorer of Miles Davis' legacy", the powerful trumpeter and composer returns to the club to lead Trevor Watkis (piano), Frank Tontoh (drums), Tony Kofi (alto saxophone) and Larry Bartley (bass). This summer sees Byron on an extensive European tour and the release of his new album "Earth Roots".
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    Friday 15 August 8.30pm £7

    The Nikki Leighton-Thomas Quartet

    Every jazz fan will recall Fran Landesman's superlative lyric to "Spring Will Really Hang You Up The Most". These days she is writing with pianist Simon Wallace and their songs find a sparkling and seductive interpreter in vocalist Nikki Leighton-Thomas. This evening we turn the spotlight on Simon and Nikki to showcase some great lyrics and one of the most engaging of our young singers.
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    Friday 22 August 8.30pm £8

    The Spike Robinson Quartet

    Blimey - yet another big name American! An enduring Fleece favourite, Spike draws material from the common stock of classic American song that has supplied great popular vocalists, such as Sinatra and Peggy Lee, over the years, treating tunes with warmth and affection. Legendary drummer Jack Parnell, Leon Clayton (bass) and John Pearce (piano) accompany the tenor star on his return to Boxford.
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    Friday 29 August 8.30pm £8

    The Holly Slater Quartet

    Congratulations to Holly Slater, winner of the Louis Award for the Young Jazz Musician Of The Year! Our programme concludes with your chance to hear the tenor saxophonist who so impressed the panel of James Moody, Benny Green, Ronnie Scott, Julian Joseph and Barbara Thompson! A "creative and audacious performer with a precocious determination to avoid the obvious", Holly plays Boxford with Jonathan De'ath (drums), Romain Collard (bass) and Mike Gorman (piano) - Fleece debutants all!
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    Friday 5 September 8.30pm £7

    Dave Jones Trio with Nick Hill

    The first gig of our Autumn season finds drummer Dave Trigwell and double bass player Mike Harris back at Boxford to join Fleece debutants Dave on piano and special guest Nick on trumpet and flugelhorn. We were very struck by the pianist's first CD "Have You Met Mr Jones?", released by Parrot records in late '96 to enthusiastic reviews. Their pleasing consistency of mood and feel and reverent exploration of the standard repertoire mark out this group as one to watch!
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    Friday 12 September 8.30pm £9

    Danny Moss, Jeanie Lambe and the Bobby Worth Trio

    Drummer Bobby, pianist Brian Dee and double bass player Len Skeat comprise a ace rhythm section to accompany Danny on tenor saxophone and his wife Jeanie on their first Boxford date. Danny occupied the tenor chair in a succession of world renowned big bands - today his huge tone and hard swinging style make him instantly recognised. Look out for Jeanie's vivacious personality, Her beautiful voice and her sense of dynamic and dramatic performance when tonight we present two formidable entertainers!
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    Friday 19 September 8.30pm £8

    The Kimbara Brothers

    With a second album in the can for autumn release and their contribution to the international "Best Of Gypsy Jazz" CD, it's all happening for the Kimbaras! Led by guitarist Neil Stacey, the quartet evokes the stylish romantic world of Django with its music full of subtlety, invention and humour - the Hot Club of Boxford will be packed for a return visit by this unique band!
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    Saturday 20 September 7:30 pm for 8.30pm £30 Double Ticket

    SUPPER DANCE

    THE BOBBY WORTH QUARTET
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    Friday 26 September 8.30pm £9

    The Baritone Band

    Just marvellous! With a front line of Alan Wakeman, Andy Panayi, Alan Barnes and John Williams on baritone saxophones, this seven piece group arrives at Boxford as part of a UK tour. Founded in 1986, the Baritone Band have a CD scheduled for Autumn release on Spotlite Records: tonight's celebration of a largely unsung member of the sax family features some invigorating originals and affectionate tributes to many of the great jazz baritone players.
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    Friday 3 October 8.30pm £7

    Estelle Kokot Quartet

    Andy Brown (Flanagan-Ingham Quartet) on double bass, Winston Clifford on Drums and guitarist Peter Oxley, leader of the New Noakes Quartet, complete the South African singer/pianist's trio on her first Boxford gig. Estelle's extraordinary vocal range and singular composition skills are allied to a sharp sense of humour and an electric stage presence. Don't miss this chance to catch a rising star in an intimate club setting!
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    Friday 10 October 8.30pm £10 ALL TICKET

    Clair Martin and her Trio

    Arguably the best British vocalist of her generation, Claire recorded her fifth Linn album "Make This City Ours" in New York last year. Released this Spring, it reveals again her unrivalled ability to select great material: expect to find it as the critics' choice as the Jazz CD of 1997. At Boxford the singer makes a fifth appearance, joined by her superlative trio of Clark Tracey (drums), Arnie Somogyi (double bass) and pianist Dave Newton: one fine gig in prospect!
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    Friday 17 October 8.30pm £8

    PAZ

    We welcome back the enduring Latin fusion band that provided an Easter treat last year! Founded in 1970 by vibes player/leader Dick Crouch, this superb ensemble returns to Suffolk in an eight piece version showcasing some of Britain's best musicians and some lively original charts. Paz attract a large and loyal following, so be early for the group that Dick describes as "playing today's form of bebop".
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    Friday 24 October 8.30pm £10 ALL TICKET

    The Harry Allen Quartet

    Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist - his answer was "my technique, Al Cohen's ideas and Zoot Sims' time. The fulfilment of this idea may well be embodied in our special guest this evening, making his debut at the club. Harry Allen, of Providence, Rhode Island is possessed of a gorgeous tone and his warm, ingratiating sound in the Coleman Hawkins tradition is the hallmark of a true tenor star.
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    Friday 31 October 8.30pm £8

    The Max Waites Sextet

    Congratulations to Matt Wates, winner of the 1997 BT British Jazz Award in the Rising Star category! We consider his two CD's "Relaxin' At The Cat" and "Two" to be essential recordings, a view borne out by Jazz Journal International who included Matt's second Album in its top 12 releases of 1996 - the only British representative. Tonight it's your chance to check out the alto player/composer as his sextet returns for a third Boxford gig!
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    Friday 7 November 8.30pm £9

    Gerard Presencer's Platypus

    Tonight the spotlight falls upon one of the worlds finest jazz trumpeters as Gerard's band make their eagerly awaited East Anglian debut. So be extra early as Jim Watson (piano), Jeremy Stacey (drums) and Andy Cleyndert (double bass) join the dynamic trumpet and flugelhorn player to showcase his own compositions.
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    Friday 14 November 8.30pm £8

    Milan Lad

    Milan brings his stylish fusion of Indian jazz and Western music to Suffolk as part of an Arts Council funded tour with a prestigious new commission from Leeds Jazz in celebration of Mahatma Ghandi and 50 years of Indian independence: on this intriguing evening his septet includes Sylvan Richardson Jr. (electric bass), Myke Wilson (drums), Inder "Goldfinger" (tablas/percussion), Vanette Mason (keyboards) and violinist Davide Rossi.
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    Friday 21 November 8.30pm £7

    The Andy Hague Quintet

    In his first appearance at Boxford the Bristol based trumpeter shares the front line with ex-NYJO and Tommy Chase tenor player Ben Waghorn. Andy's album on his own Ooh Err label "Portrait Of The Artist As An Old Git" is seldom far from our CD players these days - an assured and polished recording notwithstanding the offbeat title! Dave Gordon (piano), Dave Goodier (bass) and Paul Cavaciuti complete this fine group.
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    Friday 28 November 8.30pm £8

    The Sarah Moule Quintet

    Our programme commences with a first appearance for this wonderfully expressive singer, hailed by the Guardian as a "cabaret Diva". Sarah is joined by Mark Johns (guitar), Jeremy Brown (double bass), Mark Fletcher (drums) and Simon Wallace (piano) for a programme of thoughtfully chosen material of familiar standards and all too rarely heard jazz songs. Don't miss your chance to check out this marvellous young vocalist and Claire Martin prot&eacutr/> Go to Top

    Friday 5 December 8.30pm £8

    Tony Kopfi Tribute to Charlie Parker

    The fast rising British alto player joins ever-popular Byron Wallen (trumpet) on a special evening to commemorate the great American saxophonist who revolutionised post war jazz. The group is completed by Larry Bartley (bass) and - making their Boxford debuts - drummer Richard Lucock and pianist Trevor Watkis. Five fine musicians pay tribute to the sound of Bebop, Bird, Miles and Dizzy: one crucial gig!
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    Friday 12 December 8.30pm £9

    The Bruce Adams - Alan Barnes Quintet

    Fleece favourites Bruce on trumpet and flugelhorn and Alan on alto and baritone lead a crack rhythm section of Steve Brown (drums), Matt Miles (bass) and Richard Busiakiewicz (piano) on this our 250th gig. The band celebrate with two blistering sets of "music that is melodic and exciting and vastly accomplished". If you think their CDs are sensational, wait till you hear them in person at the club!
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    Friday 19 December 8.30pm £9

    The Lee Gibson Quartet

    The celebrations continue with our Christmas gig and the return of this consummate jazz vocalist. Two peerless albums for the Zephyr label "You Can See Forever" and "The Nearness Of You" showcase a swinging singer who has reached the highest standards of musicianship. At Boxford Lee is joined by drummer Gerry Boyce, John Pearce on piano and Paul Morgan on double bass: book early for this Xmas treat!
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    Friday 2 January 8.30pm £7

    Annie Whitehead's Rude

    On their last Boxford date, Rude's drummer Liam Genockey scolded this writer for introducing Annie as one of Britain's best trombonists: "THE best trombonist in Britain!" he stated emphatically. His claim is borne out by Annie's recordings "This Is Rude" and "Naked" and her powerful contribution to the new Robert Wyatt CD "Shleep". Legendary trumpet player Harry Beckett and bassist Ian Maidman join Liam and Annie tonight for the rudest start to 1998. It promises to be a great New Year!
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    Friday 9 January 8.30pm £9

    Clark Tracy's New Quintet

    The ace drummer's brand new band comprises Steve Melling on piano, Mark Hodgson on double bass, tenor player Mornington Lockett and Mark Nightingale (equal best trombonist in Britain?). Clark, an ever popular visitor to the club with such stars as Harry Allen, Claire Martin and of course Stan Tracey OBE, steps into the spotlight to lead a group of stunning virtuosity playing exciting and original material with an impeccable jazz pedigree. Unmissable!
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    Friday 16 January 8.30pm £13 ALL TICKET

    Small Commotion: Andy Shepard, Steve Lodder and Chris Laurence

    Don't miss the enduring partnership of Messrs. Sheppard and Lodder - together with the bassist with an exquisitely full sound and telepathic sense of time and structure. Chris, Andy on saxophones and Steve on piano unveil their new acoustic trio in this intimate club setting: one of their very first gigs. Andy maintains his position as one of the UK's leading soloists as he and Steve now emerge as distinctive composers, writing scores for TV and dance and for their own groups.
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    Friday 23 January 8.30pm £10

    The Tim Garland Quintet

    Jason Rebello (piano), Gerard Presencer (trumpet & flugremy Stacey (drums) and bass player Mick Hutton comprise Tim's stellar quintet tonight, when the emphasis falls on material from his dynamic new Linn CD "Enter The Fire". Catch the tenor star on his return to Suffolk to pay tribute to the spirit of American improvised music and such of his heroes as Ornette, Bill Evans and Gershwin. "Barnstorming solos, exemplary ensemble work, utterly distinctive". (The Times)
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    Friday 30 January 8.30pm £8

    Ronnie Remembered - The John Chrichinson Quartet

    An evening of music and reminiscences to commemorate the great tenor player and jazz club proprietor Ronnie Scott who died at Christmas 1996. Band alumni John on piano, drummer Mark Fletcher and bassist Leon Clayton are joined by tenor and soprano star Pat Crumly, described by Ronnie as "one of the saxophone players in this country that I most admire." Don't miss this fond evocation of the man, his music and his humour. Is this er… microphone on?
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    Friday 6 February 8.30pm £10 ALL TICKET

    The Peter King Quintet

    We celebrate five years of jazz at The Fleece with a third Boxford gig by Peter, a musician of genuine world class and an inspirational alto saxophonist. Never afraid to explore new directions, he followed his brilliant "Tamburello" and "Speed Trap" CDs by pairing his regular j azz quartet with the Lyric String Quartet. The ability to innovate is the hallmark of a great player - what better way to mark our fifth anniversary than to present Peter's group?
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    Friday 13 February 8.30pm £8

    The Frank Harrison Quartet

    Frank is a pianist who is clearly one of the stars of the future. He brings with him tonight a man who has been a star since his early days with the John Dankworth Quintet. Equally at home on vibes, piano, percussion and accordion, we eagerly await the first visit to Boxford of Bill LeSage. With the ever-popular bassist Mike Harris and Dave Barry on drums, this promises to be a superb evening.

    Young Jazz Musician of the Year runner up Frank, who also won the 1994 solo section of the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Musician, has now won a tuition scholarship to Berklee College (Boston USA). To help sponsor his stay there we are delighted to showcase the talent of this young man who is clearly going places (in much more than just the literal sense!) Mike Harris, on bass tonight, was the man who inspired us to present Frank, and we are sure that this will be a night we will be very proud to remember in years to come.
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    Friday 20 February 8.30pm £9

    The Kate Westbrook - Frank Westbrook Duo

    "Love and Infatuation", the duo's new Jazz/Cabaret, is based around a selection of the songs of Frederick Hollander, composer of "Falling In Love Again". Rediscover a treasure trove of tuneful, ironic and touching hits from the hey-day of the Hollywood musical brought vividly to life by Kate's theatrically charged vocal interpretations and Mike's contemporary piano settings on their eagerly awaited debut at the club.
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    Friday 27 February 8.30pm £9

    The Tina May Quartet

    No year at Boxford would be complete without a visit from this extraordinary vocalist whose astonishing range is documented by four fine albums for the 33 label. Expect Tina to demonstrate her fiercely innovative approach to jazz and her infectious sense of humour on her very welcome return. Expect a sell-out crowd on an essential night with "that great rarity… a singer that enhances a song."
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    Friday 6 March 8.30pm £8

    Frank Williams African Jazz Quintet

    What a way to begin our spring programme! Who could forget those balmy August Sundays in 1995 and 1996, when this fabulous tenor man and his band played two irresistible, uplifting gigs in the summer sunshine in the Fleece courtyard? It's best to give the courtyard a miss during March, so relocate to our intimate upstairs club to catch the group "with a feel good factor that politicians can only dream of" and we dare you to keep your feet still!
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    Friday 13 March 8.30pm £9

    Claire Martin and Ian Shaw

    The Look of Love: A celebration of Bacharach and David

    Composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David wrote perfect pop songs for such great interpretative singers as Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick. Now their influence extends to a new generation of star vocalists as two Fleece favourites take an affectionate look back at this peerless Sixties partnership. Claire "explores a romantic lyric with a mind as well as a heart" - watch what happens when she returns with the most compelling British male singer of his generation.
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    Friday 20 March 8.30pm £8

    The Alan Skidmore Quartet

    One of Britain's finest tenor players returns for an evening of highly charged, muscular music steeped in the spirit of his mentor John Coltrane. The 30th anniversary of Trane's death fell in 1997, when Alan toured extensively to commemorate this most innovative of jazz masters. Unhappily we had no available dates but we put matters right tonight with a third Boxford gig for Skid's band, which includes that brilliant pianist Steve Melling.
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    Friday 27 March 8.30pm £7

    The Liam Noble Quintet

    Liam's highly acclaimed solo CD release "Close Your Eyes" heralded the arrival of a very special player. The pianist has now formed a virtuoso group to showcase his original compositions, written and arranged with the particular skills of each musician in mind – and what musicians they are! Stan Sulzmann (tenor and soprano saxophones and flute), Chris Biscoe (alto sax, alto clarinet), Mick Hutton (double bass) and Paul Clarvis on drums and percussion complete this all star quintet.

    Liam Noble: "an exuberant talent as a composer and improviser."
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    Friday 3 April 8.30pm £8

    The Ed Jones Quintet

    Some quotes: vibes player/actor Max Beasley (TV's Tom Jones) describes Ed as "a real monster" and The Observer hails him as "the next big name in British jazz". Jazz UK says "the dynamism of Jones' group would make anyone nostalgic for the hard bop burn-up of the Jazz Messengers misty eyed". The superlatives keep coming for the tenor star and for his long overdue second album on ASC "Out Here"; so be early for two soaring sets by the band whose previous gigs hold legendary status with Fleece regulars.
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    Friday 10 April 8.30pm £8

    The Liane Carrol Quartet

    The dynamic vocalist/pianist who stole the show at last year's Bures Jazz Day is joined by Peter Kirtley (guitar), Steve Lamb (Bass) and Greg Leppard (drums) for this Good Friday treat. Now signed to Ronnie Scott's Jazz House label, Liane's new album "Dolly Bird" reflects her versatility and her imaginative repertoire: tonight expect to hear tunes by everyone from Laura Nyro to Lou Reed to Hoagy Carmichael when once more we welcome this engaging personality and singer. An unforgettable evening in prospect!
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    Friday 17 April and Saturday 18 April 8.30pm £11 ALL TICKET

    Martin Taylor and Jack Emblow

    It's been an eventful last eighteen months for Martin since we last saw him recording with Prefab Sprout, TV with Val Doonican and the release of a new Linn CD "Two's Company", an album of duets with the cream of Australian jazz musicians and singers. Once more in duo mode, Britain's finest guitarist now links with star accordion player/arranger Jack Emblow on these two special evenings at the club. Watch out for Martin and Jack on tour with Spirit of Django and the group's forthcoming CD "Gypsy".
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    Friday 24 April 8.30pm £8

    The Roy Forbes Quintet

    This bloke's the cat's whiskers as far as we're concerned! The unmistakable voice of Andy Hamilton and the Blue Notes - "cool, swinging and very hip indeed", if we may nick a phrase from the Birmingham Post, returns to Suffolk having recorded one of the great albums of 1997. Check out Roy's "Going Home" CD and catch this marvellous singer live with Chris Taylor (piano), Winston Clifford (drums), Tom Hill (bass) and tenor player Luke Shingler.
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    Friday 1 May 8.30pm £7

    Larraine Odell and the Trio

    Shakatak's Roger Odell and his wife, singer Larraine, can be seen most Fridays in our audience listening to the great jazz vocalists and musicians we present at Boxford. We felt the time was right to ask them to step forward for their own gig, when the drummer with Britain's premier and most enduring jazz/funk band joins the singer who made such an impression with her contribution to Joan Morrell's "Jazz Essex Take Two" CD compilation. The local connection continues with the inclusion of Hadleigh's Bernie Hodgkins on bass for what will be a very special evening!
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    Friday 8 May 8.30pm £7

    Jerry Underwood and the Dave Gordon Trio

    In our lowly opinion, David Gordon is Britain's most under-rated jazz pianist. Now with a trio CD in the can for the Swiss "Guild" label, he joins Paul Cavaciuti (drums) and Fleece debutant Ole Rasmussen on double bass for some Spring dates with Jerry, back in the UK from his base in Lyon, France. This richly gifted saxophonist plays with the Carla Bley Big Band, Andy Sheppard's Big Co-Motion, John Martyn and Spirit Level, and we are delighted to welcome him to Boxford on his much overdue return.
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    Friday 15 May 8.30pm £9

    Roy Williams, John Barnes and The Bobby Worth Trio

    No George Chisholm we're afraid...

    but instead book early for Roy on Trombone, John on Saxophones and Bobby on Drums........
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    Friday 22 May 8.30pm £8

    The Anthony Kerr Quartet

    Touring and recording with Georgie Fame while being percussion tutor at Harrow School - these are eventful days for the sparkling vibraphonist Anthony Kerr. Ronnie Scott's Jazz House label have recently released a CD by his own quartet "Now Hear This", recorded live last July in order, says Anthony, to give it that "edge" that only an on stage performance can have. Anyone who has heard this masterful Irish musician at Boxford with the Jazz Percussion Ensemble, Tim Garland or in solo mode will know just how electric those live performances can be!
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    Friday 29 May 8.30pm £7

    J-LIFE

    Is there a better young singer than Julie Dexter? Tomorrow's Warriors wowed a discerning Fleece audience last summer they quickly metamorphosed into J-Life and in October wowed the judges at Leverkusen to become the European Young Jazz Artists of the Year, the first British winners for 15 years! This Spring they release their eagerly anticipated debut CD "Tomorrow's Warriors Present…J-Life": tonight Julie is joined by Jason Yarde (saxophones), Robert Mitchell (piano), Daniel Crosby (drums) and bass player Darren Taylor. One essential gig!
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    Friday 5 June 8.30pm £6

    John Etheridge and John Donaldson

    Pat Metheny describes John Etheridge as "one of the best guitarists in the world". We rang John with an idea - a three set gig. Invite the musician of your choice to play a solo set, perform another set yourself and then combine with that player for a brief finale as a duo. Happily Mr Etheridge thought it was a good idea: he immediately chose to appear opposite the superb pianist, composer and arranger (and first call accompanist) John Donaldson, and so tonight we showcase two master musicians in solo and duo mode.
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    Friday 12 June 8.30pm £7

    Young Lions and Old Tigers

    Please welcome a brand new band as two of our finest saxophonists present "a perfect blend of timeless music for jazz lovers of all ages". Young Lions and Old Tigers are co-led by Derek Nash (composer, arranger and leader of Sax Appeal) on alto and the legendary American musician and Fleece favourite Spike Robinson on tenor. Tonight they are joined by a stellar rhythm section of Nick Weldon on piano, Rob Rickenberg on bass and drummer Peter Cater. A bunch of very hip cats indeed!
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    Friday 19 June 8.30pm £7

    Gary Baldwin - Mike Hanson

    Mike co-led the band - with Dave Newton - on our very first gig in February 1993, when his advice and experience enabled us to get the club away to a flying start. Tonight (gig no. 276, we believe) the guitarist is joined by former Tommy Chase band member (and Portishead associate) Gary on Hammond and ace drummer Mike Bradley. The emphasis is on tunes from Messrs. Hanson and Baldwin's CD "Spycatcher" released on their own splendidly named Lizard records. It's a tour de force from the classic jazz trio of drums, guitar and organ, but with hints of gospel, Latin and soul, it's an essential album for 1998 too!
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    Friday 26 June 8.30pm £8 - ALL TICKET

    The Stacey Kent Sextet

    David Newton (piano), Dave Green (bass), Jim Tomlinson (tenor), Colin Oxley (guitar) and Steve Brown (drums) accompany our cover star on her fifth Boxford gig. Stacey now tours Britain upon the release of her second CD for Candid, "The Tender Trap". "It's a swinging affair" she says "with some jazz standards and some happy love songs": confirmation that this elegant New Yorker is one of the great vocalists of the nineties - and what a fabulous band!
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    Friday 3 July 8.30pm £8

    Lindsay Holiday

    From Birmingham, Alabama to Boxford, Suffolk - an extraordinary vocalist who draws upon the musical influences of his roots from blues to jazz standards and a sprinkling of gospel. He's acted in a Spielberg movie and presented Channel 4's Food File, but singing has always been Lindsay's first love. Catch his quintet on their Boxford debut and on our recommendation seek out a copy of his CD "Happy Talk" for his gorgeous interpretations of classic tunes by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
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    Friday 10 July 8.30pm £9

    The Tony Remy Band

    A Londoner, Tony draws from the capital's plurality of musical cultures in his work. He's played with Jason Rebello and US3, led his own bands (Lateral Thinking and Desperately Seeking Fusion) and recorded as leader for each of the prestigious jazz labels Blue Note and GRP. So during five and a half years at the club, it's been very remiss of us not to have included this very fine guitarist, whose sextet includes vocalist Lennox Cameron and old associates Nick Cohen on bass and Roger Beaujolais on vibes. Tonight, we put things right with Tony's first visit to Boxford: one essential gig!
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    Friday 17 July 8.30pm £7

    The John Law - Tim Wells - Tony Marsh Trio

    Be early for two sets of creative and challenging jazz by this intriguing group, which features arguably the most innovative British pianist of his generation. John returns to the club in the august company of Tony on drums and Tim on double bass, promising an evening of standards explored from an open, improvised perspective. In turn, we promise a night of endlessly imaginative music from three great players.
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    Friday 24 July 8.30pm £7

    Lol Coxhill: Solo and Standard Conversions Trio

    It's Lol's Boxford debut and we are in for a treat. The emphasis is on free improvisation from this strikingly original soprano saxophonist (and one of our heroes), playing in solo mode and adding bass and drums as the standard repertoire is re-evaluated "in and out of tempo". This fiercely independent approach is always tempered by a droll sense of humour and a broad minded eclecticism - the sum is an unmissable evening of music.
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    Friday 31 July 8.30pm £8

    The Martin Drew Quartet

    "Batten down the hatches!" says Martin as he brings his all-star band of Mornington Lockett (tenor), Gareth Williams (piano) and Laurence Cottle (electric bass) to Boxford on his very welcome return. His powerful yet subtle playing is the reason why this outstanding drummer is the first choice for everyone from Oscar Peterson to Gene Harris on their UK dates - and who could forget last year's gig here with Marion Montgomery? As a leader, Martin is justly proud of this dynamic group: there's a debut CD to be recorded this summer. Meanwhile our advice is to catch them live at the Fleece: and get those hatches battened!
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    Friday 7 August 8.30pm £10 ALL TICKET

    Selina Jones and Her Musicians

    America's loss is Britain's gain as we present Salena on her Boxford debut with a trio including that wonderful pianist John Pearce. Her singing can be as smokey and sensual as her favourite Sarah Vaughan, but it's impossible to pigeonhole this internationally acclaimed vocalist and her seamless blend of jazz, blues, swing and Latin. We'll just say: a distinctive voice, perfect pitch and inflection, an individual style and charismatic stage presence.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Miss Salena Jones.
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    Friday 14 August 8.30pm £8

    DHSQ

    The DHS in question is Dick Heckstall-Smith on tenor and soprano saxophones - a formidable and fascinating musician. On the eve of a British tour with the reformed Colosseum, he plays a relaxed club date with his band that includes Chris Lampety on guitar and drummer Dave Ohm. Listen to his recent CD for 33 Records and enjoy a first visit to Boxford by this close associate of such legendary names as Jack Bruce, Alexis Korner and Ginger Baker.
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    Friday 21 August 8.30pm £11 ALL TICKET

    The Stan Tracey Quintet

    We're delighted to welcome Stan to Suffolk for a third appearance at the Fleece, together with Andy Cleyndert (bass), Clark Tracey (drums), Mornington Lockett (tenor saxophone) and Gerard Presencer (flugelhorn/trumpet) - five virtuoso musicians live in the intimate surroundings of our club. "I'm always trying to build on what I've done as a player" the pianist told writer John Fordham. "I'm always looking for new ideas and I'm determined not to coast." Three simple yardsticks that illustrate why Stan Tracey remains the most important figure in contemporary British jazz.
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    Friday 31 August 8.30pm £7

    The Rebecca Hollweg Band

    Our programme concludes with Rebecca's Boxford debut with her group: Mark Johns (guitar), Andy Hamill (bass), Phil Peskett (piano) and Tom Gordon (drums). We loved the tape she sent. A hint of Carole King in her singing? Certainly. Echoes of Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell in her song writing? Yes – and much of the magic and sensitivity of those three great vocalists is apparent in the work of this fast rising London based singer. An evening to savour as we present a new star.
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    Friday 4 September 8.30pm £8

    The Lucky Ranku Quartet

    It was an unexpected pleasure to see Lucky in the band on a recent visit by Frank Williams' African Jazz Quintet - and to hear again his warm, vibrant sound. So here's two sets of spirited and stirring music from this fine South African guitarist and Fleece debutants Dave Chambers (tenor and flute), Ollie Crooke (bass) and Shawn Stephenson (drums). Enjoy!
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    Friday 11 September 8.30pm £8 ALL TICKET

    The Theo Travis Band featuring Bill Bruford

    Fleece favourite Steve Lodder on keyboards, top London freelance bass player Dave Jones and King Crimson/Earthworks drummer Bill Bruford comprise Theo's all star band on his third visit to Boxford. We promise you a magical evening with one of the best young tenor players of his generation as this enthralling group make their very first live appearance. He has a nice website, too.
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    Friday 18 September 8.30pm £8

    The Ingrid Laubrock Band

    Tonight we showcase the young German saxophonist whose assured first album "Who Is It?" on Candid is one of the CDs of the year. Collar a copy now and be early to check this intriguing quintet with its strong Brazilian influences - Ingrid on alto, tenor and Soprano is joined by musicians from Italy, Britain, Brazil and Mozambique in this truly international group.
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    Friday 25 September 8.30pm £9

    Norma Winstone and the John Donaldson Trio

    A spell bound Fleece audience sat entranced as Norma sang "Manhattan In The Rain", the showstopping number on her Boxford debut in 1996. Now it's the title track of her new CD as we welcome back this very special vocalist with John (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Tristan Maillot (drums). Simply, It's unlikely that there is a better jazz singer than Miss Winstone.
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    Friday 2 October 8.30pm £7

    The Alex Maguire Trio

    A recording of the group's May gig at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge is a deeply impressive document of music that draws upon a wide range of styles and influences - and yet provides a new and original spin on the piano trio format. Roberto Bellatella on bass and drummer Mark Sanders join one of our most inventive improvising pianists for this exciting and innovative collaboration.
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    Friday 9 October 8.30pm £10 - ALL TICKET

    The Louis Stewart Quartet

    We're delighted to welcome the brilliant Irish guitarist on his UK tour in the fine company of Myles Drennan (piano), Stephen Keogh (drums) and Arnie Somogyi (bass). Closely associated with such legendary names as Tubby Hayes, Benny Goodman, Ronnie Scott and George Shearing, Louis is renowned for his crystal clear tone, a virtuoso technique and his endless inventiveness. An unmissable gig!
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    Friday 16 October 8.30pm £8

    The Nicki Leighton-Thomas Quartet

    Nicki's engaging album of songs by Fran Landesman and Simon Wallace " Damned If I Do" has been repackaged and reissued by the enterprising Babel label. It's a great record by the sparkling and seductive chanteuse, whose 1997 Boxford debut gig was one of the most talked about debuts in years. "When is Nicki Leighton-Thomas coming back?" We're always being asked - here she is!
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    Friday 23 October 8.30pm £8

    The Gilad Atzmon Quartet

    "His bursting at the seams bebop treatment of standards and blues, drenched in passion and energy, was hair raising stuff" enthused Jazz UK magazine. Tonight we showcase the Israeli tenor, alto and clarinet virtuoso together with Val Mannix (bass), Mike Gorman (piano) and drummer Sam Brown - catch this formidable new presence on the London jazz scene and a musician of international stature.
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    Friday 30 October 8.30pm £8

    The Dick Pearce Band

    If there's a cooler cover shot on any 90s CD than that on Dick's album "Big Hit"...well, we've yet to see it! After a decade of touring and recording with the Ronnie Scott Quintet, this favourite trumpet player assembled his own quartet - tonight we've a treat as his group makes a long overdue return for two sets of sharp and exhilarating music.
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    Friday 6 November 8.30pm £8

    Caroline Taylor Quintet

    I don't know if Caroline drives a fast car but this London based American drummer can sure drive her band. Bryan Spring and Clark Tracey are among the drummers who have inspired Caroline who is no longer the unknown female (her words) that she once was. Dave Frankel (keyboards), Denys Baptiste (saxes), Neil Yates (trumpet) and Simon Thorpe (bass) are the other members of this grooving quintet.
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    Friday 13 November 8.30pm £11 - ALL TICKET

    Friday 14 November 8.30pm £11 - ALL TICKET

    The Guy Barker Quintet

    We love jazz records with strings! Guy's new CD for Verve "What Love Is" with its gorgeous arrangements by Colin Towns is a classic album - evocative, exhilarating and romantic. Now we present two essential live dates by the master trumpeter on his Boxford debut with his stellar band that includes Perico Sambeat (alto), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and pianist Bernardo Sassetti.
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    Friday 20 November 8.30pm £10 - ALL TICKET

    Monica Vasconcelos/Nois

    We'd heard the buzz about the airy and buoyant music performed by Nois (the word rhymes with "voice" and means "us") and their extraordinary leader/vocalist, Brazilian Monica Vasconcelos. A trip to the Boat Race in Cambridge confirmed that here was a sparkling nine-piece playing an uplifting combination of jazz and MPB (Musica Popular Brasiliera) - and a new star singer!
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    Friday 27 November 8.30pm £7

    The Russell Van Den Berg Quintet

    1997 BBC Best Soloist award winner Russell (tennor & soprads this high quality quintet. Kenny Wheeler and Ian Carr have both enthused at length about this band and we were knocked out by their freshness, originality and accessibility. John Parricelli (guitar), Sean Hunter (bass), Tim Giles (drums) and Phil Pesket (piano) complete the line-up.
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    Friday 4 December 8.30pm £8

    Annie Whitehead's Rude

    Our 300th gig - and what better way to celebrate than to invite Annie's exhilarating group to our club? Her fruity, uplifting trombone playing enthralled a sellout Fleece audience on their January date: here she is with Harry Beckett (trumpet), Liam Genockey (drums) and Ian Maidman (bass). Rude - "street - beats from Hackney to the Caribbean" to borrow the Evening Standard's evocative phrase!
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    Friday 11 December 8.30pm £8

    Grooveyard featuring Kathy Wilson

    It's blues night at Boxford! This grooving quintet combine Freddie King and Muddy Waters covers with funky instrumental blues from the likes of Jimmy Smith, the Meters and the Crusaders. Vocalist Kathy is joined by Spirit Level pianist Tim Richards, Jason Rogers (bass), Louis Borenius (drums) and the splendidly named guitarist T-Bone Taylor on an evening for both dedicated raver and discerning listener.
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    Friday 18 December 8.30pm £10 ALL TICKETS SOLD

    Tina May's Music and Mischief

    We celebrate Christmas with a sixth visit from the enchanting Miss May, the deserving winner of the 1998 BT British Vocalist Award. Music and Mischief finds Tina with legendary bass player Herbie Flowers and pianist Mike Hatchard in a new show that wowed this year's Edinburgh Festival, so join us for an evening of subtle humour, timeless jazz standards - and great entertainment.
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    Friday 1 January 8.30pm £8

    Gary Baldwin - Mike Hanson

    "The Hammond trio is alive and well" affirmed Jazzwise magazine in an enthusiastic review of Gary and Mike's great CD "Spycatcher". Fleece favourites Mike on guitar and Gary on organ are joined by singer Shireen Francis for our New Year's Day special - a tour de force from the classic jazz trio of drums, guitar and Hammond together with a soulful and spirited vocalist.
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    Friday 8 January 8.30pm £9

    The Ben Castle Quartet

    A first appearance by the fast rising tenor player/composer, whose band includes the superb Mark Edwards on piano. Much in demand by various pop and rock groups, nonetheless Ben's main love is jazz - yeah, we know what he means! Watch out for his CD "Four From The Madding Crowd". Our raffle proceeds tonight go to the charity established in memory of Ben's father, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
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    Friday 15 January 8.30pm £9

    The Roy Forbes Quintet

    Still the cat's whiskers as far as we're concerned! He's back - the unmistakable voice of Andy Hamilton and the Blue Notes and his band of Chris Taylor (piano), Winston Clifford (drums), Tom Hill (bass) and Luke Shingler on tenor. We loved Roy's "Going Home" CD: "cool, swinging and very hip indeed", opined The Birmingham Post. Check out this very special singer!
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    Friday 22 January 8.30pm £10

    Sarah Jane Morris and her Musicians

    A debut appearance for this emotive and powerful singer, a regular at such London venues as the Vortex and Ronnie Scott's. Sarah Jane came to prominence with her association with the Communards and their dramatic collaboration "Don't Leave Me This Way", the biggest selling single of 1986. Celebrity status in Europe and Japan, three acclaimed solo CDs - next up, leafy Boxford.
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    Friday 29 January 8.30pm £10 ALL TICKETS SOLD

    Claire Martin and Ian Shaw

    "The Look Of Love" - a celebration of Bacharach and David.

    Just picture Dusty Springfield singing "The Look Of Love". Remember Dionne Warwick's incomparable interpretation of "Walk On By" - and was there ever a 45rpm single the equal of Aretha Franklin's "I Say A Little Prayer"? Tonight two star vocalists and enduring favourites return to Boxford to pay tribute to a peerless Sixties partnership and the perfect pop song.
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    Friday 5 February 8.30pm £8

    The Dave Cliff - Alex Garnett Quintet

    We celebrate six years of Jazz at the Fleece with this exciting collaboration between master guitarist Dave Cliff and young lion tenor player Alex Garnett. Their repertoire reflects their enthusiasm for Wes Montgomery, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Burrell and Coltrane - Simon Thorpe (bass), Matt Skelton (drums) and pianist Christian Vaughan complete the group that's making such an impact on the London scene.
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    Friday 12 February 8.30pm £9

    Alan Barnes and the David Newton Trio

    "Below Zero" by Alan Barnes and Dave's trio is the leader's first CD release under his contract with the prestigious American label Concord. Renowned as an alto and clarinet player, Alan now establishes his own stamp on the baritone saxophone - and what a band he brings to Boxford in Dave Newton (piano), Matt Miles on bass and drummer Steve Brown. One essential gig!
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    Friday 19 February 8.30pm £8

    Zubop

    "Sparky, infectiously rhythmic.... joyous and immediately accessible" said Chris Parker of The Times, describing this energetic septet who tonight make their much overdue debut. Zubop play a vital mix of Latin jazz and jaunty township grooves - seek out a copy of their third CD "Hiptodisiac" for proof and be early to hear their spirited amalgam of global dance rhythms live at our club!
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    Friday 26 February 8.30pm £8

    Lennie Bush and Friends

    Jack Parnell (drums), Brian Dee (piano) and Dean Masser (tenor saxophone) comprise Lennie's band as we showcase the legendary bass player now resident in nearby Long Melford. His fabulous career includes founder membership of Club Eleven, lengthy associations with Ronnie Scott, Tony Crombie and Stephane Grappelli and gigs with such greats as Sinatra, Goodman and Armstrong. Simply, an unmissable evening.
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    Friday 5 March 8.30pm £8

    The Gary Potter Quartet

    Here's a fifth appearance from this irresistible musician as Gary makes an eagerly awaited return to the Hot Club of Boxford. If Django and Stephane are the principal influences on this Liverpudlian guitarist, he'll happily return to his roots and throw some country tunes into two sets of eclectic, humorous jazz. Expect some star accomplices in his band - welcome back, Gary!
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    Friday 12 March 8.30pm £8

    The New Gary Husband Trio

    We're delighted to showcase this fabulous musician, who's played drums with Level 42 and Allan Holdsworth and latterly keyboards with Billy Cobham's band. Tonight the emphasis is on Gary as a pianist, composer and arranger as he previews tunes from his spring release "From The Heart" in the august company of Mick Hutton (bass) and New York's Gene Calderazzo on drums.
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    Friday 19 March 8.30pm £10 ALL TICKET

    Marlene Verplanck and the Roy Babbington Trio

    The Guinness Who's Who Of Jazz describes Marlene as "one of the finest living interpreters of the Great American Songbook" - here's a first chance to hear this sparkling vocalist live at our club with master bass player Roy Babbington's trio. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Marlene's worked with such greats as Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra. Believe us, this lady has a way with a ballad!
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    Friday 26 March 8.30pm £8

    Denys Baptiste

    A member of the award winning Nu Troop, Denys joined drummer Caroline Taylor for a memorable gig here last autumn. If you like tenor players, here's one of the best - his quartet "play with the heart and from the soul". Our friends at Dune records release his debut CD as a leader in March: check out both "Be Where You Are" and Denys live!
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    Friday 2 April 8.30pm £11 ALL TICKET

    Claire Martin and her musicians

    At the Fleece, all Fridays are good but this "Good Friday" will be something special. Following her recent sell out gig with Ian Shaw, Britain's leading jazz vocalist returns with her new band: Gareth Williams (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass), Paul Stacey (guitar), Bosco de Oliviera (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). Two storming sets will kick off the Easter Break with a night you will not want to miss.
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    Friday 9 April 8.30pm £9

    The Tom Cawley Quartet

    Here's a first appearance by Tom, the Sun Alliance Young Jazz Musician Of The Year 1998, whose trio collared joint first prize as the Perrier Young Jazz Ensemble last year. These prestigious awards herald the arrival of a major new player on the British scene - judge for yourselves as the pianist leads Orlando LeFleming (bass), Osian Roberts (tenor) and drummer Matt Skelton.
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    Friday 16 April 8.30pm £11 ALL TICKET

    The Scott Hamilton Quartet

    At last - the keeper of the mainstream flame returns to Boxford! The critic Martin Gayford described the American tenor star as "distinctive, dynamic, bubbling with fresh ideas" and whose tone "engulfs you like a huge, warm bank of sound". Welcome back, Scott - his latest Concord CD "The Red Door" is a gorgeous collaboration with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli in a tribute to the great Zoot Sims.
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    Friday 23 April 8.30pm £9 ALL TICKET

    The Stan Tracey Trio

    We had an idea and wrote to Stan "As 1999 marks the centenary of Duke Ellington's birth, we were wondering if you would like to return to Boxford for an evening of Ellington tunes." We were thrilled when Stan rang to say yes - and tonight we welcome back the doyen of British jazz pianists as we celebrate the Duke's birthday!
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    Friday 30 April 8.30pm £8

    Big Chief

    A Boxford debut for this enduring octet, whose heady amalgam of jazz, blues and soul make them firm favourites at clubs and festivals everywhere. Formed in 1976, Big Chief (motto: "Let The Good Times Roll!" CD: "It Don't Make Sense") draws on the repertoires of such musicians as Duke Ellington, Fats Domino and Horace Silver to provide an evening of unmissable entertainment!
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    Friday 7 May 8.30pm £8

    The Jean Toussaint Quartet

    A four year tenure with the Jazz Messengers ended when Jean left Art Blakey to settle in London from 1986. Since which time he's recorded two acclaimed CDs "What Goes On" and "Life I Want" and played with such favourites as Julian Joseph, Andy Hamilton and Jason Rebello - now the American tenor and soprano star makes a third and much overdue visit to the club!
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    Friday 14 May 8.30pm £9

    Trudy Kerr and her band

    We are delighted that this elegant singer and her group can appear at the club. Liane Carrol has had to postpone her visit with John Etheridge (yes, postpone - she will be with us soon). Trudy will delight you with her voice, her meticulous phrasing and her sense of fun.
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    Friday 21 May 8.30pm £9

    The Tim Garland Quartet

    Here's a return date by composer/arranger Tim on tenor and soprano saxophones with three stellar accompanists in Jason Rebello (piano), Winston Clifford (drums) and Alec Dankworth (double bass). His recent Linn album "Enter The Fire" is seldom far from our CD players these days - look out for a new Lammas recording shortly. Meanwhile, enjoy two barnstorming sets with this exemplary ensemble!
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    Friday 28 May 8.30pm £9 ALL TICKET

    The Harry Allen Quartet

    Allan Ganley (drums), Dave Green (bass) and Fleece debutant Colin Purbrook (piano) comprise Harry's all star group for his second Boxford date. From Providence, Rhode Island, this outstanding musician is possessed of a gorgeous tone and "a warm, ingratiating sound in the Coleman Hawkins tradition". If you love jazz standards played by one of today's great tenor saxophonists - well, you should be here!
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    Friday 4 June 8.30pm £9 ALL TICKET

    Stacey Kent, Jim Tomlinson and band

    Despite the rival attraction of an England World Cup match, all tickets for Stacey's 1998 Boxford gig sold effortlessly - the moral of which tale is book early for this sixth visit by this elegant New Yorker. Catch the star vocalist who "sings the words like Nat Cole - straightforward, clean and clear", with Jim Tomlinson's tenor lines providing an irresistible second voice.
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    Friday 11 June 8.30 £10 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    Ian Shaw

    Last seen at Boxford earlier this year with Claire Martin, we welcome Ian back to perform his one-man show. Ian's unique vocal talent, his brilliance at the piano and his humour have made him an international favourite.


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    Friday 18 June 8.30 £8

    The Carlos Lopez-Real Group

    Playing fresh, invigorating original compositions as well as re-interpreting standards it's a first appearance for this brilliant group led by Carlos on saxophones. Phil Peskett (piano), Tom Herbert (bass) and Gary Wilcox (drums) complete the line-up. Come and see why this group is making such a name for themselves on the jazz circuit.
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    Friday 25 June 8.30 £12 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    Barbara Thompson and Paraphernalia featuring Jon Hiseman

    This remarkable saxophonist/composer makes her long overdue Fleece debut with husband Jon Hiseman (drums), Peter Lemer (piano), Dave Ball (bass) and violinist Billy Thompson. If we didn't already know, we will discover why Barbara has been called "The mistress of the saxophone".
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    Friday 2 July 8.30 £10 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    Tina May, Nikki Iles and Alan Barnes

    Don't miss out on tickets for what promises to be one of the highlights of this programme with three top performers. Tina, the award winning vocalist, the incredibly gifted and hugely popular Alan Barnes on saxes, and the outstanding Nikki Iles on piano.
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    Friday 9 July 8.30 £9

    Ana-Mar&iacutroup

    It's a Fleece debut for Ana-Mar&iacutoup - Mark Wood (guitar), Nic France (drums), Chucho Merchan (bass) and Adam Glasser (piano). Ana-Mar&iacuting vocals and guitar draw upon a unique repertoire of some of the most beautiful and adventurous Brazilian tunes together with some original compositions.
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    Friday 16 July 8.30 £9

    The Campbell Burnap Quintet

    We're sure that you've heard Campbell's work as a knowledgeable, enthusiastic broadcaster and reviewer on Jazz FM, and Radios 2 and 3. He's taken time off from all this to make a first appearance in his other guise as a trombonist and leader. John Pearce (piano), Ron Drake (clarinet/sax), Paul Morgan (bass) and Terry Jenkins (drums), make up the quintet.
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    Friday 23 July 8.30 £8

    Boston Tea Party

    You'll be sure to come away with a smile on your face after you've heard these guys. They play Fifties jazz with a bit of West Coast. Formed in 1993 while at Leeds College of Music the band is co-led by Jonny Boston and James Evans on tenor sax and vocals. Completing the line-up are Tom Kincaid (piano), Courtney Thomas (bass) and Matt Home (drums).
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    Friday 30 July 8.30 £9

    UK Roots

    Here on the eve of an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival we are delighted to welcome the band formed in 1996 by pianist/composer Simon Wallace. He is joined tonight by Tim Garland (sax), Mick Hutton (bass) and Roy Dodds on piano. To quote Avant magazine "UK Roots brings together hard driving 1990's jazz with the distinctive haunting melodies of traditional British music."
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    Friday 6 August 8.30 £9

    Estelle Kokot and her Musicians

    This from her October 1997 gig at the Fleece - "Estelle's extraordinary vocal range and singular composition skills are allied to a sharp sense of humour and an electric stage presence." It was a magical evening!

    Well, she came at extremely short notice with A.J. Brown on bass and the debut of drummer Paul Robinson. All there agreed we fell into the jampot ... another magical evening!
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    Friday 13 August 8.30 £8

    Jonathan Gee Trio

    This is a trio, which has established itself as one of the leading small jazz groups, having appeared at major festivals throughout Europe. It's an eagerly awaited return for this energetic pianist. To quote from the Observer "The interplay with bassist Steve Rose and drummer Winston Clifford is always impressively alert and often quite brilliant."


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    Friday 20 August 8.30 £9

    The Ingrid Laubrock Group

    If you missed this great band last year make sure you don't this time around! With Ingrid on saxophones are, Ife Tolentino (acoustic guitar), Kim Burton (Piano, accordion), Davide Mantovani (bass) and Helder Pack (drums). A truly international group with much Brazilian influence from their association with Monica Vasconcelos' Nois.


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    Friday 27 August 8.30 £9

    Sarah Moule Quartet

    Sarah's second visit to Boxford should have you fighting to get in! The Guardian refers to her as a "Cabaret Diva" and her wide-ranging repertoire includes material by lyricist Fran Landesman and pianist/composer Simon Wallace.
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    Friday 3 September 8.30 £10

    Acoustic Mania

    Antonio Forcione and Neil Stacey- "Two players intent on redefining all known laws concerning what is possible to do with two acoustic guitars. A force to be reckoned with." (The Guitarist) The musical references include Jazz, Brazilian, Spanish, Hungarian and Italian. A phenomenal guitar attraction not to be missed on any account.


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    Friday 10 September £10 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    The John Critchinson Quartet featuring Pat Crumly "The Ronnie Scott Legacy"

    The Fleece is proud to be associated with the 40th anniversary of the opening of this world famous Jazz venue. Since Ronnie's untimely death 2 years ago John Critchinson, his pianist since 1979, and Pat Crumly on Saxes have kept his quartet together. Tonight expect the highest quality jazz, both standards and original compositions mixed with "Ronnie's" anecdotes and jokes.
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    Friday 17 September 8.30 £10 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    The Peter King Quintet

    One of the finest alto-saxophonists on the planet makes his fourth appearance at the Fleece. This jazz giant who commands enormous universal respect and admiration appears with Gerard Presencer, Jeremy Brown and Stephen Keogh on what is surely an unmissable night.
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    Friday 24 September 8.30 £10

    Kate Dimbleby

    Having played jazz clubs around Europe since she was 19, Kate finally makes her Boxford debut. We look forward to her deep, sensuous voice that has won an impressive list of admirers including Marion Montgomery. Joining her tonight will be Steve Hamilton (piano), Mark Hodgson (bass), Ian Thomas (drums) and John Parricelli (guitar).
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    JOHN ETHERIDGE WEEKEND Weekend Ticket £18

    Friday 1 October 8.30 £10 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    The Liane Carroll - John Etheridge Quartet

    One of the World's greatest guitarists joins the sensational vocalist and pianist Liane Carroll whose wide ranging repertoire and engaging personality have made her a great favourite up and down the country. The quartet is completed by Nic France (drums) and Roger Carey (bass).
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    Saturday 2 October 8.30 £10 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    The John Etheridge Quartet "Sweet Chorus"

    For many years John Etheridge toured and recorded with Stephane Grappelli, the greatest of all jazz violinists. Tonight sees his heartfelt tribute to the great man - recounting stories and playing tunes from his time with Grapelli. Dave Kelbie (rhythm guitar), Malcolm Creese (bass) and the wonderful jazz violinist Christian Garrick complete the quartet.
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    Friday 8 October 8.30 £8

    The David Gordon Trio

    David Gordon (piano), Ole Rasmussen (bass) and Paul Cavacuti (drums) are from musically diverse backgrounds and the sound that they produce, combined with the humour and lyricism which permeates the trio's writing and playing, has delighted audiences wherever they play.
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    Friday 15 October 8.30 £9

    Afroblue

    Five wonderful musicians are all making a welcome return to the Fleece tonight. Dave Chambers (Saxes and flute), Steve Lodder (keyboards), Paul Robinson (drums), Andy Herbert (bass) and Lucky Ranku (guitar) will be playing a repertoire based around a blend of South African township music and jazz. The emphasis is bound to be on good tunes and strong rhythms.
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    Friday 22 October 8.30 £10

    Dave O'Higgins Quartet

    An exceptionally fluent player with an impressive technique, whose fund of ideas never runs out. His tenor saxophone sustains its full rich tone with subtle and forthright playing across the range, but he's equally at home with the soprano sax. Jim Watson (piano), Mark Hodgson (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) complete the line-up. A great new CD will also be available.
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    Friday 29 October 8.30 £10 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    Gordon Beck

    A major coup for the Fleece as we present a rare solo performance by one of the legends of British jazz. In the sixties Gordon was a member of the Tubby Hayes Quintet and later his own trio was a regular house rhythm-section for the Ronnie Scott club. He has worked with the world's best and is one of a handful of British musicians with a really solid international reputation. As well known for his compositions as he is for his use of synthesisers and computer technology we look forward to a very special occasion.
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    WORLD PREMIERE "New Folk-Songs"

    Friday 5 November 8.30 £9 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    The Perfect Houseplants

    Another coup! - The World Premiere of a new melodic and dynamic composition from the group acknowledged as being innovative, elegant and at the cutting edge of contemporary music. Featuring Mark Lockheart (Saxes), Huw Warren (piano), Martin France (drums) and Dudley Phillips (basses). To quote from Vox - "If you don't like this, you don't deserve ears."
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    > Friday 12 November 8.30 £9

    Nicki Leighton-Thomas Quartet

    By popular demand, welcome back to the lady with unmistakable star quality. Her excellent debut album, "Damned If I Do", was the result of her collaboration since 1996 with lyricist Fran Landesman and composer and tonight's pianist Simon Wallace. Mick Hutton (bass) and Roy Dodds (drums) complete the quartet.
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    Friday 19 November 8.30 £8

    Martin Speake Quartet

    An alto-saxophone player whose attractive toned gift for phrasing in lucid high definition shapes is his trademark. The emphasis on the interplay between guitarist John Parricelli, bassist Mick Hutton and drummer Tom Skinner further enhance the strong melodies. A compelling evening is anticipated.
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    Friday 26 November 8.30 £8

    G.S.Wellard Septet

    This driving septet concentrates on a particular type of exhilarating urban jazz that came out of New York in the late 80's and early 90's. Drummer Gordon Wellard leads the line-up - Bob Martin (alto sax), Mike Williams (tenor sax), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Mike Feltham (trombone), Mike Edwards (bass) and Tom Cawley (piano).
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    Friday 3rd December 8.30 £10

    Roger Beaujolais Quintet

    Last seen at the Fleece with Tony Remy, vibes player Roger Beaujolais fronts his own stunning group. They are Mark Lockheart on tenor and soprano Saxes, Robin Aspland on piano, bassist Orlando Le Fleming and drummer Winston Clifford. They are guaranteed to leave us transfixed and wanting to hear more.
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    Friday 10 December 8.30 £12 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    Clark Tracey Sextet - Tribute to Art Blakey

    Six of the most talented jazz musicians in the UK form this sextet led by the young maestro Clark Tracey. We will go on a chronological journey from the 50's to the 80's through the music of the famous "Jazz Messengers". The superb line-up is completed by Peter King (alto sax), Alan Barnes (tenor sax), Guy Barker (trumpet), Robin Aspland (piano) and Dave Green (bass).
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    Friday 17 December 8.30 £10 Advance Ticket Purchase Advisable

    Sarah Jane Morris Quintet

    Our pre-Christmas party will be a treat worth waiting for as we host a second appearance at the Fleece for Sarah Jane and her musicians, which include Mornington Locket on tenor. This fabulous singer, who has superstar status in Italy and a massive European following, made an unforgettable impression on us at the beginning of the year. Come and see why.
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    TUESDAY 28 December 8.30 £10 ALL TICKETS SOLD

    Claire Martin and Ian Shaw

    The last gig of the millennium, on a different evening to our usual, slips in nicely between the Christmas and New Year celebrations and ensures we don't suffer withdrawal symptoms. It will be a sell-out. We welcome back two of the Fleece's favourite performers. This time Britain's top two vocal talents combine to create an evening of pure pleasure with their tribute to Stevie Wonder. Expect to hear stylish re-workings of popular songs mixed with brilliance, wit and humour.
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    Friday 7 January 8.30 £10

    Reduced N&oacut>

    What a fantastic gig to start a new era at the Fleece! Môcelos makes a long awaited return with fewer musicians but with the same scintillating Brazilian rhythms. Her ravishing vocals float seductively over the beat as airy, bright originals and well loved standards are played with a subtle vigour and rhythmic agility by her superb band of Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Steve Lodder (keyboards), Ife Tolentino (guitar) and Chris Wells (drums and percussion).
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    Friday 14 January 8.30 £7

    Kate Williams Quartet

    A first Fleece appearance for classically trained Kate, who is joined by Julian Siegel (sax), Malcolm Creese (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums). Her original material reflects the traditions of classical music as well as those of contemporary jazz. She has been described as "A pianist who attacks the piano as if she is going to stand no nonsense from it." Having heard her CD we can't wait to see her.
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    Lee Gibson and Alan Barnes

    A third visit by a consummate professional who swings in so many different ways; sometimes subtle, sometimes serious, sometimes joyful but always musical. Alan Barnes joins her on sax, no stranger to the Fleece and a master of his craft. The line-up is completed by Geoff Eales (piano), Paul Morgan (bass) and Gerry Boyce (drums). An evening of jazz to delight us is bound to be in store.
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    Friday 28 January 8.30 £9

    Gary Baldwin Quartet

    We welcome back Britain's master of the Hammond Organ, Gary Baldwin. He is joined by Mick Hanson (guitar), Roger Beaujolais (vibes) and backed by one of the best drummers around, Clark Tracey, for what is sure to be a stunning evening.
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    Andy Sheppard, Steve Lodder and Chris Laurence

    A special evening is in store as we welcome back these three wonderfully versatile British musicians who were last here together as Small Commotion. Be prepared to be amazed by the almost telepathic flow of ideas between them. We think that Andy's last CD "Learning to Wave" numbers amongst his best so do get your tickets early for what is sure to be a sell-out.
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    Friday 11 February 8.30 £12

    Girl Talk

    Mari Wilson, Barb Jungr and Claire Martin accompanied by Adrian York on piano bring their cabaret act to the Fleece for a not to be missed evening. This is the female equivalent of the 3 tenors with all the diva glamour that these three queens of soul, cabaret and jazz can muster. They will be singing all the non-PC songs you know and love but never thought you'd hear in one fabulous dynamic show.
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    Loz Speyer Quartet

    This hard-edged quartet that have the punch and accessibility customarily associated with rock music make their Fleece debut. Led by Loz Speyer, a trumpet player who has an atmospheric, strongly melodic, fluid and inventive style which produces a subtle Milesian sound. Andy Jones (guitar), Richard Jefferies (bass) and Tony Bianco (drums) all contribute in constantly varied but consistently effective ways. An excellent, gutsy evening is in store.
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    Friday 25 February 8.30 £8

    Mick Hanson and Dave Newton

    It's a warm welcome back to two of our most versatile and popular musicians, both of whom are no strangers to Fleece audiences. Tonight Mick, a professional guitarist for more than 25 years, combines his distinctive style with Dave, who is Britain's most in demand pianist for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening.
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    Friday 3 March 8.30 £12

    John Surman

    Jazz at the Fleece is proud to present a rare solo performance by one of the giants of the British Jazz scene. A not to be missed opportunity to see and hear this prominent Coltrane disciple who utilises a full array of tonal colours including electronics in an intimate club setting. He is an artist who's blended European folk music, classical and religious sounds with superb intensity and soft lyricism.
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    Friday 10 March 8.30 £8

    Laura Zakian Quintet

    Having launched her career in Italy it's now Boxford's turn to hear and see Laura, who Stacey Kent describes as the best young singer in the country. Her stylish, inventive and breathtaking voice mixes new interpretations of time honoured songs with unusual and little known jazz gems. Accompanying her will be Russell Morgan (drums), Richard Busiakiewicz (piano), Richard Jefferies (bass) and Mark Bassi (trombone). Another evening that you shouldn't miss.
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    Friday 17 March 8.30 £10

    Marlene Verplanck and the Roy Babbington Trio

    One of the finest living interpreters of the Great American Songbook makes her second visit to the Fleece whilst on tour in GB from the States. Having worked with such legends as Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra, Marlene is a talent of the highest order, with a string of recordings to her name.
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    Friday 24 March 8.30 £9

    Martin Drew Quartet

    Martin worked with Ronnie Scott for twenty years and has been playing with Oscar Peterson all over the world for 25! This is a rare chance to catch one of the great British drummers, who is both powerful and subtle, fronting his own band. He brings Mornington Lockett (sax), Gareth Williams (piano) and Laurence Cottle (bass). Their latest CD "Got a Match" is highly recommended by us.
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    Friday 31 March 8.30 £9

    Neil Stacey's Kimbara Brothers

    The Hot Club of Boxford is in capable hands tonight. Neil brings his fantastic musicians, Rob Terry (piano), Bernard O'Neill (double bass) and Clark Tracey (drums) for a night of Gypsy Jazz. Not just content to re-create the Django sound but adding a further dimension to it, the Kimbara Brothers keep their feet well and truly in the modern era.
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    Friday April 7 8.30 £10

    Zubop

    Spirited playing, exhilarating original compositions and catchy hooks with melodic riffs, which combine global dance rhythms and jazz improvisation, are all trademarks of this talented band. Led by Philip Clouts (piano, keyboards), with Ricky Edwards (alto sax, flute, bass clarinet), Jon Petter (tenor sax, clarinet), Will Wisbling (trumpet, valve trombone), Duncan Noble (electric basses) and Sean Randle (drums). Be sure to put on your dancing shoes- space permitting of course.
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    Friday April 14 8.30 £9

    Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble

    One of the most exciting tenor sax players around. The man with a huge stage presence is back with Frank Harrison (piano), Ollie Hayhurst (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums). Gilad has recently appeared with Jools Holland and toured with Ian Dury. Expect a high-energy evening interspersed with heartbreaking interpretations of beautiful ballads.
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    Friday April 21 8.30 £8

    Tim Richards and Sigi Finkel's Soundscape

    The internationally acclaimed keyboard player and leader of Spirit Level joins forces with Austria's top saxophonist for an evening of highly spirited emotional music that has strong links with the blues. This fusion-orientated quartet is completed by Phil Scragg (bass) and Marc Parnell (drums).
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    Friday April 28 8.30 £18.

    Under Milk Wood

    This very special evening is a rare opportunity to hear live the biggest ever selling British jazz album. A collection of Tracey compositions inspired by Dylan Thomas' play, it's a delightful combination of writing, originality and improvisation. The brilliant tenorist Bobby Wellins will be playing dark, sighing solos over Stan's tolling chords and completing the line-up will be Andy Clyndert on bass and Clark Tracey on drums. Dylan Thomas' words will be spoken by the actor Michael Griffiths.
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    Friday May 5 8.30 £11.

    Dana Gillespie

    Blues night at the Fleece brings the undisputed Queen of European Blues to Boxford. This lady has done it all - theatre, films, broadcasting and 50 album releases worldwide. Associated with artists like Bob Dylan and David Bowie, she has played to an audience of over one million at one gig alone in Bangalore, India - ours will be just a bit smaller. Joining her are her stellar band of Dino Baptiste (keyboards), Javier Garcia (bass), Mike Paice (tenor sax), Evan Jenkins (drums), Martin Winning, (tenor and baritone sax) and Mike Schofield (guitar).
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    Friday May 12 8.30 £9

    Cubana Bop

    Bop If you like hot, pulsating Latin Jazz with kicking dance rhythms and exciting trumpet duels then this highly original band with its marvellous variety of harmonic and textural effects is definitely for you. Leading the band on piano is Terry Seabrook with Dave Barnard (bass), Tristan Banks (drums), Satin Singh (congas), Ian Price (tenor sax), Gary Kavanagh and Raul D'Olivera (trumpets). Their CD, "The Story So Far" is a must have.
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    Friday May 19 8.30 Ticket £8

    Tim Whitehead Quartet "Personal Standards"

    Tim is considered to be one of our most eminent tenor saxophonists - a committed passionate player who's concerned with melody and lyricism. His new CD "Personal Standards" is quite simply stunning. It's a collection of popular songs re-arranged by him to create fresh and absorbing pieces. All greatly enhanced by thoughtful contributions from pianist Liam Noble, Sam Burgess (bass) and drummer Milo Fell.
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    Friday May 26 8.30 £10. - Sorry, sold out

    Stacey Kent

    Stacey's uniquely charming laid back delivery has an appeal that is irresistible and her use of stylish but often underused material by some of the twentieth century's greatest songwriters will, as ever, have us mesmerised. She is accompanied by the poised and melodic tenorist Jim Tomlinson, guitarist Colin Oxley, bassist Simon Thorpe and pianist Mike Gorman.
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    Friday June 2 8.30 £7

    Pete Wareham Quartet

    Pete appeared at the Fleece with the vocalist Kate Dimbleby and made such an impression on us that we had to have him back. Tonight he leads his own quartet - Liam Noble (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Sebastian Rochford (drums). Claire Martin has described him as having an uncanny musical ability to do it all - a relaxed, confident sense of swing mixed with the versatility to caress the tenderness of a ballad.
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    Friday June 9th 8.30 £9.

    Alan Barnes Quartet

    One of the giants of British mainstream jazz, the affable and popular reeds maestro (and raconteur!) teams up with the classiest of rhythm sections, Mark Edwards (piano), Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    Friday June 16th 8.30 £9.

    Ian Shaw and James Pearson

    Ian presents his tribute to his late, great, mentor and friend, Mel Torme. Todd Barkan, the producer of Ian's latest CD "In a New York Minute" says "Ian has the ability to bring out the best and most revealing qualities in any song that he chooses with his unique blend of musical alchemy". The very gifted James Pearson is on piano.
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    Friday June 23rd 8.30 £9

    Damon Brown Quintet

    It's a Fleece debut for Damon on trumpet and flugelhorn who blends both British and American influences in a highly personalised approach to jazz. He has recorded with both Paul Weller and Jools Holland and last year he shared the stage with Chick Corea and Kenny Garrett at the Red Sea International Jazz Festival. The press and audience alike declared the band to be the new stars of the festival. Tonight's line-up also has Jonathan Gee (piano), Renato D'Aiello (sax), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Winston Cifford (drums).
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    Friday June 30th 8.30 £10.

    Elaine Delmar

    One of the all time great jazz singers who understands fully the repertoire and is able to express it with dynamic simplicity. She cast a subtle yet spellbinding light on the material she chooses and tonight is supported by Brian Dee (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
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    Friday, July 7, 8.30 Ticket £9

    Ingrid Laubrock Quartet

    This stunning young German saxophonist and composer comes with her new band - Liam Noble (piano), Larry Bartley (bass) and Dave Wickens (drums). Whatever style of music Ingrid is playing - Jazz, Latin or Fusion, she will always produce the distinctive melodic sound which is her trademark.
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    Friday, July 14, 8.30 Ticket £10.

    Frank Williams African Jazz Quintet.

    A very warm welcome back to tenor saxophonist Frank Williams and his African Jazz Quintet. This exciting band, with its roots in South African Township music combines the very best of African music with high voltage rhythm. This is definitely music for the heart and the feet! Both Frank and drummer Brian Abrahams can trace their early musical influences back to the township band they were both members of in Cape Town, "District Six". Winston Delandro (guitar), Alistair Gavin (piano) and Jo Cang (bass) complete the band.
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    Friday, July 21, 8.30 Ticket £9.

    Geoff Eales Trio featuring Jim Mullen.

    Throughout his career Geoff has worked with many of the worlds finest recording artists. Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett and Jose Carreras are just a few. Tonight he is with Jim Mullen, one of the giants of Jazz-rock. Having played with Paz, Average White Band, Kokomo and the Herbie Mann Group he went on to form Morrissey Mullen, which became one of the best-known Jazz-rock bands in the UK. Master bass player Roy Babbington and much in demand drummer Mark Fletcher complete Geoff's trio. Geoff's first Jazz CD -Mountains of Fire-is highly recommended by us.
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    Sarah Jane Morris Quintet

    We'll just quote John Fordham "The Guardian" - "A singer with a voice so deep its almost subterranean and so bluesy your mind pictures her suffering the night away with a litre bottle of whisky in hand. Flame haired, extravagantly dressed, outrageously voiced with an in-born sense of drama and a gleeful disregard for the boundaries between musical styles." 'nuff said! Accompanying her will be Scott Firth, Henry Thomas and Martin Barker.
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    Friday, August 4, 8.30 Ticket £10.

    Tony Coe, John Horler and Alec Dankworth.

    "Three of the world's finest virtuosi - This is some of the most accomplished, musically satisfying Jazz you will hear." Dame Cleo Laine.
    On no account should you miss Tony Coe, who is generally considered to be the world's finest living clarinettist. He is an outstanding performer in all forms of Jazz and classical music. Pianist John Horler, whose playing demonstrates his remarkable technical gifts, is a thoughtful and outstanding improvisatory and deeply creative musician. Bass player Alec Dankworth is a most sought after musician of tremendous skills. I wonder what Dame Cleo has to say about him?
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    Friday, August 11, 8.30 Ticket £12.
    Clark Tracey Sextet "Tribute to Art Blakey"

    This is a welcome repeat of the sell-out gig by the same musicians last December. If you missed it then don't make the same mistake again! The sextet boasts a line-up of incomparably talented and exciting British musicians: Peter King is one of the world's outstanding alto saxophonists whose remarkable agility and technical virtuosity is unsurpassable. Alan Barnes is one of the most inventive and original talents to appear in the UK in recent years. Trumpeter Guy Barker's playing is particularly attractive and exhilarating. Steve Melling is an outstanding pianist whose playing is a real joy to listen to. Arnie Somogyi is a high energy, technically brilliant bass player. Clark Tracey is now firmly established as one of the best and most inventive Jazz drummers around. The wide ranging repertoire will include classic Jazz Messenger numbers from the mid 50s through to the late 80s – one unforgettable show.
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    Saturday, August 19 8.30 Ticket £12.

    Martin Taylor

    One of the world's greatest guitarists makes an overdue return to Boxford. Now signed to the prestigious Sony music label Columbia his latest CD "Kiss and Tell" is nothing short of sensational. Repeatedly referred to as a guitarist's guitarist his swinging improvisation with chords and walking bass lines have left audiences and other guitarists stunned and amazed. You absolutely must book early for what will be two sell out evenings here at the Fleece.
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    Friday, August 25, 8.30 Ticket £11

    Pete Long Sextet featuring Patti Revell

    Friday, August 25, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Pete Long Sextet featuring Patti Revell.

    From the Jools Holland Big Band and the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra saxophonist Pete Long makes his Fleece debut, together with the charismatic singer Patti Revell or Mrs Revell as she is affectionately known. An exciting player, Pete has a larger than life personality and a gift for storytelling, which he does with some panache! With Gary Baldwin on the Hammond B3, ace guitarist Mick Hanson, Tom Gordon (drums) and Jim Richardson (bass) this promises to be one of those evenings you won't forget.
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    Friday, September 1, 8.30 Ticket £9

    Liane Carroll and John Etheridge

    The uniquely talented Liane not only has a sensational voice but is also a stunning pianist. Add to this her engaging personality, which conveys her sheer enjoyment in her work to her audience and you'll know why she is such a great favourite up and down the country. She has toured all over the world with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry and guitarist Gerry Donohue. Tonight she teams up with one of the world's greatest guitarists, John Etheridge, who needs absolutely no introduction! Expect to hear a wide-ranging selection of material - all delightfully and exquisitely performed.
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    Friday, September 8, 8.30 Ticket £9

    Lennie Bush and friends

    We welcome one of the leading double bassists in the country for an evening with friends, Vic Ash (clarinet) Jack Parnell (drums) and Brian Lemon (piano). A long career has seen Lennie work and record with Henry Mancini, Robert Farnon, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, Errol Garner and Chet Baker, amongst others. An evening for reminiscing as autumn starts to draw in.
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    Friday, September 15, 8.30 Ticket £9

    Young Lions / Old Tigers – Celebrating 60 years in the business

    Spike Robinson is a consummate ballad player who eagerly explores the endless archives of the Great America Songbook. His rhapsodic, breathy style is instantly identifiable and the effortless looping swing of everything he plays has helped to make him into one of the outstanding tenor saxophonists of his generation. He has toured extensively from his UK base, recording many superb albums and headlining at clubs and festivals in Europe and the USA. He has attracted high critical and public praise. With him this evening will be Derek Nash (saxophone), Nick Weldon (piano), Rob Rickenberg (bass) and Pete Cater (drums).
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    Friday, September 22, 8.30 Ticket £10

    Christian Garrick Quartet

    Last seen at the Fleece with John Etheridge's popular Grappelli style quartet "Sweet Chorus ", Christian fronts his own quartet of David Gordon on piano, Jeremy Brown (bass) and Tom Hooper (drums). Ranked amongst the world's finest exponents of the violin, Christian is a player who moves effortlessly between classical, hot club, swing, bebop, contemporary jazz, blues, fusion and rock - all this with more than ample poise and virtuosity.
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    Partisans

    One of Britain's most sought after saxophonists, Julian Siegel co- leads Partisans with guitarist Phil Robson. Julian is a powerful saxophonist who maintains a strong sense of melody throughout his playing. Phil is generally considered to be one of the most impressive, fluent, melodic performers around who is perhaps best known for his work with the singer Christine Tobin. Completing the line up is the amazing American drummer Gene Calderazzo and the wonderful Thad Kelly on bass.
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    Friday, October 6, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Flanagan / Ingham Quartet

    Kevin Flanagan's "Rollins" tenor playing is a focal point of the quartet. Never lacking in controlled passion, he is also a very talented composer. Co-leader Chris Ingham's keyboard work merges sensitivity with restraint. He is a cool school vocalist and jazz pianist of considerable ability. Andy Brown's full toned bass playing has much in common with the veteran American of the same surname. Little higher praise can be offered than that. Russell Morgan is a delight on drums, never fussy or intrusive, he really does listen to what is going on around him.
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    Friday, October 13, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Neil Yates and Joe Robinson (Praxis)

    A brilliant and beautiful classic trumpet and tenor saxophone partnership joined by a dynamic rhythm section of Mark Edwards (piano), Larry Bartley (bass) and Ron Parry (drums). Breath-taking versions of re-arranged standards, hard bop favourites and evocative originals. To quote Dave Gelly, "Solos often quite stunning, superb trumpeter Neil Yates will certainly become better known in the coming years". "A striking and beautiful flugelhorn player"- Humphrey Lyttelton.
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    Friday, October 20, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Frank Griffith Quartet with Liam Noble

    Its a real pleasure to welcome Frank Griffiths, one of the truly class saxophonists about. Liam Noble has agreed on very short notice to do the gig: we were all blown away with his playing the last time he was with us, with Ingrid Laubrock in July. With Frank and Liam will be Andy Clyndert (bass) and Sebastian de Krom (drums).
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    Friday, October 27, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Tina May and "the Frogs"

    Tonight the exquisite Tina May introduces, her French Band to the Fleece. "I don't like music that's too po-faced and I think that it is very important to communicate the sheer pleasure of playing and sharing it with other people, one needs to make it fun," says Tina. With her is Patrick Villanueva, a classically trained pianist, who teaches jazz harmony at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Bassist Pierre Maingourd is a self-taught musician who is much in demand on the Paris scene. Tristan Mailliot from Calais is a d rummer who injects finesse, flair and melody. Look out for Tina's new CD, Tina May Live in Paris, recorded at the Lionel Hampton earlier this year.
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    Friday, November 3, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Trudy Kerr

    Trudy has continued to delight audiences everywhere, with her repertoire that blends the great song standards with the best of contemporary compositions. She brings to them all originality of thought and interpretation. Trudy sings with a mature sound, swings with subtlety, and develops her melodic and lyrical concepts with impeccable taste and great sensitivity. Tonight she will be concentrating on giving the songs on her eagerly awaited new CD Day Dream, an airing for us. Accompanying her will be Mike Gorman (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastian de Krom (drums).
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    Friday, November 10, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ed Jones Quintet

    Making a long overdue return to the Fleece is one of Britain's most exciting and inspired saxophonists, who is also a talented composer whose wide range of collaborations has cut across musical boundaries. Having worked with George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Jimmy Witherspoon, Chaka Khan, Boy George, Incognito and Us3 as well as a whole host of British jazz artists. With Ed tonight are Jonathan Gee (piano), Damon Brown (trumpet), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Frank Tontoh (drums).
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    Friday, November 17, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Christian Garrick, John Etheridge and the David Gordon Trio

    The line-up tonight will break with tradition and give us an evening of 3 sets. Christian (violin) and John (guitar) will recreate the "Hot Club" style for so long associated with Stephane Grapelli, which proved to be so popular on a memorable Saturday evening at the Fleece last October. David Gordon (piano), Ole Rasmussen (bass) and Paul Cavacuiti (drums) have been playing together for four years. This has all been reflected in their second album Undiminished, which has been universally well received. The third set will see all five musicians playing together as a quintet.
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    Friday, November 24, 8.30 Ticket £8 - The Alyson Cawley Quintet

    Tenor saxophonist Alyson has taken the standard jazz songbook and personalised it by adding her own interpretations to music by Cole Porter, Cannonball Adderley, Rodgers and Hart and Horace Silver. The band has a rapport and cohesion that leads to a relaxed air of a group really enjoying themselves. They are inventive, entertaining and always well received wherever they appear. Allison Neale is an alto saxophonist who is influenced by the West Coast sound of Art Pepper, with whom she is often compared. With Tom Cawley (piano), Orlando le Fleming (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums).
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    Friday, December 1, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ricky Woodard

    It's a warm welcome to the Fleece, for this ever-popular visitor to Europe and the UK. With an engaging personality, Ricky plays an amazing range of instruments, including soprano, alto and tenor Saxes as well as clarinet, flute and guitar. He is a vibrant and forceful soloist, his tenor saxophone style hinting at affection for the work of Wardell Grey, Dexter Gordon and especially Hank Mobley. Ricky has worked with a wide range of performers in the jazz world as well as backing many singers. With him tonight are John Critchinson (piano), Val Mannix (bass) and Pete Cater (drums).
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    Friday, December 8, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Peter King Quartet

    The early speed and focus of Peter's solos, has been refined by exquisite tone control, an ever-expanding vocabulary of phrases, bold stretching of song, form, harmony and an intuitive composers sense of shape. Peter King is possessed of a talent that relates him closely to Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. Pianist Steve Melling is simply superb. In Jeremy Brown and Stephen Keogh, Peter King has a bass and drum partnership that adds rich texture and tender or dramatic atmosphere yet is flexible enough to play freely without losing the point.
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    Friday, December 15, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Bobby Wellins Quartet

    The late Peter Clayton described Bobby Wellins' tenor saxophone sound as, "Like no other sound on earth". Bobby is a giant of the British jazz scene, who moved British Jazz forward into areas previously considered to be the preserve of American players. He is a distinctive player with an intensely emotional sound, which relates to his passionate approach to music. With Bobby tonight are Liam Noble (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Dave Wickens (drums). This is going to be one memorable evening, here at the Fleece.
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    Friday, December 22, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Frank Williams African Jazz Quintet

    Those of us that had the good fortune to catch Frank's African Jazz Quintet back in July of this year will not forget their performance, or the reaction of the audience. We just had to have them back. This exciting band, with its roots in South African township music, combines the very best of African music together with high voltage rhythms. Drummer Brian Abrahams and tenor saxophonist Frank William were in a township band in Cape Town, "District Six". Winston Delandro (guitar), Alistair Gavin (piano) and Jo Cang (bass) complete the band.
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    Friday, December 29, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Claire Martin and Ian Shaw Sorry, sold out!

    We bring the first year of the new millennium to a close at the Fleece with the return of two of our most popular and favourite performers. Tonight Claire and Ian will be performing an entirely new set of songs that they recently premiered at the prestigious Purcell Room on London's South Bank.
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    2001 Friday, January 5, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Art Themen and the Bryan Spring Trio

    While studying medicine at Cambridge Art played tenor saxophone with a University jazz band. After qualifying as a doctor he moved to London in the early sixties and was involved in numerous pop sessions. In 1974 he began a long and particularly fruitful association with Stan Tracey that still continues to this day. He has achieved considerable high standing in the jazz world while at the same time pursuing his medical career as a consultant surgeon; this is indeed testimony to his remarkable gifts. With Art tonight are Bryan Spring (drums), Mark Edwards (piano) and Andy Clyndert (bass).
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    2001 Friday, January 12, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Clark Tracey's New Quintet

    Formed last year, this gifted young line-up currently gracing the British jazz scene comprises Mark Armstrong (trumpet), Simon Allen (reeds), Zoe Rahman (piano) and Peter Billington (acoustic bass). Clark formed his first group 21 years ago and as well as being one of Britain's premier jazz men has also travelled abroad extensively accompanying a vast array of international artists. He is an outstanding composer and arranger and undoubtedly one of the world's great drummers.
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    2001 Friday, January 19, 8.30 Ticket £12 - The Matt Wates Sextet

    Described by Duncan Lamont as, "The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic". Berklee College of music graduate Matt Wates is a truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist and performer of boundless ability. "A seriously good band containing six of Britain's finest jazz musicians, regardless of age or style" - Dave Gelly. These are Andy Panayi (tenor saxophone and flute), Martin Shaw (trumpet), John Pearce (piano), Malcolm Creese (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2001 Friday, January 26, 8.30 Ticket £9 - The Hungry Ants

    We welcome Richard Fairhurst's "Hungry Ants" who have had enviable success with their latest CD release "Formic", which received excellent reviews from many publications including The Guardian and Time Out. Their debut album "The Hungry Ants" won the Perrier young jazz album of the year award. Original compositions from Richard and exuberant live performances have marked out this band for considerable media interest including a broadcast on Radio 3's "Impressions". The Ants comprise Richard Fairhurst (piano and keyboards), Rob Townsend (saxophones), Tim Harries (bass) and Tim Giles (drums).
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    2001 Friday, February 2, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Herb Geller

    This man has been an active player since the 40's. He is a survivor of the Los Angeles jazz scene of the 1950's where he became a fixture, playing with the likes of Billy May, Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rodgers, Bill Holman, Chet Baker, Clifford Brown and later Benny Goodman. He is a striking alto saxophonist. A bebop player in the Charlie Parker mold, Herb's chosen work pattern has limited his exposure to international audiences, however the early 90's saw his return to touring with visits to the UK and elsewhere, and he is now playing better than ever. With John Pearce (piano), Val Mannix (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums).
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    2001 Friday, February 9, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Afroblue

    Kick off those winter-time blues with this hot band. Fine melodies, strong rhythms based on joyful South Africa township music that has more than a touch of Latin. Dave Chambers (saxophones / flute), Steve Lodder (piano / keyboard), Joe Legwabe (percussion), Eustace Williams (bass), Kerri Bannerman (guitar) and Paul Robinson (drums).
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    2001 Friday, February 23, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Lillian Boutt&eacut From New Orleans, Louisiana, USA we are proud to present this vibrant and exceptionally talented singer whose striking personality and wide ranging musical knowledge has led to her having a substantial following, particularly in France. She has a powerful, imaginative blues based style, that makes her one of the few singers of her generation, who can evoke with ease, the important place held by the blues in the art of jazz song. She is the only other person, apart from Louis Armstrong, to have been granted the freedom of the city of New Orleans. With her tonight are Thomas L'Etienne (sax), Danny Aylett (piano), Andy Crowder (bass) and Bobby Worth on drums.
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    2001 Friday, February 23, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Ladies of Jazz and the Tommy Whittle Quartet - Sorry, Sold out!

    We welcome three of the country's top singers performing on the same stage. Barbara Jay has a warm, clear voice, elegant phrasing and superb diction. Lee Gibson delivers the popular repertoire with warmth and enormous confidence and a subtle sense of swing. Tina May is a skilled improviser who builds her repertoire with a careful eye for melody, lyrics and mood. Leading the quartet is Tommy Whittle, whose tenor saxophone has a warm caressing sound particularly well suited to ballads. The Quartet is completed by John Pearce (piano), Jim Richardson (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums).
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    2001 Friday, March 2, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Daniel Smith "Bassoon and Beyond"

    The worlds most recorded and acclaimed bassoon virtuoso, American jazz / obviously listened to much Coltrane, Rollins and Getz. His formidable technique means that he can take up-tempo numbers comfortably and has some pretty furious runs on display. Go and hear him! This is a unique voice in jazz." Daniel's red-hot jazz playing makes the bassoon dance like Gerry Mulligan's baritone sax. With Bruce Boardman (piano), Terry Davies (bass) and Pete Cater (drums).
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    2001 Friday, March 9, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Marlene Verplanck

    Marlene Verplanck possesses one of the world's great voices; every note she hits is perfectly in tune. Despite this great talent she is a subtle improviser who goes out of her way to bring out the beauty of the lyrics she interprets. She sings with great wit, imagination, flawless diction, understanding and sparkling technique. She is one of the finest interpreters of the great American songbook. Her husband is the excellent arranger Billy Verplanck. Supporting Marlene tonight are Geoff Eales (piano), Roy Babbington (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).
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    2001 Friday, March 16, 8.30 Ticket £10 - The David Newton Trio

    It's always a pleasure to welcome the immaculate David Newton and his formidable rhythm team of Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums). Now established as one of Europe's leading piano players David has proved his pedigree in every situation performing and recording in solo, duo and trio contexts as well as working regularly with Martin Taylor (with whom he toured India) Don Weller, Carol Kidd, Stacy Kent and Alan Barnes. David has also played in backing groups for many visiting jazzmen including Art Farmer, Bud Shank, Shorty Rogers and Nat Adderley.
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    2001 Friday, March 23, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Sheena Davis with Jim Mullen

    "The finest all round singer to have performed with the band in thirty years", is how Bill Ashton, musical director of NYJO described Sheena Davis who was lead vocalist with the orchestra for three years. "Fiery jazz and blues vocalist"- The Times. "Hard edged jazz and blues"- The Guardian. "... the range of this singer knows no bounds"- Whats on. Joining Sheena tonight is the great Scottish guitarist Jim Mullen, Matt O'Regan (piano), Rob Rickenberg (bass) and Pete Cater (drums).
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    2001 Friday, March 30, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Anthony Kerr Quartet

    Vibraphonist Anthony Kerr was the percussionist with RTE Symphony Orchestra. He has played extensively in Europe with Mike Westbrook, John Taylor, Louis Stewart, Peter King, Norma Winstone, Charlie Watts and Georgie Fame. He has composed, arranged and performed music for the Lyric Theatre, Big Life Music Library as well as radio and TV appearances. Anthony has recorded with Tim Garland, Jim Mullen, James McMillan, Georgie Fame and Jacqui Dankworth on her debut album, where he was responsible for many of the lyrics. Tonight sees him with pianist Tom Crawley, bass player Orlando le Fleming and drummer Steve Brown.
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    Friday, April 6th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Barb Jungr and Mari Wilson

    Barb Jungr, Britain's answer to Ute Lemper, is a cabaret diva and Perrier Award winner whose voice echoes Piaf and Simone. Mari Wilson is still affectionately known for her beehive hairstyle and string of hit singles but her recent work covers a much wider range including the starring role in the musical "Dusty". Pianist Adrian York provides the backing.
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    Friday, April 13th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ed Jones Quintet

    Britain's most exciting and inspired saxophonist makes a swift and deserved return. Ed, whose talents have led to many exciting and inspired collaborations, has recorded a new CD, Reflections in Blue. Ed has toured the Far East since his last Fleece gig in November. Joining him tonight are Damon Brown (trumpet), Jonathan Gee (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums).
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    Friday, April 20th, 8.30 Ticket £11 - John Law Quartet featuring Tim Garland

    Described as a hybrid of Cecil Taylor and Keith Jarrett, John Law studied classical music and has been active in playing improvised music since 1988. This is a startling new collaboration with the saxophonist from Chick Corea's band, Tim Garland, and reflects their different experiences in jazz, classical, ethnic and freely improvised music. With Alec Dankworth (bass) and Dave Wickins (drums).
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    Friday, April 27th, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Allison Neale Quartet

    Allison is a skilful multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on either alto saxophone or flute, and as such has found herself in great demand as a member of numerous big bands and as a backing musician. She is heavily influenced by the West Coast sound of Art Pepper, with whom she is often compared. Mike Gorman (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums) complete the line up.
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    2001 Friday, May 4th, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Zubop

    Playing original compositions that combine global dance rhythms, catchy hooks, melodic riffs and jazz improvisation, we welcome back this highly popular band, who have the ability to delight audiences wherever they play. Led by Philip Clouts on piano and keyboards with Will Wisbling (trumpet and trombone), Ricky Edwards (alto saxophone and flute), John Blackwell (guitar), Duncan Noble (bass) and Sean Randle (drums).
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    2001 Friday, May 11th, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Perfect Houseplants

    We premiered New Folk Songs prior to it touring and then being recorded. The concept was for a set of original jazz compositions based on the folk music of East Anglia. Mark Lockheart (tenor saxophone), Huw Warren (piano), Dudley Phillips (bass) and Martin France (drums) have based their work on traditional melodic fragments, keeping the rhythmic spontaneity of the local singers albeit in a radically different manner.
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    2001 Friday, May 18th, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, Sold Out!

    A powerful and multi-talented British singer with a repertoire that includes a healthy dose of soul music appears with Mornington Lockett on saxophones, Paul Hirsh (piano, keyboards and vocals), Scott Firth (guitar, bass and vocals), and Greg Leppard (drums and acoustic guitar). Sarah Jane's astonishing voice has the ability to excite audiences and fellow musicians alike, with its three and a half octave range soaring heavenwards or diving to emotional depths.
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    2001 Friday, May 25th, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Michael Garrick Quartet

    Pianist and prolific composer Michael Garrick has led bands since the 50s and was active in the jazz and poetry movement in the mid 60s when he worked with bands co-led by Don Rendell and Ian Carr. He has recorded over eighteen albums. With Martin Hathaway (alto saxophone, clarinet and flute), Paul Moylen (bass) and Alan Jackson (drums).
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    2001 Friday, June 1st, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Alan Barnes Sextet: Tribute to Cannonball Adderley - Sorry, Sold Out!

    Cannonball Adderley was arguably the greatest saxophonist of his generation. His fiery, blues soaked interpretations of Charlie Parker's alto legacy has inspired some of this country's leading jazz musicians combining to perform their tribute to him. They are led by Alan Barnes, an outstanding musician with a distinctive and highly melodic style. With him are Don Weller on tenor saxophone, a powerful player with a robust sound, Dick Pearce (trumpet), John Donaldson (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2001 Friday, June 8th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Mark Crooks Quintet

    With a superb clarinet tone and phrasing that never fails to impress, Mark has gained considerable status, playing both clarinet and tenor saxophone, since his first appearance with the quintet at Ronnie Scott's club in December 1996. His debut CD 'I won't dance,' is highly recommended by us. With Colin Oxley (guitar), John Pearce (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2001 Friday, June 15th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Jonathan Gee / Damon Brown International Quartet

    Now regarded as one of Europe's leading pianists, Jonathan has played on a dozen albums for other people as well as having recorded three under his own name. He is a regular performer at prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe. Trumpeter Damon Brown has recorded and toured internationally with such artists as Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Desmond Decker and the Specials as well as being a bandleader. Two of Israel's finest musicians Yaari Levy (drums) and Yorai Oron (bass) complete the quartet.
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    2001 Friday, June 22nd, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Gordon Beck / Peter King Quartet

    Pianist Gordon Beck is one of the few English jazz musicians whose work bears comparison with his named influences, particularly Bud Powell, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock. Peter King is the world's outstanding hard bop alto saxophonist, and his remarkable agility, technical virtuosity and hard-edged brilliant tone are at the command of an exceptionally fast mind. Multi- talented Gary Husband is on drums and Mike Harris on bass.
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    2001 Friday, June 29th, 8.30 Ticket £10 - As Meninas - Sorry, Sold Out!

    As Meninas or 'The Girls', are Monica Vasconcelos, lead vocals, Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones), Ife Tolentino (guitar), and Chris Wells (drums and percussion). As Meninas is a more subtle and sublime creature than Nois, with Bossa Novas so fragile and plaintive, lilting and swinging, mostly sung in Portuguese. Surely the great Getz would have approved. Is there a better way to spend a summer's evening?
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    2001 Friday, 6th July, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Steve Lodder Sextet

    The title of Steve's debut CD, is 'bout time 2' and its about time we had him back. Steve's sextet plays a collection of tunes drawing on Brazilian, funk, bebop and other contemporary sources, providing a rhythmic backdrop for harmonically rich and, of course, electrifying playing. With Ben Castle (saxophones), Paul Jayasinha (trumpet), Dudley Phillips (bass), Chris Wells (percussion) and Mike Bradley (drums).
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    2001 Friday, 13th July, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Tina May and her French Band Featuring Tony Coe - Sorry, sold out!

    Those of you fortunate enough to have seen Tina and her French Band here at the Fleece last autumn know what an absolutely stunning evening it was. World-class musicianship by all concerned you'd think things couldn't possibly get better. However with the addition of the world's greatest clarinet player, Tony Coe, they probably will! The band are Patrick Villanueva (piano), Pierre Maingourd (bass) and Tristan Maillot (drums).


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    2001 Friday, 20th July, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble

    Having taken the Fleece by storm on all of his previous visits, expect more of the same from this fiery, passionate and powerful player with the towering presence. Mixing European and American music Gilad's first rule seems to be to excite the audience out of their skins with breathless double time flurries, soaring cries and swooping runs. Frank Harrison (piano), Ollie Hayhurst (bass) and Asif Sirkis (drums).


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    2001 Friday, 27th July, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Girl Talk

    Accompanied by pianist Adrian York, Claire Martin, Marie Wilson and Barb Jungr return bringing you another instalment of all those non - politically correct songs that you thought had vanished for good. Imagine this as the 3 tenors with all the Diva Glamour that these three queens of jazz, soul and cabaret can muster.


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    2001 Friday, 3rd August, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Stacey Kent Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    A lady who has sung for both Presidents and film stars, Stacey is now firmly established in the States and Europe. She hosts her own show on Radio Three and is becoming well known as a broadcaster. Her choice of material and musicians is always exemplary and tonight will be no exception. Featuring husband Jim Tomlinson (saxophone), David Newton (piano), Colin Oxley (guitar) and Simon Thorpe (bass).


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    2001 Friday, 10th August, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Zoe Rahman Quartet

    Zoe is a tremendously gifted pianist and composer, who has attracted enormous attention and has the seal of approval from pianist/composer ulian Joseph. She has sparkling and distinctive ideas, a confident use of rhythm and placement of effective pauses. Joining her are Rowland Sutherland (flute), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Darren Abraham (drums).


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    2001 Friday, 17th August, 8.30 Ticket £10 - A Celebration of the Jazz Couriers - Sorry, sold out!

    A chance to see Martin Drew, one of the all time great British drummers. Martin accompanies and tours with Oscar Peterson and has played with some of the greatest names in jazz. This new band is both a tribute to, and an attempt to recreate from the original recordings, the classic, iconic, British modern jazz group co-led by saxophonists Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott between 1957 and 1960. The rest of the "2001 Couriers" are Mornington Lockett (tenor sax), Nigel Hitchcock (tenor sax), Steve Melling (piano) and Paul Morgan (bass).


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    2001 Friday, 24th August, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Rachel Calladine Quartet

    Both Claire Martin and Ian Shaw are really big fans of this powerful and charismatic singer. To quote Ian Shaw, "Calladine - What a voice! She could sing a prescription for athletes foot and make it sound like soul". (Outside jazz Rachel has appeared as backing singer for the Spice Girls!). Accompanying her tonight are James Pearson (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Dave Ohm (drums).


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    2001 Friday, 31st August, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Dave O'Higgins with the Tom Cawley Trio

    Dave has toured the world both as a solo artist and also an accompanist. His playing has graced the work of Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith, Frank Sinatra and Annie Lennox to name but a few. Since winning Young jazz musician of the year pianist Tom Cawley has gone on to establish himself as one of the leading lights on the British jazz scene. Tom's trio is completed by Nick Preston (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums).


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    2001 Friday, 7th September, 8.30 Ticket £11 - John Etheridge and Victoria Newton Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    We were so lucky to be able to get the brilliant young singer/clarinetist Victoria Newton on such short notice. John Etheridge, a leading light on the British jazz scene for over two decades has gone on to become Britain's best known contemporary guitarists. He is featured on John Williams new CD, "The Magic Box". Roger Carey (bass), Mark Fletcher (drums) and Neil Angilley (piano) will complete the line up.


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    2001 Friday, 14th September, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Clark Tracey New Quintet

    These exciting young musicians currently gracing the British jazz scene, as every one who has seen them will tell you, are way ahead of their years. Leader Clark, one of Britain's premier jazzmen, is not only one of the best drummers around, but is also as an outstanding composer and arranger. Check out his new CD, "Stability". With Zoe Rahman (piano), Simon Allen (saxophone), Mark Armstrong (trumpet) and Peter Billington (bass).


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    2001 Friday, 21st September, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Theo Travis Quintet featuring Roger Beaujolais

    London based saxophonist and composer Theo has made a big name for himself through his virtuosity and soulful playing, plus a series of very fine CD's. Vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais is an impressive and talented musician whose' CV reads like a who's who of British music. Classically trained David Gordon (piano), Andy Hamill (bass) and Marc Parnell (drums) complete the Quintet.


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    2001 Friday, 28th September, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Denny Ilett Quartet

    Guitarist and singer Denny made a big impression on use when he appeared with Lillian Bout&eacutce in February. Denny also runs a big band in London featuring sixteen musicians. However space is limited here at the Fleece; but we do have John Baggot (piano), Andy Crowdy (bass) - also seen with Lillian Boutt&eacutHowe (drums).


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    2001 Friday, 5 October, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Bobby Worth Quartet

    Renowned British drummer Bobby Worth kicks off our new programme when he returns to the Fleece, this time as leader of his own Quartet and what a quartet it is! The distinctive and elegant piano of John Donaldson and Leon Clayton's very classy bass complete a brilliant rhythm section. With the supreme Ben Castle on tenor saxophone, this will be a night to remember.


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    2001 Friday, 12 October, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Guy Barker's International Quintet

    It was Lee Konitz who after seeing Guy Barker remarked, "One day that guy's gonna be a genius!" That day arrived some years ago, as Guy is regarded as one of the world's great trumpeters. Portuguese pianist Bernard Sassetti, Spanish alto saxophonist Perico Sambeat, Englishman Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Dutch drummer Sebastian de Krom, make this a truly international Quintet.


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    2001 Friday, 19 October, 8.30 Ticket £9 - John Parricelli Group

    John, a founder member of Loose Tubes, is a guitarist for all genres -- and is in permanent demand. His playing is constantly melodic and enduring. In the last decade he has recorded and worked with Andy Sheppard, Iain Bellamy, Kenny Wheeler, M People, Judy Tzuke, Mike Oldfield and has also worked on numerous TV and feature films. His band is Mark Lockheart (tenor and soprano saxophones), Dudley Phillips (bass) and Martin France(drums).
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    2001 Friday, 26 October, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Nicki Leighton-Thomas

    It's a warm welcome back to Nicki after two years and the birth of her daughter. It was Simon Wallace who recognised in her voice the qualities needed to interpret American poet and lyricist Fran Landesman's darkly wise and witty lyrics. Nicki's voice is fluid, sensuous and perfectly geared for the needs of her stylish repertoire, which extends beyond Landesman. Simon Wallace (piano), Mick Hutton (bass) and Roy Dodds (drums).


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    2001 Friday, 2 November, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Benn Clatworthy

    Referred to as the "Gladiator of the sax", tenorist Benn Clatworthy, a Coltrane disciple and former Ronnie Scott pupil, has been a mainstay of the Californian jazz scene for over twenty years. This is a rare chance to catch him here being supported by Robin Aspland (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass)and Martin Drew (drums).
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    2001 Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Lillian Boutt&eacut>Sorry, sold out!

    From New Orleans via Germany it's a very welcome return for the New Orleans Musical Ambassador to the World Lillian Boutt&eacut that honour with a certain Louis Armstrong. Lillian is one of the most energetic singers we have had at the Fleece, so much so that this time we just had to have her back for a second night. If you like the authentic sound of New Orleans this is the gig for you. With Thomas L'Etienne (clarinet and saxophone), Denny Ilett (guitar), Andy Crowdy (bass) and Dylan Howe(drums).
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    2001 Friday, 16 November, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Dunstan Coulber Quartet

    Clarinettist Dunstan Coulber makes his Fleece debut. Dunstan has been getting rave reviews wherever he has appeared. John Pearce (piano), NickPreston (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums) complete the line-up.
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    2001 Friday, 23 November, 8.30 Ticket £10 - David Newton Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    David Newton is a pianist of exceptional technical ability, allied to melodic, harmonic and rhythmic sophistication, precision of touch and warmth of tone. His fans are legion! David is joined by the superb rhythm team of Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).


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    2001 Friday, 30 November, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Sweet Chorus - Sorry, sold out!

    In 1998 John Etheridge recorded a handsome tribute album to his old bandleader Stephane Grappelli, and Sweet Chorus was born. Autumn 2001 sees another CD from this fine band who play in the Hot Club of Paris style made famous by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt in the 40's and 50's. John Etheridge (guitar), Andy Aitcheson (violin), Dave Kelbie (rhythm guitar) and Malcolm Creese (bass).
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    2001 Friday, 7 December, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Ian Shaw - Sorry, sold out!

    The Hollywood Reporter publication stated, "If Ian Shaw had been around forty years ago, this fine singer would have been maybe bigger than Mel Torme or Betty Carter". Who knows? One thing we do know is that Ian is the UK's premier male jazz singer who just gets better and better. Check out his new CD recorded in the States 'Soho Stories' for proof. Accompanying Ianon piano is the highly talented James Pearson.
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    2001 Friday, 14 December, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Scott Hamilton - Sorry, sold out!

    Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton makes a very welcome return to the Fleece. Scott is now regarded as an important figure on the international jazz scene with many fellow Americans recognising him as a primary influence. With John Bunch (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2001 Friday, 21 December, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Dana Gillespie - Sorry, sold out!

    Earlier on this year Dana, the undisputed Queen of European Blues, played to an audience of 1.4 million people in India. Our audience, though somewhat smaller but none the less enthusiastic, welcome her back to the Fleece for our Christmas gig. Accompanying her is the maestro of the boogie woogie piano Dino Baptiste, Mike Paice (saxophone & harm PG(guitar), Javier Garcia (bass) and Evan Jenkins (drums).
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    2001 Friday, 28 December, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ingrid Laubrock Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    The brilliant German saxophonist returns to the Fleece with her own Quartet. Pianist Karim Merchant is a star in the making and he is joined by Larry Bartley (bass) and Tom Skinner (drums). A founder member of both Nois and As Meninas, Ingrid will be playing compositions from her highly recommended new jazz album "Some times" on the Candid label.


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    2002 Friday, 4 January, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Frank Williams' African Jazz Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Get rid of the post Christmas blues with our 1st gig of 2002. Summer or winter Frank always sells out at The Fleece and any 1st timers will find out why, so get your tickets early! With Winston Delandro (guitar), Alistair Gavin (piano), Michael Bailey (bass) and Brian Abrahams (drums).
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    2002 Friday, 11 January, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Stan Tracey Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Pianist, composer, arranger, accordion and vibes player Stan Tracey is one of the most outstanding figures Britain has given to the jazz world. Inspired by Ellington and Monk he has consistently displayed a distinctive, sometimes quirkily personal touch in his playing. With the unmistakable Saxophone of Bobby Wellins who phrases with such elegance that no note is wasted, the driving bass of Andy Cleyndert and the masterly touch of drummer Clark Tracey completes the quartet.


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    2002 Friday, 18 January, 8.30 Ticket £11 - The Tough Tenors

    A "Hard Bop" band that features two generations of sax players, playing material from the fifties and sixties. Ray Gelato (tenor sax) is a strong fluent and highly melodic fifties influenced player well known for his band "Giants of Jive". Alex Garnett (tenor sax) is one of the new, young, highly talented players who breathes fire into everything he plays. Richard Busiakiewicz (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums) complete a great line-up.
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    2002 Friday, 25 January, 8.30 Ticket £8 - Eriko Ishihara Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    From Tokyo via London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama this wonderful pianist and singer performs classic jazz standards and has been likened to a Japanese version of Diana Krall. Eriko's quartet is made up of Julian Segal (saxophone), Matt Miles (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums).
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    2002 Friday, 1 February, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Dennis Rollins' Bad Bone & Co.< - Sorry, sold out!

    The UK's top soul saxophonist (You've heard Snake with M People, Eurythmics, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Cher, Ray Charles) brings his band of Paul Birchall (keyboards), Winston Blisset (bass) and Peter Lewinson (drums) for an evening of extreme groove and melody. A brilliant passionate and simply bluesy sax player whose musical skills have no limit.
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    2002 Friday, 15 February, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Kimbara Brothers

    Led by virtuoso guitarist and composer Neil Stacey who is one of the foremost Hot Club guitar players anywhere in the world. This band's positive and precise approach throws new light on some familiar Django material. An amazing variety of sounds, high-speed humour and awesome technique, makes this gig an absolute delight. With Rob Terry (piano), Bernard O'Neill (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
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    2002 Friday, 22 February, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Laura Zakian Quartet - Sorry, Sold Out!

    Laura, an outstanding singer, has the ability to phrase a lyric with subtle swing and rhythmic elasticity. Her charismatic performance on her debut at the Fleece the year before last, was a sell out. With the release of her album "Nobody Else But Me" she has gained a firm following in the UK. Laura's quartet is Steve Melling (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums).

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    2002 Friday, 8 February, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Snake Davis - Sorry, sold out!

    Laura, an outstanding singer, has the ability to phrase a lyric with subtle swing and rhythmic elasticity. Her charismatic performance on her debut at the Fleece the year before last, was a sell out. With the release of her album "Nobody Else But Me" she has gained a firm following in the UK. Laura's quartet is Steve Melling (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums).
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    2002 Friday, 1 March, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Damon Brown's International Quintet

    Trumpeter Damon's success lies in the quality of his live performances and the accessibility of his compositions. Rooted in the classic blue note sound of the 1950's the music transcends musical boundaries and reflects his unique background. The International Quintet of Perico Sambeat (saxophone), Bruce Barth (piano), Mark Hodgson (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums) have a wealth of experience and talent between them.
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    2002 Friday, 8 March, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Bob Bromhead Quintet

    Bob has been playing piano for more years than he cares to remember. Never one to follow trends or other peoples work he is a lover of style and this individuality is reflected in his live work and his excellent new CD, "Flirting with Eagles". Bob's quintet features clarinettist Mark Crooks, with Neale Ridding (saxophone), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums).
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    2002 Friday, 15 March, 8.30 Ticket £13 - Alan Barnes, David Newton Trio, with Steve Fishwick - Sorry, sold out!

    This gig will be a fine memorial to a great trumpeter, Conte Candoli, whose jazz credentials go back to the phenomenal Woody Herman orchestra of 1945. The team of Alan Barnes and David Newton is one of the brilliant partnerships in jazz anywhere in the world today. The brilliant Steve Fishwick is a fine interpreter of Conti's work, particularly his "Manhattan" CD. They will be propelled by the formidable rhythm team of Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2002 Friday, 22 March, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Renato D'Aiello Quintet

    When two trumpeters of the stature of Henry Lowther and Ian Carr ask if you have heard 'This guy from Italy' who they'd recently jammed with it's worth taking notice. Renato, whose listeners increasingly marvel at his warm expressive tenor saxophone sound and melodic flow of ideas, leads his quintet of Mark Bassey (trombone), Phil Lee (guitar), Nicola Muresu (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums). His new CD,"Introducing Renato D'Aiello Euro All Stars", on Spotlite is highly recommended by us.
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    2002 Friday, 29 March, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Marlene Verplanck - Sorry, sold out!

    Marlene has been called a national treasure who owns the American popular songbook and her popularity is by no means confined to America - The Sinatra Society of Japan considers her to be 'The finest female singer of quality songs in the world today?' The notes come easy, the lyrics have meaning, together with a sure and steady feel for the rhythm. Marlene's song arrangements are all by the great Billy Verplanck. Her band of Geoff Eales (piano), Roy Babbington (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums), make this simply another un-missable gig.
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    2002 Friday, 5 April, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Lush Life

    Jane Parker's sultry, sensual and steamy vocals combine with the seemingly world weary voice of all drinking piano bar room wise cracking leading man Bernie Clark. Together they weave beautifully constructed melodies through musical adventures of heartbreak and redemption. Featuring the legendary saxophonist Frank Mead, Steve Manolias (double bass) and Les Morgan (drums).


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    2002 Friday, 12 April, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Alyson Cawley Quintet

    The quintet comprises some of London's most dynamic and sought after young jazz musicians. Alyson Cawley (tenor sax) is a resourceful and eloquent player who has taken the standard jazz songbook and personalised it. Allison Neale is a beautifully fluent and inventive player on both alto saxophone and flute, who plays in a strongly melodic 'West Coast' style. With Tom Cawley (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums).


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    2002 Friday, 19 April, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Ola - Sorry, sold out!

    Ola is one of the most highly exciting and charismatic jazz / soul vocalist to have emerged for some years onto the scene. He combines the sophistication of modern soul with the power of his African roots. He has put together a set of classic soul and R&B sonhighly impressive, truly explosive and very entertaining. Featuring a powerhouse band of Matt Johnson (keyboards), Tony Smith (guitar), Winston Blissett (bass) and Ash Soan (drums).


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    2002 Friday, 26 April, 8.30 Ticket £9 - Geoff Gascoyne Quartet

    British bassist / composer Geoff Gascoyne finally steps into of the spotlight after many years as a world-class sideman. The quartet play a mixture of Geoff's 'catchy' originals and 'new' standards from bop to fusion, and smokes with power and elegance. With exciting award winning saxophonist and personality Ben Castle and one of the country's leading jazz pianists in Tom Cawley and the popular Dutch bebop drummer Sebastiaan De Krom.


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    2002 Friday, 3 May, 8.30 Ticket £9 - The Organ Trio

    Mike Gorman (Hammond organ) is in many people's opinion one of the most talented of the new breed of modern jazz keyboard players to have emerged in recent years. Legendary Scottish guitarist Jim Mullen, whose playing over thirty years has assimilated into a style at once readily recognisable as distinctively 'Mullenesque', is one of jazz's true originals. Matt Skelton possesses a powerful pulse and infectious time feel, which has led to his position as one of the country's most in demand drummers. The trio promise a polished and swinging evening.


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    2002 Friday, 10 May, 8.30 Ticket £11 - The New Noakes Internationals

    A very impressive jazz-fusion group led by guitarist Peter Oxley. The group sometimes kicks like early Weather Report but often evokes a pastoral feeling. John Etheridge had this to say about the group's new CD, "Blue in Black and White" featuring America's Butch Thomas (saxophones), "All in all, this is as strong an album of contemporary compositions and soloing as you'll hear anywhere". Robin Aspland (piano), Raph Mizraki (bass) and Etienne Brachet (drums) complete the group.


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    2002 Friday, 17 May, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Ed Jones Quintet

    Ed is one of the great live delights of British jazz. His terrier with rat approach is fiery and downright volcanic. He is a formidable tenor saxophone player, clearly influenced by the great masters from the jazz tradition. Tonight Ed brings with him Finland's number one trumpet player Mikka Myllari, pianist Jonathan Gee and drummer Winston Clifford.


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    2002 Friday, 24 May, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Dave Newton and Mick Hanson - Sorry, sold out!

    Two of our favourite musicians David Newton (piano) and Mick Hanson (guitar) combine to present an evening of breathtaking technical ability, melody, harmony, rhythmic sophistication and supreme entertainment.


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    2002 Friday, 31 May, 8.30 Ticket £12 - Elaine Delmar - Sorry, sold out!

    Naturally talented and an accomplished jazz singer Elaine manages to swing so effortlessly. She has appeared on Broadway, toured the world, starred in musical shows, been acclaimed as an actress and concert artist having appeared with jazz giants such as Benny Carter, Herb Ellis and Stephane Grappelli. Accompanying her are the impeccable Brian Dee (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).


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    Saturday, 1 June, 8.00 Ticket £12 -The Ray Gelato Giants Jubilee Dance at Boxford Village Hall - Sorry, sold out!

    Swing to the amazing "Ray Gelato Giants" Ray has been wowing audiences everywhere with this show, a powerful swinging blend of energetic vocals and roaring tenor sax. Listen, dance, eat and drink as Las Vegas comes to Boxford.


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    2002 Friday, 7 June, 8.30 Ticket £14 - Andy Sheppard - Sorry, sold out!

    With a string of fine albums and concert appearances behind him, Andy is one of the most assured and versatile saxophonists on the scene today. His writing grows ever stronger and his playing has the authority of a master. Classical organ scholar Steve Lodder is a virtuoso on his acoustic and electronic instruments and his great versatility keeps him in constant demand. The trio is completed by Chris Laurence, one of the country's leading bassists.


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    2002 Friday, 14 June, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Alec Dankworth Trio

    A stalwart of the British Jazz scene, Alec has played bass and recorded with many of the world's greatest artists such as Nigel Kennedy, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Martin Taylor and Dave Brubeck to name but a few. Julian Arguelles (saxophones) is one of the most versatile and proficient players in areas ranging from freely improvised jazz through straight ahead to world music influenced styles. Award winning instrumentalist Phil Robson is one of the most impressive and original guitarists around and has been featured in many bands.


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    2002 Friday, 21 June, 8.30 Ticket £11 - Carole Burgess Sextet - Sorry, sold out!

    Our very own Carole Burgess makes her Fleece debut with her warm, lyrical and sympathetic interpretation of a wide range of standards and some wonderful contemporary songs. Arranger, composer and Carole's musical director, Michael Spearman (guitar), Mike Gorman (piano), Karen Sharpe (tenor sax), Julian Berry (bass) and Roger "Shakatak" Odell (drums) complete a great lineup.


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    2002 Friday, 28 June, 8.30 Ticket £10 - Julian Marc Stringle and the Dream Band

    "Julian is an immense talent! Probably the best clarinettist to emerge in British Jazz for several decades. His performance has world class written all over it. Julian has given the much neglected instrument a truly new lease of life" so said John Dankworth CBE. The Dream Band consist of Neil Angilley, Vanessa Mae's pianist and one of the finest anywhere, Dominic Ashworth (guitar), Rufus Philpot (bass) and Mike Bradley (drums).


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    2002 Friday, 5 July 8.30, Ticket £9 - Lennie Bush and Friends

    Lennie Bush is arguably the top bassist of his generation, having recorded and toured with a seemingly endless list of luminaries that include Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker amongst others. His friends, Vic Ash (saxophone), Brian Dee (piano) and Allan Ganley (drums) also have a wealth of experience behind them from their long and illustrious careers.


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    2002 Friday, 12 July 8.30, Ticket £13 - Tina May and her French Band

    We welcome back Tina with her World Class French Band. According to Scott Yanow, one of the world’edgeable jazz critics, writing in the L.A. Jazz Scene "Tina May, may well be Great Britain’z singer today". No argument from us! Patrick Villaneuva, a classically trained pianist, who teaches jazz harmony at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Bassist Pierre Maingourd from Paris and drummer Tristan Maillot from Calais are three of Frances finest jazz musicians.


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    2002 Friday, 19 July 8.30 and Saturday, 20 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Celebrating the Jazz Couriers

    The live recording being made at these two nights will be released as a CD. So this will be something very special for those lucky enough to attend. This is both a tribute to and an attempt to recreate the original recordings of the classic, iconic, British modern jazz group co-led by saxophonists Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott between 1957 and 1960. The modern day Jazz Couriers are Martin Drew (drums), Mornington Lockett (tenor saxophone), Nigel Hitchcock (tenor saxophone), Steve Melling (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass and recording engineer).


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    2002 Friday, 26 July 8.30, Ticket £9 - Tim Richards Trio

    Pianist Tim is best known as leader of the long running modern, award winning jazz group Spirit Level. His trio swing hard, drawing from Tim's extensive blues experience touring with Otis Grand, Larry Garner and Dana Gillespie. Dominic Howles (bass) and Matt Home (drums) display a constantly entertaining interplay. If you enjoy the music of Horace Silver, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk or Gene Harris, this is definitely for you.


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    2002 Friday, 2 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Polar Bear / Acoustic Ladyland

    Drummer and composer Sebastian Rochford leads Polar Bear, featuring Mark Lockheart (tenor Saxophone), Pete Wareham (tenor saxophone) and Tom Herbert (bass). The Acoustic Ladyland band of Pete Wareham (tenor saxophone), Tom Cawley (piano), Tom Herbert (bass) and Sebastian Rochford (drums) take over for the second set with compositions by Jimi Hendrix, arranged by Pete Wareham. "If you didn’n jazz could sound this hip then rush out and hear them" (Dazed & Conf/p>
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    2002 Friday, 9 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - John Etheridge / Theo Travis Quartet

    Internationally acclaimed guitarist John Etheridge has been at the top of the Jazz contemporary guitar world for over 25 years. His career has covered a vast range of musical territory. Theo Travis (saxophone) is a distinctive player who shows a remarkable sureness of touch in both his composition and playing. With Dave Jones (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).


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    2002 Friday, 16 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Rachael Calladine

    Rachael is one of our finest young singers, who has been described by singer Ian Shaw as being ‘ a shopping list sound great’ighted to welcome the tenorist Dave Lewis of The Blockheads. Dave O’had a better offer in South America (is this possible?). Gareth Williams (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Dave Ohm (drums) comprise a very classy rhythm section indeed.


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    2002 Friday, 23 August 8.30 and Saturday, 24 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Lillian Boutt&eacut The authentic sound of New Orleans is brought to us by that city’bassador (she shares that honour with just one other, Louis Armstrong). Lillian will be here for two nights and is accompanied by Derrick Nash (saxophone), Denny Ilett (guitar and vocals), Dave Green (bass) and Dylan Howe (drums).


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    2002 Friday, 30 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Paz

    This UK Latin group's lively arrangements have ensured that they have been very popular on the club circuit since 1972. They have also recorded a series of exciting albums. Their first sold more than 2000 copies in the first week. Many fine musicians have past through their ranks and the present line up comprises Matt Wates (saxophone), Martin Shaw (trumpet), Frank Holder (vocals and percussion), Geoff Castle (keyboards and vocals), Rob Statham (bass) and Chris Dagley (drums).

    [Steve Fishwick depped for Martin Shaw]


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    2002 Friday, 6 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - As Meninas - Sorry, Sold Out!

    As Meninas are Monica Vasconcelos, lead vocals, Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones), Ife Tolentino (guitar) and Chris Wells (drums and percussion). As Meninas is a more subtle and sublime creature than Nois, the great Stan Getz would surely have given the seal of approval of their fragile plaintive, lilting and swinging Bossa Novas.


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    2002 Friday, 13 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, Sold Out!

    Sarah Jane is a powerful and multi-talented British singer whose astonishing voice has the ability to excite audiences and fellow musicians alike with its three and a half octave range soaring heavenwards or diving to emotional depths. Mornington Lockett (saxophones), Alistair Gavin (piano and keyboards), Henry Thomas (bass), and Greg Leppard (drums and guitar) complete the band.

    [We missed the great saxophone of Morninton Lockett, but delighted in the wonderful guitar of American Matt Becker]


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    Sunday, 15 September 8.00, Ticket £12 - Mark Murphy and The Pete Churchill Trio

    This legendary New Yorker's extensive repertoire, vocal dexterity, humour, charm and style have captivated audiences everywhere. His many fans are truly grateful that his dedication to jazz has deprived the pop world of another star. He is certainly our idol! The brilliant trio of Pete Churchill (piano), Andy Hamill (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums) accompany him.


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    2002 Friday, 20 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - John Law Quartet

    One of the finest pianists, described as a hybrid of Cecil Taylor and Keith Jarrett, John Law studied classical music and has been active in playing improvised music since 1988. This gig is part of a tour entitled "Monk _n_Junk". The first set will be the tunes of Thelonious Monk, the second set standards. With saxophonist Martin Speake, Alec Dankworth (bass) and Dave Wickens (drums).

    [Steve Watts depped for Alec Dankworth]


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    2002 Friday, 27 September 8.30 and Saturday, 28 September 8.30, Ticket £13 - Martin Taylor - Sorry, sold out!

    One of the world's greatest guitarists makes an eagerly awaited return to Boxford. Repeatedly referred to as a guitarist's guitarist, his swinging improvisation with chords, walking bass lines and melody have consistently left audiences stunned and amazed. His autobiography "Kiss and Tell" makes for highly entertaining reading


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    2002 Friday, 4 October 8.30, Ticket £8 - Chaz Jankel Quartet

    Composer and musician, Chaz is probably best known for his work with the late Ian Dury in the Blockheads of which he is still a member. He is presently involved in various co-writes and developing ideas with the Blockheads, where he plays guitar and keyboards. His quartet is made up from Andy Crowdy (bass), Tim Whitehead (tenor sax) and fellow Blockhead Dylan Howe (drums). The jazz album he has just released, 'Out of the Blue' is highly recommended by us and also features Gilad Atzmon.


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    2002 Friday, 11 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Viktoria Tolstoy

    Viktoria is one of Sweden's best-loved young jazz singers. She made her break-through at the age of nineteen with her debut CD entitled 'Smile, Love and Spice'. In 1997 she became the first Swedish artist to record for the renowned Blue Note label with 'White Russian' which was met with worldwide acclaim. Viktoria has appeared across Europe and yes she is related to the writer Leo Tolstoy. She brings with her an all Swedish band that features Jacob Karlzon (piano), Peter Danemo (bass) and Rasmus Kihlberg (drums).

    [A combination of misprint and dep: Jacob Karlzon's trio had Peter Danemo on drums, and Mateus Svenson on bass. Delicious gig.]


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    2002 Friday, 18 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - The Garricks String Quartet

    Pianist Michael Garrick is a prolific composer who is deeply versed in jazz, Indian and church music. He has led bands since the 50 's and is very active in the jazz and education. In 1967 he composed 'Jazz Praises', a cycle of religious pieces performed and recorded in St. Pauls Cathedral. His son Christian is a fluent and inventive violinist of considerable power, who has worked on many film and TV soundtracks as well as working with the likes of Brian Ferry and The Brand New Heavies. With Dominic Ashworth (guitar) and Paul Moylan (bass).
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    2002 Friday, 25 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Billy Jenkins' Blues Collective

    A born again blueser, described as a maverick, often satirizing the excess genre wine bar friendly jazz, Jenkins' anarchic demeanour conceals both a skilful musician and a shrewd thinker on all things musical. His band of Dylan Bates (violin), Richard Bolton (guitar), Thad Kelly (bass) and Michael Pickering (drums) has produced a great deal of fine albums and blues playing, particularly from Jenkins himself. This is not for the faint-hearted.


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    2002 Friday, 1 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ingrid Laubrock Quartet

    One of the best young saxophonists on the scene who originally hailed from West Germany, but now resides in this country. She was nominated as rising star in 1999 Ingrid also finds time to co-lead two Brazilian bands with Monica Vasconcelos, 'Nois' and As 'Meninas'. She has also recorded two CDs under her own name. Another rising star, Karim Merchant is featured on piano, together with Larry Bartley (bass) and Tom Skinner (drums).


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    2002 Friday, 8 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble - Sorry, sold out!

    A towering presence drenched in passion and energy, his music is a rich and passionate blend of many world influences, Middle Eastern, North African and Eastern European all in a jazz idiom. The sax and clarinet virtuoso finds time to play in the Blockheads, be a record producer and now an author. Gilad and his band of Frank Harrison (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums) are guaranteed to whack you between the ears.

    [Yaren Sdavi was the bassist. Wonderful.]


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    2002 Friday, 15 November 8.30, Ticket £11 - Peter King Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    A quite brilliant soloist in the be-bop tradition and possessed of a talent that relates him closely to Charlie 'Bird' Parker, his great technical virtuosity and swing, advanced harmonic elements have made him into one of the world's greatest players. Steve Melling is a phenomenal exciting and dedicated pianist. Jeremy Brown (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums) add dramatic atmosphere to the compositions.


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    2002 Friday, 22 November 8.30, Ticket £11 - Annie Whitehead Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Annie, the Oldham born, irrepressible trombone player with one of the most characteristic deep bass sounds in jazz, has established herself as one of the leading players of her generation. She has played for leaders as diverse as Joan Armatrading, Paul Weller, Deep Purple, The Spice Girls, Elvis Costello and Carla Bley. Expect to hear a mix of African music, jazz and funk. Her latest CD, 'The Gathering' was recorded live with her road band of Steve Lodder (piano / keyboards), Jennifer Maidman (bass) and Liam Genockey (drums).


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    2002 Friday, 29 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - David Gordon Trio

    A truly international trio led by classically trained David Gordon who combines his jazz activities with harpsichord playing in the Baroque world. The trio's third CD will be recorded at the end of the present tour. The trios other two CD's are, highly recommended by us. Bass player Ole Rasmussen is a resident of Copenhagen and is in constant demand through out Scandinavia, while American drummer Paul Cavaciuti is a keen educator and interestingly is involved in the therapeutic aspects of music.


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    2002 Friday, 6 December 8.30, Ticket £10 - Julian Siegel Quartet

    Composer, teacher, arranger, conductor, Julian is now launching his debut album as bandleader, Julian Siegel 'Mice in the Maze'. "Makes difficult hard bop lines sound like throwaway blues phrases and approaches the depth and sensitivity of a Wayne Shorter or Stan Getz in his playing". With Liam Noble (piano), Dave Whitford (bass) and Gary Husband (drums).

    [The drummer for this tour is the admirable Asaf Sirkis.]


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    2002 Friday, 13 December 8.30, Ticket £11 - Protect the Beat

    If you want excitement then look no further than Derek Nash (saxes), Tony Smith (guitar), Darby Todd (drums), Winston Blissett (bass) and Peter Adams (keyboards), who are all high profile freelance musicians, who come together in a blistering Jazz / Groove act that measures up favourably to any thing that America can offer - "it ain't dinner jazz" - that's for sure!!


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    2002 Friday, 20 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Dennis Rollins' Bad Bone and Co. - Sorry, sold out!

    With a collection of wicked tunes, the man with the sexiest trombone in town is back for our Christmas gig. The most joyful funk you are likely to hear this side of the Atlantic with Johnny 'guitar' Heyes, Benet McLean (keyboards), Peter Martin (bass), Joshua McKenzie (drums) and Lenny Lawrence (percussion).
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    2002 Friday, 27 December 8.30, Ticket £11 - Victoria Newton

    A past that has seen her on Top of The Pops many times with dance band 'Strike', who had a string of hits, Victoria stood in for Liane Carroll back in September 2001 and brought the house down with her performance. Victoria is a charismatic performer, with a powerful voice and boundless energy. She sings in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Brazilian Portuguese! With Barry Green (piano), Ian Ellis (saxophone), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Mike Bradley (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 3 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Jean Toussaint

    A great start to the New Year at the Fleece as we welcome back Jean Toussaint and his quartet. He comes from Berklee College of music via a four and a half year stint with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers when he toured Europe, Japan, Africa, USA and Canada. Jean has worked with artists of the calibre of Wynton Marsalis, Gil Evans and McCoy Tyner, he has a warm pleasant tone and is a consummate technician with a fine lyrical flair that has established a wide audience for his expressive straight jazz work. With Andrew McCormack (piano), Orlando Le Fleming (bass) and Troy Miller (drums).

    [Our wonderful bassist was Larry Bartley.]
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    2003 Friday, 10 January 8.30, Ticket £9 - Big Chief

    With their music always unmistakably rooted in jazz BC play Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, Alain Toussaint and Horace Silver. Whether the numbers originate in boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, rock n' roll, township kwela, big band swing, bebop or post modernist freeform, puts its liberated stamp on them and lets the good times roll. But it won't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. BC are Edward Benstead (trumpet), John Fry (sax and vocals), Tony Edwards (percussion and vocals), Chris Fry (trombone), Adrian Paton (keyboards and vocals), Mike Jacques (guitar), Tony Reeves (bass) and Louis Borenius (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 17 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Renato D'Aiello's International Quartet

    Saxophonist Renato has a tone reminiscent of Hank Mobley and articulation that has a touch of Dexter Gordon about it. This is not to say that he is not his own man. His style is mature, adventurous and powered by a first class technique. Joining him are the outstanding Patrice Galas (piano), Nicola Muresu (bass) and Tristan Maillot (drums).

    [Darren Altman drummed up a storm.]
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    2003 Friday, 24 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ola - Sorry, sold out!

    Make sure that you book early for the eagerly awaited return of Ola, whose gig last year was a sell-out. Combining sophisticated, modern soul with the power of his African roots, Ola is a charismatic vocalist, whose four albums have served to seal his reputation as an outstanding singer, songwriter, musician and producer fully deserving of the high regard in which press and public alike hold him. His live performances have to be seen to be believed. With Tony Smith (guitar), Matt Johnson (keyboards), Derek MacIntyre (bass) and Ash Soan (drums).

    [A wonderful evening with Julan McLaren on drums, Phil Mulford on bass and Pete Adams on keyboards.]
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    2003 Friday, 31 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Ian Shaw

    Britain's premier male jazz singer defies stereotyping with a voice containing an orchestral spectrum of tones and timbres. Ian's range extends from a velvety baritone to a startling falsetto and he can vary his vocal texture from smooth to rough edged in accordance with the emotion he wants to communicate. With James Pearson (piano), Thad Kelly (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).

    [On a dark and snowy night, we loved the bass of Dave Olney]
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    Saturday, 1 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Stan Tracey Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Pianist, composer, arranger, accordion and vibes player Stan Tracey OBE is one of the most outstanding figures that Britain has given to the jazz world. Inspired by Ellington and Monk he has consistently displayed a distinctive, sometimes quirkily personal touch in his playing. With the unmistakable saxophone sound of Bobby Wellins, the bass of Andy Cleyndert and the drums of Clark Tracey this is an evening you should not miss.
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    2003 Friday, 7 February 8.30, Ticket £14 - Stacey Kent - Sorry, sold out!

    "One of the finest singers to have appeared in the last four decades. The depth, subtlety, emotional shading and irrepressible swing that she brings to every song marks her out as something special" - The Guardian. A relaxed swing singer whose assured interpretation always respects the composer's intentions. With David Newton (piano), Colin Oxley (guitar), Jim Tomlinson (saxophone) and Dave Chamberlain (bass).
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    2003 Friday, 14 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Tina May Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Valentines Day sees the official launch of Tina's new CD, which features USA saxophonist Scott Hamilton. Tina builds her repertoire with a careful eye for melody, lyric and mood and her rare talent raises the quality of her material to new heights. Tonight she is joined by Nikki Iles (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Tristan Maillot (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 21 February 8.30 and Saturday, 22 February 8.30, Ticket £13 - Martin Taylor - Sorry, sold out!

    Without doubt one of the world's greatest guitarists, Martin makes a swift and very welcome return to the Fleece. Repeatedly referred to as a guitarist's guitarist, his swinging improvisation with chords, walking bass lines and melody have consistently left audiences stunned and amazed.


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    2003 Friday, 28 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Clark Tracey's "Tribute to Art Blakey" - Sorry, sold out!

    The very best British Jazz musicians return with a gig which we just simply had to repeat! Having played opposite Art Blakey on many engagements up until his death in 1990 , Clark discovered that Blakey had asked for him and his group to play support during that period. Clark felt compelled to pay musical respect to the man. The 'Tribute to Art Blakey' group now comprises giants from the UK scene - Peter King (sax), Alan Barnes (sax), Mark Armstrong (trumpet), Steve Melling (piano) and Dave Green (bass).

    [Nick Preston played bass on a night to dream about.]


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    Saturday, 1 March 8.30, Ticket £14 - Claire Martin Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    At long last it's a great pleasure to welcome Claire back to the Fleece doing what she does best - singing jazz! She achieved instant recognition in 1992 with her debut CD "The Waiting Game". Since then she has become one of the most important jazz singers on the jazz scene. A remarkably versatile singer Claire's repertoire ranges from R&B to incorporating along the way the great standards of which she is such an accomplished interpreter. Her new CD - 'Too Darn Hot!' is her best yet. With Gareth Williams (piano), Laurence Cottle (bass) and Clark Tracy (drums).


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    2003 Friday, 7 March 8.30, Ticket £9 - Pat Crumley Quartet

    Oxford born Pat started in the rhythm and blues field when he first turned professional working with, among others, The Animals, Zoot Money and Chris Farlowe. He is now recognised as one of the country's leading hard bop saxophonists and was one of Ronnie Scott's favourite players. With Nick Weldon (piano), Tim Wells (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 14 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock - Sorry, sold out!

    Tommy's early influence was John Coltrane, but his style soon transcended this direct influence and in 1988 he became the first UK musician to be signed to the prestigious Blue Note label for which he produced four albums. With a style recalling players as different as Jan Garbarek and Bobby Wellins. He is accompanied by pianist Brian Kellock, whose trio CD 'Live at Henry's', won the best album at the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards.


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    2003 Friday, 21 March 8.30, Ticket £9 - Jamie Cullum Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    With a debut album of standards, Jamie is a singer pianist who likes to work in the jazz trio setting. He also plays keyboards in the highly rated four-piece rock group Taxi. This he says keeps him fresh on the jazz side of things and brings more energy to his performances. Asked if there was a need for another standards album he replied, 'No, but the songs are so good you can invest them with your own personality'. Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums) make up the trio.

    [Michael Strange was tonight's drummer, and lovely with it.]
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    2003 Friday, 28 March 8.30, Ticket £11 - Snake Davis - Sorry, sold out!

    The UK's top soul saxophonist (You've heard Snake with M People, Eurythmics, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Cher and Ray Charles) brings his band of Paul Birchall (keyboards), JJ Belle (guitar), Winston Blisset (bass) and Pete Lewinson (drums) for an evening of extreme groove and melody. Snake is a brilliant, passionate and bluesy sax player whose musical skill seems to have no limit.

    [A brilliant evening. Brian Hargreaves played drums, and Frankie Felix played bass. JJ Belle was no-where to be seen.]


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    2003 Friday, 4 April 8.30, Ticket £11 - Marlene Verplanck

    Marlene is one contemporary singer who can stand comparison with the greats of yesterday. Her superb voice is matched with a flawless technique, her choice of material is highly individual but always displays impeccable taste and her musical accompaniment is always of the highest order. Even by her own high standards Marlene's new CD 'Speaking of Love' is exceptional 0 Billy Verplanck is responsible for the top class arrangements and has contributed original songs and produced and conducted the recording sessions. Her band is Clive Dunstall (piano), Roy Babbington (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).


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    2003 Friday, 11 April 8.30, Ticket £10 - Roger Beaujolais Quintet

    Vibraphonist Roger is a naturally gifted musician, he plays by ear and is now regarded as one of our leading players. He first came to prominence with the Chevalier Brothers in the1980s, a band he co-led for 6 years. His more recent band Vibraphonic was one of the original and most successful Acid Jazz bands. Outside his own projects he has worked with artists as diverse as Roni Size, Fairground Attraction, Paul Weller, Kirsty McColl, Tony Remy, the Jazz Percussion Quintet and Tim Richards' Great Spirit. His busy schedule includes sessions for CD's and films. Mark Lockheart (saxophones), Robin Aspland (piano), Tom Herbert (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums) make up the quintet.

    [Simon Thorpe played bass on an evening when this wonderful band just caught fire.]
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    2003 Friday, 18 April 8.30, Ticket £10 - John Etheridge - Sorry, sold out!

    One of the finest guitar players around plays solo at the Fleece tonight. Pat Metheny, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Stephane Grappelli, John Williams, Nigel Kennedy, Jim Mullen, Dizzy Gillespie, Nils Pederson, and Yehudi Menuhin are among the "A" list of celebrated musicians who have all had the benefit of his brilliant playing, either on record or onstage.


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    2003 Friday, 25 April 8.30, Ticket £12 - Clare Teal - Sorry, sold out!

    Since being signed to Candid Records 2 years ago Clare has proved to be one of the most talented newcomers to hit the jazz scene in years. Not only is she a wonderfully gifted singer, but is also a melodic and witty songwriter. Her second CD 'Orsino's Song' has received rave reviews. Clare's influences of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday are clearly reflected in her material. Accompanying her are Simon Wallace (piano), James Evans (reeds), Nils Solberg (guitar), John Day (bass) and Rod Brown (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 2 May 8.30, Ticket £10 - Mark Crooks Quintet

    If you like uncompromising, straight-ahead jazz played with vigour, honesty and commitment this is the gig for you. Mark's saxophone playing has a flair for melodic phrasing, which has echoes of Stan Getz. His clarinet playing is thoughtful and sensitive with a warm mellow tone akin to that of Sweden's Putte Wickman. He has recorded one excellent CD, 'I Won't Dance'. Mark is joined by John Pearce (piano), Colin Oxley (guitar), Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).

    [Steve was at Ronnies, so Matt Skelton gave us much pleasure.]
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    2003 Friday, 9 May 8.30, Ticket £10 - Celebrating The Jazz Couriers - Sorry, sold out!

    Celebrating the Jazz Couriers 'Through the night...' volume 2 (recorded live at the Fleece) underlines the excitement, virtuosity, and cohesiveness of the group's first recording proving that this band has become one of the great jazz groups and a worthy tribute to the classic iconic British modern jazz group co-led by saxophonist Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott between 1957 and 1960 The modern day Couriers are Martin Drew (drums), Mornington Lockett (tenor saxophone), Nigel Hitchcock (tenor saxophone), Steve Melling (piano) and Andy Cleyndert (bass).


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    2003 Friday, 16 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - Lee Gibson - Sorry, sold out!

    Lee is a nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz singer who has delighted critics and fans alike with her delivery of the popular repertoire which she sings with enormous confidence and an intense yet subtle sense of swing. 2002 was a fantastic year for Lee and 2003 promises to be even more exciting with her first tour of the USA after an appearance in Canada in January this year with the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra. John Horler (piano), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Dave Green (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums) make up her band.
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    2003 Friday, 23 May 8.30, Ticket £9 - Jim Mullen and the Graham Harvey Trio

    Hammond organ players seem to be in short supply at the moment, but we have brought you four for the price of three! The group boasts four of the best players on their respective instruments in the country. Jim Mullen (guitar) joins Graham Harvey (piano), Matt Miles (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums), to guarantee you a swinging evening where the pace never flags.
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    2003 Friday, 30 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - Alan Barnes Octet "The Sherlock Holmes Suite"

    Saxophonist Alan Barnes has been fascinated since boyhood with the stories featurung Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great creation, Sherlock Holmes. So much so that now he has written and recorded a jazz suite based around the characters. Taking his cue from Ellington/Strayhorn suites such as "Such Sweet Thunder" and "The Far East Suite". The work is for octet and a narrator (Alan), Brian Dee (piano), Bruce Adams (trumpet), Robert Fowler (reeds), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Stan Sultzman (saxes), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 6 June 8.30, Ticket £10 - Laura Zakian

    Laura is a stylish and inventive jazz vocalist, who has a clear concept of how to phrase a lyric and imbue it with subtle swing and rhythmic elasticity. Her new CD promises inspired new arrangements from re-workings of neglected standards to jazz interpretations of contemporary tunes all in her sophisticated urban style. Laura is accompanied by Nick Weldon (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Matt Home (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 13 June 8.30, Ticket £10 - Mick Hanson and David Newton - Sorry, sold out!

    Two of our favourite musicians David Newton (piano) and Mick Hanson (guitar) return to the Fleece for an evening of breathtaking technical ability, melody, harmony, rhythmic sophistication and supreme entertainment - enough said.
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    2003 Friday, 20 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - Gilad Atzmon and the Extended Orient House Ensemble - Sorry, sold out!

    Gilad's charismatic show will yet again contrast wonderful musicianship with his unique brand of humour to guarantee a hugely entertaining night. From new takes on jazz standards to highly melodic Middle Eastern inflected jazz originals, Atzmon has carved out a powerful reputation as one of the UK's most important musicians and composers. Based around his hugely talented rhythm section, the new Orient House Ensemble provides Gilad with a brilliant new palette of sounds to draw on in order to create his most exciting music yet. Reem Kelani (vocals), Frank Harrison (piano), Marcel Mamaliga (violin), Romano Viazzanii (accordion), Yaron Stavi (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 27 June 8.30, Ticket £11 - Trudy Kerr

    Singer Trudy Kerr has hit gold with her warm, very inventive and loving tribute CD to Chet Baker, 'My Old Flame', on the Jazzizit label. The album contains tracks that Baker performed with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, that have been adapted for vocals as well as Trudy's favourite Chet standards. Trudy sings with a mature sound, swings with subtly and develops her melodic and lyrical concepts with impeccable taste and great sensitivity. She is accompanied by Alan Barnes (saxophones), Dick Pearce (trumpet), Steve Melling (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and David Smith (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 4 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Christian Brewer Quartet

    A passionate alto saxophonist, Christian is a fiery hard-bop player with a soulful and beautiful tone to his playing. Outside of jazz Christian has worked with an impressive range of star musicians including Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez, The Ragga Twins, Jamaican reggae star Rico Rodriguez, rap band Push, and top blues guitarist Otis Grand. Completing tonight's distinguished quartet are Leon Greening (piano), Tom Herbert (bass) and Seb Rochford (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 11 July 8.30, Ticket £12 - Lodder/Etheridge Quartet (note change from published programme)

    To get Steve Lodder as a late replacement for this gig was wonderful. John Etheridge (guitar) is simply one of the very best players around. Dudley Phillips will be on base, and the Frenchman with the flying drumsticks, Tristan Maillot, completes the quartet.
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    2003 Friday, 18 July 8.30, Ticket £11 - Joan Viskant - Sorry, sold out!

    Born and brought up in Chicago, Joan began singing professionally in the clubs of her hometown before relocating to France and then to London. Her vocal career took her through Europe, where she received encouragement from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well as the respect of many influential jazz musicians. Woolfe Phillips who was musical director for Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland said of Joan, "The finest jazz singer I've heard in the last thirty years". With Robin Aspland (piano), Frank Griffith (saxophone), Malcolm Creese (bass) and Ralph Salmins (drums).

    [Reports of superb playing from Christian Vaughan on piano and Bill Coleman on bass.]
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    2003 Friday, 25 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Laurence Cottle Quartet

    Generally considered to be one of the finest electric bass players this country has ever produced, Laurence has played with many of the world's great monosyllabic musicians such as Sting, Cher, Seal, Eno and Jaco. Working with Michael Kamen he has performed for films like Lethal Weapon and Mr Holland's Opus. Musical versatility - playing bass on Headless Cross with Black Sabbath, the Hanson Christmas album and the soundtrack for Britney Spear's movie Crossroads. Other big names that have played and recorded with Laurence include Eric Clapton, The Bee Gees, Procul Harum and Mike Oldfield. Gareth Williams (piano), Ben Castle (saxophone) and Ian Thomas (drums) make up the Quartet.
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    2003 Friday, 1 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Brian Dee Quartet

    Pianist Brian Dee has accompanied many of the biggest names in the history of popular and jazz music since making his mark on the London music scene during the late 1950 's. His new CD 'Centurion' is his third album of original compositions. With this album and band, Brian deserves to be viewed in a different light by his peers, critics and fans alike. Alex Garnett (saxophone, who is certainly a player to watch), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) complete the Quartet.
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    2003 Friday, 8 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Chaz Jankel Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Chaz formed the Blockheads with Ian Dury and was co-writer and performer with him and the band for over 20 years, playing guitar and keyboards. After Ian's untimely death he continues to be a member of the Blockheads, co-writing and developing various ideas. A prolific composer, Chaz has composed numerous film scores and released his first jazz album, 'Out Of The Blue' in 2001 His second CD is due to be released in 2003 The other members of The Quartet are Andy Crowdy (bass), Blockhead's Dave Lewis (saxophone) and Dylan Howe (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 15 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Carole Burgess Quartet

    Our very own Carole Burgess returns after her sell out gig of last year. Her lyrical and sympathetic interpretation of a wide range of standards is performed not only with great warmth and sincerity but also with the clarity of Ella the passion of Billie and the humour of Blossom. Arranger, composer and Carole's musical director Michael Spearman (guitar), Mike Gorman (piano) and Karen Sharpe (tenor sax) complete the quartet.
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    2003 Friday, 22 August 8.30, Ticket £11 - Frank Williams African Jazz Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    It's a very warm welcome back to this scintillating Quintet with its roots in South African township music. Drummer Brian Abrahams and tenor saxophonist Frank Williams did indeed begin their careers in the band "District Six" in Cape Town. Guitar hero Winston Delandro, Alistair Gavin (piano) and Michael Bailey (bass) complete this wonderful band.
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    2003 Friday, 29 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Polly Gibbons

    A Fleece debut for a young Suffolk singer with a strong soulful voice. Polly has been working under the guidance of Britain's premiere male jazz singer, Ian Shaw, who having produced her debut album says of Polly: "This talent is one in a million - miss her gigs at your peril!" She is accompanied by Barry Green (piano), Ole Hayhurst (bass), Winston Clifford (drums)and Daniel Friend (trumpet).

    [The group is a change from that originally published.]
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    2003 Friday, 5 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - Lennie Bush Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Lennie Bush is arguably the top bassist of his generation, having recorded and toured with a seemingly endless list of luminaries that include Henry Mancini, Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker. BBC Big Band lead tenor Vic Ash (sax & claro Tomasso (clarinet), Brian Dee (piano), Alan Bush (trumpet) and Ralph Salmins (drums) complete the quintet.

    [Alan Ganley is ill, and Ralph is depping for him. We wish Alan a very speedy recovery. We got the billing a bit wrong, though. Alan Bush was not present, but a sellout crowd loved the trumpet (not clarinet) of Enrico Tommasso.]
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    2003 Friday, 12 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - Protect the Beat - Sorry, sold out!

    If you want extreme excitement then look no further than Derek Nash (saxes), Tony Smith (guitar) Peter Adams (keyboards), Winston Blissett (bass) and Darby Todd (drums). They are all high profile freelance musicians, who come together in a blistering Jazz / Groove act that measures up to anything that America can offer - "it ain't dinner jazz" that's for sure!!

    [On guitar we had the fabulous Tim Cransfield - a superb evening that shook the county.]
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    2003 Friday, 19 September 8.30, Ticket £10 - Kevin Flanaghan Quartet

    Followers in the past of the brash and ballsy hard-bop Tommy Chase combo will no doubt remember Kevin's "Rollins" style tenor playing. Never overdramatic or a reckless dispenser of arpeggios, he prefers to play in a more almost deceptively casual fashion. Pianist David Gordon is equally at home in the jazz and classical world. Andy Brown's full toned bass playing has much in common with the late veteran American of the same surname. Drummer Russ Morgan is a delight, never fussy or intrusive in his playing really listening to what is going on around him.

    [Three things about this gig: 1. Flanagan doesn't have an 'h'. 2. Kevin played an alto and read the poetry of Gary Schneider. 3. It was won of the best gigs ever.]
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    Saturday, 20 September 8.00, Ticket £13 - Ray Gelato Giants Dance at Boxford Village Hall

    The Jubilee dance held last year was so successful and we enjoyed ourselves so much that we just had to do it again! Ray Gelato's powerful swinging blend and of energetic vocals and roaring tenor sax guarantee a night of sheer excitment and delight. Las Vegas eat your heart out - Boxford is where it's at!

    [The personnel for this delightful evening were: Tom Gordon (drums), Simon Thorpe (bass), Richard Busiakiewicz (piano), Andy Rogers (trumbone and vocals), Danny Marsden (trumpet and vocals), Alex Garnett (tenor and vocals) and, of course, Ray Gelato (tenor and lead vocals).]
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    Friday, 26 September 8.30, Ticket £13 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, sold out!

    Sarah Jane is a powerful and multi-talented British singer whose astonishing voice has the ability to excite audiences and fellow musicians alike with its three and a half octave range soaring heavenwards or diving to emotional depths. Radio Suffolk's Stephen Foster voted Sarah Jane's last gig at the Fleece as his gig of the year in 2002 , "I knew she was good but not this good". Sarah Jane's new CD is called 'Love and Pain' and is out on the Fallen Angel label. With Neil MacColl (acoustic guitar), Calum MacColl (electric guitar), Henry Thomas (electric bass) and Roy Dodd (drums).

    [This lineup is a change from that originally published.]
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    2003 Friday, 3 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Julian Marc Stringle and the Dream Band

    Julian was a child prodigy reed player making his TV debut with Roy Castle and Acker Bilk at the age of 15 Julian plays the clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone and sings, but the clarinet is his main passion and he is now recognised as the most stylish performer on the instrument in Europe. John Dankworth CBE said, "Julian is an immense talent! Probably the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for several decades". "Elegant and masterful playing, Julian has given a much neglected instrument a truly new lease of life." says Tony Coe. With Neil Angilley (keyboards), Dominic Ashworth (guitar), Chris Dodd (bass) and Nic France (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 10 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ed Jones Quintet

    Ed is a formidable saxophonist who has clearly been influenced by the great masters from the jazz tradition. He cites Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Johnny Griffin as a constant source of inspiration. As a session musician and sideman he has worked and recorded with some of the very best artists in the world. Ed is a player of forceful imagination, whose vigorous and sometimes downright volcanic tenor sound has long been one of the great delights of British jazz. His 'terrier with rat' approach raises the musical temperature whenever he solos. His band includes Jonathan Gee (piano), Giles Natural (bass) Winston Clifford (drums) and Damon Brown (trumpet).
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    2003 Friday, 17 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Viktoria Tolstoy

    Viktoria is one of Sweden's best-loved young jazz singers. She made her break-through at the age of nineteen with her debut CD entitled "Smile, Love and Spice". In 1997 she became the first Swedish artist to record for the renowned Blue Note label with "White Russian" which was met with worldwide acclaim. Viktoria has appeared across Europe and has recently toured in South America. She brings her Swedish band made up of some of that country's leading musicians, Jacob Karlzon (piano), Matthias Svensson (bass) and Peter Danemo (drums).

    [The delightful and listening drummer was Peter Nilsson, using Roger Odell's new kit.]
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    2003 Friday, 24 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Kirk Lightsey and Joe Lee Wilson

    Kirk Lightsey took up the piano at five and became a full time jazz musician in his late teens. In the mid sixties he became sideman for Chet Baker which resulted in five fine album recordings but it was his work with Dexter Gordon that brought him to the attention of a wider jazz public. Kirk is a highly polished, virtuosic but always architecturally minded player who has earned a reputation as a fine solo performer. Accompanying Kirk is guitarist and singer Joe Lee Wilson, Steve Watts (bass) and Dave Wickins (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 31 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Karen Sharp Quartet

    Karen was attracted to jazz during her last few years at school in Ipswich. When at college studying composition she was drawn to the tenor saxophone and on hearing Dexter Gordon her choice of instrument was confirmed. A superb musician and regular member of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band with a debut CD simply called 'Karen Sharp' that received rave reviews, Karen's career is now really taking off. Making up the quartet are Richard Busiakiewicz (piano), John Day (bass) and Matt Fishwick (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 7 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - The Hanson-Mullen Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    The combination of two such great guitarists as Mick Hanson and Jim Mullen, together with pianist Jim Watson and drummer Andy Trim makes this a truly unmissable gig. Mick is an entirely self taught player who has over the years developed a highly distinctive style absorbing elements of swing, bop, fusion and Latin. He has the priceless ability of being able to play in whatever style of music he is challenged with. Jim Mullen is a dynamic and forceful player who has spent years in jazz-rock and his deep affinity with the blues gives his music a quality of earthy excitement. With Jim Watson on piano and Andy Trim on drums.
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    2003 Friday, 14 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - Damon Brown's International Quintet

    One of the UK's most versatile musicians, Damon's unique trumpet sound and approach to music has earned him the admiration of both musicians and audiences in a surprisingly wide variety of musical settings. This crossover with dance and pop culture has been an important factor in his development as a composer. Damon's style blends British and American influences in a highly personalized approach to jazz. While rooted firmly in the blue note tradition his continued reference to wider musical settings create complex and emotional music. Christian Brewer (tenor sax), Alec Dankworth (bass), and from Finland Markku Ounaskarri (drums) and Jarmo Savolainen (piano).

    [Damon played flugle and Christian played alto. A stunning evening.]
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    2003 Friday, 21 November 8.30, Ticket £11 - Christian Garrick Quartet

    Violinist Christian Garrick was a joint winner of the Daily Telegraph young jazz competition at seventeen. Having come through the Royal Academy of Music where he picked up a hat full of prizes, he went on to be awarded the coveted John Dankworth Special Award at the 1999 BT British Jazz Awards. Christian is a player who can move effortlessly between classical, hot-club, swing, be-bop, contemporary jazz, blues, fusion and rock. With David Gordon (piano), Denmark's Ole Rasmussen (bass) and Tom Hooper (drums).
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    2003 Friday, 28 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - Denny Ilett / Katya Gorrie Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    This Quintet believes firmly in the merits of the great standards played simply with the emphasis on swing and melody. Denny's main influences are Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery and trumpeter Harry James. Guitarist, singer, arranger and Big Band leader Denny is a member of Lillian Boutte's group in Europe and the USA. Canadian vocalist Katya Gorrie is an exciting and fresh new voice on the jazz scene in the UK. She brings her unique style of sultry vocals and a touch of cabaret to each performance. Mike Gorman (piano), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Dylan Howe (drums) make up the Quintet.
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    2003 Friday, 5 December 8.30, Ticket £10 - Alec Dankworth Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    Composer, bass player and arranger Alec has recorded with a who's who of the UK jazz scene as well as many leading International artists. He comes to the Fleece with his band of Julian Arguelles (saxophones) and Phil Robson (guitar). The Independent had this to say about his playing, "Long arabesque lines that resonate with emotion", while Venue said, 'Brings quite the warmest and intuitively phrased touch to his melodic solos". Alec tells us" I have always liked playing in groups without percussion. The extra space brings challenges and opportunities". The trio have a new CD out called "If you're passing by" on the Candid label.

    [Of course, Mike Outram played guitar, and Ed Jones saxes. I knew that. A glorious acoustic evening.]
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    2003 Friday, 12 December 8.30, Ticket £10 - Renato D'Aiello Quartet - 'Canzone' (Italian Songs in Jazz)

    'Canzone' is a new project sparked off this year by the ever-creative saxophonist Renato D'Aiello. Still rooted in the jazz idiom, his starting point is songs from his native Italy. Working with an acoustic quartet, the heart of 'Canzone' is a collection of wonderful melodies. The treatment of them is spare and lyrical, celebrating the songs with a fine sense of space and the dynamics of silence. The repertoire is principally old Neapolitan songs from songwriters Luigi Tenco, Gino Paoli and Martino, plus a few originals by Renato and pianist John Critchinson who with Nicola Muresu (Contrabass) and Seb Rochford (drums) complete the Quartet.
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    2003 Friday, 19 December 8.30, Ticket £12 - Sax Appeal - Sorry, sold out!

    Our Christmas gig is guaranteed to be a real swinger, when Derek Nash (alto sax) together with Mornington Lockett (tenor sax), Scott Garland (alto sax), Bob McKay (barritone sax), Gary Plumley (tenor sax), Leon Greening (keyboards), Laurence Cottle (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums) squeeze into the Fleece for the last gig of 2003 Enthusiastically led by Derek Nash, this award winning band is one of the premier bands in the country mixing driving swing, danceable Latin / funk and haunting ballads.

    [What a stunning way to end a season! A few changes in personnel - read Phil Scragg for Laurence Cottle, Andy Panayi for Bob MacKay, Adrian Revell for Gary Plumber and Jamie Anderson for Mornington Locket. The rest of the band was as advertised.]
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    2004 Friday, 2 January 8.30, Ticket £11 - Jamie Cullum - Sorry, sold out!

    What a wonderful start to the New Year at the Fleece! "Watching him on the television show I was reminded of the first time I ever saw the young Dudley Moore", says Michael Parkinson. Jamie's new album 'Twenty Something' brilliantly captures his personality and talent and the choice of repertoire reflects his own diverse musical inspirations. "Jazz really means something. Only jazz let's me incorporate the energy of a rock and roll band - which I think is missing from a lot of jazz with the traditional and the modern." With bassist and arranger Geoff Gascoyne and drummer Sebastiaan de Krom.
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    2004 Friday, 9 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - David Newton - Sorry, sold out!

    The name David Newton has become a cast iron guarantee of pianistic invention, exceptional technical ability, allied to melodic, harmonic and rhythmic sophistication, precision of touch and warmth of tone. Now ranked as one of the great pianists in contemporary jazz he has proved his sheer class in every situation performing and recording solo, duo, trio contexts as well as working with the likes of Martin Taylor, Don Weller, Mick Hanson, Carol Kidd, Stacey Kent and Alan Barnes. David has also played in backing groups for many visiting jazzmen including Art Farmer, Bud Shank, Shorty Rogers and Nat Adderley.
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    2004 Friday, 16 January 8.30, Ticket £11 - John Law Quartet

    John Law is renowned as one of Europe's finest improvising pianists. John Fordham in the Guardian described him as a "brilliant pianist who plays like a hybrid of Cecil Taylor and Keith Jarrett", Jazz Podium Germany as "a virtuoso improvisational tour de force", while Cadence New York said, "Creative music at a level not often heard - a formidable technique." John studied classical music and has been active in playing improvised music since 1988 With Julian Siegal (saxophone), Steve Watts (bass) and Dave Wickins (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 23 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Alan Skidmore / Peter King Quintet "In Honour of Bird 'n Trane" - Sorry, sold out!

    This new quintet brings together two legends of British Jazz, Peter King and Alan Skidmore, to honour the genius of the musicians who inspired them, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Peter King is the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced and one of finest in the world today. Alan Skidmore's performance can go a considerable way to recreating the atmosphere of John Coltrane's gigs. But this is no slavish tribute - it is vibrant 21st century jazz inspired by the best there's ever been. Intricate arrangements lead to a magnificent ensemble featuring coruscating solos from all five accomplished musicians. With Steve Melling (piano), Mark Hodgson (bass) and Paddy O'Flagherty (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 30 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Mark Lockheart Quartet

    Mark is one of the most distinctive and creative musicians on the current British music scene. He first made his name in the eighties working with the seminal band Loose Tubes. As a saxophonist and composer, his work often defies categorisation and crosses the boundaries of jazz, new music and folk worlds. His current projects include John Parricelli's Quartet, Seb Rochford's Polar Bear, Perfect Houseplants and the Roger Beaujolais Quintet. His band is Nic Weldon (piano), Steve Watts (bass) and Tim Giles (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 6 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Jacqui Dankworth Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Jacqui Dankworth is one of the finest voices in the UK today. She started out as an actress with the RSC and she is defiantly no-one's clone. Signed to the Candid Record Label on a three-record deal, her first CD, 'As The Sun Shines Down On Me', features her band of Malcolm Edmonstone (piano), Mike Walker (guitar), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Roy Dodds (drums). The album is much jazzier than her previous work with Field of Blue and puts more emphasis on the singer rather than the group.
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    2004 Friday, 13 February 8.30, Ticket £10 - Dylan Howe Quintet

    Drummer Dylan's 1999 debut album 'The Way I Hear It' has recently been re-released on the new OT label. It is a richly swinging evocation of that early 1960 's Blue Note sound, when Hancock and Shorter were the young tyros in time, and Elvin Jones and Tony Williams were taking the drums to a different space. With him tonight are Steve Holness (piano), Brian Edwards (alto saxophone), Quentin Collins (trumpet) and Andy Crowdy (bass).

    [A grand evening of great jazz, with Frank Harrison on piano.]
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    2004 Friday, 20 February 8.30, Ticket £10 - Julie Edwards Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    One of Yorkshire's busiest singers together with her band of Kevin Dearden (saxophone and flute), Edward Barnwell (piano), Ken Marley (bass) and John Perry (drums) make their Fleece debut. Julie is a talented and very skilful jazz vocalist who sings fresh intelligent, un-showy versions of fine standards. Her chosen material is simply arranged and beautifully rendered. She has everything in place - sound, intonation, range, control, and swing.
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    2004 Friday, 27 February 8.30, Ticket £13 - Clare Teal - Sorry, sold out!

    With three best selling albums, Clare has proved herself to be one of the most talented newcomers to hit the jazz scene in years. Not only is she a wonderfully gifted singer, but she is also a melodic and witty songwriter. Her influences of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday are clearly reflected in her classic jazz vocal style and choice of material. Clare's in-between-song patter bears an uncanny resemblance to northern comedian Victoria Wood. Accompanying her are Brian Dee (piano), Mark Crooks (reeds), Nils Solberg (guitar), John Day (bass) and Rod Brown (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 5 March 8.30, Ticket £10 - Tommaso Starace Quartet

    After graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire, Tommaso moved to London and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied and performed with Jean Toussaint, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Cobham, Stan Sulzman, Pete Churchill and Simon Purcell. Ian Carr says "extremely promising debut album - his quartet is a superb unit, a talented composer." With Sean Hargreaves (piano), Andy Hamill (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 12 March 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ricky Woodard

    Ricky plays an amazing range of instruments, including soprano, alto and tenor saxes as well as clarinet, flute and guitar. He is a vibrant and forceful soloist, his tenor saxophone style hinting at affection for the work of Wardell Grey, Dexter Gordon and especially Hank Mobley. With him tonight are John Critchinson (piano), Val Mannix (bass) and Pete Cater (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 19 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - Marlene Verplanck

    Marlene's superb voice is matched with a flawless technique, her choice of material is highly individual but always displays impeccable taste and her musical accompaniment is always of the highest order. Even by her own high standards Marlene's latest CD 'Speaking of Love' is exceptional. Billy Verplanck is responsible for all the top class arrangements and has contributed original songs and produced and conducted the recording sessions. Her band is Geoff Eales (piano), Roy Babbington (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums). . . . This gig will sponsor the aids charity for children, "Keep a Child Alive" via OneWorldBeat, along with 150 or more other gigs this weekend around the world.
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    2004 Friday, 26 March 8.30, Ticket £10 - Peter King Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    A quite brilliant soloist in the be-bop tradition and possessed of a talent that relates him closely to Charlie 'Bird' Parker, Peter's great technical virtuosity, swing and advanced harmonic elements have made him into the finest alto saxophone player this country has ever produced and one of the world's greatest players. Steve Melling is a phenomenal world-class jazz pianist who is joined by the exciting and dramatic rhythm section of Jeremy Brown on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums.

    [Gene Calderazo was the excellent drummer on this great gig.]
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    2004 Friday, 2 April 8.30, Ticket £10 - David Tughan

    We kick off our new programme with the most exciting new male jazz singer on the current UK scene. Having just signed to OT Records his CD, "Just In Time", highlights his captivating style and unique interpretation. It is the perfect vocal jazz album which has rightly been receiving extensive radio interest. With David tonight are Jonathan Gee (piano), Dominic Howells (bass), Steve Kaldestad (sax) and Winston Clifford (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 9 April 8.30, Ticket £10 - Lewis Wright Quartet

    The transition from drums to piano and finally vibraphone have produced a young 15 year old musician who defies belief. Lewis leads his quartet of Simon Brown (piano), Andy Doyle (bass) and Will Clark (drums) on their Fleece debut. A combination of great technical skill and highly complex material promises that this will be an amazing gig. Not to be missed!
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    2004 Friday, 16 April 8.30, Ticket £14 - Bill Bruford's Earthworks - Sorry, sold out!

    Bill is one of the legendary drummers in British rock whose name will always be associated with the likes of Yes, King Crimson, Gong, Genesis and Pavlov"s Dog. His group Earthworks was formed in the 1986 as a deliberate return to his roots in jazz. The band found its direction through serious live playing. Having effectively jettisoned electronic percussion it is now revisiting the broadly acoustic sax-piano-bass-drums line up. Gwillam Simcock keyboards and piano, ex Chick Corea saxophonist Tim Garland and Mark Hodgson bass make up Bill Bruford"s Earthworks.
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    2004 Friday, 23 April 8.30, Ticket £10 - John Etheridge - Sorry, sold out!

    One of the finest guitar players around plays solo again at the Fleece tonight. Pat Metheny, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Stephane Grappelli, John Williams, Jim Mullen, Andy Summers, Dizzy Gillespie, Nils Pederson and Yehudi Menuhin are among the "A" list of celebrated musicians who have all had the benefit of his brilliant playing, either on record or on stage.
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    2004 Friday, 30 April 8.30, Ticket £16 - Andy Sheppard - Sorry, sold out!

    Andy is one of the most assured, versatile and least flashy saxophonists on the scene today. A multi-instrumentalist he is a formidable and fearless jazz improviser who has travelled worldwide and has met with an extraordinary range of musical partners along the way. Tonight sees him with Steve Lodder (keyboards and piano) and Chris Laurence (bass).
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    2004 Friday, 7 May 8.30, Ticket £12 - Tina May - Sorry, sold out!

    "She"s the greatest", was how legendary American pianist Ray Bryant described Tina at the launch of her new CD, "Tina May Sings The Ray Bryant Songbook", at the Jazz Standard on 116 East 27th, New York City earlier this year. There she captivated an American audience with her smooth delivery, flawless pitch, control and dramatic but relaxed style. With Nikki Iles (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Tristan Maillot (drums).

    [The ever-smiling big eared Steve Brown was our consumate drummer.]
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    2004 Friday, 14 May 8.30, Ticket £14 - Tommy Smith Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Saxophonist and composer Tommy Smith is Scotland"s foremost jazz musician and composer. An internationally recognised soloist and bandleader since the late 80s, he is the musical director and driving force of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Tommy has a style recalling players as diverse as Jan Garbarek and Bobby Wellins. His quartet is completed by Steve Hamilton (piano), Aidan O"Donnell (bass) and John Blease (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 21 May 8.30, Ticket £10 - Georgia Mancio

    Georgia is a very stylish young vocalist with a lovely honey toned but passionate delivery. An accomplished linguist she sings and speaks Italian, Portuguese, French and Spanish. Ronnie Scott's owner Pete King described her as "faultless". Harrison Ford recently chose her to sing at his exclusive film premiere party. Georgia"s quartet is completed by Tim Lapthorne (piano), Anders Christenson (bass) and Dave Ohm (drums).

    [Matt Wates was our wonderful bassist - a great gig with two wonderful Fleece debuts from Georgia and Tim.]
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    2004 Friday, 28 May 8.30, Ticket £10 - Bryan Corbett Quartet

    Bryan Corbett is a highly gifted and naturally talented trumpeter with a sound that touches and communicates. His influences are Dizzie Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis. He brings with him Levi French (piano and keyboards), Ben Markland (bass) and Neil Bullock (drums). If there is any justice in the jazz world he will certainly become a name to reckon with.
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    2004 Friday, 4 June 8.30, Ticket £10 - Tony Smith Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Described by the Evening Standard as, "Roy Ayers' slick guitarist", Tony is arguably the funkiest guitar man in the UK. Tonight sees him leading his own quintet of Gary Sanctuary (keyboards), Gary Poole (vibes), Basti Allen (bass) and Jerry Brown (drums) and promoting his third solo CD release "Backlands", described as Soul / Funk meets Blues and Jazz with a strong 70"s influence.

    [Just a few changes to this stunning sellout gig. Nick Cohen played bass. Alex Bennet played keyboards. Marc Parnell was the drummer. And Gary Poole is a singer.]
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    2004 Friday, 11 June 8.30, Ticket £11 - Victoria Newton

    Victoria is one of the best Latin / jazz singers in the country. She was the vocalist with dance band "Strike", who had a string of hits in the 80's. A charismatic performer, with a powerful voice and boundless energy Victoria has just completed her new CD "The Song is You" released on the MCPS label. Her band includes Tim Lapthorne (piano), Dominic Ashworth (guitar), Steve Rose (bass) and Nic France (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 18 June 8.30, Ticket £10 - David Newton and Mick Hanson - Sorry, Sold Out!

    Two of our favourite musicians, David Newton (piano) and Mick Hanson (guitar), return to the Fleece for an evening of breathtaking technical ability, melody, harmony, rhythmic sophistication and supreme entertainment - enough said.
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    2004 Friday, 25 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble - Sorry, sold out!


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    2004 Friday, 2 July 8.30, Ticket £12 - Alan Barnes Quartet with special guest Michael Hashim - Sorry, sold out!

    These two outstanding saxophonists can play in any style and have recorded and shared bandstands with leading jazz musicians on either side of the Atlantic. Both are irrepressible raconteurs so the entertainment factor will be high as they celebrate the music of Benny Carter. With John Donaldson (piano), Matt Miles (bass) and Matt Home (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 9 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Protect the Beat - Sorry, sold out!

    If you want extreme excitement then look no further than Derek Nash (saxes), Tim Cansfield (guitar), Arden Hart (keyboards), Winston Blissett (bass) and Darby Todd (drums). They are all high profile freelance musicians, who come together in a blistering Jazz Groove act that measures up to anything that America can offer - "it ain't dinner jazz" that's for sure!!

    [Winston and Arden were attacking massively. On bass we had a stunning player from New York, Otto Williams. On keyboards, Pete Adams made a welcome return.]
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    2004 Saturday, 10 July 8.30, Ticket £11 - Brian Kellock Trio

    Brian is an award-winning pianist of staggering power who bubbles over with fertile imagination and wit. He develops flamboyantly contrapuntal ideas at staggering speed, merging classical brilliance with a sassy sense of swing. The trio's CD 'Live at Henry's' won best jazz CD for 2002 at the BBC Jazz Awards. Kenny Ellis (bass) and John Rae (drums) make up the trio.
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    2004 Friday, 16 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Pat Crumly Quartet

    Oxford born Pat started in the rhythm and blues field when he first turned professional working with, amongst others, The Animals, Zoot Money and Chris Farlowe. He is now recognised as one of the country's leading hard bop saxophonists. He was also one of Ronnie Scott's favourite players. With Nic Weldon (piano), Tim Wells (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 23 July 8.30, Ticket £11 - Ingrid Laubrock Quintet

    Originally hailing from West Germany, saxophonist Ingrid is ranked among the top few on the instrument today. She has a soaring imagination and is a gifted composer and arranger with a multitude of stylistic avenues of expression. The Quintet is completed by Karim Merchant (piano), Ben Davis (cello), Larry Bartley (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 30 July 8.30, Ticket £12 - Elaine Delmar - Sorry, sold out!

    Naturally talented and a highly accomplished jazz singer, Elaine manages to swing effortlessly. She has appeared on Broadway, toured the world, starred in musical shows, been acclaimed as an actress and concert artist having appeared with jazz giants such as Benny Carter, Herb Ellis and Stephane Grappelli. Accompanying her are the impeccable Brian Dee (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 6 August 8.30, Ticket £10 - Jonathan Gee

    Jonathan is one of European jazz's most celebrated musicians. He is a compelling pianist whose resourcefulness and technical command rival any of his generation. He has been recorded on 20 albums and his latest solo album called 'Wishbone' features 6 original compositions and 6 by Duke Ellington, 5 of which are sung with a delicate freshness that a ballad singer might envy.
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    2004 Friday, 13 August 8.30, Ticket £11 - Basil Hodge Quintet

    Championed by no less a figure than Julian Joseph, Basil has a solid reputation in British jazz as both a pianist and composer. He leads an excellent quintet comprising Tony Kofi (saxophone), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Tom Herbert (bass) and Sebastian Rochford (drums). Hard bop but with great freshness and originality. We can highly recommend Basil's debut CD 'My Guardian Angel'

    [Sebastian was deputised by a drummer with big ears, Ray Hart. Ray played beautifully to the room, on a gig to be remembered.]
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    2004 Friday, 20 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Joan Viskant - Sorry, sold out!

    Born and brought up in Chicago, Joan began singing professionally in the clubs of her hometown before relocating to France and then to London. Her vocal career took her through Europe, where she received encouragement from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well as the respect of many influential jazz musicians. Woolfe Phillips, who was musical director for Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland, described Joan as, "The finest jazz singer I've heard in the last thirty years". With Christian Vaughan (piano), Mike Henry (trumpet), Murray Salmon (bass) and Jeff Lardner (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 27 August 8.30 and Saturday, 28 August 8.30, Ticket £13 - Martin Taylor - Sorry, sold out!

    One of the world's greatest and busiest players makes an eagerly awaited solo return to the Fleece. Repeatedly referred to as a guitarist's guitarist, Martin's swinging improvisation with chords, walking bass lines and melody have consistently left audiences stunned and amazed.
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    2004 Friday, 3 September 8.30, Ticket £11 - Celebrating The Couriers

    This great jazz group is a worthy tribute to the classic iconic British modern jazz group that was co-led by saxophonists Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott between 1957 and 1960. The modern day couriers are Martin Drew (drums), Mornington Lockett (tenor saxophone), Steve Melling (piano), Paul Booth (sax) and Paul Morgan (bass).
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    2004 Friday, 10 September 8.30, Ticket £0 - Chaz Jankel Quartet

    Chaz is probably best known for being co-founder and musical director of the Blockheads with Ian Dury. He continues to be a member of that band, playing guitar, keyboards, singing and composing. Chaz released his first jazz album, 'Out Of The Blue' in 2001. His second 'Zoom' was released in the autumn of 2003 and features his quartet of Andy Crowdy (bass) and Brian Edwards (saxophone) and Dylan Howe (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 17 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - Ian Shaw and James Pearson - Sorry, sold out!

    The UK's premier male jazz singer can convey the emotional resonance of a song every bit as well as he shapes and contours the original melodies with his personal brand of phrasing and more importantly, he makes it all swing. Ian's latest CD is called 'A World Still Turning' on 441 Records, an American label. Ian is supported by the virtuosity and creativity of pianist James Pearson.
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    2004 Friday, 24 September 8.30, Ticket £10 - The Strayhorn Project

    Strayhorn was Ellington's musical partner for thirty years so please, no raised eyebrows for the dreaded 'project' word! This one is an absolute delight. The band, led by drummer Stu Butterfield with Steve Kaldestad (saxophone), Phil Lee (guitar) and Dave Whitford (bass), highlight the delicacy and the harmonies in Strayhorn's music.
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    2004 Friday, 1 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Ben Crosland Quartet

    Huddersfield bassist Ben Crosland has a jazz player's fast, free flowing technique and harmonic awareness together with a rock musician's edge. A highly experienced jazz composer and arranger since the early 80's, with the inspiration and ability to produce some memorable melodies. His quartet is enriched by the virtuosity of trumpet player Steve Waterman, the unique tones of guitarist Stuart McCallum and by Dave Walsh who fills the drum stool with lithe aplomb.
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    2004 Friday, 8 October 8.30, Ticket £11 - Mark Crooks Quintet

    Mark's saxophone playing has a flair for melodic phrasing, which has echoes of Stan Getz. His clarinet playing is thoughtful and sensitive with a warm mellow tone akin to that of Sweden's Putte Wickman. He made his debut at Ronnie Scott's club in December 1996. His return to The Fleece is eagerly awaited. With John Pearce (piano), Colin Oxley (guitar), Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 15 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Kelly Dickson Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Kelly is a singer who achieves a warm, naturally rich tone that brings joy to swinging, upbeat numbers and beauty to heart-felt jazz ballads. "Kelly Dickson is sparkling! She is full of life and swing - the very essence of jazz!" (Tina May). With Leon Greening (piano), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Andy Hamill (bass) and Matt Fishwick (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 22 October 8.30, Ticket £14 - Avishai Cohen Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    Described as one of the best bass players in the world by Jazz Review and is without doubt one of the biggest names in jazz music today, Avishai emerged in the New York jazz consciousness in the late 1990’l known internationally for playing bass with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea. He was Corea's bassist of choice for six years, which served as a launching pad for his own career. His bass sound has a strong rhythmic propulsion, a big sound and an appetite for tricky rhythms and time signatures. With Avishai, who comes from Israel, are Sam Bar-sheshet (piano) and Mark Guiliana (drums) who both hail from the USA.
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    2004 Friday, 29 October 8.30, Ticket £10 - Michael Garrick Quartet

    Pianist, prolific composer and national treasure Michael Garrick has been leading bands since the 50's and was active in the jazz and poetry movement in the mid 60’rked with bands co-led by Don Rendell and Ian Carr. Described by John Dankworth as "world class", he has recorded over nineteen albums in his illustrious career in a variety of musical genres. With Martin Hathaway (saxophone), Paul Moylan (bass) and Alan Jackson (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 5 November 8.30, Ticket £11 - Katya Gorrie and the Denny Ilett Quartet

    Canadian vocalist Katya Gorrie's new CD, "Pousse Caf&eacut the many layers of love, loss, joy, memories exotic and erotic. This is a bittersweet journey of musical tales to open our hearts and celebrate humanity. She brings her unique style of sultry vocals and a touch of cabaret to each performance and is aided by Denny Ilett (guitar and vocals), Pete Whittaker (piano), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Frosty Beedle (drums).

    [Mike Gorman was platformed in London. We have the superb services of Pete Whittaker on piano.]
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    2004 Friday, 12 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - Damon Brown Quartet

    Damon's style blends British and American influences in a highly personalized approach to jazz. While firmly rooted in the blue note sound of the 50's his continued reference to wider musical settings with dance and pop culture creates complex and emotional music. Doug Rainey (guitar), Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 19 November 8.30, Ticket £10 - Renato D'Aiello Quartet

    Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul. He has a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique that effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas, while his control of tone on the slow music is simply delicious. With Craig Milverton (piano), Nicola Muresu (bass) and Dave Barry (drums).

    [Due to unbelievable London traffic problems, Renato and Nicola didn't arrive till past 10. Craig Milverton gave a superb solo debut performance, later joined by the wonderful Dave Barry.]
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    2004 Friday, 26 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - Nois 4 - Sorry, sold out!

    Nois 4, originally known as "As Meninas" are Monica Vasconcelos, lead vocals, Ingrid Laubrock (saxophones), Ife Tolentino (guitar) and Chris Wells (drums and percussion). This band is a subtle and sublime creature. The Bossa Novas, sung mostly in Portugese, are so fragile, plaintive, lilting and swinging, that surely even the great Stan Getz would approve.
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    2004 Friday, 3 December 8.30, Ticket £10 - Theo Travis Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Theo Travis is a distinctive player who shows a remarkable sureness of touch in both his compositions and playing. His distinctive saxophone sound has been used in films and on albums with other leaders. Theo has been acknowledged by author Nicholas Royle as one of the inspirations for his novel, "Saxophone Dreams". With Simon Colam (piano), John Parricelli (guitar), Andy Hamill (bass) and Marc Parnell (drums).

    [The estimable David BeeBee was our pianist for a marvelous gig.]
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    2004 Friday, 10 December 8.30, Ticket £12 - Stan Tracey Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    Pianist, composer, arranger, accordion and vibes player Stan Tracey OBE is one of the most outstanding figures that Britain has given to the world of jazz. Inspired by Ellington and Monk he has consistently displayed a distinctive, sometimes quirkily personal touch in his playing. His new album "Seventy Something" is a real gem and features tonight's line up of Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
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    2004 Friday, 17 December 8.30, Ticket £12 - Billy Jenkins Blues Collective - Sorry, sold out!

    A born again blueser, described as a maverick, often satirizing the excess genre wine bar friendly jazz. Jenkins anarchic demeanour conceals both a skilful musician and a shrewd thinker on all things musical. His band of Dylan Bates (violin), Thad Kelly (bass) and Michael Pickering (drums) has produced many fine albums with peerless blues playing, particularly from Jenkins himself. Warning - this is not for the faint-hearted or those suffering a humour bypass.
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    2004 Wednesday, 29 December 8.30, Ticket £14 - Claire Martin - Sorry, sold out!

    Claire received instant recognition with her debut album "The Waiting Game" in 1992. Since then she has become one of the most important jazz singers on the scene. A remarkably versatile performer, her repertoire ranges from R&B to incorporating along the way the great standards of which she is such an accomplished interpreter. Now also an established broadcaster Claire's talents are reaching an even wider audience. Her new album "Secret Love" will be released later this year. With Gareth Williams (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 7 January 8.30, Ticket £11 - Alan Barnes Latin Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Drive away those winter blues with this stunning Latin Quintet lead by saxophonist Alan Barnes. Alan is one of the most versatile reeds men currently working in the UK and has contributed fine sections of work and blistering solos to all manner of bands and projects. Joining him are Art Themen, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and immensely gifted saxophonist, John Horler (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Dave Barry (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 14 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Tony Kofi Quartet

    Originally opting for a career as a carpenter, following a serious accident Tony decided on the saxophone as a living and thank goodness he did! He has gone on to become a mainstay of the current British jazz scene. Featuring music from the acclaimed Tony Kofi Quartet Plays Monk CD 'All Is Know' with Jonathan Gee (piano), Ben Hazleton (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 21 January 8.30, Ticket £13 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, sold out!

    The amazing Sarah Jane brings her band of Neill MacColl (guitar), Kevin Armstrong (guitar), Henry Thomas (bass) and Martyn Barker(drums) for an evening of jazz, soul and blues. Her astonishing voice and songwriting abilities together with her three and a half octave range always makes this an extra special gig. Her latest CD "Live in Montreal", which is only available through her web site, is highly recommended.

    [As Neill MacColl is off writing good stuff, the superb Matt Backer deputized.]
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    2005 Friday, 28 January 8.30, Ticket £10 - Dylan Howe Quintet

    A richly swinging evocation of that early Blue Note sound, when Hancock and Shorter were the young tyros in time and Elvin Jones and Tony Williams were taking the drums to a different space comes in the form of drummer Dylan Howe’eaturing Frank Harrison (piano), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Brian Edwards (saxophone) and Larry Bartley (bass).
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    2005 Friday, 4 February 8.30, Ticket £11 - Kirk Lightsey Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    Kirk took up the piano at the age of five and became a full time jazz musician in his late teens. In the mid sixties he became a sideman for Chet Baker, which resulted in five great albums. However it was his work with Dexter Gordon that brought him to the attention of a wider jazz public. Truly a jazz legend, Kirk is accompanied here by Steve Watts on bass and Dave Wickins on the drums.
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    2005 Friday, 11 February 8.30, Ticket £14 - Norma Winstone - Sorry, sold out!

    Norma Winstone, a singer of brilliant virtuosity and flexibility, can handle very complex lines and wide intervals, improvise with the fluency of an instrumentalist and also breathe life into a simple song. "If I'd known Norma Winstone was in the audience, I would have been very nervous" - Diana Krall. With Tony Coe (saxophone), Nikki Iles (piano) and Chris Laurence (bass).
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    2005 Friday, 18 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Sexy Saxes in Suits - Sorry, sold out!

    Definitely one for the ladies - Sexy Saxes in Suits features the UK's top soul saxophonist Snake Davis - (M people, Eurythmics, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Cher, Ray Charles) and Derek Nash - (Sax Appeal, Protect the Beat, Tom Jones, Jules Holland) for a passionate evening of jazz and blues. Supported by Pete Adams (keyboards), Winston Blissett (bass) and Frank Tontoh (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 25 February 8.30, Ticket £11 - Bobby Wellins Quartet - Sorry, sold out!


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    2005 Friday, 4 March 8.30, Ticket £14 - Jacqui Dankworth - Sorry, sold out!

    Jacqui started out as an actress with the RSC and has gone on to become one of the finest singers in the UK regardless of category. Her voice has conspicuously English enunciation and an irresistible low register. Her work for the Candid record label has resulted so far in two fine albums, the latest being ‘’been much jazzier than her previous work with Field of Blue and put the emphasis firmly on the singer. She is accompanied by Malcome Edmonstone (piano), Mike Walker (guitar), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Roy Dodds (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 11 March 8.30, Ticket £10 - Brian Dee Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    "The Centurion", aka pianist and composer Brian Dee, returns with his Quartet of Alex Garnett (saxophone), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Chris Dagley (drums) for another storming gig. Brian has accompanied many of the biggest names in the history of popular and jazz music since the 50’t has displayed an ever-increasing appeal and he now clearly deserves to be viewed in a new light by his peers, jazz critics and fans alike.
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    2005 Friday, 18 March 8.30, Ticket £11 - Nikki Iles Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    The new album "Everything I Love" pays homage to some of the great composers who have influenced Nikki’ing and compositions and helped her to create her own unique style. Nikki is also a widely respected teacher, acting as a tutor at numerous workshops and summer schools around the world as well as maintaining active links with most of the London colleges. Duncan Hopkins (bass) and Anthony Michelli (drums), who are both from Canada, make up this swinging trio. We are sponsoring the One World Beat charity for this gig.
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    2005 Friday, 25 March 8.30, Ticket £10 - Julian Siegel Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    The music of the Quartet is groove - based, drawing on many contemporary influences, all framed by the energy and passion of swing. Superb musicianship means that Julian appears regularly with other bands. In addition to being a skilled horn player Julian is also a highly proficient bassist. His latest album 𔃲' (Sound) is a marvellous album which really demonstrates Julian's true star quality. All but two of the nine tracks are his original compositions. Liam Noble (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums) make up this acoustic Quartet.
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    2005 Friday, 1 April 8.30, Ticket £12 - Marlene Verplanck

    A contemporary singer who can stand comparison with the all time greats. Her superb voice is matched with a flawless technique, her choice of material is highly individual displaying impeccable taste and her musical accompaniment is always of the highest order. Billy Verplanck is responsible for the top class arrangements. Clive Dunstall (piano), Roy Babbington (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 8 April 8.30, Ticket £11 - Tony Coe Trio

    Generally considered to be the finest living and most original clarinettist in jazz, and one of the most individual stylists on tenor saxophone. A sophisticate who behind a smokescreen of vagueness, hides an incisive chess player's mind. Tony is an immensely gifted composer and a player of astonishing versatility and brilliance. With John Horler (piano) and Alec Dankworth (bass).
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    2005 Friday, 15 April 8.30, Ticket £10 - Steve Melling Trio

    Steve is one of the most comprehensively gifted pianists working on the British jazz scene. He has a superb technique and an abundance of ideas, which have led him to work with many great artists including Peter King, Alan Skidmore, Tim Whithead, Martin Drew and Claire Martin. He was Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal College of Music London. Check out his latest CD "Solar", recorded live at the Appleby Jazz Festival. Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums) complete the trio.
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    2005 Friday, 22 April 8.30, Ticket £16 - Laurie Holloway Trio with special guests Alan Barnes and Tina May. - Sorry, sold out!

    Laurie Holloway was organist and choirmaster at his local church at the age of 13. He has been musical director to, amongst others, Dame Cleo Laine, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Anthony Newly, Rolf Harris, Engelbert Humperdinck and of course the late great Marion Montgomery. He also had a long association with the legendary Stephane Grappelli and John Dankworth. He has composed numerous television themes, regularly conducts the BBC Radio Orchestra and also arranges for Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Gilbert O'Sullivan and Elaine Paige. Tonight Laurie is joined by Dave Olney (bass), Harold Fisher (drums) and special guests Alan Barnes and Tina May.
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    2005 Friday, 29 April 8.30, Ticket £11 - RSK Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    Internationally renowned musicians, Jason Rebello (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums) were part of a select group of young musicians central to the Jazz "resurgence" of the late 80's and early 90's. They have performed individually with such luminaries as Wayne Shorter, Bud Shank, Branford Marsalis, Sting, Joey Calderazzo, James Moody, Art Farmer, Charlie Watts, Lee Konitz, Peter King and Benny Golson.
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    2005 Friday, 6 May 8.30, Ticket £10 - Allison Neale Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Born in Seattle USA and raised in Northamptonshire, Allison plays alto saxophone and flute. She has a particular affinity with Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, likes quality tunes, is swinging and melodic and has a full tone. Intelligent top draw jazz from an artist expressing her feelings in whatever mood or tempo she dictates. Dave Cliff (guitar), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) complete her Quartet.
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    2005 Friday, 13 May 8.30, Ticket £10 - Partisans - Sorry, sold out!

    Partisans are the UK- based jazz rock quartet formed in 1993 and led by saxophonist Julian Siegel and guitarist Phil Robson, with Thad Kelly on bass and the ferociously dynamic Gene Calderazzo on drums. The band, have two well-received albums to their name, "Partisans" and "Sourpuss". Julian and Phil write the bands original repertoire, which is always varied, communicative and infectiously rhythmic.
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    2005 Friday, 20 May 8.30, Ticket £22 - JD5 - Sorry, sold out!

    John Dankworth is a constant presence in British jazz and has always been a quietly witty, warm and lyrical player and a composer with a strong melodic sense. A further Dankworth attribute is his choice of musical companions. He's featured here with an excellent straight ahead band including his bassist son Alec, the agile and improvisationally bold British trombone virtuoso Mark Nightingale, fluent pianist / composer John Horler and that understatedly creative accompanying drummer Allan Ganley.
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    2005 Friday, 27 May 8.30, Ticket £12 - Ed Jones Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Ed is a formidable saxophonist and one of the great live delights of British jazz. A talented composer, his voice is clearly defined by the great masters of the jazz tradition. An improviser to his fingertips he is a player of forceful imagination whose wide range of collaborations has cut across musical boundaries. Jonathan Gee (piano), Damon Brown (trumpet), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums) complete Ed's Quintet.

    [Troy Miller on drums and Ben Hazleton on bass blew us away - a steamy hot evening of very cool jazz.]
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    2005 Friday, 3 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - Patrick Villanueva Trio

    Patrick is probably best known to Fleece audiences as the brilliant pianist who accompanies singer Tina May with her French Band. He is a classically trained pianist, who studied jazz with Bobby Few and Francoise Jeanneau. Patrick is much in demand as a player in the Latin and Caribbean music scene in France and also teaches jazz harmony at the Sorbonne University, Paris. Alec Dankworth (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums), make up this brilliant trio.
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    2005 Friday, 10 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Todd Gordon - Sorry, sold out!

    Todd is one of Scotland's most renowned performers bringing the voice of 1950's Frank Sinatra to audiences throughout the UK. He has performed at many of the most prestigious venues in this country and also at The Plaza and Algonquin Hotels in New York. If your looking for the sound of Ol'Blue Eyes this gig is definitely for you. With Robin Aspland (piano), Alan Barnes (saxophone), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Martin Drew (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 17 June 8.30, Ticket £10 - David Newton and Michael Hanson

    Two of our favourite musicians David Newton (piano) and Mick Hanson (guitar) return to the Fleece for another evening of breathtaking technical ability, melody, harmony, rhythmic sophistication and supreme entertainment - enough said.
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    2005 Friday, 24 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Janet Seidel - Sorry, sold out!

    When Diana Krall couldn't make one of her engagements in Australia who did they call? Australian pianist and singer Janet Seidel. Her 12 CD releases and over 20 years experience give her the kind of status and reputation most performers around the world can only dream about. She is seen regularly at festivals around Australia, Asia and the United States. Janet is a true blue jazz baby having been compared to Doris Day and Peggy Lee and her understanding of the classics equal that of those legendary greats. With David Seidel, (her brother) on bass and Chuck Morgan on guitar.
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    2005 Friday, 1 July 8.30, Ticket £13 - Chris Laurence Quartet

    Virtuoso bassist Chris Laurence with a successful 25 year career in both jazz and the classics leads this fine quartet. Chris is one of the busiest studio musicians around and has worked with Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields and the Kronos Quartet. Tonight's quartet is completed by Frank Ricotti (vibes), John Parricelli (guitar) and Martin France (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 8 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Tim Lapthorn Trio

    Ian Shaw's chosen album for 2004, as featured on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-up with Claire Martin, was Tim Lapthorn's latest CD, "Natural Language". Tim is an exceptional pianist, a fluent and confident improviser with a deft touch. He can really execute some tough and virtuosic shapes and ideas on the piano - in short the guy can play. Accompanied by Larry Bartley (bass) and Shaney Forbes (drums), this is intense, exciting piano trio jazz at its best.
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    2005 Friday, 15 July 8.30, Ticket £13 - Grooveyard

    A group of young "veterans" of British Jazz led by flautist Gareth Lockrane and tenor / baritone saxophonist Alex Garnett. As the name suggests, this is a hard - swinging band that know how to get low-down and funky when required. Grooveyard won the "Best European Jazz Group Award" at the Granada Jazz Festival in Spain, 2003. With Mike Outram (guitar), Matt Home (drums) and Pete Whittaker (Hammond Organ).

    [Mike Williams was an admirable dep on saxophone.]
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    2005 Friday, 22 July 8.30, Ticket £15 - Lee Gibson

    Lee has been described as 'A jazz vocal sensation' by the Independent and 'A world class jazz singer' by the Manchester Evening News. A nationally and internationally acclaimed singer with a reputation for excellence, an innate sense of swing and dynamic stage presence who continues to go from strength to strength. Her band contains some of the UK's finest musicians - Bruce Adams (trumpet), John Horler (piano), Paul Morgan (bass) and Gerry Boyce (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 29 July 8.30, Ticket £10 - Tommaso Starace Quartet

    Since he last appeared at the Fleece Italian saxophonist Tommaso Starace has been working on a new project. Based on eight black and white photographs of Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt, Tommaso has composed a different jazz score for each one which will be projected while the Quartet play. He is accompanied by Roger Beaujolais (vibes), Nick Kasal (bass) and Jim Hart (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 5 August 8.30, Ticket £13 - Ben Castle Quartet. - Sorry, sold out!

    Always welcome at The Fleece this is rare chance to catch one of Britain's most respected and brilliant tenor players leading his own band. A very busy man indeed, you may have seen him touring with Jamie Cullum or Carleen Anderson or on television as musical director on Pop Idol. Ben won the 2003 International Song Writing Competition, jazz category for his composition 'The Heckler' and his Latest album 'Blah Street' is very highly recommended. Ben Castle has with him Mark Edwards on piano, Arnie Somogyi on bass, and Clark Tracey on drums.
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    2005 Friday, 12 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Dave Lewis 1 UP

    Dave is a well-respected tenor saxophonist on the UK jazz scene who also works with artists in the fields of rock, R&B andHis band 1UP combines the best of dance groove and jazz improvisation. He has worked with John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, Lamont Dozier, John Mayall, Chaz Jankel and the Blockheads. Phil Dawson (guitar), Neville Malcolm (Electric bass), Phil Peskett (piano & keyb>Rod Youngs (drums) complete the band.
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    2005 Friday, 19 August 8.30, Ticket £14 - Roseanna Vitro - Sorry, sold out!

    Roseanna is a top-notch New York jazz singer who brings a wealth of swing, melodic improvisation and feeling to the jazz idiom. Vibrant energy and spirit, a deep understanding of the historical and theoretical elements of jazz and her rhythmic soulful southern roots come together to produce her unique sound and style. Her many CDs have featured Elvin Jones, Fat Head Newman, George Coleman, Al Foster, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Gary Bartz and Fred Hersch. Her band tonight will be Gareth Williams (piano), Simon Woolfe (bass), Mornington Lockett (sax) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 26 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - John Etheridge - Sorry, sold out!

    Internationally acclaimed guitarist John Etheridge has been at the top of the Jazz contemporary guitar world for over 30 years. His career has covered a vast range of musical territory. John's latest CD for solo guitar - 'I Didn't Know' was reviewed by the Observer's Dave Gelly thus, 'This is the kind of album to make you glad you're not a guitarist'.. Nothing seems to be beyond Etheridge's grasp.


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    2005 Friday, 2 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - Basil Hodge Quintet

    Championed by no less a figure than Julian Joseph, Basil has a solid reputation in British Jazz as both a pianist and composer. This is hard bop played with great freshness and originality as those that attended his Fleece debut last year can testify. He leads his excellent Quintet of Tony Kofi (saxophone), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Larry Bartley (bass) and Jim Hart (drums). Basil's debut CD 'My Guardian Angel' was one of our CDs of 2004.
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    2005 Friday, 9 September 8.30, Ticket £15 - Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble - Sorry, sold out!

    Having taken the Fleece by storm on all his previous visits, expect more of the same from this fiery, passionate and powerful player with the towering presence. His style combines great bebop artistry and Middle Eastern roots with added sophistication. Frank Harrison (piano), Guillermo Rozenthuler (vocals), Ovidiu Fratila (violin), Romano Viazzani (accordian), Yaron Stavi (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums) complete the Ensemble.
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    2005 Friday, 16 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - Peter King Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    British jazz legend Peter King is the finest alto sax player that Britain has ever produced and one of the finest in the world. He is possessed of a talent that relates him closely to Charlie 'Bird' Parker. With Steve Melling (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums).

    [Michael Coady excelled on bass - this was one to stand in the memory.]
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    2005 Friday, 23 September 8.30, Ticket £10 - Polly Gibbons - Sorry, sold out!

    Polly has a powerful soulful voice with which she can perform gentle jazz ballads and rocking R & B clversatility that belies her age. She is much in demand as a top session singer and is definitely someone to watch out for. Joining her are Tim Lapthorn (piano), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Dave Smith (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 30 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - Protect the Beat - Sorry, sold out!

    If you want extreme excitement then look no further than this group of high profile musicians. Derek Nash (saxophone), Tim Cansfield (guitar), Arden Hart (keyboards), Winston Blissett (bass) and Darby Todd (drums) come together in a blistering jazz groove act that measures up to anything that America can offer - it still ain't dinner jazz - that's for sure!
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    2005 Friday, 7 October 8.30, Ticket £13 - Mark Lockheart’h3>

    Mark is one of the most distinctive and creative musicians on the current British music scene. Having made his name in the eighties with the seminal band, Loose Tubes, his work often defies categorisation and crosses the boundaries of jazz, new music and folk worlds. This current project involved Mark recording improvised fragments of music and then multi tracking and editing on a computer. These small spontaneous ideas became Big Ideas when he started orchestrating them for the seven-piece group of John Parricelli (guitar), Dudley Phillips (bass), Martin France (drums) and the reeds of Steve Buckley, Jamie Allsop and Rob Townsend. A CD called Moving Air is out on the Basho label in late summer.

    [Jamie was unable to attend (poor man was mugged!), and Dai Pritchard stepped in at the very last moment - he was superb.]
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    2005 Friday, 14 October 8.30, Ticket £14 - Matt Wates Sextet

    Described by Duncan Lamont as ‘nging alto player on either side of the Atlantic’llege of Music graduate Matt Wates is a truly remarkable British alto saxophonist, a performer of boundless ability who performs in the classic be-bop style. His band boasts a three horn front line with Steve Kaldestad on tenor saxophone and Martin Shaw on trumpet and flugelhorn. Leon Greening (piano), Malcolm Creese (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) complete the line-up.

    [Matt Home was superb, as usual, depping for Steve Brown. Unsurprisingly, Malcolm Creese also had a dep, the excellent Julian Bury.]
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    2005 Friday, 21 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Trudy Kerr

    Trudy Kerr sings with a mature swinging subtlety, and develops her melodic and lyrical concepts with impeccable taste and great sensitivity. She has continued to delight audiences everywhere, with a repertoire that blends the great song standards with the very best of contemporary compositions. Check out Trudy�st’izit label. Tom Cawley (piano), Sam Burgess (bass) and Mike Bradley (drums) make up her Quartet.

    [Dave Chamberlain was the bassist for this lovely gig. It was great to hear a really good bowed bass solo.]
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    2005 Friday, 28 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Roger Beaujolais Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    British vibraphone virtuoso Roger Beaujolais’d vibes playing is agile, fresh and inventive. He writes crisp idiomatic themes and chooses his material with great taste. Theo Travis (saxophone), Gunther Kuermayr (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums) provide an extremely sophisticated backdrop for Roger’g technique.
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    2005 Friday, 4 November 8.30, Ticket £13 - Osian Roberts / Steve Fishwick Quintet

    Critically acclaimed, award winning tenor saxophonist Osian Roberts is one of the leading players of his generation as is trumpeter Steve Fishwick, whose beautifully melodic and highly impressive playing has led him to play with the very best, including Scott Hamilton, Spike Robinson and singer Anita O’ntet’#82168217ly recommended. With Olivier Slama (piano), Dave Chamberlain (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 11 November 8.30, Ticket £15 - Tommy Smith Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Tommy Smith is Scotland’azz musician and composer and has been internationally recognised as a soloist and bandleader since the late 80’o the musical director and driving force of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Tommy has a style recalling players as diverse as Jan Garbarek and Bobby Wellins and is without doubt a world-class player of the very highest calibre. With Steve Hamilton (piano), Michael Janisch (bass) and Alan Cosker (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 18 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - Renato D’

    Renato is a superlative saxophonist, described as a walking music box, with a tone reminiscent of Hank Mobley and articulation that has a touch of Dexter Gordon about it. His playing is mature and adventurous and powered by a first class technique that effortlessly projects his brilliant flowing ideas and can also display considerable tenderness when required. With Phil Lee (guitar), Nicola Muresu (bass) and Keith Copeland (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 25 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - Theo Travis - Sorry, sold out!

    Theo is a strong emotional player whose bluesy, soulful tenor saxophone is capable of forceful high energy soloing in the roaring up-tempo pieces, or the calm, almost pastoral sound he reserves for the quieter numbers. He is also a master flautist capable of playing beautiful and hypnotic melodies as demonstrated on his new progressive jazz CD ‘er’Colam (piano), John Parricelli (guitar), Andy Hamill (bass) and Marc Parnell (drums).

    [The delightful Alex Keen was our bassist on an exciting evening.]
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    2005 Friday, 2 December 8.30, Ticket £12 - Pete Churchill - Sorry, sold out!

    Pianist, vocalist, composer and educator, Pete Churchill is a sort of grown up Jamie Cullum, who has a warm, rough edged, lived in voice that brings added resonance to the lyrics of the jazz standards and original compositions he plays. Pete is the resident arranging teacher at the Guildhall School of Music in London. As a player he has accompanied just about every singer and is Mark Murphy’ choice whenever the American is working in the UK. Special guest Bobby Wellins (sax), Steve Watts (bass) and Dave Wickins (drums and percussion) complete a formidable band.

    [Steve Watts was unfortunately unable to attend - but Arnie Somogyi played a storm on a fine evening of music.]
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    2005 Friday, 9 December 8.30, Ticket £11 - Bryan Corbett Quartet

    The rising young British star of the trumpet, Bryan Corbett is a highly gifted and naturally talented player. His sound just seems to reach out and touch the audience as those who saw his spellbinding performance in May 2004 at the Fleece can testify. His influences are Dizzie Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis. He brings with him Levi French (keyboards), Ben Markland (bass) and Neil Bullock (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 16 December 8.30, Ticket £14 - Alan Skidmore Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    British jazz legend Alan Skidmore goes a considerable way to recreating the atmosphere of a John Coltrane gig. Here is a man for all seasons, a player with immense physical and imaginative stamina, who is at home in any context, from tight structures to total abstraction, and with any tempo, from breakneck to slow. With Mike Gorman (piano), Aidan O’ (bass) and Ian Palmer (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 23 December 8.30, Ticket £15 - Joan Viskant - Sorry, sold out!

    Born and brought up in Chicago, Joan began singing professionally in the clubs of her hometown before relocating to France and then to London. Her vocal career took her through Europe, where she received encouragement from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well as the respect of many influential jazz musicians. Woolfe Phillips, who was musical director for Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland, described Joan as, ‘azz singer I’the last thirty years’ishop (piano), Frank Griffith (saxophone), Mike Henry (trumpet), Bill Coleman (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums).
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    2005 Friday, 30 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Robin Jones Latin Sextet

    Drive away those-post Christmas blues with the godfather of the British Latin music scene. Robin Jones (congas / percussion) has performed and recorded with just about everybody in the music business from Stan Getz to Elton John! Nick Walker (reeds), Graeme Flowers (trumpet), Chris Kibble (piano), Gerry Hunt (bass) and Adam Riley (drums) comprise the sextet.
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    2006 Friday, 6 January 8.30, Ticket £20 - Claude Deppa - Sorry, sold out!

    A spectacular start to 2006 with South African Jazz Legend, trumpeter Claude Deppa and his group of Tony Kofi (saxophone), Kari Bannerman (guitar), Paul Weinreb (piano), Sam Djegue (bass), Brian Abraham (drums) and Francis Fuster (percussion) They are accompanied by the African Divas Rachel Magoola, Pauline Oduro and Ayinke Martins. This will be a foot-tappingly, joyful, tuneful, warm and wonderful night. Please note that the number of tickets sold for this gig will be restricted to 70 due to the size of the band.
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    2006 Friday, 13 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Liane Carroll - Sorry, sold out!

    It’me back for the award wining pianist and singer Liane Carroll, who scored a unique double in the BBC Jazz Awards in 2005. 'Best Vocalist' voted for by 100 of the industry’hakers, plus 'Best of Jazz Award' voted for by the general public. A powerful and soulful singer with a remarkable delivery, Liane has toured and recorded with artists such as Ladysmith Black Mombasa, Gerry Rafferty and Paul McCartney. Her latest band album ‘’at Abbey Road Studios and has quite rightly been receiving rave reviews. With Roger Carey (bass) and Greg Leppard (drums).
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    2006 Friday, 20 January 8.30, Ticket £14 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, sold out!

    The amazing singer and songwriter Sarah Jane Morris is - 'A Diva for our time, her voice is a force of nature' -The Observer, 'Provocative and unorthodox' The New Musical Express. One thing is certain, she shows a gleeful disregard for the boundaries between genres - jazz, soul, pop, contemporary-classical; they are all to be found in her astonishing three and a half-octave range vocal performances. With her tonight are Alistair Gavin (piano), Matt Backer (guitar), Martyn Barker (cajon and drums) and Henry Thomas (bass).
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    2006 Friday, 27 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Dylan Howe Quintet

    Drummer Dylan HoweDrummer Dylan Howe's return to the Fleece finds him in the company of Andrew McCormack (piano), Brandon Allen (saxophone), Quentin Collins (trumpet) and Aidan O bass). If you didn’ then you might well assume that this band came from one of the more advanced Blue Note sessions of the mid sixties. If you like serious, inspiring, mature and invigorating mainstream hard bop jazz then this is for you.

    [It was a superb evening of bop and fun, with Ross Stanley on the piano. Where do these great musicians keep coming from?]
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    2006 Friday, 3 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Mark Crooks Quintet

    Mark’aying has a flair for melodic phrasing, which has echoes of Stan Getz. His clarinet playing is thoughtful and sensitive with a warm mellow tone akin to that of Sweden’n. With John Pearce (piano), Colin Oxley (guitar), Matt Miles (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2006 Friday, 10 February 8.30 and Saturday, 11 February 8.30, Ticket £16 - Martin Taylor and Jack Emblow - Sorry, sold out!

    Two world famous masters on their respective instruments combine for an evening of superb musicality and humour. Jack Emblow is 'the guvnor' when it comes to accordion playing and jazz guitar great Martin Taylor needs little introduction to Fleece audiences - his unbelievable technique having left our audiences amazed and dumbfounded many times.
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    2006 Friday, 17 February 8.30, Ticket £14 - Alan Barnes Quintet (Horace Silver Tribute) - Sorry, sold out!

    Alan Barnes is, without question, one of the brightest talents on the current jazz scene and histribute to the Connecticut born piano legend Horace Silver is exquisite and expertly devoted. With John Donaldson (piano) who transcribed all tunes from the original records, Steve Waterman (trumpet), Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums).
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    2006 Friday, 24 February 8.30, Ticket £15 - Art Themen Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Saxophonist Art Themen started playing jazz with the Cambridge University Jazz Group where his studies eventually led to him becoming a medical consultant specialising in orthopaedics. His style originally owed much to the influences of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, but later influences were Coleman Hawkins, Evan Parker and John Coltrane. Guy Barker (trumpet), Steve Melling (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Spike Wells (drums) complete this stellar line-up.
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    2006 Friday, 3 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - Guillermo Rozenthuler - Sorry, sold out!

    A versatile vocalist, guitarist and composer from Argentina, Guillermo is now based in London. His music is lively, evocative and insightful and as a voice trainer he radiates a combination of charisma and talent on stage. Tonight he will be performing a mixture of standards and tango influenced songs with the help of Javier Fioranonti (bass,vocals and guitar), John Turville (piano) and Andres Ticino (percussion and vocals).
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    2006 Friday, 10 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - PD3 with special guest Dick Pearce

    Pete Downes (guitars), Andy Coe (double bass), Tim Bruce (drums) and British Jazz trumpet legend Dick Pearce (who has played with Mike Westbrook, Gil Evans and Ronnie Scott, amongst many others) join forces in a truly exciting excursion into mixing the genres of contemporary and mainstream fusion. Pete Downes’e as diverse as Bach and Hendrix.
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    2006 Friday, 17 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - Simon Spillett Quartet

    Simon is a big toned wailing tenor player who, it is suggested, is possibly the best young tenor saxophonist in the country. A formidable musician and composer playing and writing in uncompromising hard bop style is influenced by Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin in his sound and harmonic thinking. "Sounds uncannily like Tubby Hayes, which I never thought I’yone", says tonight's drummer Martin Drew. John Critchinson (piano) and Alec Dankworth (bass) complete Simon’
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    2006 Friday, 24 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - Paul Towndrow Quartet


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    2006 Friday, 31 March 8.30, Ticket £13 - Marlene Verplanck - Sorry, sold out!

    Marlene is a contemporary singer who can stand comparisons with the all time greats. Her superb voice is matched with a flawless technique, her choice of material is highly individual displaying impeccable taste; and her musical accompaniment is always of the highest order: Geoff Eales (piano), Roy Babbington (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums). Billy Verplanck is responsible for the top class arrangements and her new CD Now may well be her best yet!

    [How can you do better than to get John Horler as a dep on the piano? ]


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    2006 Friday, 7 April 8.30, Ticket £12 - Georgia Mancio Quintet

    Winner of the Brussels International Young Jazz Singers Award beating 85 contestants from around the world, including Portugal’iro and Australia’us. Anglo-Italian singer Georgia’ strength lies in her lightness of touch, restraint, absolute taste and clarity. This supremely stylish elegant voice, rich and bittersweet, has helped make her into one of the hottest singers on the circuit. With John Pearce (piano), Gareth Lockrane (flute), Dave Green (bass) and Dave Ohm (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 14 April 8.30, Ticket £12 - Killer Shrimp

    Killer Shrimp are Ed Jones (saxophone), Damon Brown (trumpet) with the formidable rhythm section of Ben Hazleton (bass) and Troy Miller (drums). Damon’yle blends British and American influences with a Blue Note sound of the 50’ references to dance and pop cultures create complex and emotional music. Ed is a formidable saxophonist whose vigorous and sometimes downright volcanic tenor sound has long been one of the great delights of British jazz. His "terrier with rat" approach raises the musical temperature whenever he solos.


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    2006 Friday, 21 April 8.30, Ticket £12 - Kirk Lightsey Trio

    Now based in Paris, American born pianist Kirk Lightsey has worked and recorded with the very best of them. He is a highly polished, virtuosic and always architecturally minded player with a classy post bop sensibility. In the mid-sixties he became a sideman for both Chet Baker and Sonny Stitt, but it was his work with Dexter Gordon that brought him to the attention of a wider public. Accompanying Kirk are Steve Watts (bass) and Dave Wickins (drums and percussion).


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    2006 Friday, 28 April 8.30, Ticket £16 - Monica Vasconcelos, Ingrid Laubrock and Guinga - Sorry, sold out!

    Singer Monica Vasconcelos is an ambassador for Brazilian music, who has featured before at the Fleece together with the exquisite German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock. They bring with them Brazilian superstar Guinga. Although one of Brazil’uitarists he considers himself above all a composer, his music being very Brazilian, yet it is also universal. "He’o appears only once in a hundred years". Hermeto Pascoal.


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    2006 Friday, 5 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - Christian Brewer Quintet

    In 2005 Christian Brewer (alto saxophone), Leon Greening (piano), Jim Hart (vibes), Phil Donkin (bass) and Tristan Mailliot (drums) performed at international festivals in Hong Kong, Barcelona, Lisbon, Villa Real, Swanage and Scarborough. They were also at Ronnie Scott’for two weeks. Christian is a fiery hard bop player with a beautiful, soulful tone to his playing. He has worked with many star performers ranging from Rico Rodriguez to top blues guitarist Otis Grand.


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    2006 Friday, 12 May 8.30, Ticket £12 - Gee Gallo Minetto

    This trio, Jonathan Gee (piano), Danilo Gallo (bass) and Alessandro Minetto (drums), was born when the Italian promoter Antonio Ciacca brought them together to play at his jazz festival in the Appenines. These three strong but complementary personalities are all inventive and exciting improvisers, and also, very importantly, composers. The trio have recorded their first highly recommended CD entitled Cream of Mandarins.


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    2006 Friday, 19 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - Nikki Iles Quartet

    Over the last few years pianist Nikki has progressed steadily to the front rank of British Jazz musicians. Much of her music in the early 90’n for the distinctive sound of Iain Dixon’phone and clarinet and this is the first chance that Nikki has had to play with Iain again with her own group. She met Stephen Keogh (drums) while playing with Peter King. Stephen introduced Aidan O’ (bass) and he has been the obvious choice to complete this gathering of some of Nikki’musicians.


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    2006 Friday, 26 May 8.30, Ticket £16 - Jacqui Dankworth - Sorry, sold out!

    Always welcome at The Fleece, Jacqui is a singer who imbues a song with her own time and space, never sounding hurried or mundane. She lives the lyrics and infuses them with her own nuances, bending notes and caressing the words to stunning effect. Her third CD for the Candid label has just been released to much critical acclaim. She is accompanied by James Pearson on piano, Chris Allard on guitar, Alec Dankworth on bass, and John Blease on drums.


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    2006 Friday, 2 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - Curious Paradise

    Led by Pete Oxley, a great guitarist as technically astute as any of his peers, this group has successfully melded traditional type English melodies with the heat and passion that one normally associates with Brazilian music. Julian Nicholas (saxophone) Phil Peskett (piano), Steve Watts (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums).

    [It was always the wonderful Ollie Hayhurst on bass.]


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    2006 Friday, 9 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Colin Steele Quintet

    Award winning Scottish trumpeter Colin Steele combines folk inflected melodies inspired by the sound of his Scottish heritage with an assured understanding of the jazz idiom. Colin’instant appeal, his strengths being a beautiful trumpet tone on reflective pieces, a gift for evocative compositions and an ear for group dynamics. Colin’ Michael Buckley (saxophone), Dave Milligan (piano), Aidan O’ (bass) and Stu Ritchie (drums). We highly recommend his Album ‘Waves’label.

    [On tenor and soprano, we had the very Scottish Konrad Wiszniewski, who played up a storm in a top 10 gig.]


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    2006 Friday, 16 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - Ambulance

    Outstanding UK bass virtuoso Arnie Somogyi has put together a brand new contemporary jazz quartet called Ambulance. They are engagingly fresh, full bodied, subtle and creative. With Paul Booth (saxophone), Tim Lapthorn (piano) and Dave Smith (drums), all first-rate award winning young musicians who are constantly in demand on the British jazz scene.


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    2006 Friday, 23 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - David Newton and Michael Hanson - Sorry, sold out!

    Another visit from two of our favourite musicians. David's breathtaking technical ability, precision of touch and warmth of tone and Michael's brilliant and distinctive playing in any style is a cast iron guarantee that we are in for an evening of supreme entertainment.


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    2006 Friday, 30 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Hanna Richardson and her Trio

    The American singer, Hanna Richardson is a considerable songstress. She has an engagingly sunny style, assured phrasing and displays innate good taste with her serene yet heartfelt approach to melody, interpreting the lyrics with no histrionics or mannerisms. Ruby Braff complimented her singing: "That’ sing! simply and with spirit". Hanna brings with her Chris Flory (guitar) and Phil Flanigan (bass).


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    2006 Friday, 7 July 8.30, Ticket £13 - Ian Shaw

    It’welcome back for Ian, Britain’ jazz singer, who tonight is accompanied in our intimate setting by guitarist David Preston making his Fleece debut. Ian has recently recorded “hings”or Linn Records. This superb CD re-interprets the songs of Joni Mitchell with arrangements that follow a gentle rhythmic and harmonic path, occasionally daring to alter and re-structure but never trying to re-invent the originals.


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    2006 Friday, 14 July 8.30, Ticket £12 - Basil Hodge Quintet

    Championed by no less a figure than Julian Joseph, Basil has forged a solid reputation in British jazz as a pianist and composer. He leads a stellar quintet comprising Tony Kofi (saxophone), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Larry Bartley (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums). Hard bop played with great freshness and originality - a gig not to be missed.


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    2006 Friday, 21 July 8.30, Ticket £12 - Liam Noble Trio –ve Brubeck

    Dave Brubeck’re charm and transparent elegance, which has led to its considerable commercial success, yet he is also an uncompromising and idiosyncratic improvisor creating complex and adventurous solos with unfailing compositional logic. This highly interactive trio of Liam Noble (piano), Dave Whitford (bass) and Dave Wickins (drums), re-evaluates his legacy through an expanded contemporary language whilst remaining faithful to the lyricism of Brubeck’/b>


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    2006 Friday, 28 July 8.30, Ticket £12 - The Organ Trio

    A seriously big sound emanates from this supremely integrated super-group. The wonderfully rich sound-scape conjured by Mike Gorman’lied to Jim Mullen’h on guitar, welded together by the swinging drive of Matt Skelton’es for a ferociously swinging evening where the pace never flags.


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    2006 Friday, 4 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Lewis Wright Quartet

    The transition from drums to piano and finally vibraphone produced a young musician whose talent defied belief when he made his Fleece debut aged 15 in April 2004. Lewis leads his quartet of Simon Brown (piano), Andy Doyle (bass) and Will Clark (drums) for what promises to be another storming gig.


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    2006 Friday, 11 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Eriko Ishihara

    A fluent jazz pianist who always sparkles as a soloist Eriko is also an impressive vocalist with a lyrical delivery. Her immaculate choice of material is demonstrated on her three CDs. Her latest 󈥱ived rave reviews. World class musicians Colin Oxley (guitar), Dave Chamberlain (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums) complete her quartet.


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    2006 Friday, 18 August 8.30, Ticket £15 - Peter King / Alan Skidmore –vin Jones - Sorry, sold out!

    This new tribute to the late, great American jazz drummer Elvin Jones brings together four of the greatest jazz musicians that this country has ever produced - Peter King (saxophone), Alan Skidmore (saxophone), Steve Melling (piano) and Martin Drew (drums) and Alec Dankworth (bass). No slavish tribute this but vibrant 21st century jazz inspired by the best there has been. We can look forward to intricate solos from all five musicians and breathtakingly magnificent ensemble playing.


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    2006 Friday, 25 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Brian Abrahams Quartet (District 6 Revisited)

    Having formed the original District 6 (named after a section of Cape Town) in the 1980’e of the most important and influential UK drummers. He has been professor of jazz studies at London’hool of Music since 1985. Julian Siegel (saxophone), Dave O’ano) and Chris Hill (bass) are the other members of this distinguished quartet.

    [Even though the band was trapped in New York, we had an amazing gig. Ed Jones was on Saxophone, Ben Hazelhurst was on bass, and our pianist was Damon Brown on trumpet and vocals.]


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    2006 Friday, 1 September 8.31, Ticket £14 - Tony Kofi +1

    The Tony Kofi +1 is a newly formed original project by the double award winning saxophonist / composer featuring music composed around the B3 Hammond organ and recreating the fresh sounds of yesterday for today’ith these compositions you get to hear Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Latin, African rhythms and Be-bop. The band features Anders Olinder (organ), Byron Wallen (trumpet) and Winston Clifford (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 8 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - James Pearson Trio

    James is one of Europe’le and in-demand musicians. As a composer, arranger and pianist he is equally at home playing jazz, popular or classical music. His jazz piano style is well rooted in the great jazz pianists of the 20th century, with plenty of his own invention and often eccentric character evident. The trio is completed by Jeremy Brown (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums). “hows signs of true greatness in the making”worth

    [In a musically stunning and very funny gig, our drummer was Matt Home and our bassist was Thad Kelly.]


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    2006 Friday, 15 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - Renato D’

    Renato is a superlative saxophonist, described as a walking music box, with a tone reminiscent of Hank Mobley and articulation that has a touch of Dexter Gordon about it. His playing is mature and adventurous and powered by a first class technique that effortlessly projects his brilliant flowing ideas, while his control of tone in the ballads is simply delicious. Renato is accompanied by Andrea Pozza (piano), a wonderful pianist from Enrico Rava's band, Nicola Muresu (bass) and the remarkable Keith Copeland (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 22 September 8.30, Ticket £16 - Tina May - Sorry, sold out!

    One of the brightest jazz singing stars on the scene today who cemented her Jazz Diva reputation by recording, in New York, classics of the American songbook with pianist Ray Bryant, the veteran accompanist of Ella, Billie and Betty Carter and a fan of Tina’irst met in Paris in 1997 and who knows a good voice when he hears one! Accompanying Tina tonight are three stars in their own right, Nikki Iles (piano), Phil Donkin (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 29 September 8.30, Ticket £12 - Pat Crumly Quartet

    Oxford born Pat Crumly started playing in the rhythm and blues field when he first turned professional working with The Animals, Zoot Money, Chris Farlowe and many other well known names from the sixties. He is now recognised as one of the country’ bop saxophonists. Pat was also one of Ronnie Scott’ayers. The quartet is completed by Nick Weldon (piano), Tim Wells (bass) and Felix Weldon (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 6 October 8.30, Ticket £13 - Katya Gorrie

    Canadian jazz vocalist Katya Gorrie is a name to watch. Stylish, sultry, sexy and passionate, she captivates her audience with an engaging repertoire while fully exploiting her wide technical and emotional range. Katya’ght quartet with prominent playing by Denny Ilett on guitar, Phil Parnell on piano, and Dylan Howe on drums. Her latest CD is called ‘haviour’hly recommend.


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    2006 Friday, 13 October 8.30, Ticket £13 - The New Couriers - Sorry, sold out!

    This great band keeps alive the legacy of a classic iconic British modern jazz group co-led by saxophonists Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott between 1957 and 1960. The group continues to play original Couriers material, but is now widening its range with the music of other greats including Jimmy Deuchar, Victor Feldman, Don Grolnick. The band plays with all the flair and dynamism of its previous incarnation and remains in the shape, form and style that demand written arrangements. The modern day New Couriers are Steve Melling (piano), Mornington Lockett (saxophone), Jim Hart (vibes), Paul Morgan (bass) and Martin Drew (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 20 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Patrick Villanueva’n Trio

    Jumbazz is the classic Hammond trio led by Patrick Villanueva (Hammond B3), with Martin Jacobsen (tenor saxophone) and Didier Ottaviani (drums).While being rooted in the traditional African American blues organ classic tunes, Patrick has delved into his Mexican / Franco origins to fuse his Latino influences with his classical music education to come up with compositions that stretch from Brazilian sambas, Trinidadian calypsos to Argentinean tangos and Mexican boleros. Jumbazz’s laced with a subtle sense of humour and reflects Patrick’c as diverse as Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk and Igor Stravinsky!


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    2006 Friday, 27 October 8.30, Ticket £15 - Todd Gordon

    Always the consummate professional Todd is one of Scotland’d performers and has become a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. He just seems to go on getting better! His suave, sophisticated, Sinatra style take on the classic American songbook is presented in a smooth show, full of charm and humour. His fabulous fourth CD called ‘ions’award-winning jazz singer Ian Shaw, contains 16 timeless American songbook classics and lesser performed gems sung with great style, verve and feeling. His band has no less than David Patrick (piano), Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Steve Rose (bass) and Martin Drew (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 3 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - Quentin Collins Quartet

    An outstanding hard bop young trumpet virtuoso with sharp ears, quick reactions and tremendous panache brings his stellar quartet featuring Jim Hart (vibes) and James Madren (drums) for his Fleece debut as leader. Quentin’re Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw and Clifford Brown. Unmissable!


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    2006 Friday, 10 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - John Law Trio

    John Law is renowned as one of Europe’vising pianists. Balance, poise and a sense of beauty define not just the sound of the piano but also the compositions. Drive, energy and virtuosity are the hallmarks of the driven bass lines and singing tone of Sam Burgess and the world class drum phenomenon that is Asaf Sirkis.


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    2006 Friday, 17 November 8.30, Ticket £12 - Zoe Rahman Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    Pianist and composer Zoe is one of our most distinctive contemporary jazz artists. With a fresh personal approach to jazz with a style rooted in the traditional but not tied to it, her bold compositions draw in many diverse musical influences from classical, afro beat and blues. She also manages a difficult balancing act creating music that’plex yet readily accessible and beautiful to listen to. Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums) complete her trio. � earlier this year, is outstanding and won CD of the year in the 2006 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and has recently been nominated for the same accolade in the Mercury Music Awards.


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    2006 Friday, 24 November 8.30, Ticket £15 - Roseanna Vitro

    It’me back to the Fleece for Roseanna who is ranked amongst the very best jazz singers in the world. She brings a wealth of swing, melodic improvisation, vibrant energy and spirit along with a deep understanding of the historical and theoretical elements of jazz. All this, and her rhythmic soulful southern roots combine to produce her unique sound and style. This outstanding quartet is completed by Gareth Williams (piano), Simon Woolfe (bass) and Martin Drew (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 1 December 8.30 and Saturday, 2 December 8.30, Ticket £15 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, sold out!

    Sarah Jane is a truly amazing singer and songwriter. One thing is certain, she shows a gleeful disregard for the boundaries between genres: jazz, soul, pop, contemporary classical; they are all to be found in her astonishing three and a half-octave range vocal performance. She is accompanied by Neil MacColl (guitar), Kevin Armstrong (guitar), Henry Thomas (bass) and Martyn Barker (percussion). ‘ time, her voice is a force of nature’r ‘d unorthodox’ical Express.


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    2006 Friday, 8 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Peter King Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    It is always a pleasure to welcome back British Jazz legend Peter King, the finest alto saxophone player that this country has ever produced. Peter continues to release album after album to much critical acclaim and to the delight of his many fans. Another perfect evening listening to the highest quality jazz is absolutely guaranteed! The other three members of this top drawer quartet are Steve Melling (piano), Mike Coady (bass) and Mike Paxtonh (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 15 December 8.30, Ticket £15 - Anorak - Sorry, sold out!

    Saxophonist, bandleader and composer Iain Ballamy is an original and versatile musician. A supreme improviser, he is also an accomplished composer with numerous commissions to his name. Renowned in Europe as the ‘ishman’lamy established himself playing alongside notables including Hermeto Pascoal, the late Gil Evans, George Coleman, Dewey Redman, Mike Gibbs and the New York Composers Orchestra. He has toured extensively world-wide and can be heard on over 40 CD’embers of Anorak are Gareth Williams (piano), Steve Watts (bass) and Martin France (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 22 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Liane Carroll - Sorry, sold out!

    Our Christmas gig features a double winner from the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards. Singer/Pianist Liane, who has been performing professionally since the age of 15, has a remarkable delivery, both powerful and soulful but she can, when the fancy takes her, have you in tears with a sad ballad! Liane has a growing reputation around the world. Tonight Liane is joined by Roger Carey (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).


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    2006 Friday, 29 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Protect the Beat - Sorry, sold out!

    Dust off those Christmas cobweb blues with this blistering jazz groove act that measures up to anything America has to offer with this group of high profile musicians. They are Derek Nash (saxophones), Tim Cansfield (guitar), Arden Hart (keyboards & trumton Blissett (bass) and Darby Todd (drums). Ladies and Gentlemen - It still ain’


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    2007 Friday, 5 January 8.30, Ticket £16 - Claire Martin and Jim Mullen - Sorry, sold out!

    It’asure to welcome back Claire and Jim to kick off another year for us at The Fleece. Claire is undoubtedly one of the most popular jazz singers this country has ever produced and is in many people’ng better than ever. Jim continues to stun audiences with his instantly recognizable guitar playing.


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    2007 Friday, 12 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Sebastiaan Cornelissen Trio

    Dutch drummer Sebastiaan Cornelissen has a string of fine albums behind him. Currently located in the UK where he works as a teacher at Goldsmiths University and the Royal Academy of Music in London. This stellar band features Mike Outram (guitar) and Phil Donkin (bass).

    [Sam Burgess excelled at the bass this evening.]


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    2007 Friday, 19 January 8.30, Ticket £16 - Norma Winstone’sic

    The doyenne of jazz singers in the UK, Norma is a singer of brilliant virtuosity and flexibility, handling very complex lines and wide intervals, improvising with the fluency of an instrumentalist. Norma also has the ability to breathe life into a simple song. Klaus Gesing (soprano saxophone and bass clarinet) and Glauco Venier (piano) have been brought over especially from New York to accompany her.


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    2007 Friday, 26 January 8.30, Ticket £12 - Marc Parnell and Friends

    Ace drummer, Marc Parnell with friends, Paul Booth (saxophones), Mike Gorman (piano and keyboards) and Michael Janisch (bass) have all worked with the very best in diverse fields of music. Together tonight, they are not to be missed!

    [Arnie Somogyi was wonderful on bass tonight. Marc brought new friend, Stuart McCallum who played great guitar.]


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    2007 Friday, 2 February 8.30, Ticket £13 - Simon Spillett Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Simon Spillett is a formidable musician, composer and graduate of the hard bop school. The influence of Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin can be detected in his sound and harmonic thinking. Simon’#8220g..Simon Spillett" is out on Alan Barnes’abel. “nily like Tubby Hayes, which I never thought I’anyone”t’m>Martin Drew. John Critchinson (piano) and Alec Dankworth (bass) complete Simon’rtet.


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    2007 Friday, 9 February 8.30, Ticket £13 - Geoff Gascoyne Quintet - Sorry, sold out!

    Geoff Gascoyne is one of the UK’imed and in-demand bass players. He is the first call bass player for international visiting musicians as well as being an independent-minded musician with many fine albums behind him. Geoff performs regularly with Georgie Fame, Jamie Cullum and Trudy Kerr, all of whom appear on his debut album for the Candid label called "Keep it to Yourself". His band tonight features Tom Cawley (piano), Martin Shaw (trumpet), Steve Kaldestad (saxophone) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums).


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    2007 Friday, 16 February 8.30, Ticket £12 - Gemini - Sorry, sold out!

    Wonder percussionist Jim Hart features on vibes this evening. If you saw him with the New Couriers and Quentin Collins, then you know that you’real treat. Jim is about to release his debut album, "Emergence". The other members of Gemini are Ivo Neame (alto Saxophone), Mick Coady (bass) and Dave Smith (drums).


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    2007 Friday, 23 February 8.30, Ticket £13 - Gilad Atzmon Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Gilad’et will yet again contrast wonderful musicianship with his unique brand of humour to guarantee a hugely entertaining night. From new takes on jazz standards to highly melodic Middle Eastern inflected jazz originals it will be jazz that shudders and shouts across the small room. Frank Harrison (piano), Yaron Stavi (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums) make up this stunning Quartet.


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    2007 Friday, 2 March 8.30, Ticket £12 - Alex Hutton Trio

    Alex is considered to be one of the leading new young pianists to have emerged from the UK scene over the past couple of years. His highly impressive debut album, "Cross that Bridge" on 33 Records has definite references to earlier piano trios of the past, while some of his compositions lean more towards European than American jazz. Virtuoso New York bassist Michael Janisch brings a hard swinging edge to the trio while drummer Simon Lea brings a contemporary angle to the proceedings. "Powerful music, intensely melodic solos; a precisely articulated, authoritative style. Hutton is a real find." - Chris Parker


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    2007 Friday, 9 March 8.30, Ticket £13 - Marlene VerPlanck

    Marlene is a contemporary singer who can stand comparisons with the all time greats. Her superb voice is matched with a flawless technique, her choice of material is highly individual displaying impeccable taste and her musical accompaniment is always of the highest order. Geoff Eales (piano), Roy Babbington (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums) accompany her tonight. Marlene’m>Billy is responsible for all the top class arrangements.

    [Clive Dunstall excelled on piano with Billy's wonderful arrangements.]


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    2007 Friday, 16 March 8.30, Ticket £13 - Chris Laurence Quartet

    Virtuoso bassist Chris Laurence has had a twenty five year plus career in jazz and the classics. He leads this fine quartet of Frank Ricotti (vibes), John Paricelli (guitar) and Martin France drums) who have just released their debut album. Chris is one of the busiest studio musicians around and has worked with many of the best including Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, the Academy of St. Martins-in-the Fields and the Kronos Quartet


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    2007 Friday, 23 March 8.30, Ticket £13 - Alan Barnes Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Only those in outer space can be unaware of the talent of this poll winning world class versatile reeds-man. His Quartet is John Donaldson (piano), Mark Hodgson (bass) and Spike Wells (drums). Need we say more?


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    2007 Friday, 30 March 8.30, Ticket £13 - Frank Harrison Trio with Julian Argüelles

    Pianist Frank Harrison leads his trio of Aidan O’ (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums) with special guest, woodwind legend Julian Argüelles. Julian's work with Loose Tubes soon led to the formation of his own quartet with John Taylor. His discography is to be envied. "one is left almost speechless with admiration" - The Independent
    Frank’ album featuring the trio is called "First Light" and is out on the Basho Records Label comes highly recommended by us. "Frank Harrison is one of the most talented young musicians I have heard" - Ronnie Scott" "His talent shines among his peers" - Julian Joseph


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    2007 Friday, 6 April 8.30, Ticket £15 - Byron Wallen’et “”>‘’l manifestation of a place where the spirit and soul of a people join together to celebrate life –e title of the group’yron has a fleet technique on both trumpet and flugelhorn, add an impressive range to inspired imagination, and yes, he's got it all! Tony Kofi (saxophones), Larry Bartley (bass) and Tom Skinner (drums) complete this stellar quartet. One heck of a gig is guaranteed.

    [The drummer tonight was the amazing Winston Clifford - a brilliant evening of Griot music.]


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    2007 Friday, 13 April 8.30, Ticket £12 - David Gordon Trio

    A truly international piano led trio formed in 1995 with two highly impressive CDs, Dozen a Day & Undiheir name. Led by classically trained pianist David Gordon with Copenhagen’ussen (bass) and America’aciuti (drums), the music is characterised by free flowing improvisation, lyrical melody, strong, groove and near telepathic interaction.


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    2007 Friday, 20 April 8.30, Ticket £14 - Joan Viskant

    Born and brought up in Chicago, Joan began singing professionally in the clubs of her hometown before relocating via France to England. Her vocal career took her through Europe where she received encouragement from Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Woolfe Phillips, who was musical director for Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland, described Joan as, ‘z singer I’e last thirty years’oan are Clark Tracey on drums, Jeremy Brown on bass, Simon Allen on Saxophone, and Mike Bishop on piano.

    [Mitch Dalton on guitar made this a sextet; a lovely evening it was too.]


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    2007 Friday, 27 April 8.30, Ticket £12 - Killer Shrimp - Sorry, sold out!

    Led by two of the UK’ musicians trumpeter Damon Brown and saxophonist Ed Jones, Killer Shrimp is completed by the young talented rhythm section of Ben Hazleton and drummer Troy Miller. Staying close to the spirit of jazz, but incorporating some different rhythms and more open textures. Hip/Hop, Drum n Bass, Funky and Latin grooves rub shoulders with straight ahead swing.

    [When it comes to deps, how can you do better than the great Sebastiaan de Krom on drums?]


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    2007 Friday, 4 May 8.30, Ticket £20 - Dennis Rollins’Sorry, sold out!

    A very welcome return for the man with the sexiest trombone in the business! Dennis brings with him the finest repertoire of wicked high energy groove based funky dance music with jazz attitude and styling that you are likely to hear this side of the Atlantic. “ rarest of jazz beasts, a genuine star”dependent on Sunday.
    With Dennis are Vidal Juba on drums, Mike Janisch on bass, Johnny Hays on guitar, Jay Phelps on trumpet, and Kit Downes on piano.


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    2007 Friday, 11 May 8.30, Ticket £12 - Michael Garrick Quartet

    Pianist, prolific composer and national treasure Michael Garrick has been leading bands since the 50’ve in the jazz and poetry movement of the mid 60’ked with a band co-led by Don Rendell and Ian Carr. Described by Sir John Dankworth as �ecorded well over twenty albums in his illustrious career in a variety of musical genres from Indian to sacred. Completing the quartet will be Martin Hathaway (saxophone), Paul Moylan (bass) and Alan Jackson (drums).


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    2007 Friday, 18 May 8.30, Ticket £12 - Nicholas Meier Quartet (Yuz)

    Award winning, Swiss guitarist Nicholas Meier debuts at the Fleece with his Quartet of Gilad Atzmon (saxophone), Tom Mason (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums). Nicholas’the guitar allows him to play jazz, latin, oriental, flamenco, rock and heavy metal, but expect to hear strong Turkish and Middle-eastern influences tonight as the band showcase their new CD Yuz.


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    2007 Friday, 25 May 8.30, Ticket £12 - Tom Cawley’

    Acoustic Ladyland’Tom Cawley’dden, has been released on the Jazzizit label to much critical acclaim and features Sam Burgess (bass) and nineteen year old prodigy Josh Blackmore (drums). Showcasing Tom’compositions and improvisation, it is an inspired set that draws on influences as diverse as Thelonious Monk to Debussy.


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    2007 Friday, 1 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Tommaso Starace Quintet

    Signor Starace is a shrewd operator who swings magnificently, playing alto and soprano saxophone with impressive post Parker felicity and Italian flair. Definitely one of the new young lions of jazz to watch out for, he brings with him Jonathan Gee (piano), Roger Beaujolais (vibes), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Dave Ohm (drums).


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    2007 Friday, 8 June 8.30, Ticket £16 - Jacqui Dankworth - Sorry, sold out!

    It is a great pleasure to welcome back Jacqui who has a devoted and ever-expanding audience. With her conspicuous English enunciation and irrestible low register, she has been described by John Fordham of The Guardian as having “ble and expressive voice of her generation, regardless of genre” is accompanied by Malcolm Edmonstone on piano, Chris Allard on guitar, Alex Dankworth on bass and Andrew Bain on drums.


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    2007 Friday, 15 June 8.30, Ticket £14 - Paul Towndrow Sextet

    Scottish saxophonist Paul Towndrow is a highly impressive young player. Influenced by Tommy Smith, he plays jazz the way it should be played - straight from the soul. With a sound grounded in bebop and swing he explores well beyond those conventions in his playing and writing. Paul brings an exceptional Sextet with him featuring Tom MacNiven (trumpet), Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor saxophone), Steve Hamilton (piano), Michael Janisch (bass) and Alyn Cosker (drums).

    [the amasing Mark Hodgson provided the bass register for this hugely exciting gig.]


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    2007 Friday, 22 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - David Newton and Michael Hanson

    Two of our favourite musicians –ton (piano), and Michael Hanson (guitar) return to the Fleece for an evening of breathtaking technical ability, melody, harmony, rhythmic sophistication and supreme entertainment.


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    2007 Friday, 29 June 8.30, Ticket £12 - Dylan Howe Quintet

    Drummer Dylan Howe’ply unmissable. If you didn’you might assume that this stellar band came from one of the more advanced Blue Note sessions of the mid sixties. This is serious, inspiring, mature and invigorating mainstream hard bop jazz at its very best. With Quentin Collins (trumpet), Graham Blevins (saxophone), Ross Stanley (piano) and Chris Hill (double bass).


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    2007 Friday, 6 July 8.30, Ticket £14 - Disassembler

    Formed in 2003 by guitarist Trevor Warren, Disassembler combines the rhythms of modern dance, groove, rock, Indian, Middle Eastern and African music. The impressive line-up of improvising jazz musicians is Annie Whitehead trombone, Mark Lockheart saxophone, Dave Priseman trumpet, Dudley Phillips bass and Winston Clifford drums.


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    2007 Friday, 13 July 8.30, Ticket £15 - Steve Fishwick Quartet with Scott Hamilton

    Hard bop trumpeter Steve Fishwick has played with most leading UK and US jazz musicians including Anita O'Day, Herb Geller, Lanny Morgan and Scott Hamilton who accompanies him tonight at the Fleece together with Colin Oxley guitar, Dave Green bass and Steve Brown drums. Steve’titled ‘ Hard Bop Records. “ one of the finest trumpeters we’ this country.”zzwise.


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    2007 Friday, 20 July 8.30, Ticket £13 - Barb Jungr - Sorry, sold out!

    Combining a European heritage with an earthy northern English sensibility, Barb Jungr’inging and song styling owes a debt to northern soul, jazz and opera that informed her early years. She has a string of critically acclaimed albums behind her, the latest of which is entitled ‘ Sun’nn Records. This is powerfully sung gospel and blues in a stunning new arrangement. Barb brings with her MD pianist Jenny Carr and organ and hamonica player Jessica Lauren for what is sure to be a memorable evening


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    2007 Friday, 27 July 8.30, Ticket £13 - Charlotte Glasson Quintet

    Saxophonist, writer and arranger Charlotte Glasson started fronting her own jazz band while studying for a classical music degree at Kingston University. Since then she has worked with Claire Martin, Ian Shaw, Lea De Laria, Oasis, and The Divine Comedy to name but a few! Charlotte brings with her Dave Holdsworth piano, Dan Hewson trombone, Jason Henson guitar and Dave Ohm drums. Charlotte� on 33 Records is highly recommended.


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    2007 Friday, 3 August 8.30, Ticket £20 - Stan Tracey Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Pianist, composer and arranger Stan Tracey makes a very welcome return to the Fleece. Not only a truly iconic figure in British jazz, Stan is also renowned by jazz fans worldwide. Inspired by Ellington and Monk he has consistently displayed a distinctive sometimes quirkily personal touch in his playing. With the unmistakable saxophone sound of Bobby Wellins, the bass of Andy Cleyndert and the drums of Clark Tracey this is an evening to savour.


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    2007 Friday, 10 August 8.30, Ticket £15 - Alan Skidmore - Sorry, sold out!

    British jazz legend Alan Skidmore goes a considerable way to recreating the atmosphere of a John Coltrane gig. Here is a man for all seasons, a player with immense physical and imaginative stamina, who is at home in any context, from tight structures to total abstraction, and with any tempo, from breakneck to slow. Alan’ompleted by Steve Melling piano, Mick Coady bass and Ian Palmer drums. Alan�of John Coltrane”c) was recorded live here at the Fleece by our sound man David Lyons in December 2005.


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    2007 Friday, 17 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Victoria Newton - Sorry, sold out!

    This effervescent Australian vocalist has delighted audiences worldwide with her unique combination of energy, spontaneity and musicianship. Victoria is one of the best exponents of Latin/jazz vocals around with a rich sensual voice and a powerful charismatic stage presence. Her classy band is Tim Lapthorn piano, Steve Rose bass and Mike Bradley drums.


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    2007 Friday, 24 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Lewis Wright

    The transition from drums to piano and finally vibraphone produced a young musician whose talent defied belief when he made his Fleece debut aged 15 in April 2004. Lewis leads his quartet of Simon Brown piano, Andy Doyle bass and Will Clark drums for what promises to be another storming gig.


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    2007 Friday, 31 August 8.30, Ticket £12 - Blake Wilner Quartet

    Blake Wilner is an individual voice on the guitar. Reflective, with a distinctive approach to composition, his pieces are lyrical, melodic and attractive. Solos are clean and spacious, and the result of concentrated thought. This is contemporary jazz at its best with some of the finest dynamic music on current offer. Blake’llaborator, expat Australian saxophonist Brandon Allen joins him together with bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Chris Hutchings.

    [The very fine and subtle drummer on this tour is John Blease.]


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    2007 Friday, 7 September 8.30, Ticket £16 - Clark Tracey Quintet

    These exciting young musicians currently gracing the British jazz scene have always been way ahead of their years, playing powerful straight ahead contemporary jazz. Leader Clark Tracey is not only one of the best jazz drummers around, but is also an outstanding composer and arranger. Mark Armstrong trumpet, Simon Allen saxophone, Zoe Rahman piano and Peter Billington bass, make up Clark’> “t impressive jazz drummers in Britain today”


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    2007 Friday, 14 September 8.30, Ticket £13 - Basil Hodge Quintet

    Championed by no less a figure than Julian Joseph, Basil has forged a solid reputation in British jazz as a pianist and composer of some considerable note. He leads his stellar Quintet comprising Tony Kofi saxophone, Fulvio Sigurta trumpet, Larry Bartley bass, and Winston Clifford drums. Hard bop played with great freshness and originality –be missed.


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    2007 Friday, 21 September 8.30, Ticket £13 - Roger Beaujolais Quintet

    British vibraphone virtuoso Roger Beaujolais’vibes playing is agile, fresh and inventive. He writes crisp idiomatic themes and chooses his material with great taste. Mark Lockheart saxophone, Robin Aspland piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Winston Clifford drums provide an extremely sophisticated backdrop for Roger’technique.


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    2007 Friday, 28 September 8.30, Ticket £14 - Matt Wates Sextet

    Described by Duncan Lamont as “ing alto player on either side of the Atlantic”ege of Music graduate Matt Wates is a truly remarkable British alto saxophonist, a performer of boundless ability who performs in the classic be-bop style. His band boasts a three horn front line with Steve Kaldestad tenor saxophone plus Martin Shaw trumpet and flugelhorn. Leon Greening piano, Malcolm Creese bass and Steve Brown drums complete the line up. The band�on the audio-b label and is an exceptional disc.


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    2007 Friday, 5 October 8.30, Ticket £14 - The Annie Whitehead Experience

    Annie Whitehead is undoubtedly one of the brightest and most versatile musicians in Britain whether leading one of her own bands or working with diverse British jazz luminaries. Described as the Sly and Robbie of British brass, she is the woman everyone turns to when they want a class trombone player. Playing with Annie tonight are Alistair Gavin piano, Nico Ramsden guitar, Jennifer Maidman bass and Liam Genockey drums.


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    2007 Friday, 12 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Cubana Bop

    The music is all jazz with a strong Latin Afro-Cuban flavour as illustrated on their new CD 'Now Hear This'. First formed in 1995 by pianist Terry Seabrook, the band now features newcomers Davide Mantovani bass, Adam Riley drums and the brilliant young trumpeter Graeme Flowers, together with stalwarts Ian Price saxophone and Satin Singh congas. Feet will not be still tonight!


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    2007 Friday, 19 October 8.30, Ticket £12 - Threeway

    Threeway is the brainchild of Huddersfield bassist Ben Crosland who formed this exemplary jazz trio in 2004 with long term associates Steve Lodder piano and Steve Waterman trumpet and flugelhorn. The trio explores the subtle and open possibilities of a group without drums. The interplay between the players creates a natural intensity combined with an acute sensitivity to dynamics allowing the musical flair to come shinning through.


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    2007 Friday, 26 October 8.30, Ticket £13 - Kirk Lightsey

    It’asure to welcome back jazz legend Kirk Lightsey from Detroit, Michigan, together with Steve Watts bass and Dave Wickens drums. Kirk is a pianist of immense accomplishment and versatility who has worked and recorded with scores of major jazz stars including Yusef Lateef, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Burrell, Chet Baker, Clifford Jordan, Benny Golson, Don Cherry and many others.

    [We wish Steve Watts wife a speedy recovery. The estimable Lee Goodall was enticed from his Newport studio to play saxes and flute for a stunning gig.]


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    2007 Friday, 2 November 8.30, Ticket £13 - Jutta’

    Jutta’ was formed by happy accident for a one off birthday party for Oxford-based German award winning maker of fine violin bows Jutta Walcher. Described by one critic there as 'quite definitely slightly weird', they perform a fascinating mix of originals and contemporary standards, coloured and contoured by their widely diverse combined backgrounds. The Band members are Christian Garrick violin, David Gordon piano, Pete Oxley guitar, Oli Hayhurst bass and Russ Morgan drums.


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    2007 Friday, 9 November 8.30, Ticket £13 - Trudy Kerr

    Trudy Kerr sings with a mature swinging subtlety, and develops her melodic and lyrical concepts with impeccable taste and great sensitivity. She has continued to delight audiences everywhere, with a repertoire that blends the great song standards with the very best of contemporary compositions. Featuring Jan Lundgren piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Steve Brown drums.


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    2007 Friday, 16 November 8.30, Ticket £14 - Tony Kofi Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Internationally acclaimed double award winning saxophonist Tony Kofi brings his band of Jonathan Gee piano, Ben Hazleton bass and Winston Clifford drums to the Fleece. The musicians take the familiar and not-so familiar themes of Thelonious Monk giving them a contemporary feel while never losing sight of the tradition they represent.


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    2007 Friday, 23 November 8.30, Ticket £14 - Empirical - Sorry, sold out!

    Catch this great band destined for greater things, in a small venue while you still can. Rave reviews and praise are being heaped onto these five young award winning musicians. Featuring Kit Downes piano, Nathaniel Facey alto saxophone, Jay Phelps trumpet, Tom Farmer bass and Shane Forbes drums.
    "Empirical could turn out to be one of the most important bands in UK jazz history." Jazzwise
    "The most exciting band to come out of the UK." Courtney Pine


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    2007 Friday, 30 November 8.30 and Saturday, 1 December 8.30, Ticket £16 - Sarah Jane Morris - Sorry, sold out!

    Sarah Jane is a truly amazing singer and songwriter. One thing is certain, she shows a gleeful disregard for the boundaries between genres – pop, contemporary classical, they are all to be found in her astonishing three and a half –e vocal performance. Matt Backer guitar (Friday), Kevin Armstrong guitar (Saturday), Alistair Gavin piano, Henry Thomas bass and Martyn Barker percussion complete her band.
    "A Diva for our time, her voice is a force of nature" The Observer
    "Provocative and unorthodox" The New Musical Express


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    2007 Friday, 7 December 8.30, Ticket £14 - Theo Travis' Double Talk - Sorry, sold out!

    Double Talk is the new project of London based saxophonist and composer Theo Travis. Melody based, the music is bluesy, atmospheric and incorporates improvised multi-layers of flutes and saxophones and is influenced by the late 60’ychadelia. The band features the soulful Hammond organ of Pete Whitakker, the soaring guitar of Mike Outram and the subtle drums of Roy Dodds, a master of light and shade.


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    2007 Friday, 14 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Gwilym Simcock Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    Congratulations to Gwilym Simcock who won the Jazz Musician of the year Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2007. One of our most gifted pianists and imaginative composers he is able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical music. At times, he can inhabit both worlds and has been described as being stylistically reminiscent of Keith Jarrett. His trio is completed by the outstanding rhythm section of Phil Donkin bass and Martin France drums.


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    2007 Friday, 21 December 8.30, Ticket £14 - Ian Shaw - Sorry, sold out!

    Our Christmas gig features Ian Shaw, voted Best Vocalist BBC Jazz Awards for 2004 and 2007 accompanying himself on the Fleece piano. Ian has that ability to alter and re-structure a song and make it his own.
    "Our finest jazz singer - Marvellous" Time Out
    "He has few rivals" Sunday Times


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    2007 Friday, 28 December 8.30, Ticket £14 - Protect the Beat - Sorry, sold out!

    Promoting their new killer album, 󈥱istering jazz groove act are sure to get you into the swing of things after Christmas. The band features high profile musicians, Derek Nash saxophones, Tim Cansfield guitar, Arden Hart keyboards and trumpet, Winston Blissett bass and Darby Todd drums. Ladies and Gentlemen –n’z!


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    2008 Friday, 4 January 8.30, Ticket £16 - The Passion - Sorry, sold out!

    Acclaimed award winners in their own right Jacqui Dankworth, Liane Carroll, and Sara Coleman come together to form The Passion –mbination of three exquisite voices. Moving, funny, exciting, exhilarating, surprising –s at the piano, their performance of jazz classics, contemporary covers and original songs never fail to delight and inspire audiences.


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    2008 Friday, 11 January 8.30, Ticket £14 - Partisans - Sorry, sold out!

    British jazz rock group Partisans, formed in 1996, have led the way for the new generation of jazz artists in the UK with their combination of the energy of a rock band with the subtlety and improvisational brilliance of world class jazz musicians. Julian Siegal saxophone, Phil Robson guitar, Thad Kelly bass and Gene Calderazzo drums.


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    2008 Friday, 18 January 8.30, Ticket £14 - The New Jazz Couriers - Sorry, sold out!

    This great band keeps alive the legacy of a classic iconic British modern jazz group co-led by Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott between 1957 and 1960. The New Couriers play with all the flair, dynamism and intensity of its previous incarnation. The modern day New Couriers are Steve Melling piano, Mornington Lockett saxophone, Jim Hart vibes, Paul Morgan bass and Martin Drew drums.


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    2008 Friday, 25 January 8.30, Ticket £15 - David Rees-Williams Trio - Sorry, sold out!

    The David Reese-Williams Trio brings us something very special in the world of jazz and like the Jacques Loussier Trio base much of their music on classical composers, who were themselves improvisers, walking a tightrope between classical and jazz reworking existing tunes to stunning effect. They are David Rees-Williams piano, Neil Francis electric bass and Phil Laslett drums.
    "The trio far outstrips anything achieved by Jacques Loussier or the Swingles. They are on another plane and deserve huge recognition" Jon Snow, Evening Standard
    "Beautiful, subtle and dramatic" HMV Choice


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    2008 Friday, 1 February 8.30, Ticket £20 - Stan Tracey - Sorry, sold out!

    Pianist, composer and arranger Stan Tracey makes a swift and very welcome return to The Fleece. Not only is Stan an iconic figure in British jazz, he is also renowned by jazz fans worldwide. Inspired by Ellington and Monk he has consistently displayed a distinctive sometimes quirkily personal touch in his playing. With the unmistakable saxophone sound of Bobby Wellins, the bass of Andy Cleyndert and drums of Clark Tracey.


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    2008 Friday, 8 February 8.30, Ticket £16 - Peter King - Sorry, sold out!

    It is always a pleasure to welcome back British jazz legend Peter King, the finest alto saxophonist this country has ever produced. Peter continues to release album after album to much critical acclaim and to delight his many fans. The other three members of this top drawer quartet are Steve Melling piano and the new rhythm team of Geoff Gascoyne bass and Martin Drew drums.


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    2008 Friday, 15 February 8.30, Ticket £16 - Tina May - Sorry, sold out!

    One of the brightest singing stars on the scene today who cemented her Jazz Diva reputation by recording in New York classics of the American songbook with pianist Ray Bryant, the veteran accompanist of Ella, Billy and Betty Carter and a fan of Tina’ first met in Paris in 1997 and who knows a good voice when he hears one! Accompanying Tina tonight are three stars in their own right, Nikki Iles piano, Phil Donkin bass and Winston Clifford drums.

    [Our excellent drummer on a wonderful gig was Stephen Keogh.]


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    2008 Friday, 22 February 8.30, Ticket £32 - Freternity - Sorry, sold out!

    Usually seen in much larger venues these five world class British musicians, who need no introduction, help us celebrate fifteen years of Jazz at The Fleece with your support - here’t fifteen! Martin Taylor guitar, Guy Barker trumpet, David Newton piano, Dave Green bass and Steve Brown drums..

    [This superb gig was made even better by the contribution of singer Alison Barnes.]


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    2008 Friday, 29 February 8.30, Ticket £20 - Michael Garrick’xtet - Sorry, sold out!

    Pianist, prolific composer and national treasure Michael Garrick has been leading bands since the 50’tive in the jazz and poetry movement of the mid sixties. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we present the Michael Garrick Reunion Sextet featuring Norma Winstone vocals, Henry Lowther trumpet, Art Themen saxophone, Dave Green bass and Trevor Thompkins drums – gig that no one will want to miss.


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    2008 Friday, 7 March 8.30, Ticket £13 - Judy Lewis

    At the age of 17 Judy was a nationally recognised classical pianist in the US but today she is known internationally as a unique performer and composer of refreshingly new stylistic contemporary jazz music with five critically acclaimed albums to her credit. She brings with her Dave Marks on bass and Motti Cohen on drums.
    "A rare phenomenon"
    "No clone of anybody else". John Fordham, The Guardian


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    2008 Friday, 14 March 8.30, Ticket £13 - Daryl Sherman

    Daryl Sherman is not only a wonderful singer, but also a world class jazz pianist. Her swinging approach is sprinkled with anecdotes instrumental solos and creative vocal interpretations, from the Great American Songbook. She is accompanied by Dave Cliff guitar and Jeremy Brown bass.
    "Effervescent and madly talented" Rex Reed, New York Observer
    "A first rate singer / musician" Artie Shaw


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    2008 Friday, 21 March 8.30, Ticket £14 - Simon Spillett Quartet - Sorry, sold out!

    Simon Spillett is a formidable saxophonist, composer, writer and graduate of the hard bop school. The influence of Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin can be detected in his sound and harmonic thinking. Simon brings with him John Critchinson piano, Andy Cleyndert bass and Spike Wells drums.

    [Andy couldn't be with us tonight. Our dep on bass was the wonderful Alec Dankworth.]


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    2008 Friday, 28 March 8.30, Ticket £15 - The Snake Davis Band - Sorry, sold out!

    A virtuoso saxophonist Snake has a passionate and bluesy approach in his playing. He is constantly in demand from the biggest names in the business. Snake is accompanied by Paul Birchall Hammond Organ and keys, Michael Olatuja bass and Bryan Hargreaves drums.
    "He doesn’" The Guardian

    2008 Friday, 4 April 8.30, Ticket £13 - The Ronnie Scott Legacy

    For our very last gig before our move we have saxophonist Pat Crumly and pianist John Critchinson have achieved great acclaim over the last eleven years as leaders of The Ronnie Scott Legacy Quartet. Formed shortly after Ronnie’ecember 1996 the Quartet celebrate his music, spirit and humour. The line up also includes the fine American bass player Tim Wells and the dynamic drumming of Mark Fletcher. Pat was one of Ronnie’players, (he used to dep for him) and John was his pianist for 18 years.


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    2008 Friday, 11 April 8.30, Ticket £23 - Claire Martin - Sorry, sold out!

    Who better to inaugurate our new venue than Claire Martin? She is a standout jazz artist, instantly recognisable as a unique and impressive, creative vocal performer who’or interpreting a song transforms it in something more than just words and music. Her latest album is a tribute to the late Shirley Horn and is called “tioned love”accompanied by Gareth Williams piano, Laurence Cottle on bass and James Maddren on drums.


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    2008 Friday, 18 April 8.30, Ticket £13 - Quentin Collins Quartet

    Quentin Collins is an outstanding hard bop young trumpet virtuoso with sharp ears, quick reactions and tremendous panache. Among his influences are Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw and Clifford Brown. His superb Quartet is completed by Jim Hart vibes, Michael Janisch bass and Paul Wiltgen drums.

    [The young and very talented Sam Lasserson played bass for a wonderful gig.]


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    2008 Friday, 25 April 8.30, Ticket £13 - Alan Barnes Stuart Hall and Paul Clarvis

    This UK Trio is the kind of eccentric enthusiastic jazz oddity that gives retro-jazz a good name. The Trio play a collection of tunes associated with 1930’ Benny Goodman, creatively reappraised by Alan Barnes clarinet, guitarist Stuart Hall and the former classical percussionist turned jazz and contemporary drummer Paul Clarvis. An evening of swing is assured!


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    2008 Friday, 2 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - John Law Trio

    John Law is renowned as one of Europe’rovising pianists. Balance poise and a sense of beauty define not just the sound of the piano but also the compositions. Drive, energy and virtuosity are the hallmarks of the driven bass lines and singing tones of Sam Burgess and the world class drum phenomenon that is Asaf Sirkis.

    [Our bassist tonight was the wonderful Martin Creese. He played beautifully, even when the air conditioning system rained on him: a great evening filled with musical and other forms of excitement.]


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    2008 Friday, 9 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - Killer Shrimp

    Led by two of Europe’zz musician’Damon Brown and saxophonist Ed Jones, Killer Shrimp is completed by the talented rhythm section of bassist Mark Hodgson and drummer Alyn Cosker. Their music stays close to the spirit of jazz, but incorporating some different rhythms and more open textures. Hip/Hop, Drum n Bass, Funky and Latin grooves rub shoulders with straight ahead swing and look out for the bands new CD.

    [Luke Flowers was our debut and delightful drummer this evening.]


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    2008 Friday, 16 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - Karen Lane

    Cathie Rae is ill, and will not be able to do the gig. We wish her a speedy recovery
    We are delighted that Karen Lane, a very highly thought of Australian singer has agreed to take her place. She has worked across many genres, on projects as varied as music for theatre and TV, through to conceiving and co-producing Australia's first women singer songwriters' festival. Karen is accompanied by trumpeter Colin Steele, pianist Paul Harrison and bassist Calum Gourlay.


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    2008 Friday, 23 May 8.30, Ticket £13 - John Etheridge and Christian Garrick

    Internationally acclaimed duo John Etheridge guitar and Christian Garrick violin have been associated with each other for an incredible 28 years! Featuring music from their Dimming of the Day CD the pair, have stunned audiences with their range, dynamism, flexibility and spirit of adventure. Covering ground from Reinhardt –o modern multi-layered texturing these two musicians weave a colourful tapestry of brilliant sound.


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    2008 Friday, 30 May 8.30, Ticket £14 - Dylan Howe’

    Drummer Dylan Howe’uartet, Unity Four have been creating quite a stir recently. Saluting and redesigning the music of organist Larry Young’d Yasin) groundbreaking Blue Note album ‘band feature Tony Kofi saxophone, Mike Outram guitar and Ross Stanly Hammond Organ. "DH excelled himself with this new project" Time Out


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    2008 Friday, 6 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Leon Greening Quartet

    Pianist Leon Greening debuts as leader of his own Quartet and what a Quartet it is featuring the great British alto saxophonist Alex Garnett, Mike Janish bass and drummer Steve Brown. Leon’ary solos inspired by the likes of Wynton Kelly and Bud Powell keep audiences on the edge of their seats and mark him out as one of the finest jazz pianist that this country has ever produced. We can all highly recommend Leon’/b>

    [A stunning evening with musicians who absolutely caught fire, including drummer David Little.]


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    2008 Friday, 13 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Georgia Mancio

    Award winning vocalist Georgia Mancio performs material from her recent CD Trapeze, an intriguing blend of standards, Brazilian classics, Chilean folk and popular Cuban and Italian songs. She brings with her Gareth Lockrane flutes, John Pearce piano, Dave Green bass and Dave Ohm drums.
    "Sultry, breathy, Latin tinged jazz from Georgia –hottest singers on the circuit" The Evenning Standard
    "Georgia has the full package: great voice, highly professional stage presence…l material" Global Jazz Scene

    [It has been 10 years since Julie Walkington has graced our stage with her wonderful bass playing. It won't be another 10 before we see her again.]


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    2008 Friday, 20 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Nicolas Meier

    Multi award winning Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier's knowledge of the guitar allows him to play Jazz, Latin, Oriental, Flamenco, Rock and Heavy Metal, but expect to hear strong Turkish and Middle Eastern influences with Flamenco. All these feature in the band’itled ‘ Silence Talks’t features Greg Heath saxophone, Tom Mason bass and Asaf Sirkis drums.
    "Meier is elegant in tone and bubbling with ideas…ity as a writer, a player and a team leader dispatches any doubts" John Fordham the Guardian


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    2008 Friday, 27 June 8.30, Ticket £13 - Brandon Allen Quintet

    Influenced by John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Lester Young amongst others fiery Australian saxophonist Brandon Allen brings his stellar Quintet of Chris Allard guitar, Ross Stanley piano, Oli Hayhurst and Nick Smalley drums to Kersey Mill in what promises to be one great gig.
    "Wombat jazz…"

    [Our stellar bass player tonight was Arnie Somoygi.]


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    2008 Friday, 4 July 8.30, Ticket £16 - Scenes in the City –f Charles Mingus

    Arizona born Charles Mingus was the first bassist of his generation to ignore the harmonic fundamentals when soloing and to imitate saxophone and piano lines. As his presence recedes further into the past it becomes clear that his was a unique contribution to jazz and this stellar band led by master bass player Arnie Somoygi with Alan Barnes saxophone, Tony Kofi saxophone, Alistair White trombone, Mark Edwards piano, and Clark Tracey drums re-creates the his music.


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    2008 Friday, 11 July 8.30, Ticket £12 - Alex Hutton

    Pianist Alex Hutton is considered one of the leading new young pianists to have emerged on the UK scene over the past few years. Alex reveals a rich vein of composing skills on his second album, ‘e Seven Hills’ck to his childhood memories of life in and around the city of Sheffield. With a dream like quality the music reflects echoes of children’rch music, folk songs and classical impressions but always with a jazz musician’aring –y, hard swinging jazz with a definite European flavour. Arnie Somoygi bass and Enzo Zirilli drums.


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    2008 Friday, 18 July 8.30, Ticket £14 - Toscha Comeaux

    Charismatic US soul-jazz Diva Toscha Comeaux has shared the stage with the likes of Ray Charles, Diana Ross and Lou Rawls. Backed by a swinging three-piece American band, Toscha’stage presence supports a stunning voice that has earned her a loyal fan base in the States. Expect to hear familiar jazz standards reminiscent of Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Cole Porter and Gershwin along side originals from her new album, `This Could Be Love` –issed! She brings with her Willerm Delisforte on piano, Anthony Chatman on bass and drummer Rod Youngs.
    "Toscha’e was nothing short of enchanting" Steinway, Orlando
    "Toscha is a major talent and a delight" Appleton Museum of Art


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    2008 Friday, 25 July 8.30, Ticket £13 - Chris Laurence Quartet

    Bassist Chris Laurence has been the driving force behind many projects encompassing all musical styles –jazz rock, and film music. Chris has featured on albums with many stars including Elton John, Sting, David Gilmour, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and guitarist John Williams. His recording debut as leader has come decades into an illustrious career – View' is highly recommended. Tonight sees him with Frank Ricotti vibraphone, John Parricelli guitar and Martin France drums.


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    2008 Friday, 1 August 8.30, Ticket £13 - Barb Jungr

    With rave reviews internationally and two prestigious New York Awards Barb is renowned for her unique vocal style, approach to arrangements and interpretations of song. Her acclaimed releases for Linn Records and her live performances have brought her to the world stage and revealed her to be one of Europe’ing voices. Featuring Jenny Carr piano, Jessica Lauren organ and harmonica and songs from Barb’ hymn to her heroine Nina Simone 'Just like a woman –a'.


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    2008 Friday, 8 August 8.30, Ticket £16 - Spanish Accents

    Alec Dankworth’ing love of all things Spanish provides the inspiration for this group. Metheny, Corea and even Rodrigo are reinvented alongside traditional folk songs in flamenco rhythms creating a wonderful and genuinely Spanish world. A heady mix of top British players - Phil Robson guitar, saxophonist Mark Lockheart, Chris Garrick`s gorgeous violin and Alec Dankworth`s bass interweaving with the genuinely Spanish drumwork of Fred Thomas and percussion of Demi Garcia ensure this will be unmissable.


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    2008 Friday, 15 August 8.30, Ticket £13 - Michael Hanson and Friends

    We didn’d any! –g! We all wish guitarist Michael Hanson a very Happy 60th Birthday with this evening’lestone celebration. Friends include David Newton piano, Andy Cleyndert bass and Andy Trim drums.


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    2008 Friday, 22 August 8.30, Ticket £16 - Byron Wallen Indigo

    Trumpeter Byron Wallen is widely recognised as a seminal figure in the world of jazz and as such is one of the most dynamic and versatile jazz voices currently on the British scene. Firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, this powerful composer/player has performed with such luminaries as Ralph Moore, Billy Higgins, Eddie Henderson, Wynton Marsalis and Freddie Hubbard. His new album `Revelations in Small Steps` featuring the Indigo band live is to be released imminently. Tony Kofi saxophone, Larry Bartley bass and Tom Skinner complete the line up.


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    2008 Friday, 29 August 8.30, Ticket £13 - Pete Churchill

    Pianist and singer Pete Churchill has worked with many of the leading jazz names here and abroad and for the last decade has been the UK Musical Director for the legendary American Jazz singer Mark Murphy. Pete has travelled worldwide in his capacity as a choral director and educator. He brings with him the great Scottish saxophonist Bobby Wellins, Steve Watts bass and Errol Roberts drums.


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    2008 Friday, 5 September 8.30, Ticket £20 - The Dan Stern Group featuring Andy Sheppard

    London born South African saxophonist Dan Stern can boast saxophone lessons from former Miles Davis virtuoso Dave Liebman and others. A remarkable talent whether playing and writing for jazz trios or a symphony orchestra, Dan is impressing musicians and audiences alike with his beguiling vision of contemporary music. He brings with him the great Andy Sheppard saxophone, Robert Mitchell piano, Tom Mason bass and Asaf Sirkis drums.
    "…n to watch." Chris Parker
    "…ew talent at work." Time Out


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    2008 Friday, 12 September 8.30, Ticket £15 - Dave Lewis Band

    Dave Lewis is a soulful and funky American saxophonist originally from St.Louis, but now resident in the UK. He has worked widely as a freelance player, his influences being Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and Stanley Turrentine. Vocalist Rachel Calladine, Tim Lapthorne piano, Adam Phillips guitar, Neville Malcolm bass, Peter Eckford percussion and Rod Youngs drums complete this exciting band. We can recommend the band’'Turn it Around'.

    [Noel McCalla is ill, and we wish him a speedy recovery. We are very grateful to Rachel for depping at such short notice.]


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    2008 Friday, 19 September 8.30, Ticket £13 - The Organ Trio with Stan Sulzmann

    Nominated in the Best Ensemble category of the 2007 All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards this big sounding Organ Trio has Mike Gorman on the keys, Jim Mullen guitar, Matt Skelton drums and, special guest, the stellar saxophonist Stan Sulzmann adding extra finesse to the proceedings. With each player demonstrating his dexterity and mastery of his chosen instrument we can expect a liberated swinging evening of great jazz. Look out for the band’ch is released in 2008.
    This gig is taking place in the original Kersey Mill, which was the last working steam and water powered mill in the UK. Tickets are limited for this gig.


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    2008 Friday, 26 September 8.30, Ticket £13 - Benn Clatworthy

    Largely unheralded but the equal of anyone Joshua Redman included, Benn has been a staple in Los Angeles for the past two decades where he has played virtually every night. Benn has released no fewer than eleven CDs to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Tonight Benn is joined by Robin Aspland piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Martin Drew drums.
    "A Master Player" LA Weekly
    "Brilliant" London Evening Standard
    "Astounds Everyone" The Observer


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    2008 Friday, 3 October 8.30, Ticket £20 - Gilad With Strings

    Charlie Parker’rd with Strings made Gilad Atzmon the musician he is today by inspiring him to pick up a saxophone at the age of seventeen. Jazz in the 50's and 60's was a reflection of urban life, now Gilad's own music reflects our own social environment and as such, twenty eight years later he has decided to give Parker's music and string arrangements his own touch, by rearranging them, but still keeping the essence of the original music. Backed by Frank Harrison piano, Yaron Stavi bass, Asaf Sirkis drums, the Sigamos String Quartet who are :- Ross Stephen violin, Emil Chakalov violin, Rachel Robson viola and Laura Moody cello.


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    2008 Friday, 10 October 8.30, Ticket £20 - Stan Tracey Trio featuring Guy Barker and Benjamin Herman

    With a distinguished career that has spanned six decades of flourishing creativity, pianist Stan Tracey (the godfather of British jazz) has been a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers but to each successive generation of musicians with which he has worked. Guy Barker is a world class post bop trumpeter, who’ technically impeccable and shows a mastery of all styles and tones. From Holland comes Benjamin Herman, who has been a major influence on the Dutch Jazz scene. He has released around twenty albums under his own name. He and Stan met at a festival in Holland a few years ago and Benjamin took it one stage further, releasing a collaboration on his own label, “essions”ar’stival they were joined by Guy.

    Andy Cleyndert bass and Clark Tracey drums make up this fantastic top drawer line up.


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    2008 Friday, 17 October 8.30, Ticket £13 - The Minimum Trio

    The Minimum Trio were formed in Barcelona at the end of 2005. The Trio have an intimate and original take on the standard repertoire and their own original compositions that draw on jazz, soul and Brazilian rhythms. Trumpeter Damon Brown plays with warmth and fluidity that allows him to find considerable variations from the norm therefore making his work worthy of attention. Francesc Capella piano and vocalist Laia Porter complete this stunning trio’b>


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    2008 Friday, 24 October 8.30, Ticket £13 - Renato D'Aiello Quartet

    Italian tenor saxophonist star Renato D'Aiello has a relaxed unhurried style. His playing is intense but at the same time warm and poignant. He showcases one of the most attractive and affecting tenor saxophone sounds in contemporary jazz. Ross Stanley piano Nicola Muresu bass and Massimo Russino make up this star studded Italian Quartet.


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    2008 Friday, 31 October 8.30, Ticket £13 - Roger Beaujolais Quintet

    The vibraphone is capable of great tonal variety, from tinkling of icicles to a warm pulsating cloud of sound and Roger Beaujolais deploys it all with consummate skill, agility, delicacy and invention. He is a player who could frighten any vibes virtuoso on either side of the Atlantic. Roger brings with him a stellar band consisting of Dave Lewis saxophone, Robin Aspland piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Winston Clifford drums.


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    2008 Friday, 7 November 8.30, Ticket £15 - David Rees-Williams Trio

    This trio was formed in 1988 and features David Rees-Williams on piano, Neil Francis bass and Phil Laslett drums. The trio base much of their music on classical composers, who were themselves improvisers walking a tightrope between classical and jazz re-workings of existing tunes to stunning effect.
    "The David Rees-Williams trio have just got better and better their new recording of jazz forays into the classical repertoire is just magical”, The Guardian.
    "Jacques Loussier may have done it first but David Rees-Williams does it better" Tony Augarde, Music Web.


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    2008 Friday, 14 November 8.30, Ticket £13 - Sam Crockatt

    Saxophonist Sam Crockatt leads this stellar quartet featuring Gwilym Simcock on piano, Oli Hayhurst on double bass and Ben Reynolds drums. The group has been together for three years and have developed its own signature sound. The music is a mix of swing, groove and freer elements, but it is definitely based on melody. Sam is the only saxophonist to have deppedt for Tim Garland in Acoustic Triangle.He is also a member of the Loop Collective which has been attracting a good deal of media attention. Look out for the group's eagerly awaited debut album.


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    2008 Friday, 21 November 8.30, Ticket £13 - Kirk Lightsey

    Piano jazz legend Kirk Lightsey defines himself as a Detroit pianist incorporating a Bud Powell awareness with an Art Tatum styling together with a bebop feeling. A pianist of immense accomplishment and versatility Kirk has worked with scores of major jazz stars including Yusef Lateef, Betty Carter, Bobby Hutchinson, Sony Stitt, Chet Baker, James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, Dexter Gordon and Benny Golson. Kirk’ences are Hank Jones and Tommy Flannagen. The trio is completed by two of the very finest musicians on the current music scene, Steve Watts bass and percussionist / drummer Dave Wickins.


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    2008 Friday, 28 November 8.30 and Saturday, 29 November 8.30, Ticket £15 - Sarah Jane Morris

    Sarah Jane Morris is a truly amazing singer and songwriter who shows a gleeful disregard for the boundaries between genres. Jazz, soul, pop and contemporary classical are all to be found in her amazing three and a half octave range. Sarah Jane brings with her the stellar band of Martyn Barker drums, Alistair Gavin piano and keyboards, Tony Remy guitar and Henry Thomas bass. Look out for the new album, 'Migratory Bird' recorded with guitarist Marc Ribot and another planned CD release early in 2009 called, 'Where It Hurts'.
    "When that throaty, extraordinarily-deep voice comes booming out of that pale auburn-haired face, it’ the possession scene from the Exorcist" (Evening Standard)


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    2008 Friday, 5 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Paul Towndrow Quartet

    Scottish alto saxophonist Paul Towndrow is a highly impressive player. Inspired by the great saxophonist Tommy Smith, Paul plays jazz the way it should be played –om the soul. He brings with him an exceptional band, Steve Hamilton piano, Michael Janisch bass and Alyn Cosker drums –y straight ahead jazz at its very best!

    [Our bass player on a wonderful evening of jazz was Euan Burton]


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    2008 Saturday, 13 December 8.30, Ticket £13 - Nikki Iles

    Pianist Nikki Iles needs little introduction to Fleece audiences, her sparkling performances and personality have been entrancing us for years. Nikki is a superb pianist, skill full improviser, gifted composer and accompanist, as well as a widely respected teacher. Mike Walker guitar, Steve Watts bass and Geoff Williams drums complete her superb band for what will be one great unmissable gig.

    [Dave Green was the estimable bassist on this gig.]


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    2008 Saturday, 27 December 8.00, Ticket £16 - Derek Nash and Friends

    Saxophonist Derek Nash fresh from the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, hot foots it to Kersey Mill for what is sure to be a barn storming dance up! Derek’clude Ben Waters keyboards - Jools Hollands best young pretender, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan De Krom drums. An unmissable gig to shake off those Christmas blues too!


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    2009 Friday, 2 January 8.00, Ticket £15 - Liane Carroll - Sorry, sold out!

    Please note the change of date to our marvelous end of season Christmas gig, which sees the return of the multi award winning pianist / singer Liane Carroll with Roger Carey bass and Mark Fletcher drums. Liane has a remarkable vocal delivery, both powerful and soulful. She can when the mood takes her have you in tears one moment with a sad ballad and wooping it up the next with something riotously up tempo! She is also very good between numbers! Her new DVD, 'Liane Live' can only add to her growing reputation around the world.


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    2009 Friday, 9 January 8.00, Ticket £16 - Empirical

    Relax - the future of British jazz is safe in these guys hands as all who saw their last storming gig at the Fleece can testify. They play with a maturity that belies their ages. Maintaining the roots of traditional modern jazz but with a finger on the pulse of the contemporary world these four young award winning musicians are Nathaniel Facey alto saxophone, Lewis Wright vibes, Tom Farmer bass and Shaney Forbes drums.


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    2009 Friday, 16 January 8.00, Ticket £13 - Bryan Corbett

    Birmingham based Bryan Corbett is one of the UK’plished trumpet players. He brings with him Levi French keyboards, Ben Markland bass and Neil Bullock drums. The quartet are influenced by the classic Blue Note albums of the 50󈧕the leader taking particular inspiration from his trumpet hero Freddie Hubbard. However this is no mere recycling of the past. This band is a distinctly contemporary outfit playing music with energy, vitality and tremendous technical ability. Look out for their new CD, ‘’
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    2009 Friday, 23 January 8.00, Ticket £13 - Liam Noble

    Dave Brubeck’rare charm and transparent elegance, which has led to its considerable commercial success. This highly interactive trio of Liam Noble piano, Dave Whitford bass and Dave Wickins drums / percussion re-evaluates his legacy through an expanded contemporary language playing music from "Brubeck", their new CD on Basho Records.
    "This CD will be an inspiration and a challenge for me to carry on in the avenues that you have opened. I’e so far into the unknown as you three but I have opened the door and peeked in. Your CD is an invitation to enter". Dave Brubeck


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    2009 Friday, 30 January 8.00, Ticket £13 - Sarah Moule

    In the past few years singer Sarah Moule has established a growing reputation as one of Britain’ing new vocal talents. Developing from her previous work, her new CD 'A Lazy Kind of Love' shows a newfound depth and character in her vocal approach and spotlights Sarah’tions. Sarah is accompanied by her exceptional regular trio of Simon Wallace piano, Mark Hodgson bass and Paul Robinson drums.


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    2009 Friday, 6 February 8.00, Ticket £14 - Mark Crooks

    Whether on clarinet or tenor saxophone Mark Crooks is sure to delight with his brilliance as indeed are the other members of this stellar quintet - Colin Oxley guitar, John Pearce piano, Dave Chamberlain bass and Matt Skelton drums. Mark’m, 'After You’ released in September 2008 to great acclaim and he has recently been invited to play both Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw programmes complete with orchestra at several prestigious venues.

    [Simon Thorpe was tonight's bassist, playing his socks off, and having a grand time doing it.]


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    2009 Friday, 13 February 8.00, Ticket £20 - Guy Barker and Ian Shaw

    Two of our best loved musicians, Guy Barker trumpet and Ian Shaw vocals and piano come together to go to the movies. This is a new show exploring popular and little known gems from Hollywood and beyond.


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    2009 Friday, 20 February 8.00, Ticket £14 - Mark Lockheart

    Mark Lockheart is one of the most distinctive and creative musicians on the current British music scene. As a saxophonist and composer his work often defies categorisation and crosses the boundaries of the jazz, new music and folk. Mark’ completed by Liam Noble piano, Dave Priseman trumpet, Jasper Holby bass and Dave Smith drums.

    [Chris Batchelor's trumpet help to make this great gig greater.]


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    2009 Friday, 27 February 8.00, Ticket £17 - Damon Brown Quintet featuring Steve Grossman

    Trumpeter Damon Brown brings an all star band of Steve Grossman saxophone, Robin Aspland piano, Mark Hodgson bass and Troy Miller drums to Kersey Mill. Steve Grossman’al career began in 1969 as Wayne Shorter’t in the Miles Davis jazz fusion band. From 1971-1973 he was in the Elvin Jones band, since then he has with great distinction led his own groups.

    [A blessed evening of superb music, with Sebastiaan de Krom on drums.]


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    2009 Friday, 6 March 8.00, Ticket £16 - Lillian Boutte - Sorry, sold out!

    Tonight will see the long awaited return of singer Lillian Boutte. When Lillian was named New Orleans Musical Ambassador in 1986 she was the second jazz legend in the city’ be accorded this honour - the first being none other than Louis Armstrong. Lillian continues to capture the hearts and ears of listeners from the Mississppi Delta to Bondi Beach performing her special brand of R&B, Jal. Lillian’m>Denny Ilett guitar, Tom Pilling piano, Andy Crowdy bass and Scott Hammond drums.


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    2009 Friday, 13 March 8.00, Ticket £13 - Joe Stilgoe

    Set to enchant audiences everywhere with his charm, wit and great talent as both vocalist and piano player Joe Stilgoe is also a songwriter of skill far beyond his years. His trio is completed by Chris Hill bass and Ben Reynolds drums. 'I Like This One' is Joe’his three CD deal with Candid Records - Highly recommended!!
    "Well, stone the crows, this Joseph is a clever kid". Sir Tim Rice
    "Joe's playing is so fluent it borders on virtuosity. Not since Oscar Peterson's halcyon days have I heard a young jazz piano player who could be compared to such a great artist in both technique and inspiration". Sir John Dankworth

    [In fact, Geoff Gascoyne was the bassist and John Bleese the drummer on this joyous gig.]


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    2009 Friday, 20 March 8.00, Ticket £15 - Marlene VerPlanck (GIG CANCELLED)

    On Monday (9/03/09) Marlene found out that her husband Billy had been taken ill, and she immediately flew home and cancelled the remainder of her tour. We all send her and Billy our wishes for a speedy recovery

    If you have purchased tickets for this gig, please call David Gasson on 01787 211865

    Marlene VerPlanck is a contemporary American singer who can stand comparison with the all time greats. Her voice is matched by a flawless technique, her choice of material is highly individual displaying impeccable taste and her accompaniment is always of the highest order. Robin Aspland piano, Paul Morgan bass, Mark Fletcher drums.


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    2009 Friday, 27 March 8.00, Ticket £14 - Gareth Williams Trio

    Pianist and multi instrumentalist Gareth Williams started his training as a doctor before switching to music full time. Gareth is probably best known to Fleece audiences as the brilliant pianist who accompanies award winning British jazz singer Claire Martin. Gareth has also played alongside Bud Shanks, James Moody, Dave Liebman, Tim Garland, Iain Bellamy and Tommy Smith. His trio is Laurence Cottle bass and drummer Ian Thomas fresh from a world tour with Eric Clapton.


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    2009 Friday, 3 April 8.00, Ticket £17 - Bobby Wellins

    The Scottish saxophonist Bobby Wellins rates this quartet, now together for five years, of Mark Edwards piano, Andrew Cleyndert double bass and Spike Wells drums, as his best ever. Bobby’ and instantly recognisable sound stands up against any tenor saxophonist in the world, living or dead. The quartet’apshot" is a live recording –piece coming from various venues and is a selection of contrasting tunes designed to illustrate the various moods and styles of the band’


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    2009 Friday, 10 April 8.00, Ticket £20 - Michael Garrick Big Band

    Pianist, prolific composer and national treasure Michael Garrick has been leading bands since the 50’tive in the jazz and poetry movement of the mid 60’e is leading the biggest band we have ever staged at Fleece Jazz – piece Big Band. It is the sheer weight of Michael Garrick’ to mention the amazing breadth which astonishes most. He is, without question, Britain’Duke Ellington.


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    2009 Friday, 17 April 8.00, Ticket £17 - Lea Delaria

    Over 25 years in the public eye with comedy specials, TV and film roles, Broadway shows and now with four releases on the Warner Jazz label, raconteuse, jazz vocalist and gay icon Lea Delaria is something very special. She is ably supported tonight by Janette Mason piano and Simon Little drums. Her latest release "The Live Smoke Sessions" is simply stunning.
    "Every inch a star" The New York Times
    "Talks like a coffee-grinder and sounds like a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and a Broadway Diva" The Guardian

    [Simon, of course, played amazing bass on this gig which will stand in the memory.]


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    2009 Friday, 24 April 8.00, Ticket £15 - The Alex Garnett and Leon Greening Quartet

    Alex Garnett's blistering playing has been exciting audiences all over Europe in the last few years. Alex often gets compared to Johnny Griffin and Sony Stitt. He names both these players as having been a big influence in his playing style.
    Pianist Leon Greening’ary solos inspired by the likes of Wynton Kelly and Bud Powell, keep audiences on the edge of their seats and mark him out at the age of only 31 as one of the finest pianists this country has produced. The Quartet is completed by Michael Janish bass and Luke Flowers drums - unmissable!

    Please note that this is a change from the published brochure.


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    2009 Friday, 1 May 8.00, Ticket £15 - Zoe Gilby

    Having grown up in the north-east of England in a household always bursting with jazz, (her father Mike Gilby was a professional jazz trumpeter and arranger for 40 years) it’that Zoe Gilby has established herself as one of the most stylish and distinctive young jazz vocalists on the scene. She is possessed of a mezzo-soprano voice with a wide vocal range, warm timbre and clear diction which she uses skillfully to unveil her various moods. Her band is Noel Dennis trumpet, Mark Williams guitar, Andy Champion bass and Richard Brown drums. Check out Zoe’"Now that I am Real".
    “e… a Bell” MBE


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    2009 Friday, 8 May 8.00, Ticket £15 - David Newton and Tim Kliphuis

    The timeless duo of violin and piano has been explored in-depth by the classical composers, but in jazz it is something of a novelty. Tim Kliphuis ranks amongst the world’iolinists and has inherited Stephane Grappelli’m>David Newton, seven times award–o great is a already a legend. Together they combine their talents for virtuoso and romantic improvisation to explore the full range on offer in the duo format. American Songbook hits, he Blues, Bossa Nova and Calypso, famous classics by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and even folk music, everything is possible in this celebration of the Art of Improvisation.
    "Ear-caressing" Sir John Dankworth


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    2009 Friday, 15 May 8.00, Ticket £16 - Snake Davis

    A virtuoso saxophonist Snake Davis has a passionate and bluesy approach in his playing. He is in constant demand from the biggest names in the business. Snake is accompanied by Paul Birchall Hammond Organ, Winston Blissett bass and Bryan Hargreaves drums. Check out Snake’test CD, "Talking Bird" which is destined to become a classic recording.
    "He doesn’" The Guardian "A virtuoso saxophonist" Daily Telegraph


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    2009 Friday, 22 May 8.00, Ticket £15 - John Law

    John Law is renowned as one of Europe’rovising pianists. Balance, poise and a sense of beauty define not just the sound of the piano but also the compositions. Drive, energy and virtuosity are the hall marks of the driven bass lines and singing tones of Sam Burgess and the world class drum phenomenon that is Asaf Sirkis.


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    2009 Friday, 29 May 8.00, Ticket £17 - Janet Siedel

    Janet Seidel is Australia’ of jazz singing. A world class performer not just at home, but also in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and most recently Japan where Janet is consistently voted in the Top 10 vocalists and her CDs top the jazz charts. Guitarist Chuck Morgan and Janet’m>David Seidel on double bass provide a supple and genuine acoustic cushion for Janet’als and jazzy piano work. Unmissable!


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    2009 Friday, 5 June 8.00, Ticket £15 - Robert Mitchell 3io

    Robert Mitchell 3io has its roots in its leader’ng band 𔃷ogether with bassist Tom Mason and drummer Richard Spaven they have been quietly developing a real signature in the traditional jazz piano format. Over the years the trio have honed its mix of influences (song, odd metre, freeform jazz, broken beat, hip-hop, folk) with older and more modern jazz/electronica/rock. The trio’e Greater Good" has just won the Best Jazz Album award at the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards 2009.


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    2009 Friday, 12 June 8.00, Ticket £17 - At Kersey Mill Sweet Chorus

    Formed by UK guitar legend John Etheridge as a personal tribute to his erstwhile bandleader and mentor, the great violinist Stephane Grappelli, with whom he toured world-wide for five years, Sweet Chorus have performed many concerts at home and abroad in the past decade. The band feature material by Grappelli himself, originals as well as some famous tunes from the Hot Club repertoire. John teams up once again for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Stephane Grappeli with Dave Kelbie rhythm guitar, foremost British jazz violinist Christian Garrick (now based in France) and bassist Andy Crowdy.

    [Providing the engine room of this joyous group was Jez Cook on rhythm guitar.]


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    2009 Friday, 19 June 8.00, Ticket £17 - At Kersey Mill Steve Waterman

    Steve Waterman is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both here and on the international scene. Steve brings with him the stellar line up of Alan Barnes alto sax / baritone sax / clarinet, Nick Weldon piano, Alec Dankworth bass and Clark Tracey drums. The Quintet feature the music of Gerry Mulligan with such classics as "Line for Lyons", "Walkin' Shoes", "Swinghouse", "Night Lights" and many others, all with new arrangements especially written by Steve for this Quintet. Do not miss this one!

    [Jill Cook sang a couple of vocals in the second set of this great gig.]


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    2009 Friday, 26 June 8.00, Ticket £17 - At Kersey Mill Tina May

    One of the brightest singing stars on the scene today, Tina May, cemented her Jazz Diva reputation by recording in New York classics of the American songbook with pianist Ray Bryant. The veteran accompanist of Ella, Billy and Betty Carter and a fan of Tina's since they first met in Paris in 1997 knows a good voice when he hears one! Accompanying Tina tonight are three stars in their own right - French piano maestro Patrick Villanueva, Pierre Maingourd bass and Winston Clifford drums.


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    2009 Friday, 3 July 8.00, Ticket £20 - Now at Stoke by Nayland Club Martin Taylor and Alison Burns

    Martin Taylor's inimitable style has seen him recognised as the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. His silky accessible tones are also often employed as a consummate accompanist when his formidable technique is harnessed behind the smoky bittersweet jazz singing par excellence of Alison Burns. This is sure to be a memorable debut gig at our new venue - Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Club.


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    2009 Friday, 10 July 8.00, Ticket £16 - Now at Stoke by Nayland Club Disassembler

    The name suggests a bone crunching thrash metal outfit, but British guitarist Trevor Warren's group is actually a warm horn dominated ensemble boasting some of the top pedigree improvisers in the country - Annie Whitehead trombone, Mark Lockheart saxophone, Dudley Phillips bass and Winston Clifford drums. Trevor's jazz, Indian and African music interests led him to composing rather than improvising, although his distressed post Hendrix guitar artfully blends rock sonics with a jazz sensibility. One of the premier contemporary jazz units in Britain, Disassembler were recently awarded Best Foreign Band at the Granada Jazz Festival 2009 in Spain. Check out the band's new CD 'Fear is the Mother of Violence'.


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    2009 Friday, 17 July 8.00, Ticket £15 - Now at Stoke by Nayland Club Chris Biscoe Quartet

    Chris Biscoe is a saxophonist virtuoso of great lyricism, passion, stamina and considerable versatility. He is steeped in the jazz tradition and his conception embraces everything from blues and gospel roots to free improvisation and jazz rock. Tonight the band enter the world of Eric Dolpy's remarkable musical universe. The excellent Tony Kofi adds a bluesy second alto saxophone while the rhythm section of Larry Bartley bass and Stu Butterfield drums swing freely.


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    2009 Friday, 24 July 8.00, Ticket £15 - Sara Colman

    2009 has seen the release of Sara Colman's latest album 'Ready' and it's a perfect example of a singer comfortable in her skin, confident in her instrument and experienced in the genre. Sarah has a genuine feel for the elasticity and playfulness of swing phrasing and a true improviser's ear. Her great band is Chris Taylor keyboards, Ben Markland bass and Carl Hemmingsly drums. A naturally soulful and emotional singer Sara invokes the range and vulnerability of singers like Rickie Lee Jones, Laura Nyro and Judy Tzuke.
    "She doesn't just make a lovely sound floating over the surface of melody and words; she takes up residence in the song" Peter Bacon


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    2009 Friday, 31 July 8.00, Ticket £17 - Christian Brewer - Renato D'Aiello Quintet featuring Andrea Pozza

    Fiery hard bop altoist Christian Brewer teams up with Italian tenorist Renato D'Aiello, a man often compared favourably to Hank Mobley and Dexter Gordon, for an evening of virtuosic bop classics to excite the soul. Add an all Italian band featuring the great pianist and composer Andrea Pozza and the brilliant bassist Nicola Muresu and super drummer Alessandro Minetto and we are in for something very special tonight.


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    2009 Friday, 7 August 8.00, Ticket £16 - Barb Jungr

    'Man In a Long Black Coat' features Barb Jungr celebrating the song writing of the legendary American songwriter Bob Dylan, along with Jenny Carr piano and Jessica Lauren organ and harmonica. Barb is renowned for her unique vocal style, approach to arrangements and interpretation of song. Her acclaimed releases for Linn Records and her live performances have brought her to the world stage and revealed her to be one of Europe's most exciting voices.


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    2009 Friday, 14 August 8.00, Ticket £16 - The New Couriers

    Originally formed as a tribute to The Couriers, the band co-led by Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes, The New Couriers are co-led by saxophonist Mornington Lockett and drummer Martin Drew. Also in their ranks are pianist Steve Melling, vibraphonist Jim Hart and bassist Paul Morgan. Here you have the perfect recipe for the high octane jazz that is this band's speciality. 'Brazilian Thoroughfare' is the title of the band's new five lengthy track album with compositions by Victor Feldman, Steve Melling and Arthur Schwartz. It's irresistible, no matter what your taste in jazz.

    [Robin Aspland played his butt off on piano for this stunning gig.]


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    2009 Friday, 21 August 8.00, Ticket £16 - Peter King

    It is always a pleasure to welcome back British jazz legend Peter King, the finest alto saxophone player that this country has ever produced. Peter continues to release album after album to much critical acclaim and to the delight of his many fans. Another perfect evening listening to the highest quality jazz is absolutely guaranteed! The other three members of this top drawer quartet are Steve Melling piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Martin Drew drums.


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    2009 Friday, 28 August 8.00, Ticket £15 - Jay Phelps Quintet

    Jay Phelps is a Vancouver born Canadian trumpet player formerly co-leader of hit jazz sensation Empirical. Still only twenty six he has toured the world extensively and performed with Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, George Benson, Hugh Masakela, Jazz Jamaica, Dennis Rollin's Badbone and Co to name but a few. He cites his main influences as being Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Fats Navarro and Miles Davis. The other members of this stunning Quintet are Shabaka Hutchings clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone, Jonathan Gee piano, Karl Abel Rashid bass and Gene Calderazzo drums. On no account miss out on this gig!


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    2009 Friday, 4 September 8.00, Ticket £17 - Michael Janisch US/UK Quintet

    Michael Janisch is one of the jazz world's prominent new talents on the acoustic and electric basses. He is a relentless musician in both creativity and his drive. Michael is a band leader who is known for his dedication to jazz in its purest form both past and present. He leads his stellar Quintet, a mix of leading US/UK musicians, Jason Palmer trumpet, Jim Hart vibraphone, Paul Booth saxophone and the amazing American, Clarence Penn on drums.
    "One of the UK's most exciting new improvisers with percussive, Mingus-like power" The Guardian


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    2009 Friday, 11 September 8.00, Ticket £17 - Mari Wilson's Threesome

    Actress and singer Mari Wilson arrived on the scene in the early eighties with her skyscraper beehive hairdo and bizarre sense of fashion. She soon had six hit singles and tours of Europe and America under her belt. Since those times she has rebuilt her career on the jazz circuit, where her voice commands great acclaim. Mari's fourth studio album is entitled 'Emotional Glamour' - it's Fab! Making up this swinging 'Threesome' are Adrian York piano and Matt Backer guitar.


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    2009 Friday, 18 September 8.00, Ticket £17 - Homage to Grappelli

    Homage to Grappelli is a sparkling swinging band featuring four of the world's top jazz musicians celebrating the late great jazz violinist Stephane Grapelli. This stellar band of Christian Garrick violin, John Horler piano, Alec Dankworth bass and Tom Hooper drums include in their repertoire toe tapping favourites such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Strike up the band, Ain't Misbehavin, Flamingo, Nuage and the Folks that live on the Hill amongst other favourites.


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    2009 Friday, 25 September 8.00, Ticket £15 - Organic Matters

    Organic Matters is a new organ trio featuring, 'The Paradise' B3 (named after its hometown of Paradise in northern California) which arrived in the UK in 2008. This 1956 Hammond B3 console was set up and fine tuned by the legendary Hammond tech Mr Bob Schleicher of EIS Oakland. The band members are Bill Mudge organist making his Fleece debut, Michael Hanson, Britain's best kept guitar secret and leading jazz drummer Clark Tracey.


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    2009 Friday, 2 October 8.00, Ticket £15 - Benn Clatworthy

    British born saxophonist Benn Clatworthy has been resident in Los Angeles California since 1980 but thankfully makes regular and very welcome trips to the UK. He brings with him the wonderful New York pianist Cecilia Coleman, (making her Fleece debut) together with Jeremy Brown bass and Gene Calderazzo drums for what is sure to be one cracking gig. A harder working or more unheralded player than Benn would be difficult to find. Check out Benn’called 'Luminessence'.
    "A Master Player" LA Weekly "Sublime" Jazz Times


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    2009 Friday, 9 October 8.00, Ticket £16 - Karen Lane

    Karen Lane, musician and songwriter, loves singing swinging jazz standards, as well as luscious Latin Bossa Nova and Samba soundscapes. Her accomplished band of Tom Cawley piano, Andy Hamil bass and Nic France drums groove through a range of styles that highlight Karen's intimate, evocative and sensual vocal range. 'Beautiful Love' her fourth and latest album has received rave reviews by numerous leading jazz critics.
    “d elegant singer" NME
    "A lovely singer - highly recommended" Michael Parkinson


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    2009 Friday, 16 October 8.00, Ticket £16 - David Newton Trio

    Multi-award winning pianist and composer David Newton brings Andy Cleyndert bass and Steve Brown drums to Stoke by Nayland for an evening showcasing one of the best piano trios around. David has worked with the very finest vocalists and instrumentalists in Europe. His music can be heard on many television productions especially in the USA where over twenty TV movies benefit from David’hemes.


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    2009 Friday, 23 October 8.00, Ticket £20 - Outhouse Ruhabi

    Outhouse Ruhabi is an exciting new ensemble that mixes the sound of contemporary jazz with the tribal West African groove of the Sabar drum. Beautifully stitching together two very different musical genres to create an inspiring and seamless blend of serrated jazz grooves and Wolof rhythms that are extremely entertaining. Highly regarded Gambian artists, Baboucar Camara, Biran Saine, Mambiran Saine, Kaw Secka and Laity Fye, all Sabar drum players, combine with Robin Fincker tenor saxophone and clarinet, Mark Hanslip tenor saxophone, Johnny Brierley double bass and band leader Dave Smith drums to create a sound that is truly unique and has united audiences and critics alike in their praise for this groundbreaking project.
    On no account miss this great gig!

    [On this very special night, Tom Challenger depped for Mark Hanslip.]


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    2009 Friday, 30 October 8.00, Ticket £17 - Roger Beaujolais

    British vibraphone player virtuoso Roger Beaujolais' glassy toned vibes playing is agile, fresh and inventive. He writes crisp idiomatic themes and chooses his material with great taste. Mark Lockheart saxophone, Robin Aspland piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Dave Ohm drums provide an extremely sophisticated backdrop for Roger's astonishing technique.


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    2009 Friday, 6 November 8.00, Ticket £18 - David Rees-Williams Trio

    The David Rees-Williams Trio brings something very special to the world of jazz and, like the Jacques Loussier Trio, base much of their music on classical composers, who were themselves great improvisers. They walk a tightrope between classical and jazz, reworking existing tunes to stunning effect. They are David Rees-Williams piano, Neil Francis bass and Phil Laslett drums. Those of you who have not seen this magical trio before are missing out big time!
    'The trio far outstrips anything achieved by Jacques Loussier or the Swingles. They are on another plane and deserve huge recognition' Jon Snow, Evening Standard


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    2009 Friday, 13 November 8.00, Ticket £0 - No Gig Tonight

    Just one week off in this excellent programme. Here is a picture of the club committee instead. No real compensation, I suppose, for missing a gig, but we do our best.


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    2009 Friday, 20 November 8.00, Ticket £16 - Basil Hodge Quintet

    Pianist and composer Basil Hodge released his debut CD entitled, 'My Guardian Angel' in late 2003. The band has evolved during the intervening years and Basil's follow up CD is called 'Sound Reasoning' on the Zeal record label and is highly recommended. Tony Kofi saxophone, Byron Wallen trumpet, Larry Bartley bass and Winston Clifford drums make this a truly stellar Quintet. Hard bop played with freshness and originality makes this one gig not to be missed!


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    2009 Friday, 27 November 8.00 and Saturday, 28 November 8.00, Ticket £20 - Sarah Jane Morris

    Unconventional and unorthodox, Sarah Jane Morris is a composer and vocalist who straddles the musical genres of rock, blues, jazz and soul with a massive four octave vocal range. Her career spans more than twenty five years, with nine solo albums, pop stardom on the continent and a set of diverse musical collaborations on record, film and stage and she continues to steer her career to greater heights. Her latest album is entitled, 'Where It Hurts' and is viewed by critics as probably her finest album yet. Kevin Armstrong guitar, Tim Cansfield guitar, Henry Thomas bass and Martyn Barker drums are her stellar band.


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    2009 Friday, 4 December 8.00, Ticket £16 - Zoe Rahman Trio

    Pianist and composer Zoe Rahman is one of our most distinctive contemporary jazz artists. With a fresh personal approach, her bold compositions draw ondiverse musical influences from classical, afro beat and blues. Zoe manages a difficult balancing act creating music that's rich and complex yet readily accessible. Oli Hayhurst bass and Gene Calderazzo drums complete her trio.
    Since she was last with us Zoe has released two fine CDs, 'Where Rivers Meet'- her follow up to her Mercury Music Prize nominated album 'Melting Pot' - and Zoe Rahman Trio 'Live'.


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    2009 Friday, 11 December 8.00, Ticket £17 - Paul Booth Quintet featuring Ingrid Jensen

    Paul Booth is one of the most exciting saxophonists and a very much "in demand" musician on the European scene today. Although a very prominent figure on the jazz scene, his versatility has seen him play in many musical genres stretching from River Dance to Eric Clapton. Band leader Maria Schneider has said of listening to Canadian trumpet player Ingrid Jensen: "I find myself mesmerized by sensuous lines and spellbound by the warmth of her tone ... She is quite simply one of the most compelling improvisers I know". The other members of this stellar sextet are Phil Peskett piano, Phil Robson guitar, Michael Janisch bass and Dave Smith drums.


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    2009 Saturday, 19 December 8.00, Ticket £21 - Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio

    Fresh from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London it's a very warm welcome back to Dennis Rollins - the man with the sexiest trombone in the business! Dennis, plus Bristol based Ross Stanley organ and Pedro Segundo drums - bring with them the finest repertoire of wicked, high energy groove based, funky dance music with jazz attitude and styling, together with an element of Dennis' trademark electronic stage craft, that you are likely to hear this side of the Atlantic.
    "Dennis Rollins does for the slide trombone what James Brown once did for singing" Jack Massarik, Evening Standard.


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    2009 Wednesday, 30 December 8.00, Ticket £17 - Alan Barnes Latin Quintet

    A stunning Latin Quintet to end our year featuring trumpeter Steve Waterman, John Donaldson piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Dave Barry drums. Alan Barnes is one of the most versatile reeds men working in the UK today and has contributed fine sections of work and blistering solos to all manner of bands and projects.


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    2010 Friday, 8 January 8.00, Ticket £15 - Protect The Beat

    This blistering funky jazz groove act are sure to get you back into the swing of things after the Christmas and New Year break. The band features high profile musicians, Derek Nash saxophones, Tim Cansfield guitar, Arden Hart keyboards and trumpet, Winston Blissett bass and Darby Todd drums. Definitely NOT dinner jazz!


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    2010 Friday, 15 January 8.00, Ticket £15 - Denny Ilett

    Denny Ilett has picked up the torch from guitar players such as Texan swing-blues maestro Duke Robillard with his playing authentically incorporating the feel of early jazz, swing and be-bop pioneers such as Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker. His expert manipulation of dynamics and tone however, is all his own. Denny is aided and abetted by Joe Stilgoe piano, Sam Lasserson bass and the wonderful Daisy Palmer drums.
    Denny’m as leader, 'Callin The Children Home' is out on the Nugene Record label and is highly recommended.


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    2010 Friday, 22 January 8.00, Ticket £16 - Janette Mason Trio

    Pianist, composer and band leader Janette Mason has been a seminal figure on the British jazz scene for the past fifteen years. You may have heard her on many albums from Ian Shaw to Robert Wyatt, or live in concert with Oasis and Jimmy Somerville. Janette also writes theme tunes for television and soundtracks to movies. Her latest album is called 'Alien Left Hand Syndrome' and features six original compositions and two covers which highlight her wild imagination and polished piano skills at their best. Completing this sparkling trio are Dudley Phillips electric and acoustic bass and Simon Lee drums.
    "A band leader of pugnacious flair and genuine unpredictability." The Guardian


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    2010 Friday, 29 January 8.00, Ticket £17 - Nina Ferro

    Nina Ferro is a multi award winning vocalist and songwriter whose warm sensuous voice, impeccable timing and stunning vocal range have done much to establish her enviable international reputation. Her energy and feeling for the music is fresh and infectious. Her stellar band are Grant Windsor piano, Femi Temowo guitar, Simon Little bass and Martyn Kaine drums. On no account should you miss out on hearing this wonderful singer!
    "A fabulous performer with a knockout voice." Tony Bennett
    "What an amazing voice, a standout performance." Hugh Jackman


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    2010 Friday, 5 February 8.00, Ticket £12 - Dylan Howe & Will - The Stravinsky Duo

    This is a new collaboration from acclaimed drummer Dylan Howe and the brilliant young piano prodigy Will Butterworth who is already being compared to Brad Mehldau and Keith Jarrett. They have specially arranged and adapted two of Stravinsky’rated works, 'The Rite of Spring' and 'The Firebird' suite, resulting in a melange of classical melody, mood and structure with jazz improvisation, sensibility and language. This will be a superb and memorable gig. Look out for the album!


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    2010 Friday, 12 February 8.00, Ticket £17 - Geoff Gascoyne𔃽>

    After six years playing and recording with Jamie Cullum, acclaimed composer, arranger and bass player Geoff Gascoyne returns with a new CD and a new quartet, POP BOP. The band featuring Geoff Gascoyne acoustic and electric bass, Jim Mullen guitar, Graeme Blevins alto and soprano saxophone and ex Jamie Cullum drummer Sebastiaan de Krom. The band play hip new arrangements of some favourite pop songs from the last thirty years –heir new CD entitled POP BOP.


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    2010 Friday, 19 February 8.00, Ticket £17 - Alan Skidmore Quartet

    British jazz legend, saxophonist Alan Skidmore goes a considerable way to recreating the atmosphere of a John Coltrane gig. Here is a man for all seasons, a player with immense physical and imaginative stamina, who is at home in any context, from tight structures to total abstraction, and with any tempo, from breakneck to slow. With Steve Melling piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and drummmer supreme Tony Levin.


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    2010 Friday, 26 February 8.00, Ticket £15 - Bryan Corbett Quartet

    Birmingham based Bryan Corbett is one of the UK’umpet players. He brings with him the excellent pianist Levi French and the solid empathetic rhythm section of Ben Markland bass and Neil Bullock drums. The quartet are influenced by the classic Blue Note albums of the 50󈧕Bryan taking particular inspiration from his trumpet idol Freddie Hubbard. However this is no mere recycling of the past. This band is a distinctly contemporary outfit playing music with energy, vitality, soul and tremendous technical ability. Do not miss out seeing this tremendous quartet, who are up there with the very best!

    [It was Chris on bass, and his percussive and legato playing was great. I will find out what his last name is.]


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    2010 Friday, 5 March 8.00, Ticket £14 - Judy Lewis

    Judy Lewis is a world class artist who at the age of seventeen was a nationally recognised classical pianist in the USA. Today she is known internationally as a unique performer and composer of contemporary jazz who has six critically acclaimed albums on the market and the hottest jazz fusion band of Dave Marks bass and Motti Cohen drums, this all adds up to one sensational gig!
    "She has established herself as a star attraction on the international jazz circuit" Chris Parker


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    2010 Friday, 12 March 8.00, Ticket £17 - Nicolas Meier

    Multi award winning Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier’edge of the guitar allows him to play jazz, latin, oriental, rock and heavy metal, but expect to hear strong Turkish and Middle Eastern influences together with flamenco. Nicolas's band features Mark Lockheart saxophone, Pat Bettison bass and harmonica and Asaf Sirkis drums.
    The new album is called 'Journey' and is highly recomended.


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    2010 Friday, 19 March 8.00, Ticket £16 - Tommaso Starace

    Saxophonist Tommaso Starace writes tunes with a strong component exploring traditional and more contemporary harmony and always maintaining the sense of swing and groove. His repertoire ranges from his own compositions to modern interpretations of standards. Tommaso’r black and white photography, painting and cinema are a continual inspiration to his writing and music. Frank Harrison piano, Will Collier bass and Chris Nickolls drums complete his stellar band.


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    2010 Friday, 26 March 8.00, Ticket £15 - Daryl Sherman

    A sparkling mainstay of Manhattan nightlife, Daryl Sherman has been a fixture playing and singing for savvy New Yorkers and international visitors at the Waldorf Astoria's famed Cole Porter Steinway. Her swinging approach is sprinkled with anecdotes, instrumental solos and creative vocal interpretations from the Great American Songbook. Her many recordings have received critical praise and international airplay. Daryl’ording is 'Johnny Mercer, A Centennial Tribute'. She is accompanied by Dave Cliff guitar and Dave Green bass.
    "Effervescent and madly talented" Rex Reed, New York Observer
    "A first rate singer / musician" Artie Shaw


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    2010 Friday, 2 April 8.00, Ticket £20 - Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood

    Singer Jacqui Dankworth and the Memphis based Hammond organ virtuoso / pianist and vocalist Charlie Wood team up in a new project celebrating great jazz duets including Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. This is also a particular celebration of the seminal 1961 Ray Charles / Betty Carter album "Dedicated To You".


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    2010 Friday, 9 April 8.00, Ticket £16 - Theo Travis - Double Talk

    Double Talk is the project of London based saxophonist Theo Travis. Melody based, the music is bluesy, atmospheric, incorporates improvised multi-layers of flute and saxophone and is influenced by the late 60’ychadelia. The band features the soulful organ of Pete Whitakker, the soaring guitar of Mike Outram and the subtle drums of Roy Dodds, a master of light and shade.


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    2010 Friday, 16 April 8.00, Ticket £16 - Josephine Davies Quintet

    One of the top rising female stars of the saxophone Josephine Davies is making her Fleece debut with her stellar band of Ross Stanley piano, Robbie Robson trumpet, Dave Whitford bass and Nick Smalley drums. Winner of the 1999 Perrier Young Jazz Award, Josephine is a regular member of various groups including the all female trio "The Toot Sweet Horn Section". Her influences are Chris Potter, Brad Mehldau, Walt Weiskopf and John Coltrane. Look out for the super new album entitled "The Brink".


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    2010 Friday, 23 April 8.00, Ticket £15 - Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet

    Creativity is at the core of guitarist Jonathan Bratoeff's quest to produce music which is emotionally and intellectually rewarding in equal terms. The key ingredients are simple with powerful melodies, energetic and vibrant rhythms, rich colourful textures and a mixture of traditional jazz blended with other musical idioms including African, Rock and Latin music. The band consists of Mark Hanslip saxophone, Tom Mason bass and James Maddren drums. We can look forward to an evening of truly contemporary jazz with strong emphasis on melody and energy –
    "Imaginative 21st –z" John Fordham, The Guardian


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    2010 Friday, 30 April 8.00, Ticket £17 - Simon Spillett and Vic Ash

    This is a new collaboration from award winning saxophonist Simon Spillett and multi-award winner British jazz legend clarinettist and saxophonist Vic Ash who has worked with the great popular musicians and entertainers - Frank Sinatra used to call him Vic Sax, such was the high esteem in which he was held. Vic has been at the centre of modern jazz in Britain right up to the present day where he is as busy as ever with his own group and the BBC Big Band. With John Critchinson piano, Alec Dankworth bass and Martin Drew drums this promises to be a very special night!


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    2010 Friday, 7 May 8.00, Ticket £17 - Damon Brown and Steve Grossman

    Top British trumpeter Damon Brown, brings his all star band featuring Steve Grossman saxophone, Robin Aspland piano, Mark Hodgson bass and Troy Miller drums to Stoke. American saxophone legend Steve Grossman's professional career began in 1969 as Wayne Shorter's replacement in the Miles Davis jazz fusion band. From 1971-73 he was in the Elvin Jones band, since then he has with great distinction led his own groups.


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    2010 Friday, 14 May 8.00, Ticket £19 - Clark Tracey Sextet

    Drummer and band leader Clark Tracey has a keen ear for fresh talent and the ability to nurture it in his consistently high quality outfits. The new band has a sparkling line up that sounds fresh, cohesive and returns with an excellent set of compositions that steer a judicious course between classic hard bop and post bop territory. The new album "Current Climate" features tonight’ Kit Downes piano, Piers Green saxophones, Paul Jordanous trumpet, Lewis Wright vibes and Ryan Trebilcock bass. For three of the band players it is also their recording debut, not that you could tell.
    "Current Climate is a very attractive album…fine composer" Jazz Wise Magazine


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    2010 Friday, 21 May 8.00, Ticket £16 - Georgia Mancio

    Award winning jazz vocalist Georgia Mancio returns to Fleece Jazz with her band of John Pearce piano, Steve Watts bass and Dave Ohm drums. In less than a decade of professional work she has established herself as one of the UK’tant new artists. Georgia’latest album "Silhouette" (Roomspin Records) has elements from her much acclaimed 2008 release "Trapeze". The new album contains original compositions jazz standards and songs by Antonio Jobim, Tom Waits and an improved lyric to Pat Metheny’uestion And Answers".
    "taste, originality and understated eloquence" The Observer
    "Marvel at the way Mancio’rasp never fails her in such a variety of groove and swing. She is, without question, the real thing" Jazz UK


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    2010 Friday, 28 May 8.00, Ticket £16 - Peter King Quartet

    In a career spanning five decades of musical accomplishment, Peter King, long considered one of the world’lto saxophonist returns to Fleece Jazz with his stellar band of Steve Melling piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Martin Drew drums. Peter is a prolific composer / arranger working in both the jazz and classical traditions. He has toured and played all over the world. His biography is expected in 2010.
    "I hear both Trane and Bird in his playing, but he is better than either of them." Gene Lees
    "Peter King is one of the best musicians in the world. Lalo Schifrin


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    2010 Friday, 4 June 8.00, Ticket £16 - Mônlos - HIH

    Although based in London vocalist, composer and band leader Mônlos remains deeply rooted in the Brazil she loves and which inspires so much of her song writing. Her voice is pure, strong and flexible. Monica’ntred on the versatile keyboards of Steve Lodder, the muscular but sensitive bass playing of Dudley Phillips and the intelligently judged percussion of Adriano Adewale. Her latest album "HIH" should not only delight existing admirers but attract new ones to her wonderful music – this one on any account!


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    2010 Friday, 11 June 8.00, Ticket £20 - Kyle Eastwood Quintet

    A rare chance to catch in an intimate setting award winning bassist, composer and band leader Kyle Eastwood making his Fleece debut. The eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood, Kyle is a formidable bassist and composer. His film credits include Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino and Invictus. Kyle’z CD was recorded in Paris - it is called "Metropolitain" and was released in June 2009. The album captured the attention of the jazz world with its forward thinking style and gathering of some of the cream of today’ians. His band is Andrew McCormack piano, Graeme Blevins saxophone, Graeme Flowers trumpet and Martyn Kaine drums.
    "My roots remain in jazz but I like adding all kinds of different flavours" Kyle says.
    "very sharp work. There’ Kyle has imagination and skill" The Observer
    “contemplative and highly listenable”ndard

    [Richard Beasley played excellent tenor saxophone on this gig.]


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    2010 Friday, 18 June 8.00, Ticket £16 - Jim Hart Gemini

    Gemini features some of the best and most sought after young musicians on the British jazz scene multi instrumentalist Jim Hart is rapidly establishing himself as one of the top vibes players in jazz, Ivo Neame supreme alto saxophone, Danish bassist Jasper Holby and drummer Dave Smith comprise this sparkling band. No dithering is allowed as the four musicians get straight into propulsive intricacy which dominates Gemini’#8217ound, but without clutter, as Jim Hart's compositions swing with thoughtfulness. This is very engaging contemporary post bop at its best. We highly recommend the band’itled "Narrada".


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    2010 Friday, 25 June 8.00, Ticket £19 - Trevor Watkis Quintet

    The younger brother of singer Cleveland, pianist and composer Trevor Watkis is making waves on the UK and International jazz scene as a composer and performer. Trevor writes music that has a strong melody, a variety of textures, simple yet challenging at the same time and is not too 'far out'. He has a strong presence live as a virtuoso performer and together with his stellar band of Nathaniel Facey alto and soprano saxophones, Anthony Kerr vibes, Dave Chamberlyne bass and Winston Clifford drums makes this gig one very memorable evening!
    "no - nonsense contemporary jazz by a British pianist-composer of unusual warmth touch and taste. Trevor Watkis is under rated in London but not New York." Jack Massarik Jazz CD of the week Evening Standard


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    2010 Friday, 2 July 8.00, Ticket £20 - Stan Tracey Quartet

    With a distinguished career spanning six decades of flourishing creativity, pianist and composer Stan Tracey (the Godfather of British Jazz) has been a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he has worked. Stan’ piano playing combines the percussive melody of Thelonious Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington in a highly idiosyncratic style. A master of harmony, he possesses a potent and compelling improviser's intellect. Completing this unmissable quartet are Simon Allen saxophone, Andy Cleyndert bass and Clark Tracey drums.


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    2010 Friday, 9 July 8.00, Ticket £15 - Barb Jungr

    In collaboration with composer and pianist Simon Wallace, singer Barb Jungr reveals herself to be a peerless interpreter of popular song. On her new CD, "The Men I Love", Barb sings the New American Songbook, great songs that bear re-interpretation from the great writers who emerged post-rock n' roll and everyone that followed - Springsteen, Cohen, Dylan, Diamond, Bryne and Eno. As she says, "This has taken longer to make than anything I’re, in large part because I wanted to get as close as possible to the spirit of the live performance but still make a record in the traditional sense".


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    2010 Friday, 16 July 8.00, Ticket £15 - Snake Davis

    A saxophonist's saxophonist, Snake Davis is a virtuoso player with a passionate and bluesy approach. He is in constant demand from the very biggest names in the business. Snake has a unique style of playing that has been influenced by his love of Northern Soul music, King Curtis, Junior Walker and Michael Brecker. A melange of these styles with a good pinch of soul music gets close to the Snake Davis sound. Paul Birchall keyboards, Neil Fairclough bass and Bryan Hargreaves drums make up this fabulous band.


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    2010 Friday, 23 July 8.00, Ticket £15 - Esther Miller

    South African born Esther Miller’nues to rise. She is a jazz singer of the classical school possessing an outstanding technique with sensitive interpretation and her eclectic repertoire will delight. Esther takes her inspiration from Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Shirley Horn and Blossom Dearie as well as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Her latest album, "Into the Sunlight", is a collaboration with pianist / composer Steve Melling, who has worked very closely with Esther over the past ten months and is with her tonight, as is Steve Waterman trumpet, Zoltan Dekany bass and John Perry drums.
    "Voice, style and presence –all. A great talent." - Humphrey Lyttelton.

    [Dave Chamberlain was the excellent bassist on this lovely gig.]


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    2010 Friday, 30 July 8.00, Ticket £15 - Jon Lloyd Quintet

    Five great musicians, all at the very top of their game. Soprano saxophonist and composer Jon Lloyd and John Law piano, lead, with Rob Palmer guitar, Rodney Teague bass and Asaf Sirkis drums completing this wonderful quintet. The music visits many different territories, from ECM to post bop, free jazz to modal minimalism!
    "Ambitious and virtuosic… one of the most striking writers at the sharp end of British jazz and improvisation" - John Fordham, The Guardian.


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    2010 Friday, 6 August 8.00, Ticket £17 - Liane Carroll

    Multi-award winning pianist/singer Liane Carroll makes a welcome return to Fleece Jazz accompanied by Roger Carey electric bass and Mark Fletcher drums. Liane has a remarkable vocal delivery, both powerful and soulful.
    "Swinging like hell one minute, brutally expressive and heart breakingly tender the next…liant." - Time Out.


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    2010 Friday, 13 August 8.00, Ticket £15 - Dylan Howe Band

    The ubiquitous and ever popular Blockheads drummer Dylan Howe brings another swinging band to The Fleece for an evening that promises much and will deliver more! Steve Fishwick trumpet, Ross Stanly piano and Oli Hayhurst bass complete this exciting quartet.


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    2010 Friday, 20 August 8.00, Ticket £16 - Matt Wates Sextet

    Described by Duncan Lamont as, "The most swinging alto player on either side of the Atlantic", Berklee College music graduate Matt Wates is a truly remarkable British musician, a performer of boundless ability who performs in the classic be-bop style. This is a sextet with a big band sound boasting a three horn frontline with Martin Shaw, trumpet, Steve Main saxophone, Leon Greening piano, Malcolm Creese bass and Matt Home drums.

    [Les Sirkel sat in on drums. He did wonders with the complex charts, and played a quiet storm.]


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    2010 Friday, 27 August 8.00, Ticket £15 - Drugstore Cowboy Quartet - featuring Brandon Allen & Quen/h3>

    With a name taken from a film, this new and exciting Hammond groove driven group co-led by the fiery Australian tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen and hard bop trumpeter Quentin Collins, is making waves on the current jazz scene. The other members of this superb quartet are Hammond Organ supremo Ross Stanley and super drummer Enzo Zirilli. The Drugstore Cowboys play their own diverse originals plus classic tunes from the late 50s to 60s.


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    2010 Friday, 3 September 8.00, Ticket £14 - Lush Life –oger Beaujolais & B J p> Roger Beaujolais and the legendary B J Cole, maestros of the vibraphone and pedal steel guitar respectively, have crafted a unique and intoxicating blend of their exotic sounds, woven together with the exquisite double bass of Simon Thorpe. Together they are Lush Life and their new CD with the same title is a must buy!


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    2010 Friday, 10 September 8.00, Ticket £15 - John Law Trio

    John Law is renowned as one of Europe’rovising pianists. A prize winning classical prodigy he was playing at four and composing at eight having made his first public appearance at six. Balance, poise and a sense of beauty define not just the sound of the piano but also the compositions. Drive, energy and virtuosity are all hallmarks of the driven bass lines and singing tones of Sam Burgess and the world-class drum phenomenon that is Asaf Sirkis.

    [Our bassist was the international star, Uri Golobev. What a delight! We also had interval entertainment from our Los Vegas visitor, Dana Franks.]


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    2010 Friday, 17 September 8.00, Ticket £14 - Michael Hanson and David Newton

    Two firm Fleece favourites! Michael Hanson is an entirely self-taught guitarist who has been playing professionally for over thirty years. He has developed a highly distinctive style, absorbing elements of swing, be bop, fusion and Latin to brilliant effect with his early blues style. Pianist David Newton is an outstanding talent. His wide-ranging experience has ensured that he is at home in any musical setting.


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    2010 Friday, 24 September 8.00, Ticket £16 - Renato D'Aellio / Paola Arnesano

    An all Italian superstar quintet, led by tenor saxophonist Renato D'Aellio and featuring the award-winning vocalist Paola Arnesano. Renato’ intense, but at the same time warm and poignant. He showcases one of the most attractive and affecting tenor saxophonist sounds in contemporary jazz. Paola was the winner of the Italian Jazz Awards "Luca Flores" 2009 as the Best Jazz Singer in Italy!! She is mainly attracted and influenced by the cool jazz singers of the fifties. Bruno Montrone piano, Dario Di Lecce bass and Fabio Delle Foglie drums complete this stellar band. Not to be missed on any account!


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    2011 7 January, £22 - Michael Garrick Big Band

    Leading bands since the 1950s and prominent in the mid 1960s jazz and poetry movement, world famous Michael Garrick is one of the giants of British jazz. Pianist, prolific composer and national treasure, Michael returns with the biggest band Fleece Jazz has ever staged – piece Michael Garrick Big Band. Without question, Michael is Britain’Duke Ellington.

    Early booking is recommended and an excellent interval buffet will be available.


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    2011 14 January, £16 - Victoria Newton.

    With Victoria Newton vocals, Tim Lapthorne piano, Tim Dawes bass and Mike Bradley drums.

    Victoria has delighted international audiences with her combination of energy, spontaneity and musicianship. She is simply one of the best latin/jazz vocalists around with a rich sensual voice and powerful charismatic stage presence.


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    2011 21 January, £20 - The Instant Message Quintet

    With Phil Robson guitar, Mark Turner saxophone, Gareth Lockrane flute, Michael Janisch bass and Ernesto Simpson drums.

    A brand new all-star band, which plays original music especially written by guitarist Phil Robson. Themed around communication, ancient and modern and showcasing the talents of one of the finest saxophonists in the world today.


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    2011 28 January, £19 - Milestones

    With Terry Seabrook piano, Graeme Flowers trumpet, Alan Barnes alto and baritone saxophones, Ian Price tenor saxophone Paul Whitten bass and Spike Wells drums.

    Milestones are a new six piece jazz group formed in 2010 to celebrate the music of trumpeter Miles Davis. In addition to performing the five tracks from Kind of Blue, Terry has written new arrangements of other songs associated with Miles.


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    2011 4 February, £14 - Asaf Sirkis Trio

    With Asaf Sirkis drums, Tassos Spiliotopoulos guitar and Yaron Stavi bass.

    Asaf Sirkis is not only one of the world’ummers, but also a composer of rigour, wit and surprising delicacy, as amply demonstrated on the trio’tting Go".

    “y creative”m, The Guardian


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    2011 11 February, £14 - Buddy Bolden Blew It Project

    With Steve Waterman trumpet flugelhorn and cornet, Anthony Kerr vibraphone and Alec Dankworth double bass.

    This is a history of the jazz trumpet told through the compositions of great jazz trumpet players such as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Roy Eldridge, Clifford Brown Kenny Wheeler and many more.


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    2011 18 February, £16 - Moscow Drug Club Quintet

    With Katya Gorrie vocals , Denny Illett guitar, Dave Archer guitar, John Pearce violin and Andy Crowdy bass.

    Elements of 1930s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, New Orleans Funeral Parade, and Gypsy Campfire, originals and classics all combine to provide an intoxicating and intimate musical experience.


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    2011 25 February, £16 - Steve Fishwick + Osian Roberts Quintet

    With Osian Roberts tenor saxophone, Steve Fishwick trumpet and flugelhorn, Mike Gorman piano, Jeremy Brown bass and Matt Fishwick drums. The quintet play mainly original music together with some standards, the emphasis being on swinging improvisation with a 50s/60s 'hard bop' sensibility.


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    2011 27 February, £25 - Fleece Jazz Benefit Day

    Many jazz clubs have struggled during the recession and some have had to close. Fleece Jazz are determined not to go the same way - so are staging a fund-raising day to secure the future of this wonderful club.

    We hope for the support of very best names in Jazz. Confirmed so far are Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes. Tickets will be half price for anyone attending 2 Fleece Jazz gigs in January or February.

    Make a note of the date and look out for more details nearer the day.


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    2011 4 March, £14 - Dylan Howe Quartet

    With Dylan Howe drums, Tim Thornton bass, Brandon Allen tenor saxophone and Ross Stanley piano and synths.

    Drum-led modern jazz playing compositions by John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and David Bowie’ums and beyond.


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    2011 11 March, £17 - Trevor Warren’er

    With Trevor Warren guitar, Annie Whitehead trombone, Mark Lockheart saxophone, Dudley Phillips bass and Winston Clifford drums.

    A warm, horn-dominated ensemble which boasts some of the top improvisers in the country. Trevor's jazz and world music interests led him to composing rather than improvising and his distressed, post-Hendrix, guitar artfully blends rock sonics with a jazz sensibility. This is one of the premier contemporary jazz units in the country.


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    2011 19 March, £16 - Tomasso Starace Quartet

    With Tommaso Starace saxophone, Frank Harrison piano, Laurence Cottle bass and Chris Nickolls drums.

    Tomasso writes tunes with a strong content which explore traditional and more contemporary harmony and always maintain the sense of swing and groove. His repertoire includes his own compositions and modern interpretations of standards. Look out for the sensational new CD "Blood and Champagne".


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    2011 25 March, £17 - Mari Wilson and Ian Shaw

    With Mari Wilson vocals and Ian Shaw vocals and piano.

    Actress and singer Mari Wilson arrived on the scene in the early eighties with her skyscraper beehive hairdo and bizarre sense of fashion. She soon had six hit singles and tours of Europe and America under her belt. Since then she has established her career on the jazz circuit, where her voice commands great acclaim.

    Ian Shaw is one of the finest improvising jazz singers in the world today, and a great standup comedian to go with it. We are lucky that he was able to take over at such short notice from Adrian York (who we wish to have a quick recovery).


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    2011 1 April, £14 - Phronesis

    With Jasper Hoiby bass, Ivo Neame piano and Anton Eger drums.

    Phronesis have the ability to excite, inspire and move people in a way that few bands are able. They have developed a fierce reputation as one of the most formidable trios in the UK. Hoiby’ns are anchored on powerful, melodic and hypnotic bass grooves.


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    2011 8 April, £12 - Tim Richards Trio

    With Tim Richards piano, Dominic Howles bass and Jeff Lardner drums.

    Pianist and composer Tim Richards was established on the UK scene in the early 80s with his bands Spirit Level and the nine piece, Great Spirit. The trio have appeared frequently over the years at many venues and festivals, delighting audiences from Istanbul to Inverness.

    [Tim's great friend Frank Sebastian played tenor on two numbers - very exciting work.]


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    2011 15 April, £14 - The Minimum Trio

    With Damon Brown trumpet, Laia Porta vocals and Francesc Capella piano.

    The trio have an intimate and original take on the standard repertoire and original compositions that draw on jazz, soul and Brazilian rhythms. This is music with minimum pretence, but one charged with emotion.

    [A trio became a quartet in the second half with the bassist Manuel Alvarez complementing this great band.]


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    2011 22 April, £18 - Outhouse + Hilmer Jensson

    With Robin Fincker tenor saxophone and clarinet, Tom Challenger tenor saxophone, Johnny Brierley bass, Dave Smith drums and Hilmer Jensson guitar.

    A super charged group featuring a frenetic twin saxophone attack, fuelled by a thundering rhythm section. Outhouse is one of the most exciting bands to have emerged from London’ctive. Tonight’est will be rock edged, Icelandic guitar wizard, Hilmer Jensson.


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    2011 29 April, £20 - Tina May

    With Tina May vocals, Nikki Iles piano, Mark Hodgson bass and Stephen Keogh drums.

    One of the brightest jazz singing stars on the scene today, Tina cemented her jazz diva reputation by recording, in New York, classics of the American songbook with pianist Ray Bryant. Ray, former accompanist of Ella, Billie and Betty Carter, is a great fan of Tina’D "I Never Told You", must rank among her very best.
    In the second half, the quartet was joined with Roger Neumann, a fine West Coast tenorist and band leader.


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    2011 6 May, £16 - Tony Kofi

    With Tony Kofi tenor sax, David Chamberlain bass and Rod Youngs drums.
    Anyone who heard Tony Kofi perform the complete works of Thelonius Monk in the course of one day (London Jazz Festival 2007 ) knows what a dedicated, impressive, solid, passionate yet controlled player he is whether playing Monk or his own exciting compositions.


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    2011 13 May, £18 - Spike Heatley

    With Spike Heatley bass, Alan Barnes sax, Andy Williams guitar and Mal Mortimore drums.
    Spike Heatley's legendary career spans seven decades and every great jazz musician from Barney Kessel to Martin Taylor, the man who got Spike to drop his golf clubs, pick up his bass, drag himself away from France and start touring again and ten years later, thankfully, he's still at it!


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    2011 20 May, £14 - Kelly Dickson

    With Kelly Dickson vocals, Werner Kristiansen guitar, Tom Mason bass and Pat Illingworth drums.
    Kelly's voice has been described by Jamie Cullum as "A highly individual, mature with a very subtle power that creeps up on you" Her Fleece debut is eagerly awaited.


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    2011 27 May, £15 - Nicolas Meier Trio

    With Nicolas Meier guitar, Paolo Minervini bass and Demi Garcia percussion.
    Swiss born London based guitarist Nicolas Meier is a versatile musician whose primary influence is music of the Middle East. This will be an evening of exotic and exciting jazz.


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    2011 3 June, £16 - Gabriel Garrick’ Quintet

    With Gabriel Garrick trumpet, Michael Garrick piano, Sam Walker tenor sax, Matt Ridley bass and Chris Nicholls drums.
    Born into a musical family and gigging from an early age Gabriel graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1995 since when he has worked with everybody from John Dankworth to King Candy and The Sugar Push! He is also a passionate educator and we should learn something tonight!


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    2011 10 June, £15 - Richard Fairhurst's Triptych Amusia

    With Richard Fairhurst piano, Riaan Vosloo bass and Tim Giles drums.
    Award winning pianist Richard Fairhurst is a powerful keyboard virtuoso and as sophisticated a composer as he is a player. A hint of Bill Evans.


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    2011 17 June, £16 - Neon Quartet

    With Stan Sulzman sax, Jim Hart vibes, Kit Downes piano and Tim Giles drums.
    Stan Sulzman is a seasoned veteran of second generation British Modern jazz who has played with such luminaries as Gordon Beck, John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler. The lyricism and dream weaving of all the members of this wonderful Neon Quartet is sure to captivate.


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    2011 24 June, £15 - Trish Clowes

    With Trish Clowes sax, Huw White piano, Chris Montague guitar, Heidi Parsons clarinet, Calum Gourlay bass and James Maddren drums.
    "Clowes has a warm and sensuous sound, reflective at times of Stan Getz and Bobby Wellins ... Clowes promise and ambitious vision is palpable" John Fordham.
    She has a bright future.

    [It was an exciting gig, not least for the sound man. The bassist was the excellent Ian Trevelcock. Heidi Parsons plays cello, not clarinet. There was no guitarist, but the wonderful Lewis Wright played vibes.]


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    2011 1 July, £16 - Kate Williams

    With Kate Williams piano, Bobby Wellins sax, Steve Watts bass and Tristan Maillot drums.
    Jazz pianist and composer Kate Williams was born into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams) She has released four albums to critical acclaim, the trio CD "Scenes and Dreams" (2005) was rated in the top ten that year. Kate has performed with many of the UK's leading musicians including John Etheridge, Julian Siegal and Tim Whitehead.


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    2011 8 July, £16 - Sam Crockatt Quartet

    With Sam Crockatt tenor sax, Kit Downes piano, Oli Hayhurst bass and Ben Reynolds drums.
    Sam Crockatt has rapidly built a reputation as a hugely talented musician and has worked with many others including Peter King, Stan Sulzman and Jim Hart. A founding member of the London based Loop Collective from which three other associates complete tonight's band.

    [We had two fine players return to us: John Scott on drums and Johnie Bryley on bass.]


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    2011 15 July, £16 - Zoë Gilby Quintet

    With Zoë Gilby vocals, Noel Dennis trumpet, Mark Williams guitar, Andy Champion bass and Richard Brown drums.
    Fleece Jazz welcomes an exciting newcomer. Zoë has a voice with a wide range, a warm timbre and clear diction and her lively personality comes across on every number. Her sparkling debut CD "Now That I am Real" has been widely praised.
    "Modern, mature, swings like a bell" - Carol Kidd MBE.


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    2011 22 July, £14 - Will Butterworth Trio

    With Will Butterworth piano, Hernrik Jensen bass and Pete Ibbetson drums.
    This creative and prodigiously talented modern jazz pianist is sure to give us a stunning evening of brilliant music as he mixes standards and originals to great effect.


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    2011 29 July, £14 - Paul Booth

    With Paul Booth sax, Ross Stanley organ and Andrew Bain drums
    One of the most exciting and "in demand" players on the European scene. Paul Booth's remarkable career, accepted at The Royal Academy at 15 , awards a plenty, is well documented and his previous Fleece appearance is the stuff of legend! Check your holiday dates and change them if necessary!


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    2011 5 August, £16 - Allison Neale Quartet

    With Allison Neale sax and flute, Leon Greening piano, Steve Brown drums and Julian Bury bass.
    Alison Neale is a skilful multi-instrumentalist equally at home on saxophone or flute. Her early influences were Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with who she still has a particular affinity.


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    2011 12 August, £18 - Simon Spillett and Alan Skidmore

    With Simon Spillett sax, Alan Skidmore sax, John Critchinson piano, Alec Dankworth bass and Trevor Tomkins drums.
    One of the most dynamic tenor saxophonists on the scene, Simon's driving and energised style has often been favourably compared with his idol, the late great Tubby Hayes. Disciple of John Coltrane, son of Jimmy, Alan Skidmore began his career at 16 and we have enjoyed 50 years of his eloquent and lyrical playing.


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    2011 19 August, £15 - Georgia Mancio

    With Georgia Mancio vocals, Nigel Price guitar and Julie Walkington bass.
    In just over a decade of professional work award-winning Anglo-Italian jazz vocalist, Georgia Mancio, has established herself as one of the UK's most important new artists. 2010 proved to be a landmark year for the rising star: she released her third album, Silhouette (Roomspin Records), to great critical acclaim and demonstrated her formidable skills as a lyricist and songwriter as well as her truly individual interpretations of jazz standards and Latin American song.

    “of character, conviction and relaxed virtuosity" - The Guardian
    “nality and understated eloquence" - The Observer


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    2011 26 August, £16 - Shanti

    With Shanti Paul Jayasinha trumpet and flugel horn, Patrick Clahar sax, John Crawford piano, Andy Lafone bass and Davide Giovannini drums.
    Shanti Paul Jayasinha has been making waves on the London scene for a while now with his various UK world jazz and crossover bands. Latin, eastern etc all bright toned and sparkling.

    [We get fantastic deps, for a hugely joyous gig: Paul Booth was on tenor and soprano sax, Steve Lodder was on keyboards, and Davide Matovani (no relation) was on bass.]


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    2011 2 September, £15 - John Etheridge/John Horler

    With John Etheridge guitar and John Horler piano.
    Guitar legend John Etheridge is celebrating 40 years in the music business and what better way to do it than in
    the company of the great John Horler at Fleece Jazz!
    Stephane Grapelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams (John E)
    Sir John Dankworth, Cleo Laine (John H) are just some of the long list of superstars that these superstars have shared a stage with.

    [This giant duo was enhanced by John Horler's brother David on valve trombone.]


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    2011 9 September, £15 - Dave Lewis Quartet

    With Dave Lewis sax, Sean Hargreaves piano and keyboards, Rod Youngs drums and Neville Malcolm bass.
    Dave Lewis is a much revered tenor saxophonist with the
    ability to play with intensity in a host of styles whether it is with The Blockheads or with his own band.
    He has a flawless command of his instrument and a wonderfully smooth tone.

    [Francesco Mendolia was our superb drummer on this exciting gig.]


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    2011 16 September, £17 - Nina Ferro

    With Nina Ferro vocals, Dave Green piano, Julie Walkington bass, and Martyn Kaine drums.

    Nina Ferro is a multi award wining vocalist and songwriter whose warm sensuous voice, impeccable timing and stunning vocal range have done much to establish her international reputation. This gig is eagerly awaited.


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    2011 23 September, £16 - Barb Jungr

    With Barb Jungr vocals and Simon Wallace piano.
    Barb Jungr is an internationally known singer and songwriter who has performed and given workshops all over
    the world. In collaboration with Simon Wallace she reveals herself to be a peerless interpreter of popular song.


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    2011 30 September, £14 - Kevin Flanagan

    With Kevin Flanagan sax, David Gordon piano, Andrew James Brown bass and Russ Morgan drums.
    Tenor saxophonist, prolific composer and brilliant academic Kevin Flanagan makes a very welcome return
    to Fleece Jazz with his quartet. The list of great musicians with who Kevin has played and collaborated
    over the years since his arrival from the USA would fill the whole programme!


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    2011 7 October, £20 - Norma Winstone

    With Norma Winstone vocals, Glauco Venier piano and Klaus Gesing sax and clarinet.
    The doyenne of jazz singers in the UK and winner of numerous awards, Norma is a vocalist of brilliance who can
    improvise with the fluency of an instrumentalist and breathe life into a song like no other.


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    2011 14 October, £15 - Phillip Clouts Quartet

    With Philip Clouts piano, Carlos Lopez-Real sax, Alex Keen bass and Jon Desbruslais drums.
    Renowned for his work with world beating jazz band Zubop for which he has received great acclaim Phillip
    swings with rhythmic deliberation and a crystal clear sense of phrasing.


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    2011 21 October, £17 - Renato D’hld

    With Renato D'Aiello saxophone, Rachel Gould vocals, Bruno Montrone piano, Enzo Zirilli drums and Nicola Muresu bass.
    With his highly dramatic manner of playing, Renato showcases one of the most attractive and affecting
    tenor sounds in contemporary jazz. His solos tell a story. Rachel Gould famously recorded with Chet Baker
    and we look forward to her Fleece debut tonight


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    2011 28 October, £15 - Jon Lloyd Quintet

    With Jon Lloyd sax and bass clarinet, John Law piano, Rob Palmer guitar, Rodney Teague bass and Asaf Sirkis drums.
    Jon has worked in the field of improvised music, jazz and contemporary composition for over 20 years and has gained a reputation as an innovative and uniquely styled
    saxophonist and composer of intelligent and exciting jazz.


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    2011 4 November, £14 - Partikel

    With Duncan Eagles sax, Max Luthert bass, and Eric Ford drums.
    A melange of their individual influences of Latin, African and contemporary New York puts an interesting twist
    on the standard jazz format while still honouring the tradition of deep harmony and creative improvisation


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    2011 11 November, £16 - Tamco

    With Tammy Payne vocals, Dan Moore Hammond organ, Neil Smith guitar, Dylan Howe drums and Jim Barr bass.
    Tammy Payne has an evocative and soulful voice and a way of retelling a story. She attempts to redefine the art of
    jazz vocals with a repertoire of well know songs and will be a delight.

    [Jim Barr was with Portishead, so we had the Bristol based John Short on bass.]


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    2011 18 November, £15 - Nigel Price Organ Trio

    With Nigel Price guitar, Pete Whittaker Hammond organ and Matt Home drums.
    Guitarist Nigel has a particular affinity to the Hammond Organ and features here in his favourite musical context
    in what is sure to be a storming evening.

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    2011 25 November, £15 - Just East

    With Jeremy Shoham sax, Neil Anguilly piano and keyboards, Phil Scragg bass and Rick Finlay drums and percussion.
    Captivating jazz from this punchy virtuoso whose stunning playing of his far reaching inspired compositions will
    excite and energise his audience.


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    2011 2 December, £15 - John Law Trio

    With John Law piano, Sam Burgess bass and Asaf Sirkis drums.
    John Law is known for the intricate and intense atmosphere created by his playing and for the whole palette of colours
    produced by the virtuosity of his trio. Among his many accomplishments John has composed a large suite for an
    ensemble of the London Sinfonetta

    [We missed Sam and Asif, but the young geniuses, Tom Farmer on bass and Daoud Merchant on drums were immense in this stunning gig.]


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    2011 9 December, £16 - Zoe Schwarz’tion

    With Zoe Schwarz vocals, Rob Koral guitar, Gareth Williams piano, Paul Robinson drums and Steve Thompson bass.
    The bluesy vocals of Zoe Schwarz have won a significant following with jazz and blues fans. Her work with
    guitarist Rob Koral and her gritty approach places her apart from other singers.


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    2011 16 December, £16 - Peter King Quartet

    With Peter King saxophone, Steve Melling piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Doug Sides drums.
    It is always a great pleasure to welcome back Peter King, the finest alto saxophonist this country has ever produced.
    Peter continues to release albums to much critical acclaim and to the delight of his many fans.


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    2011 23 December, £18 - Nette Robinson's Little Jazz Orchestra

    With Nette Robinson vocals, Kate Williams piano, Gabriel Garrick trumpet, Adrian Fry trombone, Tony Woods alto sax, Mick Foster tenor sax, Matt Ridley bass and Chris Nickolls drums.
    You will not want to miss the genuine big band sound of this brilliant eight piece outfit fronted by the delightful
    Nette Robinson on vocals. Get in the holiday mood and join us for this special Christmas treat!


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    2011 30 December, £22 - Sax Appeal

    With Alan Barnes baritone sax, Derek Nash alto sax, Scott Garland alto sax, Gary Plumley tenor sax, Simon Allen tenor sax, Peter Adams piano, Phil Scragg bass and Mike Bradley drums.
    Derek Nash's award winning jazz group currently celebrating 20 years of gigging sports a glorious five
    saxophone line up, a top draw exciting rhythm section and will provide a perfect and exhilarating end to a
    great year of Fleece Jazz.

    [At this superb gig, we had Darren Altman on drums, and Brandon Allen instead of Gary Plumley.]


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    2012 6 January, £20 - Liane Carroll

    With Liane Carroll vocals, Roger Carey bass, Mark Fletcher drums.
    We start the year with a much loved multiple award winning international
    superstar who accompanies her powerful and emotional
    vocals with her superb piano playing - book early.


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    2012 13 January, £15 - Deirdre Cartwright

    With Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Kathy Dyson guitar, Alison Rayner basses, Winston Clifford drums and Sarah P. vocals.
    At last a return visit for this musical polymath acknowledged to
    be one of if not the most complete guitarists in contemporary
    music.


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    2012 20 January, £17 - Sarah Gillespie and Gilad Atzmon

    With Sarah Gillespie vocals, Gilad Atzmon sax / accordion / clarinet, Enzo Zirilli drums, Ben Bastin bass
    If you saw Sarah's stunning performance at our benefit gig last February
    you will not want to miss tonight. Sarah delivers a mix of urban folk
    middle eastern blues and raucous gypsy swing while the internationally
    renowned Gilad Atzmon tonight in his multi instrumentalist form will dazzle
    as always.


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    2012 27 January, £15 - Dave Chamberlain Quartet

    With Dave Chamberlain guitar, Dave O'Higgins sax, Ross Stanley piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass
    Dave Chamberlain showcases his some of his favourite compositions from
    the canon of hard bop alongside originals and some older swing tunes.
    The warm sonic blend of the rhythm guitar piano and bass with tenor sax
    will be something special.


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    2012 3 February, £17 - Joe Stilgoe Trio

    With Joe Stilgoe piano/ vocals, Chris Hill bass, Ben Reynolds drums
    Joe Stilgoe is a remarkable singer /songwriter and a sparkling pianist who has been favourably compared to Oscar Peterson so expect a treat.


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    2012 10 February, £15 - Frank Harrison Trio

    With Frank Harrison piano, Davide Petrowka bass, Stephen Keogh drums
    It is always a pleasure to welcome Frank Harrison whether with Gilad Atzmon's acclaimed Orient House Ensemble or Frank Williams's African Jazz Quintet but especially with own very distinguished trio. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented young pianists on the UK circuit and in Europe


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    2012 17 February, £15 - Latin Underground, featuring Robin Jones

    With Robin Jones congas / percussion, Nick Walker sax, Gavin Broom trumpet, Andrew Noble piano, Jonny Gee bass , Mark Cecil drums /timbales
    Robin Jones is recognised as of one of the finest exponents of the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom and leads one of the premier jazz groups around today with many fine recordings to its name. We are delighted to welcome him and his fabulous sextet back to Fleece Jazz


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    2012 24 February, £15 - Mark Crooks Quartet

    With Mark Crooks sax / clarinet John Pearce piano Dave Chamberlain bass Steve Brown drums
    Whether on clarinet or tenor saxophone Mark is sure to delight us with his brilliance. His career has had many high points one of which was playing the part of Artie Shaw in a gala performance in Dublin which so impressed that he was then invited to perform a Benny Goodman programme followed by featuring as clarinet soloist in an all American band at the Lincoln Center in New York


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    2012 2 March, £15 - Sarah Moule Quartet

    With Sarah Moule vocals, Simon Wallace piano, Mick Hutton bass, Paul Robinson drums
    Sarah Moule is one of our most exciting vocal talents. Compelling empowering and highly original was the audience reaction to a recent show of tonight's singing star whose warmth can lift a lyric off the page

    [Unfortunatly Sarah was ill,but what a delight to see and hear Trudy Kerr]


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    2012 9 March, £15 - Adam Glasser Quartet

    With Adam Glasser harmonica, Robin Aspland piano, Alec Dankworth bass, Frank Tonto drums
    A very respected musician Adam is one of the UK's leading chromatic harmonica players appearing on many gigs sessions and recordings. He has also played keyboards for Martha Reeves, Jimmy Witherspoon and many others and done much work in theatre and feature films


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    2012 16 March, £17 - Damon Brown International Quintet

    With Damon Brown trumpet, Martin Zenker bass, Yutaka Shiina piano, Christian Brewer sax, Matt Skelton drums.
    Damon Brown appearances at Fleece Jazz have been legendary and this band will add a new chapter to the story. Damon has toured Japan three times with Yutaka Shiina Japan's premier jazz pianist and composer. They and Martin Zenker the double-bass virtuoso have a shared love of the great Hard Bop composers and performers.

    [Guess what? The sax player was Ed Jones. The mystery altoist from Japan was superb, as was the entire band.]


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    2012 23 March, £15 - Art Themen Quartet

    With Art Themen sax, John Donaldson piano, Paul Morgan bass and Clark Tracey drums.
    Art Themen, the saxophone playing orthopaedic surgeon, has been an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for 40 years and has not lost his appetite for the game. We certainly have not lost our appetite for him.


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    2012 30 March, £15 - Marlene Ver Planck

    With Marlene Ver Planck vocals, John Pearce piano, Bobby Worth drums, Paul Morgan bass
    Marlene is a contemporary singer who can stand comparison with the greats. Her superb voice is matched with a flawless technique and the New York Times thinks she may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today!


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    2012 6 April, £22 - Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes

    With Martin Taylor guitar, Alan Barnes saxophones / clarinets
    Martin Taylor's immaculate style has seen him recognised as one of the world's foremost guitarists. A veritable maestro his silky accessible tones and formidable technique are unmistakable.
    Alan Barnes is possibly the most renowned and respected saxophonist in Britain. Apart from also being a maestro he is a serious educator being a fellow of Leeds College a broadcaster and an entertainer par excellence.


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    2012 13 April, £15 - Ed Jones Quartet

    With Ed Jones sax, Ross Stanley piano, Rian Vosloo bass, Tim Giles drums
    One of the most exciting and innovative band leaders in Britain Ed Jones playing has been described as fluent, distinctive, vigorous, volcanic and more. An improviser to his fingertips this will be an explosive and wonderful night.

    [The excellent Tom Crawley was a last minute replacement on piano.]


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    2012 20 April, £15 - Janet Seidel

    With Janet Seidel vocals, Chuck Morgan guitar, David Seidel bass
    Janet Seidel is Australia's first lady of jazz singing. A world class performer not just at home but all over the eastern world including Japan where her CD's regularly top the jazz charts.


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    2012 Saturday, 28 April, £25 - Claire Martin - Sorry, sold out!

    1000th FLEECE CELEBRATION GIG with Claire Martin OBE vocals, Gareth Williams piano, Lawrence Cottle bass, Kristiam Leth drums
    Claire Martin is the UK's No 1 jazz vocalist and has been the driving force behind the UK's jazz scene for 25 years. Claire made the first of her Fleece Jazz appearances in our first year 1993 and we are delighted that she has agreed to come and help us celebrate this proud landmark

    [Our delightful drummer was Dave Ohm.]


    2012 4 May, £20 - David Rees-Williams

    With David Rees-Williams piano,Neil Francis bass and Phil Laslett drums.
    Uniting the best of classical and jazz the recordings of this exciting and uniquely talented pianist are widely acclaimed as being the best of their genre.


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    2012 11 May, £17 - Leon Greening Quartet

    With Leon Greening piano, Vincent Herring sax, Michael Janisch bass and Steve Brown drums.
    Leon Greening is one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced and his extraordinary solos will have you on the edge of your seat.The sheer brilliance of the entire quartet will keep you there

    [It was Alex Garnett on sax. Alex was with Vincent on the "Brooklyn" cd. He played his ass off.]


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    2012 18 May, £15 - Julian Marc Stringle Quartet

    With Julian Mark Stringle clarinet and sax, Dominic Ashworth guitar, Chris Dodds bass and Mike Bradley drums.
    Virtoso composer and musician Julian Mark Stringle has, as Sir John Dankworth CBE said, presented his credentials to the Royal circles of Clarinetia. Expect a mesmerising evening.


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    2012 25 May, £15 - Phronesis

    With Jasper Hoiby bass, Ivo Neame piano and Anton Eger drums.
    Phronesis have the ability to excite, inspire and move an audience in a way that few are able to do. Everyone who saw them here last time will be here tonight, those who missed are advised not to do so again!


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    2012 1 June, £17 - Barb Jungr and Simon Wallace

    With Barb Jungr vocals and Simon Wallace piano.
    Barb Jungr, a fearless iconoclast dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor and deliver a fiery personal tutorial on Mr Bob Dylan.

    Barb at her best.


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    2012 8 June, £15 - Brandon Allen / Quentin Collins Quartet

    With Brandon Allen sax, Quentin Collins trumpet, Ross Stanley organ and Enzo Zirilli drums.
    Inspired by their passion for the hard bop of the 50's, 60's Blue Note, soul and swing, this quartet will blow your socks off!


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    2012 15 June, £15 - Jim Mullen Organ Trio

    With Jim Mullen guitar, Mike Gorman organ and Tristan Maillot drums.
    Jim Mullen is a truly original voice in contemporary jazz guitar. Multiple award winner and leader of many bands over the years Jim's Organ Trio is a must for any self respecting jazz venue.


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    2012 22 June, £15 - Steve Melling Trio with Alan Skidmore

    With Steve Melling piano, Alan Skidmore sax, Andrew Cleyndert bass and Miles Levin drums.
    Steve Melling has played for Fleece Jazz with distinction since our early days and if there is a finer pianist around we have yet to meet. It gets better, Steve has prised the wonderful Alan Skidmore away from France to join the trio in what is sure to be a memorable evening.

    [No changes to the personnel of this great gig, but contrary to the programme, Skid does not live in France.]


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    2012 29 June, £15 - Gabrielle Ducomble Quintet

    With Gabrielle Ducomble vocals, Nicholas Meier guitar, Dan Teper accordion, Nick Kacal bass and Saleem Raman drums.
    This rising star on the jazz scene brings her gorgeously Gallic tones to Fleece Jazz. Her unique interpretation of old favourites is fresh, sophisticated and resonant and will leave you with lingering pleasure.

    [A few changes to this really wonderful gig: The drummer was Laurie Lowe, Nathan Mansfield guested on violin, trumpet and flugelhorne, and Dan Teper played piano as well as accordion.]


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    2012 6 July, £15 - Simon Woolf Quintet

    With Simon Woolf bass, Karen Sharpe sax, Gareth Williams piano, Robbie Harvey trombone and Matt Home drums.
    Lyrical double bass player Simon Woolf's band reflects his interest in melodic straight ahead jazz and is a very classy ensemble indeed.


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    2012 13 July, £15 - Pete Churchill Trio

    With Pete Churchill piano and vocals, Anita Wardell vocals and Nia Lynn vocals.
    Pete Churchill is something of a musical polymath - Professor of Jazz studies at Guildhall, pianist, composer, vocalist and arranger but despite all this he still finds time to come to Fleece jazz with his latest project - we just can't wait.


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    2012 20 July, £0 - Gig Cancelled

    Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Dorian Ford Trio gig has been cancelled. We are very sorry about this. In 20 years, we have had 3 cancellations due to snow, petrol strikes, etc. This is our fourth, and we apologise to our customers and to the trio, but there was nothing we could do.


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    2012 27 July, £17 - Clark Tracey Band

    With Clark Tracey drums, Tony Kofi sax, Simon Allen sax, Mark Armstrong trumpet, Steve Melling piano, and Arni Somogyi bass.
    Clark Tracey has been a professional jazz musician for over 30 years and in that timeas well as performing with various UK outfits including leading his own bands he has accompanied some 200 international musicians and worked in more than 50 countries. I think he knows what he's doing! Tonight it is clear that he does as he brings this stellar sextet to Fleece Jazz.

    [Paul Booth took the place of Tony Kofi who had a great gig in the States. Not as great as our gig.]


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    2012 3 August, £15 - Sarah Moule Quartet

    With Sarah Moule vocals, Simon Wallace piano, Mick Hutton bass and Paul Robinson drums.
    We look forward to Sarah performing some Fran Landesman / Simon Wallace compositions and much more.
    "Best Live Vocal Jazz Gig of the Last 15 Years" Brian Blain in Jazz UK's 2011 Anniversary issue.


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    2012 10 August, £15 - MJQ

    With Matt Ridley bass, Jim Hart vibes, Barry Green piano and Steve Brown drums.
    Matt has now firmly established himself as a young talent on the UK jazz scene. This celebration of the Modern Jazz Quartet should not be missed.

    [Because of a total cockup, we had a quite different band tonight, absolutely wonderful, last minute and unrehearsed. Jim Mullen on guitar, Damon Brown on trumpet and Troy Miller on drums joined Matt in an evening of amazing improvisation of standards.]


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    2012 17 August, £17 - Chris Allard Band

    With Chris Allard guitar, Ross Stanley piano, Brandon Allen sax, Oli Hayhurst bass and Nick Smalley drums.
    With a mixture of originals and new arrangements of standards Chris has wowed audiences in Europe and beyond as well as in the UK. He also has many TV appearances to his name. This brilliant band will go down a storm.

    [It was a lovely surprise to welcome vocalist Brigitte Beraha to the stage.]


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    2012 24 August, £15 - Roger Beaujolais Quartet

    With Roger Beaujolais vibes, Robin Aspland piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Winston Clifford drums.
    Vibraphone virtuoso Roger Beaujolais writes crisp idiomatic themes, chooses his material with great taste and his playing is agile, fresh and inventive. It is a pleasure to welcome him back.


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    2012 31 August, £18 - Simon Spillett Quartet

    With Simon Spillett sax, John Critchinson piano, Clark Tracey drums and Alec Dankworth bass.

    One of the most dynamic tenor saxophonists on the scene, Simon's driving and energised style has often been favourably compared with his idol, the late great Tubby Hayes.
    On no account should you miss this gig.


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    2012 7 September, £17 - Matt Wates Sextet

    With Matt Wates alto, Steve Main tenor, Martin Shaw trumpet, Leon Greening piano, Malcolm Creese bass and Matt Home drums.

    We begin our new season with the cream of British musicians in a band lead by altoist Matt Wates. Matt's compositions can be tender or dramatic, but always, always swing. Do join us.
    "[Wates is] is an incredibly talented musician and composer" - John Dankworth
    "A seriously good band containing six of Britain's finest jazz musicians, regardless of age or style" - Dave Gelly


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    2012 14 September, £23 - Sarah Jane Morris

    With Sarah Jane Morris vocals, Michael Rosen sax, Tony Remy guitar, Alastair Gavin piano and Henry Thomas bass.

    It is such a pleasure to welcome back Sarah Jane and her musicians to Fleece Jazz. For those who don't know her, this is a voice once heard, never forgotten. She uses her three and a half octave range with both power and delicacy. The band has a discography as long as your arm. Don't miss this one if you love the blues.


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    2012 21 September, £17 - Trudy Kerr and Geoff Gascoyne

    With Trudy Kerr vocals, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Andrea Vicari piano and Sebastiaan de Krom drums.

    Trudy and Geoff will be playing music from their new album, "The Rhythm of Life", their first collaborative project. Trudy has style which moves between swing, subtlety and seduction, with all moods fully evident. Geoff we know as one of the country's finest bassists. When two musicians of this standard and standing write and play together, we are in for a real treat.

    [Our pianist for a delightful evening of original and standard music was Tom Crawley.]


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    2012 28 September, £17 - Spike Robinson Tribute

    With John Pearce piano, Paul Morgan bass, Bobby Worth drums, Derek Nash sax, Karen Sharpe sax and Vasilis Xenopoulos sax.

    Three brilliant tenorists and a great rhythm section celebrate the music of saxophonist Spike Robinson. Spike's last recording was made with a band organized by Derek. Do come and join the celebration.

    [Our bassist was the estimable Andre Messida.]


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    2012 5 October, £15 - John Turville Trio

    With John Turville piano, Chris Hill bass and Ben Reynolds drums.

    John is a classically trained pianist who directs the E17 big band as well as this trio. Chris is currently with Jamie Cullum. Ben is hugely in demand. This is a stunning trio: be there with us to hear them.
    "John Turville is a young conservatoire-trained British pianist with very broadly-based resources ... his adventurousness with harmony and the always lyrical yet narratively swerving designs of his improvisations often recall UK piano giant John Taylor's playing" - John Fordham


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    2012 12 October, £20 - Ben Crosland Brass Group

    With Ben Crosland bass, Steve Waterman trumpet and flugelhorn, Martin Shaw trumpet and flugelhorn, Mark Nightingale trombone, Barnaby Dickinson trombone, Steve Lodder piano and keyboards.

    The music we will hear is inspired by the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The colours and textures of his pieces have rich voicings and imaginative ensemble writing. The improvisational skill and creativity of these great soloists are a given. This is a "not to be missed" gig.
    "His compositions are colourful, beguiling and thoroughly musical" - Mark Gilbert, The Independent


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    2012 19 October, £17 - Trevor Warren's Disassembler

    With Trevor Warren guitar, Pete Wareham sax, Annie Whitehead trombone, Dudley Phillips bass and Winston Clifford drums.

    When a guitarist can win an award in Granada, he has got to be of the best. Of his band "Disassembler", John Fordham wrote "Warren's striking themes and rousing arrangements lift it far above the contemporary Euro-jazz throng".
    It will be lovely to see the great Annie Whitehead back again.
    Please join us to enjoy this superb band. We might even get Winston to sing!


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    2012 26 October, £15 - Catherine Sykes and the Alex Steele Trio

    With Catherine Sykes vocals, Alex Steele piano, Mick Hutton bass and Mark Whitlam drums.

    Catherine is a Yorkshire lass with a love of Ella. Catherine's intonation and phrasing are swinging, but precise and clear. In other words she is an excellent singer. Alex's sound is unique, bringing energy, virtuosity and passion to the music. This gig will be a cracker, so do join us.


    "Catherine Sykes is unique...she has the rare gift of making her listeners feel that she is singing directly and exclusively to them." - David Scott


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    2012 2 November, £15 - Tim Lapthorn with Bobby Wellins

    With Tim Lapthorn piano, Bobby Wellins sax, Arnie Somogyi bass and Stephen Keogh drums.

    Tim can really execute some tough and virtuosic shapes and ideas on the piano - in short the guy can play. Bobby has, in my mind, the word "great" in front of his name. It takes two bars on the radio to know it is him: that is how individual his tone and thought on the sax is. With fine drumming and bass playing to boot, it would be a pity to miss this gig.

    [Our drummer on a "top 10" gig was Tristan Maillot.]


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    2012 9 November, £15 - Asaf Sirkis Trio

    With Asaf Sirkis drums, Tassos Spiliotopoulos guitar and Yaron Stavi bass.

    Asaf formed the Asaf Sirkis Trio with Tassos and Yaron in 2007. They released their first album "The Monk" in 2008. They are currently preparing a new release - "Letting Go". Asaf is simply among the most accomplished percussionists about.
    "Sirkis simply the most sensitive of percussionists" - Chris Parker
    "Asaf Sirkis sounding creatively freer and more dramatically inventive than ever on drums" - John Fordham


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    2012 16 November, £15 - Tim Whitehead

    With Tim Whitehead sax, John Turville piano, Oli Hayhurst bass and Winston Clifford drums.

    Tim is a jazz saxophonist and composer, and is currently artist in residence at Tate Britain. Tim is a committed and passionate player who is concerned with melody and lyricism. He brings a very fine rhythm section to a gig you must not miss.
    "Whitehead has a highly personal, always gorgeous sound on tenor and an infinite vocabulary - in a country of fine saxophonists he is one of the finest." Peter Bacon
    "Whitehead glides ethereally into his phrases like a jazzier Jan Garbarek at times, although the playing is often stronger." - John Fordham


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    2012 23 November, £17 - Kate Williams

    With Kate Williams piano, Gareth Lockrane flutes, Oli Hayhurst bass and Tristan Maillot drums.

    "Lucid and inventive" are the adjectives applied by the late Humphrey Lyttelton to the pianist/composer Kate Williams. Gareth Lockrane co-founded the band "Grooveyard", which won the Best European Jazz Group award at the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival. These two are joined by old friends Oli and Tristan, whose skills we know well. Do come along.


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    2012 30 November, £15 - Christine Tobin, Sailing to Byzantium

    With Christine Tobin vocals, Phil Robson guitar, Liam Noble piano, Kate Shortt cello and Dave Whitford bass.

    Christine was named best vocalist at the 2008 BBC jazz awards, which is no surprise to anyone who has heard her. Her style, while rooted in jazz, is steeped in the singer-songwriter tradition. She draws on a broad range of influences from West Africa to Brazil. Her sound is rich, authentic and deeply expressive and was described by the Guardian as "Tobin's 24 carat voice". Not to be missed.


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    2012 7 December, £15 - The Horn Factory

    With East Anglia's Premier Big Band.

    Nineteen musicians will be bringing us the spine tingling sound of the true big band. It would be a shame to miss this one.

    Musical Director: Bob Airzee
    Lead Alto: Gilly Burgoyne
    Alto: Chris Lund
    Lead Tenor: Jonathan Farnhill
    Tenor: Mark Usher
    Baritone: Charlotte Beattie
    Lead Trumpet: Richard Steward
    Second Trumpet: Roger Chinery
    Trumpet: Steve Stone
    Trumpet: John "Shep" Birch
    Lead Trombone: Paul Little
    Trombone: Andy Shipp
    Trombone: Steve Bull
    Bass Trombone: Chris Neary
    Piano: Keith Monk
    Guitar: Mike Spearman
    Bass: Emma Barnes
    Drumkit: Bob Airzee

    [There were changes, but with such a big list I have made them in the main description.]


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    2012 14 December, £17 - Robin Jones Latin Underground

    With Robin Jones congas and percussion, Nick Walker sax, Gavin Broom trumpet, Chris Kibble piano, Jonny Gee bass and Marc Cecil drums.

    Robin Jones is recognised as of one of the finest exponents of the Afro-Cuban jazz idiom and leads one of the premier jazz groups around today with many fine recordings to its name. We are delighted to welcome him and his fabulous sextet back to Fleece Jazz. They delighted you when they were here last, and are guaranteed to do so again.

    [Steve Waterman, who played on Robin's CDs was our trumpeter. Rob Palmer played bass on no notice at all, as Jonny Gee's car failed him, and was excellent. We had a guest conga player in Eric Young.]


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    2012 21 December, £15 - John Etheridge & Art tive Quartet

    With John Etheridge guitar, Art Themen sax, Arnie Somogyi bass and Winston Clifford drums.

    For the first time for over a decade guitar legend John Etheridge brings a full-on jazz quartet to Fleece Jazz. John spent some years with Stephan Grappelli, and has a tale or three to tell.
    The band's co-leader is Art Themen, the great saxophonist, for many years with Stan Tracey. They are backed by the stellar rhythm section of Arnie Somogyi and Winston Clifford.
    Expect an evening where the festive spirit comes not from anodyne versions of Christmas carols, but in the power and verve of the playing. The 2 leaders have 100 years playing experience between them --so look out for sagacity as well!


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    2012 28 December, £22 - Sax Appeal

    With Derek Nash saxes, Bob McKay sax, Gary Plumley sax, Brandon Allen sax, Pete Adams piano, Phil Scragg bass and Mike Bradley drums.

    Derek Nash's award winning jazz group currently celebrating 20 years of gigging, sports a glorious four saxophone line up, with a top draw exciting rhythm section. They will provide a perfect and exhilarating end to a great year of Fleece Jazz.

    [Another stunning gig from Sax Appeal. The correct lineup (5 saxes, not 4) is Mike Bradley - Drums
    Bob Mckay - Baritone sax and Woodwind
    Pete Adams - Piano
    Scott Garland - Alto sax
    Gary Plumley - Tenor Sax
    Brandon Allen - Tenor sax
    Derek Nash - Alto/Soprano sax
    Phil Mulford - Bass]


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    2013 4 January, £20 - Liane Carroll

    With Liane Carroll piano & vocar Carey bass, Mark Fletcher drums

    What a wonderful way to start the year! The one and only Liane will delight us with her amazing vocal interpretations and fine piano playing. The quotes below include her excellent band.

    "Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest" - The Times
    "Highly Recommended--I love it" - Michael Parkinson
    "The real thing." - Sholto Byrnes, Independent on Sunday
    "Utterly brilliant." - Time Out


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    2013 11 January, £15 - Martin Speake

    With Martin Speake sax, Mike Outram guitar, Josh Blackmore drums

    Martin is a lucid, adventurous and inventive alto player who has just completed a new CD "Always A First Time". Expect meditative ballads, trance like grooves, free improvisation, minimalism, jazz standard songs, Arabic influenced music, heavy metal guitar, unaccompanied solos from each player and more...

    "Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent." - Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times


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    2013 18 January, £15 - John Law - Cancelled due to John being snowed in in Somerset

    With John Law piano, Yuri Golubev bass, Asaf Sirkis drums

    John has been a Fleece Jazz favourite for many years. It is such a pleasure to welcome this hugely inventive trio to entertain and amaze us.

    "so full of joy that it can renew your faith not just in jazz, but music itself" - Phil Johnson, Independent on Sunday

    [Sad to say, this gig was cancelled. John lives in Somerset and was snowed in. Only the 5th time we have cancelled in 20 years. We will see John again in October.]


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    2013 25 January, £18 - Renato D'Aiello Quartet

    With Renato D'Aiello sax, Dario Di Lecce bass, Ross Stanley piano, Enzo Zirilli drums, with special guest Frode Kjekstad on guitar.

    Renato plays with a lyricism, line and invention that is rare, and not to be missed. John Fordam says that he shows how a poetic imagination can rekindle a long-gone style without nostalgia. Dario, Ross and Enzo, players of the highest class, complement his playing perfectly.

    "Italian saxophonist Renato D'Aiello oozes class. When he plays quietly the effect is like hearing an old friend" - James Griffith (he is an old friend)


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    2013 1 February, £16 - OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY with the Orient House Ensemble

    With Gilad Atzmon sax, Frank Harrison piano, Yaron Stavi bass, Eddie Hick drums.

    Our 20th Birthday Celebration should be something special, and with Gilad Atzmon leading the Orient House Ensemble it is certain to be very special indeed. Fronting an incredibly talented band Gilad always excites and amazes whether on saxes or clarinet. Come and join our party and be "bowled over with Atzmon’approach... dynamic, charismatic and ...exasperating!" - Brian Blain, Jazz UK.


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    2013 8 February, £18 - Walter Smith III Quartet

    With Walter Smith III sax, Matthew Stevens guitar, Jamire Williams drums, Michael Janisch bass

    Walter's latest album, III, had that rarity, a top 10 jazz album.His work has had great critical acclaim, including a four star review for this tour in the Guardian. While capable of great speed, he takes a more thoughtful path through his music, playing "the right number of notes". This is a truly world class band, not to be missed.

    "Smith takes a thoughtful and unencumbered approach to encompass an equally cerebral yet rooted music" - Mark Turner, All About Jazz


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    2013 15 February, £17 - Emilia Måh3>

    With Emilia Måem> vocals, Barry Green piano, Adriano Adewale percussion, Sam Lasserson bass

    At last we get to hear this fine singer with an excellent band. Her music includes work from her native Sweden to Nat King Cole to James Taylor. Do join us.

    "ethereal voice" - Time Out
    "The New Face of British Jazz 2012" - The Observer
    "flawlessly sung" - Chris Parker, Jazz Review
    "bewitching young singer"Jazzwise


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    2013 22 February, £15 - Marc Cecil Quintet

    With Marc Cecil drums, Andrew Noble piano, Paul Jayasinha trumpet/flugelhorn, Mick Foster baritone sax, Rob Rickenberg bass

    We have heard Marc with the Robin Jones Latin Underground, and loved his work. Here is a chance to see the man with his own band, which encompasses latin, soul and straight jazz: and a fine band it is, too.


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    2013 1 March, £15 - Will Butterworth Trio

    With Will Butterworth piano, Henrik Jensen bass, Pete Ibbetson drums

    Will has bowled us over every time he has graced the Fleece Jazz stage, Who can forget the Stravinsky Duo gig? This trio is class jazz, not to be missed.

    "His effortless poise and crisp, attractive classically-trained sound is one of his great strengths... Butterworth can capture a sense of atmosphere with well-placed notes and treads artfully between drama and intimacy and romantic sentiment and dry inquisition." - Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise - 4 stars


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    2013 8 March, £15 - Chico Chica

    With Hilary Cameron voice/piano, Tom Hannah voice/guitar, Barbara Snow voice/flugalhorn

    This is a lovely Latin group, three great voices and three great musicians wrapped up in a trio.
    We are grateful to them for helping out when Yury Galkin was disgracefully refused a visa extension.


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    2013 15 March, £15 - Marlene VerPlanck

    With Marlene VerPlanck vocals, John Pearce piano, Paul Morgan bass, Bobby Worth drums

    Marlene just keeps getting better. She is an American treasure, loving the "Great American Songbook", but willing to take risks with new music. She is accompanied by the best of British. Her 2012 New York reviews have been splendid, but the following quote sums it up.

    "She may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today..." - The New York Times

    [The excellent dep on drums for this truly wonderful gig was Brian McAlistair]


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    2013 22 March, £18 - Tommy Smith

    With Tommy Smith tenor/soprano sax, Steve Hamilton keyboards, Kevin Glasgow electric bass, Alyn Cosker drums

    Tommy last graced our stage in 2005 - far too long ago. He is a stunning player, composer, educator, band leader. Missing this gig would be a shame.

    "... playing with staggering aplomb and a visceral precision and imaginative interplay that sweeps all before it" - Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times


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    2013 Sunday, 24 March, £25 - ALL STAR BENEFIT DAY

    Damon Brown, David Rees-Williams, Kate Shortt, Denny Ilett, Winston Clifford, Mick Hutton, Liam Noble, Kevin Flanagan, Chris Ingham, , Marc Cecil, Shakatak's Roger Odell ... more to be announced.

    Last year we had such a blast. Fireworks are promised again this year, with an afternoon and evening of wonderful music. We will keep you informed of the lineup as time goes by.
    There will be a buffet, very well received last year, at a very reasonable price.


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    2013 29 March, £18 - Frank Giasullo & Art et

    With Frank Giasullo piano, Art Themen sax, Dave Green bass, Pat Tamminen drums

    We have an international band, with USA and UK greats in Frank and Art. With Dave and Pat as a world class engine room, this is not a gig you can miss.

    "Frank is one of the most exciting musicians I've heard in quite some time." - John Coates Jr.
    "Anyone who likes swinging straightahead jazz with plenty of blues & gospould beat a path to one of their gigs." - Jazz Express

    [The bassist was the estimable Paul Morgan.]


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    2013 5 April, £20 - Stan Tracey Trio

    With Stan Tracey piano, Andrew Cleyndert bass, Clark Tracey drums

    Stan Tracey, CBE, is back, with the 2012 Ivor award, the first winner in the jazz category, Andrew and son Clark are in support, forming a trio that is tight, inventive, always exciting. Do check out his website for a biog, reviews, and effectively a history of jazz in the UK.
    This gig will be in the Devora Suite.


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    2013 12 April, £16 - The Lyric Ensemble

    With Nette Robinson vocals, Tony Woods sax, Nikki Iles piano, Matt Ridley bass

    Tony's and Nette's work for the Michael Garrick Lyric Ensemble have been getting terrific notices. It has been a year since Nikki Iles has graced our stage, and it is always a pleasure to welcome Matt Ridley.
    May we welcome you to this excellent gig.


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    2013 19 April, £15 - Ed Jones

    With Ed Jones sax, Ross Stanley piano, Riaan Vosloo bass and Tim Giles drums.

    "A formidable saxophonist. Ed Jones may have hit his highest profile through his work with bands US3 and Incognito, but he’ser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination, and one of the Uk’nctive saxophonists." - John Fordham The Guardian.

    [Tom Cawley was the terrific pianist on this great gig [same as last year!].]


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    2013 26 April, £16 - Basil Hodge Quartet

    With Basil Hodge piano, Tony Kofi sax, Larry Bartley bass, Winston Clifford drums

    Basil writes great stuff, accessible, deep and always interesting. Tony, Larry and Winston know his work well: this is a tight team. It is great to have them back.

    "Though classically trained, he’sted in icy technical brilliance. Instead he waves sonorous, thoughtful ideas, articulated with a proper jazz touch." - London Evening Standard


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    2013 3 May, £16 - Terry Seabrook Quintet

    With Terry Seabrook piano, Graeme Flowers trumpet, Ian Price sax, Steve Watts bass and Chris Nickolls drums.

    Terry Seabrook is a jazz pianist, composer and teacher who has played around the world. He has given us much pleasure in the past with Cubana Bop. This evening will be more straight ahead jazz with some Latin for fun.

    Do join us for the first gig in our summer season.


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    2013 10 May, £12 - Dorian Ford Trio

    With Dorian Ford piano, Tim Fairhall bass & em> drums.

    Dorian won a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he won the Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award. He studied with Donald Brown, from Art Blakey's band at the time. He does classical gigs, acts, does theatre music, but mostly he is a consummate jazz pianist.

    The bassist Tim Fairhall from bands local and international joins Dorian and the in demand Pat Levett.


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    2013 17 May, £18 - Barb Jungr and Simon Wallace - Stockport to Memphis

    With Barb Jungr vocals & e piano.

    "The greatest musical thing to come out of Rochdale since Gracie Fields" - Matthew Sweet, BBC 3
    "One of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today" -Village Voice, New York

    Simon Wallace brings his peerless pianistic skills to a great musical partnership, on the "Stockport to Memphis" CD and many others.


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    2013 24 May, £15 - MJQ

    With Matt Ridley bass, Jim Hart vibraphone, Barry Green piano & /em> drums.

    This is the perfect British band to give us the full flavour of the Modern Jazz Quartet. The band is led by bassist/composer/teacher Matt Ridley, who was a fixture with the late Michael Garrick, and many others. Jim Hart we know as a consummate vibraphonist. Barry Green has been with us accompanying Victoria Newton and Polly Gibbons in the past, and it will be lovely to see him again. Steve Brown - never stops smiling, or playing at the world class level.

    This will be a gig to savour.


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    2013 31 May, £15 - Mark Crooks Quartet

    With Mark Crooks saxophone and clarinet, John Pearce piano, Dave Green bass & m> drums.

    Mark is brilliant on both instruments, but it is on the clarinet that he shines brightest, in our opinion.He swings like crazy on both. He is accompanied by three of the British best.

    John Pearce is one of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians and also one of our best kept secrets - listen to any of Scott Hamilton's recent recordings.

    Dave Green on bass and Matt Home on drums provide the excellent engine room.


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    2013 7 June, £18 - Nicolas Meier Group featuring Lizzie Ball

    With Nicolas Meier guitar, Lizzie Ball violin, James Pearson piano, Asaf Sirkis drums & /em> percussion.

    " ...Meier is elegant in tone and bubbling with ideas... his originality as a writer, a player and a team leader dispatches any doubts" - John Fordham

    What a fascinating lineup he brings with him: our favourite drummer, Asaf Sirkis, a fine percussionist in Demi Garcia and a violinist. Lizzie Ball plays “z fiddle…e Strad Magazine.

    [In addition to the fine musicians above, we had, direct from Florida, the amazing Patrick Bettison on electric bass and harmonica.]


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    2013 14 June, £18 - Mari Wilson

    With Mari Wilson vocals, Alastair Gavin piano and James Nisbet guitar.

    Mari Wilson covered Fleece Jazz in 2011 with glamour, camp asides, some blue show-business tales and, above all, majestic vocal talents that made the venue feel like the centre of musical sophistication. And with the amazing backing of Alastair and James this is an unmissable gig.


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    2013 21 June, £20 - Ray Gelato Giants

    With the Ray Gelato Big Band, dancing and a buffet available.

    The Devora Suite will be graced by one of the best swing bands in Europe. Spruce up your jive, bring your dancing shoes, or just enjoy first class big band music from the master, Ray Gelato.

    From Jim Connell, "Ray, a wonderful sax player and superb frontman, is a London boy heavily influenced by the likes of Sinatra, Bennet and Prima, and with his 'Italiano/Americano/Big-Band-Gangster-Jazz-Band' at full pelt, it felt like a Scorsese movie. Dressed in sharp suits the band thundered through two sets of fantastic music, mainly classics, with a few songs penned by Ray himself."


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    2013 28 June, £18 - Alan Barnes and David Newton

    With Alan Barnes reeds & piano.

    And both of them with stories to tell. We have enjoyed these great musicians in duo form with others in the past, but not together.

    Don't miss this special evening.


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    2013 5 July, £15 - Zoe Francis

    Come and be among the first to appreciate a rising vocal star, unfussy, clear toned and honest, who delivers swinging standards.

    With Zoe Francis vocals, David Newton piano, Colin Oxley guitar & th bass.

    Zoe's first artistic love was dance, but once she took up singing, she very soon was performing long running spots in midtown Manhattan with musicians including Jo Cohn, Chris Flory, Harry Allen and Warren Vache. Now based in London, she has just released her first CD, "Looking for a boy", with most of her crew for tonight.

    And what a crew. David Newton continuing a residency, Colin Oxley on guitar and Alec Dankworth on bass.

    [The bassist tonight was the estimable Julian Bury.]


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    2013 12 July, £20 - Tribute to Elvin Jones

    Experience intricate solos and breathtakingly magnificent ensemble playing from five truly great musicians.

    With Alan Skidmore tenor saxophone, Peter King alto saxophone, Steve Melling piano, Alec Dankworth bass & /em> drums.

    This new tribute to the late, great American jazz drummer Elvin Jones brings together four of the greatest jazz musicians that this country has ever produced, together with the excellent drumming of Miles, Tony Levin's son. No slavish tribute this but vibrant 21st century jazz inspired by the best.

    We can look forward to intricate solos from all five musicians and breathtakingly magnificent ensemble playing.


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    2013 19 July, £16 - Sarah Gillespie

    A fantastic singer songwriter who delivers a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism.

    With Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Frank Harrison piano, Ben Bastin bass & drums.

    "Gillespie, who joins Bob Dylan’te and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, is an original … guitarist as well as an expressive singer, she’ably going places." - John Fordham

    John also called her work "incandescent". Her music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism and superb musicianship, well matched by her excellent band.


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    2013 26 July, £18 - Ola Onabule

    A rare chance to catch a soul, jazz , funk, afro and world superstar between European jazz festivals.

    With Ola Onabule vocals, Mark Van Der Gucht guitar, Mitch Jones piano, Chris Nickolls drums and Joe Stoddart bass.

    Ola has played to sellout crowds twice in the past, and it is a pleasure to have him join us again. The press coverage of his work is immense, including comments like "beautifully clear and appealingly textured, almost classical ...with a range and elasticity to match his rich tonal qualities".

    Chris Nickolls played here recently with Tommasso Starace, but Mitch and Mark are new to us. They wouldn't be with Ola unless they were special.


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    2013 2 August, £17 - Zoe Rahman

    MOBO Award Winner. A superb pianist who delivers calmness and fireworks by turns.

    With Zoe Rahman piano, Alec Dankworth bass & zzo drums.

    An all star cast indeed for tonight's episode of jazz. Zoe gets Mercury Prize nominations, Alec is my favourite bass player in this or any other country, Gene is one of the busiest players on the international scene.

    But it is Zoe's gig, so expect fireworks and calmness, and a lot of joy. She is described in The Observer as "a remarkable pianist by any standard". How else could she attract such superb playing mates?


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    2013 9 August, £16 - Peter King Quartet featuring Steve Melling

    "World's greatest Altoist" - Nat Adderley

    With Peter King alto saxophone, Steve Melling piano, Andy Cleyndert bass & r drums.

    "My Man!", says Nat Adderley. Mine too.
    Peter King is back with us, bringing his own quartet. This will be an evening to savour.

    Steve is one of the country's most inventive players, and he has worked with Peter many, many times. If you want a powerful engine room that will think with Peter, Andy and Mark would be your pick.

    Join us for what will be a stunning evening of music.


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    2013 16 August, £15 - Zoë Schwarz and Rob Koral Quintet

    One of the most engagingly natural partnerships in blues and jazz. Tonight will make you laugh and cry.

    With Zoë Schwarz vocals, Rob Koral guitar, Robin Aspland piano, Steve Thompson bass & n drums.

    Zoë and Rob’rtnership has been described as "one of the most engagingly natural partnerships in jazz, Zoë’ vocal style particularly well suited to the blues, and Rob's flawless guitar skills; their gigs are immediately accessible, enjoyable affairs." –r

    They are joined by the excellent Robin Aspland on piano, one of the finest accompanists about; and with Steve on bass and Paul on drums we are in for a great evening. Do join us.


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    2013 23 August, £15 - The Organ Trio

    Richly dynamic, hard swinging, melodic, blues drenched, funky modern jazz.

    With Jim Mullen guitar, Mike Gorman Hammond organ & drums.

    There is something very special about the sound of an organ trio, and the freedom that format gives the players. This gig brings together three top exponents of the art.

    Jim is twice winner of 'Best Guitar' in the British Telecom jazz awards and 'Best Guitar' in the British Jazz Awards for 2000. Mike is one of the UK's leading jazz pianists and organists, working with UK musicians such as Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Alan Skidmore, Georgie Fame and Peter King. Matt has played with Dave O'Higgins, Alan Barnes, Don Weller and Stacey Kent, and regularly appears with the Halle, The BBC Concert Orchestra and the The Britten Symphonia accompanying soloists such as Maria Ewing, Claire Martin, and Sir Richard Rodney Bennet.


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    2013 30 August, £15 - David Gordon Speaks Latin

    A spice feast for all lovers of jazz and latin music.

    With David Gordon piano, Jonty Fisher bass & iuti drums.

    We know that David and Paul make a formidable team. Jonty has gigged and recorded with David, and leads two bands of his own. David says " If you thought that Latin jazz was all about salsa and bossa nova [we] invite you to think again. This new project takes a unique and personal look at music from South America, drawing on popular music from that continent, songs which capture the revolutionary spirit of the 60s and 70s - including those by Simón Díaz, Jorge Cafrune, Victor Jara and Mercedes Sosa..."

    There is more to say, but they say it with music. Don't miss it.


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    2013 6 September, £18 - Liane Carroll

    A solo gig from this starry vocalist and pianist.

    "Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest" - The Times
    "Highly Recommended--I love it" - Michael Parkinson
    "The real thing." - Independent on Sunday
    "Utterly brilliant." - Time Out

    And they forgot great fun!
    Liane has one more awards that you can shake a crotchet at.
    So if you love fine piano playing, stunning singing, and wonderful storytelling, join us for this grand first gig of our season.


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    2013 13 September, £15 - Chris Biscoe Quartet

    An evening with a saxophonist virtuoso of great lyricism, passion, stamina and considerable versatility.

    With Chris Biscoe saxophone, Tony Kofi saxophone, Larry Bartley bass and Stu Butterfield. drums
    Chris is steeped in the jazz tradition and his conception embraces everything from blues and gospel roots to free improvisation and jazz rock. Tonight the band enter the world of Eric Dolphy's remarkable musical universe. To have two masters of the sax is very special, as we welcome back Tony Kofi.
    The rhythm section of Larry Bartley bass and Stu Butterfield drums swing freely.


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    2013 20 September, £15 - Esther Bennett

    "Knock-em-dead singer" Evening Standard
    A real musician with voice that has individuality, originality and flair.


    With Esther Bennett vocals, John Crawford piano, Duncan Lamont sax, Steve Taylor drums and Ollie Hayhurst bass.
    Esther was a successful saxophonist, and carries that feel and touch into her singing. She is a favourite at several London clubs, and I am sure will become one of ours. She has just completed an excellently reviewed season with Tina May and most of the above crew.

    We welcome Duncan Lamont for his debut with us. He is a prolific composer and masterly player, and we will be hearing his music at the gig.


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    2013 27 September, £15 - Liam Noble Quintet

    John Fordham says "a brilliant pianist" and "a tour de force". True of Liam and his band.

    With Liam Noble piano, Chris Batchelor trumpet, Shabaka Hutchings reeds, Dave Whitford bass, Dave Wickens drums and percussion.
    Liam's latest CD with the two Daves has had brilliant reviews. Tonight he brings the "Brother Face" band, with Shabaka Hutchings and Chris Batchelor.
    Chris is an award winning composer as well as a very busy instrumentalist, playing with the trans-Atlantic group Big Air and fine European groups.
    Shabaka is the 2010 BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. His Barbadian background informs much of his music, and drives his versatility.
    Liam is a pianist, composer and educator, with a musical wit that is a delight, and he brings a band to complement the wit.
    He brings with him a third Dave - the music of Dave Brubeck, who loved it when he heard it.


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    2013 4 October, £16 - Julian Argüelles Quartet

    Expect an evening of great variety, energy and amazing musicianship.

    With Julian Argüelles saxophone, Kit Downes piano, Sam Lasserson bass and James Maddren drums.
    Julian began touring with the European Big Band at the age of 14 He soon joined the legendary Loose Tubes. He as recently returned from a tour of North American festivals, with Kit Downes and James Maddren, who make up the quartet tonight, with Sam Lasserson on bass.
    This is an exiting, tight group who will leave you breathless.


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    2013 11 October, £16 - John Law Trio

    "combining the vocabularies of jazz and classical in a singular and seamless way, coalescing improvisational surprise and a deep elegiac musicality" - All About Jazz
    "so full of joy that it can renew your faith not just in jazz, but music itself" - Phil Johnson, Independent on Sunday
    "It was a gratifying experience listening to both of these CDs and my appreciation of Mr. Law and his music only grew with repeated listening" - Cadence


    With John Law piano, Yuri Goloubev bass and Asaf Sirkis drums
    Yes, they really are that good. Yuri and Asaf are among the few who have the skill and joy to be equal thirds of this trio.

    [We slipped up on a change of artist for this gig. We had Ollie Hayhurst on bass and Laurie Lowe on drums. A grand evening.]


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    2013 18 October, £15 - Roger Beaujolais Quartet

    Playing at its finest with four firm Fleece friends and proper jazz

    With Roger Beaujolais vibraphone, Robin Aspland piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Winston Clifford drums.
    Roger is an acknowledged world class vibraphonist. Robin has power and pianism to spare on the piano. Simon and Winston are anybodies favourite engine room.
    If you love great music, this gig will more than satisfy you.


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    2013 25 October, £15 - Ollie Howell Quintet

    "So creative, I couldn't believe it. This kid really is a 360 degree beautiful young cat" - Quincy Jones.

    With Ollie Howell drums, Matt Robinson piano, Duncan Eagles saxophone, Mark Perry trumpet and Max Luthert bass.
    Olly has worked with Quincy and other greats, and won a double handful of awards for his playing. The band is tight, with Matt (who has been compared to Woody Allen on speed), Duncan (who records at Whirlwind, as does Ollie), Mark,(who was born in 1987 and has accomplished many awards in his young life) and Max (much in demand and also a Whirlwind Artist).
    This is a young and supremely talented group. Do join us; we are in the Devora Suite for this gig.


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    2013 1 November, £15 - Alex Hutton Trio

    Don't miss "a great British talent and a wonderfully natural pianist" - Ronnie Scott

    With Alex Hutton piano, Stu Ritchie drums, Yuri Goloubev bass
    Alex is established on the London scene, having worked with Jim Mullen, Bobby Wellins, Art Themen, Pete King, Don Weller, Dave O Higgins, Dave Green, Pete Wareham. and toured North America with "Boy on a Dolphin".
    What a treat to have Yuri back to work with the excellent Alex, and we look forward to the return of Stu, last seen our way in 2006 with the fine Colin Steele band.


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    2013 8 November, £15 - Josh Kemp Quartet

    "Wonderfully rich toned tenorist Josh Kemp with a laconic, subtle, highly nuanced and original sound" - Time Out
    "A player to watch...a musician of great individuality" - Alan Barnes


    With Josh Kemp saxophone, Tim Lapthorn piano, Mick Hutton bass and Matt Skelton drums.
    Josh is a band leader (having won theDaily Telegraph Young Jazz Band of the Year), composer, educator and studio owner. We are hoping that his new CD will be available at the gig.
    This is Joshes debut at the club, but the rest ot the sterling band are old friends of the club. Tim is one of our finest pianists, Mick has an international reputation as does Matt.
    This will be a joyous evening. Come along.


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    2013 Sunday, 10 November, £20 - DIVAS' DAY: The most sensational female vocalists in Britain

    The finest line up of singers ever seen in East Anglia, probably in Britain, delivering: Contemporary, World, Pop, Blues, Original, Chanson, Classical, Folk, Jazz, American Song Book, Scat, improvised, etc, and fun!

    This amazing Sunday will have BARB JUNGR, CLAIRE MARTIN, GEORGIA MANCIO, GILL MANLY, KATE SHORTT, MARI WILSON, SARAH GILLESPIE, SARAH MOULE and TINA MAY.
    Supported by David Newton, Jenny Carr and Nigel Price
    .
    A buffet is available. The hotel buffets have been greatly approved of.


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    2013 15 November, £15 - Matt Ridley Trio with Jason Yarde

    We welcome back this fine bassist, excellent trio and very special guest.

    With Matt Ridley bass, Jason Yarde sax, John Turville piano and Nick Smalley drums
    Matt wowed us with the MJQ tribute. He has made a name for himself as one of the most creative and hardworking bass players on the London jazz scene, working with a veritable who's who of UK jazz.
    The globally recognized composer Jason Yarde perfectly assimilates the feeling of Ridley's compositions, singing the melodies from the depths of his soul, and improvising in a way that few saxophonists working in jazz could conceive.
    John and Nick are the perfect engine room for this group, as well as being fine soloists.


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    2013 Sunday, 17 November, £20 - LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET

    Whether it is a major international festival or a club gig, this band provides authentic, dynamic and joyous music.

    With Ilana Cravitz violin, Susi Evans clarinet, Carol Isaacs accordion and Rupert Gillett bass.
    and a cream tea included!
    The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers much in demand on the UK folk, world and pop music scenes. Their deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of pre-war Jewish Eastern Europe, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
    "The LKQ is made up of four of Europe's most talented klezmer musicians. They are great performers and teachers and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and excitement to their performances" Frank London, The Klezmatics


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    2013 22 November, £16 - Saxophone Giants A Tribute to Jazz's Greatest Saxophonists

    Two stunning international saxophonists bring the sound of the greats to Fleece Jazz

    With Keith Loftis saxophone, Jean Toussaint saxophone, Reuben James piano, Alex Davis bass and Dave Hamblett drums.
    American tenorist Keith Loftis has won top honours in the states for his clarity of tone, honesty and passion. He is paired with Jean Toussaint, former member of Art Blakey & the ers.
    These two stars will give us a tribute to some of the twentieth century's most renowned saxophonists, including Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and John Coltrane.
    They are backed by sought after Brummie, Reuben James on piano; Alex Davis, who lugs his bass between York and New York; and Dave Hamblett: all of whom played for the Abram Wilson band.

    [The truly excellent bassist on this gig that will stand in the memory, was Mark Lewandowski.]


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    2013 29 November, £15 - Nick Page Quartet

    "Nick Page is amazing - every note is perfect" - Gilad Atzmon

    With Nick Page guitar, David Newton piano, Arnie Somogyi bass and Clark Tracy drums.
    Nick has played with a huge list of fine musicians. He is a composer and educator and band leader. In that capacity, he brings with him the cream of back line players.
    Dave, Arnie and Clark are constant friends and players at our club. What a pleasure to hear them together.
    Alan Skidmore says "[Nick] is extremely talented,versatile and inspirational.I Love working with Nick". You will love hearing him.


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    2013 6 December, £15 - Heads South

    Fine exponents of Latin music in the Cuban style

    With John Harriman keyboards, Steve Waterman trumpet, Buster Birch drums, Chino Martell Morgan percussion and Adolfredo Pulido bass.
    John Harriman's music reflects his Irish, French & Englnd, He lived in the USA for many years and nowadays often decamps to his Spanish wife's Castilian homeland. John has played with a range of leading artists here and abroad.
    Steve Waterman is one of the finest trumpeters and lovely flugelists about. He knocks us over with his playing every time he plays for us.
    The much in demand Chino Martell Morgan grew up in Cardenas in Matanzas province in Cuba. He started playing percussion in his late teens, influenced by hearing the elderly locals play percussion in the district bars. At Cuban music school he played with renowned Cuban drummer Miguel Zulueta and a number of Latin jazz bands.
    The highly regarded Buster Birch plays in a variety of styles and genres. percussionist in two respected world music groups. Buster is a professor of music at Trinity College London.
    Bassplayer Adolfredo Pulido was born in Venezuela and by the age of 7 was playing drums, then also tuba, trumpet and trombone before taking up bass at the age of 14 He now is hugely in demand in the Jazz and world scenes.
    If you miss this gig, you will miss a bucketload of joy and fine playing.


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    2013 13 December, £0 - Gig Cancelled.

    Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, there will be no gig on Friday, December 13th.


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    2013 20 December, £20 - Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione

    Familiar but always surprising forces of nature grace our stage.

    With Sarah Jane Morris vocals and Antonio Forcione guitar.
    "Those in-the-know rate her as one of the world's great jazz-soul vocalists of the past twenty years" - Vogue Italia
    Together, Sarah Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione create beautiful music that touches the soul.


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    2013 27 December, £20 - Sax Appeal

    Five, count 'em, five fine saxophonists and a great back line help us celebrate the New Year.

    With Derek Nash alto & sopron Allen
    tenor, Brandon Allen tenor, Scott Garland alto, Bob McKay baritone & woodete Adams
    piano, Phil Scragg, bass and Nic Francis drums.

    The ever effervescent Derek Nash takes a break before the Hootnanny to bring us this great band.

    Digby Fairweather says they are "probably one of the finest saxophone bands in the world ".
    Award yourself a visit to this award winning band.


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    2014 3 January, £22 - Jacqui Dankworth & TrioStylish contemporary vocalist with jazz, blues, folk and soul influences. The daughter of Dame Cleo Laine & Sir th she has a "multi-faceted voice." A very special treat to start a New Year.

    Jacqui Dankworth vocals, Charlie Wood keyboards/vocals, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Mike Smith drums.
    Jacqui's latest album Live to Love has attracted reviews like "beautifully sung ballads with fine lyrics that clearly show her maturity" (Hi Fi Critic).
    It is a special treat to have Charlie Wood on keys and singing.
    This is an unmissable gig for any lover of great singing.

    [Our brilliant back line was Ollie Hayhurst on bass and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, with a special mention for a hero piano tuner.]


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    2014 10 January, £20 - Cubana Bop Octet Jazz On The Latin Side

    One of the best homegrown Latin ensembles enliven West Side Story songs, Buena Vista, Santana & stany fun!

    With Terry Seabrook piano, Satin Singh congas, Adam Riley drums, Shanti Jayasihna trumpet, Ian Price flute/sax/clarinet, Davide Mantovani bass, Jo Marshall vocals and Paul Roberts vocals.
    "It's danceable, good music. That's it's raison d'etre. You wouldn't want to just sit, it's for people who want to move around too" (Jack Massarik).
    "Terry Seabrook's band is the king of Cuban jazz-fusion" (Jazz-Wise).


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    2014 17 January, £16 - Simon Spillett Quintet - Standard Miles

    Standard Miles presents a British jazz supergroup revisiting the music played by the legendary Miles Davis.

    With Simon Spillett sax, John Critchinson piano, Dave Green bass, Henry Lowther trumpet and Trevor Tomkins drums.
    The loose, spontaneous and elastic treatments that Miles' quintet gave Broadway song material in the 1960's are the inspiration and provide the repertoire for a band full of well-known names. Trumpeter Henry Lowther is widely regarded as the best among British brass players, whilst pianist John Critchinson, bassist Dave Green and drummer Trevor Tomkins form the most democratic of rhythm sections.
    Simon's latest recording, "Square One", is reviewed by Stephen Graham thus: "Additive free, non glossy, hoary hard bop that values core qualities. The music is beautifully played, with a speed and energy just right for what it intends".


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    2014 24 January, £15 - Katie Brown Quintet featuring Leon Greening

    A splendid altoist, (favoured by Scott Hamilton when gigging in the UK), joined by a Fleece favourite, who takes piano to new heights.

    With Katie Brown sax, Leon Greening piano, Robbie Harvey trombone, Julian Bury bass and Matt Home drums,
    Katie won the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Soloist of the Year Award in 1992 and in 1994 won a Rotary Scholarship to study jazz for a year at the University of Tennessee. Since returning to the UK she has played with the likes of Scott Hamilton as well as her own band.
    Leon is well known to us as a very talented and passionate pianist, who always delights. Matt, Julian and Robbie also make welcome returns.


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    2014 31 January, £16 - Sue Richardson Quintet featuring Richard Shepherd

    A delight on trumpet, flugel and vocals, (why not? Chet Baker did it!), Sue's "timbre is warm and full-bodied" and, without high-note theatricals, she "evokes the generosity and exuberance of players from the swing era."

    With Sue Richardson trumpet/vocals, Neal Richardson piano, Richard Shepherd baritone sax, George Trebar bass and Sam Glasson drums.
    Chet Baker's friend and drummer says "Sue has a sense and spirit of Chet Baker within her, both in her playing and vocals. Strong yet delicate - sensitive and very lyrical".
    Richard is the heart of the Jay Phelps big band, and we look forward to him, Neil, George and Rod, and, of course, the marvelous Sue.


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    2014 7 February, £15 - Bryan Corbett and Chris Dodd - Green Quartet

    Excellent Birmingham based trumpeter Bryan returns, putting modern beats behind Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard crossovers to create danceable rhythms with a street-wise swagger.

    With Bryan Corbett trumpet/flugel, Chris Dodd bass, Sean Hargreaves piano/keyboard and Simon Pearson drums.
    This is a band of friends, tight and full of ideas. Bryan and Chris are at the centre, having just produced an acclaimed duo cd "Green", and hopefully we will hear some of that material.
    We are looking forward to Simon's debut at the club.
    Sean is an adventurous pianist who also has a wealth of experience playing with Guy Barker, Peter King, Mornington Lockett, Jim Mullen, Gerard Presencer, Jean Toussaint, John Etheridge , Marvin Gaye, Michael Bubl&eacutoyet, Natalie Imbruglia and Harry Beckett amongst others.
    This will be modern jazz at its best.


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    2014 14 February, £15 - Ed Jones Quartet

    Stunningly direct, top bop-inspired tenorist, Ed brings with him Tom Cawley on piano to enrich his passionate, forcefully imagined improvisations.

    With Ed Jones sax, Tom Cawley piano, Tim Giles drums and Riaan Vosloo bass.
    Excitement just naturally follows Ed Jones about. One of the most innovative band leaders in Britain, Ed Jones' playing has been described as fluent, distinctive, vigorous, volcanic and more. An improviser to his fingertips this will be an explosive and wonderful night.
    Tom, Riaan and Tim are all top players, making this a very exciting gig, not to be missed.


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    2014 21 February, £15 - Laura Zakian & TrioA wonderful singer who uses her voice as an instrument, improvising the melodies to maximise the lyric, underpinned by Steve Lodder's delightful piano.

    With Laura Zakian vocals, Steve Lodder piano, Simon Thorpe bass and Nic France drums.
    "If anyone deserves to be famous on merit and achievement to date, she [Laura Zakian] does" says the Jazz Journal. Laura sings standards old and new, but it is always fine modern jazz singing.
    Her trio is worth hearing on their own any day; together they promise a fantastic night of great music.
    Laura will be singing songs from her great new album, "Songs for Modern Lovers". Inspired by the iconic Frank Sinatra album Songs for Swinging Lovers, this is considered to be her best work yet: a fresh take on an old theme.
    “serves to be famous on merit and achievement to date, she (Laura Zakian) does”al)


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    2014 28 February, £15 - John Law's Boink!

    John Law, prodigious prodigy and inventive musical alchemist, brings an electronic quartet of guitar, drums and live visuals - yet, importantly, the orchestrated sound is far from synthetic, but a refreshing assembly of jazz, rock and ambience.

    With John Law keyboards and effects, Rob Palmer guitar and effects, Lloyd Haines drums and Patrick Dunn live visuals.

    John Law's new project, exploring electronic sounds and effects over drum grooves. Spontaneous group interaction between keyboards, soprano/bass clarinet and guitar, coming out of pre-composed electronic music scores. Underpinned by propulsive drum grooves. Jazz, rock, ambient, electronic.. The music will be performed in front of a screen, showing live, interactive visuals, using artwork specially put together for this tour.
    "One of this country’native young pianists" - The Times
    "When he records for ECM he'll become a star" - Jazzthethik, Germany
    “avura with crystal clear, fast passagework coupled with a sovereign command over everything that is pianistically possible. You wonder if there is actually anything that this pianist cannot do.”um, Germany
    "Impressively intricate drum patterns.. atmospheric picture-painting,... fast moving, upbeat riffs.. Take a listen.. you'll be hooked!"
    Listen at Soundcloud
    Live at the Blue Boar


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    2014 7 March, £15 - RIP RAP QUARTET

    Kevin Flanagan and David Gordon do amazing things with beat poetry and music inspired by Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Ralph Towner, Jan Garbarek, Joshua Redman et al.

    With Kevin Flanagan sax, David Gordon piano, Russ Morgan percussion and Andrew Brown bass.
    American born Kevin brings new grooves and atmospheric improvisation to this excellent band. He has worked in a range of genres, from classical to rap.
    David is a beautiful, thoughtful musician, very funny at times. Russ and Andrew are the perfect engine room for the band.


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    2014 14 March, £16 - Tammy Weis & Tom

    "Isn't she great! Now there's a vocalist!" (Michael Bubl&eacuting of Canadian cool "with a luscious sound full of feeling" (Julian Joseph).

    With Tammy Weis vocals, Tom Cawley piano, Julie Walkington bass and Dave Ohm drums.
    "Not many people reduce me to tears, but Tammy's song about her mother was the most touching I've ever heard, and her voice is beautiful." (Jenni Murray, BBC).
    "An engaging live performer with a Peggy Lee-like sense of cool" (Clive Davis, The Times).

    At last a chance to hear this classy Canadian along with one of our favourite pianists, and a great engine room with Julie and Dave.

    We are recording this gig, so do come and be part of this special night.


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    2014 21 March, £18 - Ian Shaw

    Unmissable, unmistakeable, (sometimes un-repeatable), a master singer! "A profoundly sophisticated artist with a broad grasp of music ... as well as an affecting, emotional and sometimes very funny singer" The Guardian.

    With Ian Shaw on vocals and piano.
    Ian Shaw has been named, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world's finest male jazz vocalists. He is a stunningly good pianist too. At this gig we get both of him. If we are lucky, Ian might give us some of his third persona as a standup comedian!
    Twice winner of the BBC Jazz Awards Best Vocalist, people say of him "Our finest jazz singer" (Time Out) and "The contemporary scene's class act" (The Guardian).

    [We were delighted to hear special guest Trish Heenan sing Joni Mitchell.]


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    2014 28 March, £16 - Renato D’national Quintet

    Tenorist Renato's "weighty, behind-the-beat sound shows how a poetic imagination can rekindle a long-gone style without nostalgia". (John Fordham). Joined by vocalist Marc Thomas, tonight Renato provides a chance to wallow in something rather special.

    With Renato d'Aiello sax, Hiroshi Murayama piano. Marc Thomas vocals, Dario Di Lecce bass and Lionel Boccara drums.
    "His solos tell a story. Their lines unfold with a natural flow, especially on the ballads" (Jack Massarick)
    "D'Aiello's weighty, behind-the-beat sound shows how a poetic imagination can rekindle a long-gone style without nostalgia" (John Fordham)
    Renato's playing is intense, but at the same time warm and poignant. He showcases one of the most attractive and affecting tenor saxophonist sounds in contemporary jazz.
    His excellent companions are pianist Hiroshi Murayama, singer Marc Thomas is a French version of American crooners like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and Lionel is a classically trained percussionist swiftly gaining a world-wide jazz reputation. Dario has made a reputation for himself, playing with the best in New York and London.


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    2014 4 April, £18 - Tony Kofi Quartet

    Just about the most inspiring saxophonist in Britain today, on any sax you care to name, Tony takes the music of Monk and others to new heights. Tonight he plays with Hammond organ, guitar and drums to prove he is no longer "just" good, but truly great.

    With Tony Kofi baritone sax, Simon Fensby guitar, Peter Whittaker Hammond organ and Pete Cater drums.
    It is always a pleasure to see and hear Tony play, soprano, alto, tenor or beautiful baritone. "The Organisation" that he brings with him is ideally suited to his musical style.


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    2014 11 April, £20 - Barb Jungr with Simon Wallace

    No one gets inside a song like Barb. She inhabits a song and brings out profound intensity, and never more so than when delivering Bob Dylan numbers. Moreover she is hugely entertaining. Do not miss a lady who is fast becoming a world super star.

    With Barb Jungr vocals and Simon Wallace piano. with Dudley Phillips bass
    No-one but Barb can turn deep thought and study into dynamic passion and joy like she can.
    If you have yet to discover Barb, here is the perfect chance, in a delightfully intimate setting. She will be singing the music of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, from her much acclaimed CD "Hard Rain".

    And to have the company of that fabulous composer/pianist Simon Wallace, and co-founder of Perfect Houseplants, Dudley Phillips: what an evening we have in store.

    We are in the Devora Suite for this one, and it is being recorded for BBC Radio Suffolk.


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    2014 18 April, £15 - Fletch's Brew

    Drummer Mark Fletcher's powerhouse jazz fusion quartet with Freddie Gravita on trumpet and Carl Orr on guitar is a regular feature at Ronnie Scott's and greatly impressed Wynton Marsalis: "We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years. "Come and discover the power of funky jazz originals and the music of Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Weather Report.

    With Mark Fletcher drums, Freddie Gavita trumpet, Carl Orr guitar and Steve Pearce bass.
    Fletch brings a tankful of energy to anything that he does. Even watching his teaching videos is a revelation.
    This band will blow you away with great jazz.


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    2014 25 April, £16 - Emilia Mårtensson & TrioThis eclectically folksy, graceful, ethereal and intimate Swedish singer brings her new album to Fleece Jazz. If you ever liked anything by Norah Jones, you will surely love this delightful blurring of folk and jazz. A truly fine emerging talent.

    With Emilia Mårtensson vocals, Barry Green piano, Sam Lasserson bass and Adriano Adewale percussion.
    "Martensson invests every sound with a skimming, rapturous lightness and clarity" (John Fordham)
    This band delighted us last February. Come and enjoy again, or discover this singer on her way up.


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    2014 2 May, £16 - Karen Sharp Quartet

    From the tender playing of a Strayhorn ballad to the urgency of a Mingus gospel number:
    With Karen Sharp saxophone, Nikki Iles piano. Dave Green bass and Steve Brown drums.
    These are four Fleece favourites, for whom the word "great" applies. They all play on Karen's recent CD on Trio Records; the album has garnered some excellent press.
    What a delightful way to start our new season.


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    2014 9 May, £15 - Frank Harrison Trio

    From Jazzwise: "Lucid, intelligent, spacious and beautifully controlled explorations".
    With Frank Harrison piano, Dave Whitford bass and Enzo Zirilli drums.
    The piano trio is the purest form of jazz, giving each musician space to be dangerous. These three grab that possibility in their fists and run with it.
    Ronnie Scott said of Frank, "one of the most talented young musicians I have heard".


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    2014 16 May, £18 - Spike Heatley Trio with Art Themen

    Spike and Art are at the heart of British Jazz.
    With Spike Heatley bass, Art Themen saxophone, Andy Williams guitar and Malcolm Mortimore drums.
    Spike, Andy and Malcolm were with us in 2011 , and it is a delight to see them return. Make no bones about it, Art Themen is a class act. Together they celebrate over 7 decades of Spike's career.


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    2014 23 May, £16 - Gilad Atzmon: The Spirit of Coltrane

    A stunning interpretation of the great John Coltrane.
    With Gilad Atzmon tenor and soprano saxophone, Frank Harrison piano, Ernesto Simpson drums and Tim Thornton bass.
    Gilad will be playing tenor for this gig, a Selmer Mk.6, the same as Trane played. Of Gilad, John Fordham said, "A formidable improvisational array...a local jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height..."
    He is funny too, and the band is great. Don't miss this one.


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    2014 30 May, £15 - Jon Lloyd Quintet

    "Powerful and... magical stuff" - Downbeat, USA.
    With Jon Lloyd reeds, John Law piano, Rob Palmer guitar, Tom Farmer bass and Jon Scott drums.
    The group's CD, "Vanishing point" got four stars and this review from Jazzwise: "Intimate pastoral moods, angular rock riffs and
    haunting minimalist grooves... fluid and engaging". The music is very accessible without losing its improvisational power. All five musicians are virtuosi.


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    2014 6 June, £15 - Gabrielle Ducomble Quintet

    "Astonishingly beautiful voice" - BBC Radio 4
    With Gabrielle Ducomble vocals, Nicolas Meier guitar, Dan Teper accordion, Nic Kacal bass and Saleem Raman drums.
    Gabrielle and her band are currently touring the UK with her latest album Notes from Paris, which in February 2014 had a sell-out launch at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club and was Jazz FM's Album of the Week.
    Her band is the same one that blew us away in 2012 , including the magical Nicolas.
    If you love great singing, whether in French or English, you need to be at this gig.

    We are in the Garden Room for this gig


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    2014 13 June, £16 - Phil Robson New Organ Trio with Ross Stanley

    "Phil is a wonderful guitarist and composer, definitely a unique player" David Liebman, USA sax legend.
    With Phil Robson guitar, Ross Stanley organ and Gene Calderazzo drums.
    Phil was Best Jazz Musician Of The Year in the 2009 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards, and just gets better and better.
    Ross is stunning on any set of keys, but particularly the Hammond organ.
    Musicians say that Gene is "always there, guiding, anticipating, shaping and stimulating".


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    2014 20 June, £16 - Derek Nash's Acoustic Quartet with David Newton

    Stunning improvisation and creativity, with four players at the very top of their game working as a single entity.
    With Derek Nash saxophones, David Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan DeKrom drums.
    We really do provide the best of British Jazz. Four top guys: the effervescent Derek, the presidential David, the scintillating Geoff and magesterial Sebastiaan.
    We will be "Joyriding" along with the band's CD.


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    2014 27 June, £15 - Basil Hodge

    These Fleece favourites are an exciting tight, hard swinging unit in the post-bop and Afro-Cuban vein.
    With Basil Hodge piano Tony Kofi saxophone, Larry Bartley bass and Winston Clifford drums.
    Combine Basil's great writing with his excellent pianism, add one of the finest saxophonists, a truly great bassist and an absolute top drummer, and you get an evening of music which will live in the memory.


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    2014 4 July, £18 - Clark Tracey Quintet

    The much acclaimed and awarded musician returns to us with a great band - jazz at its best is in store.
    With Clark Tracey drums, Henry Armburg Jennings trumpet, Chris Maddock alto sax, Harry Bolt piano and Dan Casimir bass.
    "Clark plays with a keen-eared awareness that's rare among today's drummers ... has always been a highly tasteful and thoughtful drummer" - The Guardian
    "There is a calm authority about Clark Tracey's drumming: he appears undemonstrative, even cherubic, and scarcely seems to move, while all the time generating tremendous power" - Ron Atkins


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    2014 11 July, £15 - Frank Williams African Jazz Quintet

    The band has its roots firmly in South African Township music combining the very best of African music with high voltage rhythm. This is definitely music for the heart and the feet!
    Frank Williams saxophone, Pete Oxley guitar, Alistair Gavin piano, Ben Havinden bass, and Daniel John drums.

    Frank has been delighting Fleece Jazz audiences for many years with his brand of South African music and tonight he brings his new lineup with Ben and Pete joining the band. The Quintet will be playing music from the South African songbook featuring music by Dudu Pukwana, Chris Mcgregor, Hugh Masekala, Jonas Gwanga and some originals.

    This is township music at its best.


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    2014 18 July, £15 - Gabriel Garrick

    Lots of joyous music from a great jazz band.
    With Gabriel Garrick trumpet and flugel, Terence Collie piano, Andy Hamill bass and Paul Cavaciuti drums.
    Gabriel says, "The quartet came together whilst Gabriel was guesting on a jazz session ... Terry Collie (piano) was hosting the session and had gathered together Andy Hamill (bass) and Paul Cavaciuti (drums). The session was a breath of fresh air for each musician and just felt right."
    This gig will have an excellent combination of great playing and good fun.


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    2014 25 July, £15 - Kevin Flanagan’et

    Kevin returns with a stonking, stomping band.

    With Kevin Flanagan saxophone, Colin Watling saxophone, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Chris Ingham piano, Andy Brown bass and George Double drums.

    The fabulous Rebop sextet specialises in the innovative and exhilarating jazz that flowered in the mid-1940s.

    Robert Habermann is ill, and we wish him a speedy recovery. We are grateful to Kevin for bringing his sextet on relatively short notice.


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    2014 1 August, £15 - Will Butterworth Quartet

    "effortless poise and crisp, attractive classically-trained sound" - Jazzwise.
    With Will Butterworth piano, Pete Ibbetson Drums, Seb Pipe alto saxophone and Nick Pini bass.
    We have been lucky at the club to hear Will, and know his prodigious talent.
    The band will play Will's music based on Oscar Wilde's children's story 'The Nightingale and the Rose'. It will feature the brilliant Seb Pipe on Alto Saxophone. This suite of music employs beautiful melodies and rich and dark harmony, to retell Wilde's story of love and sacrifice. The quartet uses these melodies as starting points for improvisation, and the result is intense, exhilarating and riveting music making.


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    2014 8 August, £0 - Summer Break

    We all need
    a rest


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    2014 15 August, £0 - Summer Break

    We still need
    a rest


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    2014 22 August, £15 - The Horn Factory

    Nineteen musicians will be bringing us the spine tingling sound of the true big band. They blew us away in 2012
    East Anglia's Premier Big Band..
    If you love the sound of a big, talented band, this will be a joy.


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    2014 29 August, £16 - Loz Speyer - Time Zone

    "Imaginative fusions of Cuban dance forms and pungent contemporary jazz" - John Fordham
    With Loz Speyer trumpet/flugel, Martin Hathaway alto sax/bass clarinet, Stuart Hall guitar, Dave Mannington bass, Andy Ball drums and Maurizio Ravalico congas.
    "Timezone have a deep, organic understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms and textures, which they fuse cleverly and compellingly with the more improvisatory jazz of the US mainland... All in all, another delicious evening of first-order live music." - Ian Kingsbury
    A not to be missed gig to end our season.


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    2014 5 September, £20 - Dylan Howe's Subterranean, with special guest Andy Sheppard

    New designs on David Bowie's Berlin period: music from "Low" and "Heroes"

    Dylan Howe drums, Andy Sheppard tenor sax, Ross Stanley piano, Steve Lodder synthesisers, Dave Whitford bass

    A couple of quotes for starters: "A warm, contemplative treat, subtle, cinematic. The painterly atmosphere is conjured by creative electronics and elegant arrangements. A warm tribute to Bowie, but a jazz album too, Subterranean offers plenty to fans from both constituencies." John Fordham. The Guardian

    "4 stars. Succeeds in living up to the source material... subtle reinvention and imaginative twists." - The Independent

    Dylan, Andy, Steve, Ross and Dave start their tour with us. And with you.

    Some excellent pictures and tour information are available here


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    2014 12 September, £15 - Alec Dankworth World Jazz Trio

    Five star rating for these three stars. Alec's love of Spanish music will flood through.

    Alec Dankworth electric bass, Ben Castle sax, Paul Clarvis percussion

    Alec brings originals and standards from all parts of the globe. This is a world class trio of musicians. Alec is at the top of the bassist game; Ben’playing is brilliant, effortless, creative and very persuasive; whether playing jazz, classical music or rock, Paul is a leader in his field.

    [With the delightful surprise of Emily Dankworth on vocals, the band becomes World Spirit.]


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    2014 19 September, £18 - Sarah Gillespie

    "Bob Dylan's lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original" - John Fordham

    Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Tom Cawley piano, Enzo Zirilli drums, Ben Bastin bass

    "Is she the new Joni Mitchell? PJ Harvey? Bob Dylan even? Glory Days recalls all three but Gillespie's spiky lyrical gift is utterly distinctive." Metro, London

    Great voice, great storytelling, great musicianship.


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    2014 26 September, £18 - Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio

    A power trio with a rich, funky and distinctive sound.

    Dennis Rollins trombone, Ross Stanley organ, Pedro Segundo drums.

    "This fine trio set is a real surprise ... not because Rollins' expressive virtuosity was ever in doubt, but because he cuts loose here in the company of Hammond organist Ross Stanley and exciting drummer to paint a broader canvas of melody and texture than this line-up ought to permit" John Fordham

    A gig not to be missed.


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    2014 3 October, £15 - Ben Crosland's Threeway

    "Virtuoso players who know each other so well that their improvisations just seem to fall into place. It's subtle music, warm, melodic and gently intriguing" - Dave Gelly

    Ben Crosland bass, Steve Waterman trumpet, Steve Lodder piano

    The Dave Gelly quote refers to the new album, "Looking Forward, Looking Back". As an older album never strays far from my player, I am greatly looking forward to the new one.

    This is a band that gives the term "chamber jazz" a good name. Ben does most of the composition, with additions by the Steves. They are stunning compositions, making exciting use of the available tonalities.


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    2014 10 October, £15 - Sarah Moule

    Her CD launch tour! "Cool, elegant, immaculate - *****" - The Observer
    "Sarah's voice on 'Men Who Love Mermaids' becomes elemental: floating and diving in subtle and liquid eloquence" - Barb Jungr

    Sarah Moule vocals, Simon Wallace piano Mick Hutton bass, Paul Robinson drums

    On her latest album, "Songs from the Floating World", acclaimed jazz singer Sarah Moule has recorded seven songs by Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman, alongside a new lyric by Julie Burchill, two blues numbers and imaginative reworkings of classic songs.

    Songs from the Floating World reminds us that Sarah is a brilliant interpreter of both melody and lyrics.

    'The Floating World' was the name given to the red light districts in 17th-19th Century Japan where geishas, Kabuki actors and Sumo wrestlers rubbed shoulders with artists and musicians against a backdrop of hedonism.

    The reviews of the album have been stellar. Here is part of a five star review by Dave Gelly:
    Together, Sarah Moule, Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman made a perfect trio of talents –o, even though Fran died three years ago. Wallace’tly echoes her unsettling but deceptively simple lyrics, and Moule’ brings them both to elegant life. Among the seven Landesman songs here I particularly liked Scars and Did I Break Your Heart? There’of People Do, with a lyric that sounds remarkably like Fran but turns out to be by Julie Burchill, together with several intriguingly recast standards. Wallace’ts are immaculate.


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    2014 17 October, £18 - Damon Brown Quintet featuring Fredrik Carlquist tenor sax

    Five distinguished musicians immersed in a lively jazz scene will supply lyrical and swinging music.

    Damon Brown trumpet, Fredrik Carlquist tenor sax, Leon Greening piano, Adam King bass, Marc Miralta drums.

    Damon plays with top bods at top clubs all over the world. He brings with him four distinguished musicians from his travels.

    The press quotes are amazing for all five.
    Example: "Brown has a bright, gleaming tone, a superbly poised attack, and a fine rhythmic sense that paces high long notes, stuttery phrases, pauses and sudden foot-on-the-gas accelerations against each other in eloquent conjunction" - John Fordam".

    [The superb drummer for the gig was Matt Skelton, who played on the CD.]


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    2014 24 October, £15 - Jazz at the Movies

    From "When Harry Met Sally" to "The Ipcress File": Joanna and her top band will have a ball.

    Joanna Eden vocals, Alan Barnes saxophone, Chris Ingham piano, George Double drums, Arni Somogyi bass

    "Movie songs like these provide good material for the best jazz singers. Joanna Eden and her first-class band had a ball with them ... and so did the audience!" JAZZ JOURNAL

    Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden ("the UK's answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall" TIME OUT) and featuring the groovy sounds of the CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET featuring the multi award-winning clarinettist and saxophonist Alan Barnes, JATM put a jazzy spin on the evocative songs and soundtrack themes from classic films including The Aristocats, The Servant, From Russia With Love, Agatha, Let's Make Love, The Pink Panther, The Ipcress File, When Harry Met Sally and many more.

    Featuring material ranging from Bond to Bacharach, Dankworth to Disney, Porter to Pinter, this is an enchanting entertainment rich with anecdote, sophistication and swing.

    [The Reverend Andy Brown was our bassist for this amazing show.]


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    2014 31 October, £18 - Partisans

    "One of the most exciting all-star experimental groups in Jazz today" - BBC Radio 3

    Phil Robson guitar. Julian Seigal reeds, Thadeous Kelly bass, Gene Calderazzo drums

    The Guardian said "...tricky zigzagging heads are played with flawless attack, and the quartet's trademark of seamless idiom and time-shifting within each piece operates with a gleeful tautness".

    You should book early for this one.


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    2014 7 November, £18 - Tim Richards HEXTET featuring Dick Pearce and Ed Jones

    "Richards' arrangements are terrific, and the choice of material is just as good... A landmark achievement in a long career." - John Fordham on "Great Spirit"

    With Tim Richards piano, Dick Pearce trumpet, Ed Jones sax, Ralph Wyld vibes, Peter Ibbetson drums and Dominic Howles bass

    Pianist Tim Richards’ce combines GREAT SPIRIT founder-members Dick Pearce (Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey) and Ed Jones (US3, Incognito) with up and coming young lions Ralph Wyld and Peter Ibbetson (ex-Puppini Sisters), plus longtime associate Dominic Howles.

    Book early, their last 2 gigs at London’e were sold out...

    "Attractive ensemble writing... infectious grooves... powerful soloing..." Kennie Mathieson - JAZZWISE Magazine ****


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    2014 14 November, £15 - Paul Baxter's EYESHUTIGHT Trio

    A unique blend of accessible, melodic, fiery compositions, expansive improvisation, and an engaging, enjoyable stage show

    Paul Baxter bass, Johnny Tomlinson piano, Kristoffer Wright drums

    After the success of their first two albums,'Evolution' and'The Thaw', EYESHUTIGHT are gaining recognition as real beacon of originality on the UK Jazz scene. They appeared on'The Cutting Edge' on Jazz FM, and on The Giles Peterson Show on BBC 6 Music.

    During 2012 , EYESHUTIGHT were featured on 'Jazz On 3 '. They were also selected to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at the Manchester Jazz Festival which was broadcast Jazz on 3.


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    2014 21 November, £16 - Katya Gorrie: The Moscow Drug Club

    Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, New Orleans Funeral Parade, and Gypsy Campfire combine for a special evening.

    Katya Gorrie vocals, Denny Ilett guitar, Andy Crowdy bass, Mirek Salmon accordion, Jonny Bruce trumpet

    The Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’aret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypseet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom ving an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, & Tom w Drug Club provide an intoxicating & inti experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club ... this way please & mind

    You will find a great voice and fine musicianship there.


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    2014 28 November, £15 - Jim Mullen Organ Trio

    Three masters present the organ trio as it should be.

    Jim Mullen guitar, Mike Gorman organ, Matt Skelton drums

    From Dave Gelly: "Most jazz musicians have, tucked away at the back of the mind, a collection of tunes that have caught their ear, and that they plan to use one of these days. Guitarist Jim Mullen unearthed these 10 numbers, by Toots Thielemans, Chick Corea, Donald Fagen, Georgie Fame etc., from his wishlist, and they make a fascinating collection.
    His trio, with organist Mike Gorman and drummer Matt Skelton, has a light, open, beautifully defined texture. Each piece gets a unique, often surprising treatment, performed with the understated virtuosity that marks out the best and most mature players."

    [Ross Stanley depped for Mike Gorman, and brought his amazing real Hammond B3.]


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    2014 5 December, £16 - Gilad Atzmon Power Cats

    "A revelation, a multi-reed man of enormous talent"-Tony Richards

    Gilad Atzmon reeds, Ross Stanley organ, drums to be announced

    Gilad is an amazing musician. He is leader of several bands, is a prolific and powerful composer, and an excellent producer.

    "Asaf Sirkis has earned a reputation as one of the world's premier drummers" - Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

    Ross Stanley is an internationally celebrated pianist and organist who has played with stellar jazz names such as Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker,Liane 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, and performing in many small and large ensembles.

    [Enzo Zirilli not only drummed, but arranged some tunes for this gig.]


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    2014 12 December, £20 - Sarah Jane Morris

    "River deep, mountain high, Sarah Jane Morris has a magnificent, enormous voice" - `Sunday Times

    Sarah Jane Morris vocals, Tim Cansfield guitar, Tony Remy guitar, Henry Thomas bass

    I have heard a preview of Sarah Jane's new CD "Bloody Rain" and it is bloody good. Tony and Henry feature on it.

    The two stunning guitarists and such a fine bassist provide not just a great backing, but superb solos.

    If you miss this gig, you are missing a force of nature performing.


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    2014 19 December, £18 - Ian Shaw

    The classiest jazz singer in the world comes to Fleece Jazz.

    Ian Shaw vocals and piano

    It's a trio, really: fine comedian, great pianist and what a singer!

    "Best Jazz Vocalist" at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004 , and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the JazzFM awards in 2013 , Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed intentionally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world's finest male jazz vocalists.

    [Not a dep at all: Jamie Safirudden played superb listening piano, and Ian sang. And told stories. And jokes.]


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    2015 2 January, £16 - Fletch’

    Hard bitten drum led modern jazz exploring fusion led mix of classics

    Mark Fletcher drums, Carl Orr guitar, Freddie Gavita trumpet, Jim Watson organ, Steve Pearce bass

    A powerful and very jolly way to begin the new season.
    Drummer Mark Fletcher's powerhouse jazz fusion quartet with Freddie Gravita on trumpet and Carl Orr on guitar is a regular feature at Ronnie Scott's and greatly impressed Wynton Marsalis: "We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years."
    Come and discover the power of funky jazz originals and the music of Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Weather Report.


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    2015 9 January, £15 - Alex Garnett

    Enjoy the dark husky sound of Ronnie Scott's resident reeds man

    Alex Garnett sax, Liam Noble piano, Michael Janisch bass, James Maddren drums

    The press on Alec's debut album, "Serpent" was excellent, and fans and fellow musicians agreed. Tonight we have the pleasure of Alex's amazing tone and range, and a very starry band: a pleasure to welcome back Liam, Michael and James.

    “… Britain’plished post bop musicians”boutjazz


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    2015 16 January, £15 - OH LA LA

    Sophisicated and charming acoustic quartet

    Fifi La Mer vocals and accordion, Kit Massey violin, Colin Oxley guitar, Julian Bury bass

    The Oh La La! musicians have played across the globe in Europe, North America, Japan, Australasia and the Far East. At home, they have performed at music venues including Ronnie Scott's, the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Wilton Music Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the National Theatre. They have had several television appearances.

    The band has a huge range including classic jazz, chanson and pop, in both English and French.


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    2015 23 January, £15 - Don Weller Quartet

    The Legendary Don Weller is one of Europe's leading hard bop tenor sax players

    Don Weller sax, Chris Ingham piano, Mick Hutton bass, George Double drums

    Even a legend needs to start somewhere. Don began learning clarinet at the age of 14, and was classically educated on it for four or five years, soloing in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto at Croydon Town Hall when aged 15.
    In the 1970s his jazz-rock group Major Surgery played only Weller's compositions. This was followed by a quartet with drummer Bryan Spring and working with Stan Tracey, and Art Themen. He has played with artists such as Alan Price, Tina May and Charlie Hearnshaw - pretty versatile legend.

    Chris, Mick and George are a top class back line.

    [When poor Don Weller and Mick Hutton had a dead car in Cockfosters, a big but wonderful change occured. We had the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott Allstars singer/trumpeter Georgina Jackson, with Rob Palmer on bass. Great gig.]


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    2015 30 January, £18 - Simon Spillett: Tubby's Anniversary

    Described by Humphrey Lyttleton as formidable: here with his line up of Britain's finest

    Simon Spillett sax, John Critchinson piano, Alec Dankworth bass, Clark Tracey drums

    Simon wins awards all over the place, as do his very starry band. I would come to a gig with any one of these guys, but to have all four is magic.

    This gig celebrates one of the British (and world) greats, Tubby Hayes.

    "Those of us who have caught him live...have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive" - Dave Gelly


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    2015 6 February, £16 - Tammy Weis

    A Fine Canadian singer with a mix of classical jazz standards and beautifully crafted originals

    Tammy Weis vocals, Tom Cawley piano, Julie Walkington bass, Dave Ohm drums

    What a pleasure to welcome back such a stunning singer/songwriter, equally at home with standards and with her own excellent compositions. Other people say..
    "Isn't she great! Now there's a vocalist!" - Michael Bublévening of Canadian cool "with a luscious sound full of feeling" - Julian Joseph.
    "Not many people reduce me to tears, but Tammy's song about her mother was the most touching I've ever heard, and her voice is beautiful." - Jenni Murray, BBC.
    "An engaging live performer with a Peggy Lee-like sense of cool" - Clive Davis, The Times.


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    2015 13 February, £15 - Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier

    John Etheridge says of their new album, "Marvelous guitar album featuring elaborate, harmonically rich and texturally varied compositions with virtuosic soloing from the two players.
    So much variety and such effective use of different instruments ... exemplary"


    Pete Oxley guitar, Nicolas Meier guitar

    Pete is an Oxford club owner and guitarist.He regularly performs with some of the world’zz artists including Chris Garrick, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’by Wellins, John Etheridge and his own band Curious Paradise.

    With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nicolas Meier has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group, sharing the bill with some of the biggest names in jazz including Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau.

    The Oxley-Meier guitar duo aim to entertain by playing with a spontaneity and an intuitive interplay between them that keeps them fresh and fired up from gig to gig. The duo therefore comes to the performance with what they hope are the audiences anticipations: to expect the unexpected!


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    2015 20 February, £15 - Robin Phillips Trio

    One of London's top jazz entertainers: he is a singer and pianist of equal distinction

    Robin Phillips vocals and piano, Joel Humann bass, Alex Best drums

    Emerging as one of the UK's leading jazz singer pianists, Robin Phillips’performances are as informative as they are engaging and entertaining. With Joel Humann on upright bass and Alex Best on drums, this young and energetic trio definitely hark back to a golden age of jazz, but their arrangements have a distinctly modern edge.

    At Robin's Fleece Jazz performance prepare to hear standards you thought you knew with rediscovered lost lyrics, and be dazzled by his lightning-quick vocal delivery.

    "Well Done, Well Sung!.. You show great taste and discretion...", Jon Hendricks (jazz singing legend)


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    2015 27 February, £15 - Josh Kemp Quartet

    An acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer known for his inventiveness, warm tone and lyrical approach

    Josh Kemp sax, Pete Whittaker organ, Dick Pearce trumpet, Chris Higginbottom drums

    Josh Kemp is equally impressive playing within the jazz standards tradition and also presenting his own original compositions, Josh's playing style combines melodic inventiveness, a rich tone and a lyrical style of improvisation.The man has played over 200 gigs this year!

    He brings a great band, all favourites with the club. Pete Whittaker's Organ playing is influenced by the great Jimmy Smith. Dick Pearce is a wonderful trumpeter, very under-rated in our opinion. Chris Higginbottom currently plays for the Ronnie Scott Allstars, Gilad Atzmon and Kyle Eastwood.

    “ sax playing made me feel that Coleman Hawkins had just entered the room –w and punchy ... Splendid”immonds, Artistic Director, NC JAZZ


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    2015 6 March, £16 - Christine Tobin: It Might as Well be Spring

    An exceptional singer songwriter, Christine specialises in idiosyncratic highly musical poetic vignettes

    Christine Tobin vocals, Phil Robson guitar, Dave Whitford bass, Gene Calderazzo drums

    A wonderful evening of classic songs is in store from the ever popular Great American Songbook by 2014 'Jazz Vocalist of the Year', Parliamentary Jazz Award winner Christine Tobin.

    Her programme for this concert marks a return to the classics and includes favourites by Jerome Kern, Ellington, Gershwin, Michel Le Grand and many more.

    Christine's stellar band are; A-list jazz guitarist Phil Robson, Dave Whitford double bass & US dCalderazzo.

    "Gorgeous, affecting and deeply human" The Guardian ****


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    2015 13 March, £16 - Tim Whitehead

    Tim has a highly personal and always gorgeous sound on tenor sax and an infinite vocabulary

    Tim Whitehead sax, Jonathan Gee piano, Oli Hayhurst bass, Eddie Hick drums

    Lawyer turned jazz musician, highly acclaimed Tim Whitehead, is now well known on the British jazz scene. His career goes back forty years when he played with Ian Carr's Nucleus before becoming a member of the prestigious twenty one piece band "Loose Tubes".

    Tim brings with him three musicians with their own national reputations, Jonathan Gee, Oli Hayhurst and Eddie Hick who have entertained and enthralled us many times.

    “igious tenor player whose graceful compositions always rise above the mere technicalities of the conservatoire... amid the crowd of anonymous, garrulous and hard-edged tenor saxophonists, Tim Whitehead's music is marked by a sense of grace and economy.” - The Times


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    2015 20 March, £18 - The Derek Nash Picante Latin Band

    Award winning saxophonist Derek Nash makes a welcome return to the Club bringing his new Latin/Salsa band.

    Derek Nash saxes, Dominic Ashworth guitar, Robin Jones percussion, Marc Cecil drums, Neil Anguilly keyboards, Andy Staples bass.

    "At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is 'one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today'" (The Guardian) To demonstrate that versatility, he brings to the club his new Latin/Salsa project.

    Did I mention that two of his many bands are Fleece favourites? Tonight's band will no doubt join that list. How can it miss with the great Robin Jones, Dominic, Marc, Neil and Andy in attendance?


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    2015 27 March, £15 - Tom Green Septet

    London based trombonist, composer and arranger and winner of The Dankworth prize for composition leads this great young band.

    Tom Green trombone, Matthew Herd alto and soprano, Sam Miles tenor, James Davison trumpet, Sam James piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado bass, Scott Chapman drums

    Having listened to these stunning young musicians on Youtube, I am eager to hear them. They have an lovely accurate big band sound.

    John Fordham says, "This medium-sized band manages to sounds like a big one, and Tom Green sounds like an even bigger prospect". This is a tour to promote the band’kyline"

    The music is contemporary, accessible and a delight.


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    2015 3 April, £18 - Liane Carroll, Solo

    "Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest" The Times.
    "Utterly brilliant" Time Out
    "Highly recommended ... I love it" Michael Parkinson
    "The real thing" Sholto Byrnes, Independent on Sunday


    Liane Carroll vocals and piano

    What a joy it is to welcome Liane again. It is not just the list of awards she has been given, or the fine and accurate reviews of her work that we love her. She is a true original. And she is great fun.

    "Some musicians are talented, some brilliant and a few just seem to be made of music. Liane Carroll is one of these. Every phrase she sings sounds unstudied, fresh and somehow inevitable. It is best to experience her in person" - Dave Gelly


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    2015 10 April, £15 - Chris Ingham Quartet - Celebrating Hoagy

    A Sophisticated tribute to a master.

    Chris Ingham piano and vocals, Paul Higgs trumpet, Andrew Brown bass, George Double drums

    Sold out at Ronnie Scotts in October 2014 and a top ten album of 2014 in the Sunday Time, Chris Ingham's Celebrating Hoagy is packed with songs and stories of one of America's most enduring and endearing songwriters. Wry, wise, sentimental, down-home and sophisticated,

    All four members of tonight's band have graced our modest stage on numerous occasions and it is with great pleasure we welcome them all for what we are sure will be a truly memorable night.

    Stardust should settle on Fleece Jazz this night!


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    2015 17 April, £16 - Bryan Corbett Quartet

    Highly regarded both nationally and internationally, this multi award winning musician brings his acclaimed quartet back to Fleece Jazz by popular demand.

    Bryan Corbett trumpet/flugel, Al Gurr piano and keyboards, Neil Bullock drums and Ben Markland bass.

    Bryan made his initial impact in classic hard bop mould but then branched out into a more contemporary sound and feel on his 2003 album �ok jazz to a younger audience, one of Bryan’ms and one we share, although I must stress Fleece Jazz welcomes young and old alike and our audience has included a nine and a ninety year old!

    A striking aspect of Bryan’ his rich trumpet sound which he has kept alive rather than going down the route of heavy electronic manipulation.

    Three superb musicians in Al Gurr, Neil Bullock and Ben Markland complete this stellar quartet

    We are in for a truly inspiring evening of great jazz from this multi award winning quartet.


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    2015 Friday, 24 April, £22 - Kyle Eastwood - Sorry, sold out!

    With considerable charm and unassuming excellence, composer, performer, arranger Kyle demonstrates his monster bass chops

    Kyle Eastwood bass, Andrew McCormack piano, Quentin Collins trumpet, Brandon Allen sax, Chris Higginbottom drums

    This gig will start at 8:30pm, not our usual 8:00pm.

    In demand bassist Kyle Eastwood makes a welcome return to Fleece Jazz. Kyle has very much made his mark as a performer, composer and arranger and his many screen credits as composer include Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino & Inviarranger, Flags of our Fathers and Changeling. Kyle has also appeared onscreen in several Hollywood productions.

    He brings a truly starry band who all showcase their equally impressive talents.

    This is not a gig to be missed.


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    2015 1 May, £16 - Ant Law Quintet

    Come and discover a fine contemporary guitarist who delivers imaginative, essentially acoustic jazz.

    Ant Law guitar, Michael Chillingworth reeds, Sam Leak piano, Tom Farmer bass, James Maddren drums

    Ant is touring to showcase his second solo C.D. Zero Sum World recorded between a 29 and, this, a 27 date tour! He brings with him the cream of young British jazz.

    Their intimate collaborative working will be very evident after so many gigs.

    Expect an eclectic mish-mash of influences from around the world, bound together into one uniform statement by Ant's thematic writing and playing.

    They "strike that hard-to-find balance between tricky and catchy, and the players he has chosen, are the sort of musicians who willingly embrace the fuzzy logic of improvisation." - Irish Times
    Come and enjoy an approachable but stimulating evening.


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    2015 8 May, £16 - Jim Hart's Cloudmaker Trio

    Wonderful vibes playing, somewhere between New York's 'downtown' sound and the modern European tradition, The Cloudmakers Trio is led by "one of the UK's most creative new jazz artists." - The Guardian

    Jim Hart vibraphone, Michael Janisch bass, James Maddren drums

    As Dave Gelly writes "This vibraphone-led trio display phenomenal musicianship and a knack for getting out of tight corners." Its second release, Abstract Forces which is to be featured at this Fleece gig, "further highlights the group's exceptional vibraphone-bass-drums telepathy"(which) draws from such diverse musical worlds*including free-jazz, funk, electronic experimentation, pure swing and unbridled improvisation" their music is not only impossible to resist, but gets better" - Downbeat Magazine.
    Do not resist. You will enjoy Jim's amazing playing and interplay with incredible fellow drummer, James Maddren and the stunning bass of Mike Janich which would enhance any gig.
    "Jim Hart's vibraphone work shows why this lonely instrument deserves more ears" - JazzTimes.

    Come, enjoy, and bring your ears ... and your friends.


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    2015 22 May, £20 - Barb Jungr: This Wheel's On Fire

    Barb Jungr is one of the very best performers in the world. Broadway agrees! She has been nominated as "Celebrity Artist" in the prestigious MAC Awards (Manhattan Cabaret and Clubs) and invited to sing at the ceremony!

    Barb Jungr vocals, Barry Green piano, Davide Mantovani bass

    Barb has entertained Fleece audiences for over 15 years and has always been wonderful, but has matured into a phenomenal performer. She takes a lyric, absorbs it, owns it, and presents it as her own, from her own heart and soul, but without betraying any part of the original.

    She brings two superb musicians: Barry Green is a sought after educator and composer as well as a superb accompanist. Davide Mantovani's bass playing is always wonderful.

    "This Wheel's On Fire" show extends the Dylan/Cohen material from the excellent Hard Rain CD

    At the end of a gig you may feel seriously wrung out, but also enriched, always enriched.


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    2015 5 June, £15 - Will Butterworth

    "A precociously talented young modern jazz pianist who plays with spacious and fractious beauty. A rising Brit Jazz piano star" - Time Out.

    Will Butterworth piano, Seb Pipe alto sax, Nick Pini bass, Chris Nicholls drums

    "His effortless poise and crisp, attractive classically-trained sound is one of his great strengths… can capture a sense of atmosphere with well-placed notes and treads artfully between drama and intimacy and romantic sentiment and dry inquisition. Butterworth is a young pianist deserving more attention." - Jazz Review.
    "A precociously talented young modern jazz pianist who plays with spacious and fractious beauty. A rising Brit Jazz piano star" - Time Out.

    What a talented team! Altoist Seb Pipe, bassist Nick Pini and drummer Chris Nicolls have all been enjoyed at our club.


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    2015 12 June, £15 - The John East Project

    John East on Hammond and vocals and his stellar band will make this a gig to remember.

    The proceeds from this gig are going to Edwardstone Church.

    John East Hammond organ and vocals, Mark Fletcher drums, Steve Pearce bass, Carl Orr guitar, Scott Baylis trumpet/flugel/piano, Dave Lewis tenor sax

    The John East Project led by vocalist and organ player John East was formed five years ago and is a regular and popular feature tan the 606 Club in Chelsea and elsewhere. John has played the Hammond for many years working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Phil Robson and Katie Kissoon. John’nd of Mark Fletcher (drums) Steve Pearce (bass) Carl Orr (guitar) Scott Baylis (trumpet) and the great Dave Lewis (tenor sax) are all firm Fleece favourites. Melodic vocal jazz with blistering solos driven on by the distinctive Hammond sound is sure to give us a night to remember.


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    2015 Friday, 19 June, £24 - Clare Teal at The New Wolsey Theatre - Sorry, sold out!

    The gig is now sold out, but there is a waiting list at the New Wolsey Theatre.

    Clare Teal vocals and compere, Jason Rebello piano, Simon Little bass, Matt Skelton drums

    Fleece Jazz are proud to present Clare Teal and her band as part of the Ipswich Jazz Festival.

    Clare performs jazz standards, including music by her heroes, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee as well as more contemporary covers and original material. Beautiful melodies, fabulous arrangements and all interspersed with Clare's warm and witty story telling. A night of wonderful music to open the Ipswich Jazz Festival.

    Multi-award winning Clare is backed by a superb trio led by Jason Rebello.

    You will experience a dazzling evening of exquisite melodies sung by one of the UK's greatest interpreters of song

    For musicians, there will be masterclass, by this great band, but it is now sold out.
    Tickets for Ipswich Jazz Festival gigs are available, information on the Ipswich Jazz Festival website.


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    2015 3 July, £16 - Jacqui Hicks Quintet

    "Jacqui is the best we have." Digby Fairweather
    "Jacqui Hicks is one of those rarities, a great singer and a consummate musician." Bruce Adams
    "Be it the most romantic ballad, hard swinging standard, or the raunchiest blues, Jacqui knows how to put any song across. She is world class." Paul Lacey - Back To Basie Orchestra

    Jacqui Hicks vocals, Martin Shaw trumpet, Chris Ingham piano, Dave Green bass, George Double drums

    Jacqui is a classically trained clarinetist, jazz saxophonist and acclaimed singer. The Yorkshire post says "...a singer of warmth, poise and intelligence whose smoky voice is a pleasure to listen to.".

    Her band is one we know and love well. This will be an unmissable gig.

    "Jacqui Hicks is not only a fine singer, but a consummate musician also with a genuine feeling for the music." Brian Dee
    "....not only a great vocalist but a singer who is a complete musician as well." Bill Sharpe - Shakatak


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    2015 10 July, £16 - Mark Crooks Quartet

    Mark's flair for phrasing is reminiscent of Stan Getz and his return is eagerly awaited

    Mark Crooks clarinet/tenor sax, Colin Oxley guitar, Jeremy Brown bass, Josh Morrison drums

    "Mark is brilliant on both instruments (tenor sax and clarinet), but it is on the clarinet that he shines brightest, in our opinion". Quoted from comments in a local paper regarding a previous visit to Fleece Jazz. More shining from this polished quartet is promised tonight.

    First rate indeed, with Colin Oxley, Jeremy Brown and Josh Morrison to work and play with.


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    2015 24 July, £16 - Kevin Flanagan: Rip-Rap

    "Acoustic jazz of the highest order where the musicians solo beautifully and sit in grooves like they've found a new place to live." - Sue Edwards, Royal Festival Hall.

    Kevin Flanagan sax, David Gordon piano, Joel Humann bass, Tom Hooper drums

    Riprap features quite extraordinary musicians who knit so well together in their modern progressive jazz style.

    Kevin and Gordon seem to work as one mind in the RipRap context. The band wowed us at their last visit.

    Kevin has made an indelible mark on the British jazz scene, having played with a huge range of top people in a variety of styles.

    Gordon is a classically trained pianist and composer with much work for BBC Radio 3 and others, as well as with fellow jazz musicians.

    Joel and Tom are the heart of the band: excellent players. You won't want to miss them.


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    2015 7 August, £15 - Robert Habermann Sings Gershwin

    Robert Habermann takes his audience on a journey through some of the 20th Century's greatest love songs and the stories behind them. He has met many of the actual writers! His show is punctuated with anecdotes and stories to make this a fun evening

    Robert Habermann vocals, Trevor Brown piano

    Robert Habermann is an accomplished singer/songwriter of The Great American and British Songbooks. He worked in the U.S.A where he was voted Best International Performer 1994 by the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York, resulting in several major tours.

    Robert was the first major British singer to perform a concert to celebrate Frank Sinatra's 80th Birthday at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Pianist Trevor Brown is known for his versatility and virtuosity. Trevor spent twenty years as pianist with the Joe Loss Orchestra. Nowadays he very much enjoys being part of The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

    [The excellent pianist was Bunny Thompson]


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    2015 21 August, £16 - Basil Hodge Quintet: Ten Pieces of Silver

    Pianist Basil Hodge and his brilliant band pay homage to the influential American jazz piano player, composer and hard bop pioneer, Horace Silver, who died last year, aged 85.

    Basil Hodge piano, Tony Kofi saxes, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Larry Bartley bass, Matt Fishwick drums

    Basil Hodge has played with some of the leading UK players such as Jim Mullen, Dave O'Higgins, Pete Wareham and Renato D'Aiello. He has led his own band for some years, and has been much admired at Fleece Jazz. Basil's hard swinging, bop-tinged piano perfectly captures Silver's sound.

    Multiple award winning Tony Kofi spent four years at Berklee college. He returned to the UK in 1991 and joined the Jazz Warriors. His playing on any sax is passionate.

    Steve Fishwick is "well known as a fleet and expert bebopper, but his sideman performances in more experimental groups at the last London jazz festival confirmed his sharp ear for other kinds of melodies and structures" - John Fordham.

    Passionate is also the word for the playing of Larry Bartley. He has a huge reputation on the UK scene.

    Two quotes about our drummer, Matt Fishwick "Rhythmically assured, confidently played and hugely pleasing" - Jazz UK
    "Sizzling brush work" - Downbeat


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    2015 4 September, £16 - John Critchinson: "Ronnie Remembered"

    This band's memories of Ronnie are sure be a season opener to be remembered


    John Critchinson piano, Mornington Lockett sax, Dick Pearce trumpet, Tim Wells bass, Trevor Tomkins drums


    Ronnie Scott was a giant, and five very tall people, four of whom played with him. are here to celebrate his work.
    The gig is led by John Critchinson, who worked closely with Ronnie. Critch has played for us many times, and is a great Fleece favourite. He is joined by Ronnie's close colleages Mornington Lockett and Dick Pearce.


    Trevor Tomkins and Tim Wells complete and complement tnis fine quintet.


    Mornington is "Abrasive and roaring one moment, then cutting suddenly to a gentle caress - exciting stuff " - The Venue

    "Sounds like Hendrix on sax " - Noel Gallagher


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    2015 11 September, £16 - Big Screen Trio

    Matt has a unique connection with film music by virtue of his tenure with the incredible John Wilson orchestra


    Matt Skelton drums, David Newton piano, Tom Farmer bass

    If you need a fine drummer, call on Matt. We last heard him at our Wolsey Theatre gig with Clare Teal, and are delighted to see him any time with any band. His own
    trio displays a love of film music rendered as proper jazz.It must have been fun playing with John Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall.


    Our president, David, is one of the finest and most sought after pianists in the business, and Tom's reputation is similarly high.


    From Linn Recordings, of David: "one of our nations treasured pianists: the man has a lovely touch.

    And of Tom: " He swings. Highest-possible praise again, particularly when it comes to the bass. Okay, he possesses excellent intonation, too. "

    [Matt was on telly again last night, promming. Our drummer was the wonderful Steve Brown]


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    2015 18 September, £15 - Georgia Mancio

    A superb, highly skilled, versatile, imaginative and accessible singer plus a great band.


    Georgia Mancio vocals, Nigel Price Guitar, Julie Walkington bass


    Award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist, Georgia Mancio, has proved herself one of the UK’nal, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. A true improviser with a boundless and bold imagination, Georgia produces music of beauty, bite and unfailing integrity, embracing a wide-ranging jazz and modern song repertoire alongside influences from her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan heritage.

    Nigel Price plays a mean guitar and is always a pleasure to listen to. Accompanying, he provides an atmospheric background much appreciated by vocalists and audiences alike.

    Nigel and Julie Walkington appeared with Georgia on her excellent "Come Rain or Come Shine" album.

    "the archetype of a modern singer who can style-hop at will and produce…usical and textually convincing versions of –ing"
    "Her intonation was impeccable, her fluidity around the pulse and a feeling of real pleasure derived from her interaction with ... other musicians was just incredibly infectious" - London Jazz News


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    2015 25 September, £15 - Peter King Quartet

    This great hero of British jazz honours us with his presence.


    Peter King alto sax, Mike Gorman piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass, Mark Fletcher drums


    It is always a pleasure to hear and watch Mike Gorman, whether on organ, or in this case, piano.
    Geoff is one of our favourite bassists, and is clearly one of the most sought-after bass men in the country.
    Mark is an old friend of the club, a superb soloist and accompanist.

    "World's greatest Altoist" - Nat Adderley
    "My Man!", says Nat Adderley. Mine too.


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    2015 2 October, £18 - Jazz At The Movies

    Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden and featuring the Chris Ingham Quartet, Jazz at the Movies features evocative songs and soundtrack themes from classic films including The Aristocats, The Servant, From Russia With Love, Agatha, Let's Make Love, The Pink Panther, The Ipcress File and many more.

    Joanna Eden vocals, Alan Barnes saxes, Chris Ingham piano, Rev. Andy Brown bass, George Double drums

    Joanna Eden is the "UK's answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall" - TIME OUT. Chris Ingham has a serious reputation as pianist, composer, band leader and record producer.

    We welcome the prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist, Alan Barnes back for his first gig with us of the season.

    The excellent bassist, Andy Brown and the in demand drummer, George Double complete this excellent band.

    "Movie songs like these provide good material for the best jazz singers. Joanna Eden and her first-class band had a ball with them ... and so did the audience!" - JAZZ JOURNAL


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    2015 9 October, £16 - Gareth Lockrane's Grooveyard Unplugged

    Grooveyard wowed New York, now its our turn!


    Gareth Lockrane flute, Alex Garnett sax, Ross Stanley piano and Hammond B3 organ, Dave Whitford bass, Tim Giles drums


    Grooveyard's new album, "THE STRUT", was the material that Winton Marsalis liked so much in New York. No surprise to us: this is an exceptional band, with a great front line, the wonderful Ross Stanley on both Hammond and piano, and Dave Whitford and Tim Giles on bass and drums.

    “le Lockrane...a stunning display of sharp-accented runs, earthy whoops and constantly refreshed melodic ideas.”ham

    “all the individuality, skill and stamina every star soloist needs, and his debut album as leader is an impressive affair.”tandard


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    2015 16 October, £15 - Theo Jackson Quartet

    Expect sizzling swing and a sense of fun


    Theo Jackson vocals/piano, Jo Caleb guitar, Huntly Gordon bass, Marco Quarantotto drums


    “'s second album, ‘ The Girl’fashioned kind of record. That's "old-fashioned" as in melodic, swinging, understated, lyrically engaging—d in a really good way.” Lindsey.

    "One of the most interesting jazz vocalists and composers to emerge on the British scene in recent years, Jackson can flit between ballads and rapid-fire scatting in the blink of an eye." - The Daily Telegraph.
    "One of Britain's finest jazz musicians and singers." - Michael Wilson, JAZZ FM
    "a genuine jazz talent . . . it is safe to say he has a bright future." - JAZZ JOURNAL

    [Our estimable bassist (on 6 string bass guitar) was Giazonne Royes]


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    2015 23 October, £15 - Phil Meadows Group: Lifecycle Tour

    **** - John Fordham, The Guardian.
    **** - Jazzwize Magazine.
    **** - All About Jazz.
    “Gods on the rise...”

    Phil Meadows sax, Laura Jurd trumpet, Elliot Galvin piano, Flo Moore bass, Simon Roth drums


    Featuring a host of award-winning talent and fresh from their sold out 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival showcase the PMG features the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year and trumpeter Laura Jurd, European Young Jazz Artist Award winner and pianist Elliot Galvin, acclaimed bassist Flo Moore and drummer/percussionist Simon Roth.

    As one of the UK's leading young saxophonist and composers Phil Meadows has already received the 2015 London Music Awards 'Rising Jazz Star', 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Ensemble of the Year (Engines Orchestra), 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of the Year and 2013 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award


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    2015 30 October, £16 - Sarah Gillespie, featuring Tom Cawley

    Sarah is
    "Brilliant, the bee’obert Wyatt
    ***** The Independent
    **** The Guardian
    **** Mojo


    Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Tom Cawley piano, Ben Bastin bass, Eddie Hick drums.

    Sarah Gillespie is a British/American singer songwriter and guitarist based in London. She is known for combining poetic lyrics with gritty folk, blues and elemental jazz and for writing songs that explore and satirise numerous political themes.

    Recently on maternity leave Sarah has been back performing since spring this year at all her favourite haunts with her usual flair and sparkle.

    Expect a sparkling show tonight with brilliant support from the fabulous Tom Cawley on piano, Ben Bastin on bass and Eddie Hicks on drums.

    "Bob Dylan's lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original" - John Fordham


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    2015 6 November, £15 - Maciek Pysz Trio

    Maciek is major new presence on the guitar scene, Maestro Yuri and master drummer, Asaf complete this stunning trio


    Maciek Pysz acoustic and classical guitars, Yuri Goloubev bass, Asaf Sirkis drums


    Presenting music from the critically acclaimed new album 'A Journey' released on Dot Time Records. An unforgettable evening of world music, jazz and fusion combined with heart touching melodies. The Trio is famous for amazing energy and interaction on stage.

    "Pysz's highly melodic writing and well delineated and unhurried playing style make for a highly satisfying and often beautiful album ****" - Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann)


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    2015 13 November, £16 - Geoff Mason Sextet: Tribute to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers

    Geoff plays with Ronnie Scott's big band. Tonight he leads his own sextet for an evening of swinging tunes


    Geoff Mason trombone, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Simon Spillett sax John Horler piano, Trevor Tomkins drums, Tim Wells bass


    Former Coldstream Guards trombonist Geoff Mason has established himself as one of the UK’onents of "Blue Note" era jazz. He brings a superb band to honour the great drummer, educator and general jazz hero, Art Blakey.

    Simon Spillett and Steve Fishwick make up a superb front line. John Horler is one of the finest jazz pianists about. We know Tim Wells and Trevor Tomkins from their excellent work with John Critchinson's tribute to Ronnie Scott earlier in the season, and many other gigs.

    Be prepared for a joyous, swinging evening.


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    2015 20 November, £18 - Tina May Quartet featuring Nikki Iles

    "Tina May and Nikki Iles have a rapport that takes a partnership between singer and pianist to a stage far beyond mere voice plus accompaniment. A distinctive atmosphere surrounds everything they do together, a kind of wistfulness, even at the most lively moments." - The Scotsman


    Tina May vocals, Nikki Iles piano, Jeremy Brown bass, Stephen Keogh drums


    Tina and Nikki have graced our stage many times, both separately and together, and they have been staunch supporters of Fleece Jazz; both played our first benefit gig and Tina starred on Divas' Day. We take pleasure in publicly thanking them, and welcoming them "home." In a sense we have all grown up together. However their professional, polished performances do not preclude a mischievous glint in the eyes, and wry humour. Nor do they prevent spontaneity. Those who saw the entirely unplanned duets between Tina and Winston Clifford a few years ago, will testify to that!

    Fully in support they have the solidly skillful pairing of Jeremy Brown, a frequent visitor, and Stephen Keogh, who we are glad to welcome back.

    You really should come to see a lady who is considered "one of the finest jazz vocalists the UK has ever produced (All Music Guide) who with Nikki "handles the classics as the gems they still are." The Guardian

    [A debut for Matt Fisher on drums, as Stephen missed his plane.]


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    2015 27 November, £18 - Simon Spillett Quartet

    "He's stood old head and young shoulders above many of his contemporaries as a live performer for several years...gets five stars …omas, BBC

    Simon Spillett sax, John Critchinson piano, Dave Green bass, Spike Wells drums


    Simon Spillett, the son of a semi-pro musician, is an excellent band leader who puts together a well-balanced programme. He is also the chronicler and guardian of the legend and legacy of the great Tubby Hayes. Simon has played with three generations British Jazz greats, including Stan Tracy, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barns and Gwilym Simcock.

    On Piano, tonight and for the Quartet's last 10 years, is John Critchinson, who became a member of Ronnie Scott's Quartet when Simon was only 5 years old. On Bass is Dave Green and on drums Spike Wells, two more well known and loved Fleece regulars.

    "A bruising, scruff-of-the-neck hard bopper,…s huge excitement, passion and swagger.”ham. Unmissable!


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    2015 4 December, £20 - Ian Shaw and Sarah Jane Morris

    "Our finest jazz singer, marvellous" - Time Out (of Ian, but as true of Sarah). "Two of the most amazingly talented singers you will find anywhere in the world" - John Anderson


    Ian Shaw piano and vocals, Sarah Jane Morris vocals


    Jamie Cullum said “able Ian Shaw... absolutely fantastic.”so have used “.”forsook singing for stand up and still excels as a comedian. He emerged with Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand and was invited by Barry Humphries to take his alternative comedy to Oz. (Heckling not advised). Fortunately for us, Dave Illic, critic for City limits, saw his musical talent and identified his as “ decade.”ues to be true, as the decades pass.

    Sarah Jane's last recording Bloody Rain, brought together musicians from across Africa and the world (including Ian) and is acclaimed as “ece” “a visceral lyricism with intense moral and political engagement”, “nt mix of cold fury and compassion”er) Her integrity is as large as her talent, as Jazzwise say, “t sing an insincere note if she tried”adian adds to the acclaim: “, idiosyncratic singer on the borders of jazz, soul and pop, she's a majestic, if raw-nerved singer of awesome eloquence.”Sarah bills the gig as "Fleece Jazz Christmas Special" No need to add to that IT WILL BE. For all that the evening may be stimulating and emotional, I guarrantee that above all else it will be musically excellent and tremendous FUN.


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    2015 11 December, £18 - Alex Garnett Jazz Ambassadors

    In a change to the printed program, we are delighted to bring this fine band to the club

    Alex Garnett alto, Robbie Robson trumpet, Ross Stanley piano, James Gardner-Bateman tenor, Sam Burgess bass, Chris Higginbottom drums


    Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. He is an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way. His frequent visits to our club have been most welcome.

    Ross Stanley has almost become resident keyboard player at the Fleece, a brilliant and maturing player. His superb pianism is always welcome, whether on the Hammond, or as tonight, the Fleece piano

    Robbie Robson studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music where he was awarded the John Coates Prize for Outstanding Musicianship. He was a national finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year 1999, and the runner up in the Perrier Young Jazz Musician 2000.

    Although James Gardner-Bateman has worked in many genres with an impressive list of people, his main passion lies in Jazz music and the main projects that he’ith currently are The Guy Barker Orchestra, The Reuben Fowler Big Band, Floating Points Ensemble and Keith Tippett’> Sam Burgess comes from a very musical family, started on piano, as you do, fell in love with bass guitar at 15. He says, "I love Dave Holland, Ray Brown, Christian McBride, Paul Chambers and Avishai Cohen" We love Sam.

    Chris is "Precise and virtuoisic" (Jazzwise magazine). He is one of the UK’rs, currently a member of the Kyle Eastwood Band, and many others. A Royal Academy of Music graduate, Chris played with many of the biggest names in jazz including Mark Murphy and Seamus Blake.


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    2015 18 December, £15 - African Jazz Quintet

    Frank Williams brilliant band with its roots in South African township music will keep your moving parts moving!


    Frank Williams sax, Kari Banaman guitar, Robert Bailey piano, Michael Bailey bass, Richard Bailey drums.

    It may be another five days until the days start getting longer again, but this evening Frank Williams will take us straight to the sunshine of South Africa, the land of his birth, and set us moving to the sounds of Township Music.

    Frank Williams, who leads from the tenor sax, has been bringing his African Jazz Quintet to Fleece Jazz since 1993, with performances that sold out in advance

    Winston, Kari and the Baileys are also steeped in this music that always delights and excites with the infectious rhythms of the music.

    [The guitarist was the shining Cameron Pierre; a joyous gig.]


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    2015 Wednesday, 30 December, £16 - Alan Barnes Quintet

    Multi award winning Alan Barnes plays hard urban post-bop with passion and energy with this stellar quintet


    Alan Barnes reeds, Robert Fowler saxes, David Newton piano, Dave Green bass, Matt Home drums

    World class reeds player, inspirational band leader, composer, arranger, master of the humorous quip, educator, music businessman and potential Eurostar ticket inspector (see David Newton's website), Alan Barnes is always at his most exuberant leading his own band.

    "Barnes, plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is …ohn L. Walters, The Guardian.

    With the pianistic heroism of our Presidente, David Newton, the mellow reeds of Robert Fowler, the eminent and jolly pair of Dave Green and Matt Home, this will be a gig to savour.


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    2016 1 January, £15 - Horn Factory

    East Anglia's premier big band will give 2016 a flying start: 18 brilliant musicians.
    Bob Airzee percussion & MD.< musicians will be bringing us the spine tingling sound of the true big band. They blew us away in 2014
    They are East Anglia's Premier Big Band.


    If you love the sound of a big, talented band, this will be a joy, and as we are in the Devora Suite, there will be a dance floor.


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    2016 8 January, £18 - Fletch's Brew

    Prised away from near residency at Ronnie Scott's to deliver funky jazz originals and Metheny,
    Brecker and Weather Report classics: last year's gig of the season.
    Mark Fletcher drums Freddie Gavita trumpet Jim Watson piano/keys Lawrence Cottle bass


    A powerful and very jolly way to continue the new season.
    Drummer Mark Fletcher's powerhouse jazz fusion quartet with Freddie Gravita on trumpet is a regular feature at Ronnie Scott's and greatly
    impressed Wynton Marsalis: "We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years." Tonight they will be joined with Lawrence Cottle and Jim Watson.


    Come and discover the power of funky jazz originals and the music of Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Weather Report.


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    2016 15 January, £15 - Theo Travis Double Talk Quartet

    Hi octane, innovative jazz, continually evolving with underlying rock and ambient influences creating "a rare, fine English psychedelic jazz." MOJO ****
    Theo Travis reeds/flute Pete Whittaker hammond organ Mike Outram guitar Nic France drums/percussion


    Theo Travis’ play powerful bluesy progressive jazz, with smoking Hammond organ, explosive guitar solos, and powerhouse drumming, all fronted by internationally acclaimed tenor sax and flute player and composer Theo Travis.

    Promoting their brand new album ‘n’be an evening of passionate music and haunting instrumental songs from one of Britain’axophonists and flautists who has also played with the likes of Gong, Robert Fripp, Soft Machine Legacy and Keith Tippett.

    "Enthralling modern jazz organ quartet that features himself on tenor, soprano sax and flute, alongside the excellent rock-edged guitar work of Mike Outram, growling Hammond of Pete Whittaker and fine drumming …ng a right humdinger of a band." - Jazzwise


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    2016 22 January, £15 - Alex Merritt Quartet featuring John Turville

    Alex has something special and original* - Mike Gibbs. Close empathy creates an exciting foundation for musical interaction.
    Alex Merritt tenor John Turville piano Sam Lasserson bass Jeff Williams drums


    A unique sound drawing on a diverse range of influences, notably Warne Marsh, Joe Henderson and John Coltrane, as well as contemporary classical music. The close empathy in the quartet that has developed over time creates an exciting foundation for musical interaction, risk-taking and reinvention. Part of the 'Anatta' tour to promote the release of their new CD in December 2015 on F-IRE records.


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    2016 29 January, £18 - Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet

    From smooth cool to groovy funk, to ingeniously recast standards, to quite gorgeous ballads, the music fizzes with energy, even at its most restrained.

    Derek Nash saxes David Newton piano Geoff Gascoyne bass Sebastiaan De Krom drums

    Derek is renowned for his energetic, passionate and charismatic performances on baritone, tenor, alto and soprano saxes and has won many prestigious Jazz awards.
    David was voted best Jazz pianist in the British Jazz for the thirteenth time in 2004.
    Geoff is a bass player, composer and producer, and has played with a variety of groups in a variety of styles finally forming his own jazz group in 1999.
    Sebastiaan won the prestigious Buddy Rich Award. He has performed with artists such as Herbie Hancock and John Scofield.

    A quartet of this quality can only mean an evening of great music to be savoured like a good glass of port.


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    2016 5 February, £15 - David Gordon's Alex Scriabin Ragtime Band

    An amazing tapestry of music from 1910 's: many genres with the eponymous rag, which gets the makeover to end all makeovers!
    David Gordon piano Jonty Fisher bass Paul Cavacuiti drums


    "Gordon takes an unlikely concept and makes it work superbly. The broad mix of musical styles keeps both band and audience on their toes and the playing is infused with wit and wisdom throughout" - www.thejazzman.com

    Expect a combination of laughter and great musicianship delivering fascinating material


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    2016 12 February, £15 - Zoe Francis & Jim

    Uber Statesman Jim leads a top notch trio to show case Zoe's stunningly beautiful voice
    Jim Mullen guitar Zoe Francis vocals Stan Sulzman saxophone Mick Hutton bass


    "My claim to fame is that I taught Billy Connolly the chords for 'Sweet Georgia Brown' on the banjo," says Jim Mullen with a wry chuckle. I think you will find there is much more to this wonderful musician.

    Zoe Francis is a singer who communicates a love and understanding of the classic American songbook with the lightest of touches. She has a beautiful voice and exquisite taste, backed by three of Britain's finest and most experienced musicians. You can't do much better than that.

    [Our bassist was the excellent Arnie Somogyi.]


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    2016 19 February, £18 - Mike Paxton Quintet

    "The instrumentation might suggest just another hard bop combo: not so…libre of musicians he has recruited, the playing is exemplary and Paxton’s up there with the best." - Peter Vacher.

    Mike Paxton drums Martin Shaw trumpet and flugel, Mornington Lockett sax Robin Aspland piano Alec Dankworth bass

    Mike Paxton, drummer, composer and arranger, has worked with many of the top names in British Jazz including Humphrey Littelton, Alan Barnes, Ronnie Scott and Peter King, and several top US visitors.

    Martin Shaw has a warm and distinctive sound on both horns and is recognised as one of Europe’z soloists.

    The power and subtlety of Mornington Lockett's tenor playing has always delighted our audience, and the myriad of stars that he has worked with.

    We have the gifted and imaginative and very busy Robin Aspland on piano and keys, and the huge sound and precise intonation of Alec Dankworth on bass.

    With such a great line up, including so many Fleece favourites, this is a gig not to be missed.


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    2016 26 February, £18 - Renato D'Aiello Quartet & Deelb&eacuth3>

    Hard bop and straight jazz in its most vibrant form.
    Renato D'Aiello sax Deelee Dub&eacutocals Sean Hargreaves piano Nicola Muresu bass Pier Paolo Pozzi drums


    "Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul." "a beautiful sense of time and pacing" - Ian Carr.

    Deelee Dub&eacutn resident singer at Renato D'Aillo's Acoustic Jazz Lounge at Ronnie Scott's for a year. Influences include Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, and Billie Holiday. She will be appearing with Renato at the Royal Albert Hall.

    Renato brings the superb back line of Nicola Muresu, Sean Hargreaves and Pier Paolo Pozzi.

    [Nicola was unfortunately quite ill. We wish him well. It was a pleasure to welcome Simon Little on bass, who we have not seen for too long.]


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    2016 4 March, £15 - Marc Cecil Quintet

    Superb swinging bebop, bossa, salsa, lyrical ballads, the lot!
    Marc Cecil drums Paul Jayasinha trumpet James Arben sax Gunther Kurmayr piano Dominic Howles bass


    Last time this band came, the five musicians on our stage had a great time, and a pile of fun, and therefore so did we. We got bop and salsa and ballads and fun watching the musicians enjoy themselves and each other.

    About their album, Digby Fairweather writes, “isited the music of Dizzy Gillespie with affection, skill and admirable attention to detail. The result is a live album in which both arrangements and solo outings would have prompted smiles of approval from Dizzy himself “ith the storming James Arben, Gunther Kurmayr and Dominic Howles (last with us with Tim Richards), it will be a gig to savour.


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    2016 11 March, £18 - Marlene VerPlanck

    "...She may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today..." - The New York Times

    Marlene Ver Planck vocals Barry Green piano Paul Morgan bass Bobby Worth drums

    Marlene Ver Planck is the finest Great American Songbook exponent I have ever heard live. Her articulation is so good that while you hear every nuance of every word, there is no exaggeration or falseness, and her storytelling is superb. And yet, she is willing to take risks with a new song. Throughout her career, Marlene has stuck to her guns, paying loving care to the great standards and new songs from our finest composers. Songwriter Hugh Martin ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," etc.) expressed it well: "We know our songs are safe in the hands of Marlene VerPlanck, and she will sing them better than anyone else." She uses wonderful arrangements, mostly from her late husband, Billy. Billy did not write simple stuff, and only a band as good as the one she brings can play it to perfection.

    Barry, Paul and Bobby are a stunning trio, all superb accompanists and soloists.

    "Marlene VerPlanck keeps acquiring superlatives in reviews of her albums and performances, and ‘ In’ly why!" - Joe Lang, NNJS

    [Our pianist was John Pearce; he, Paul and Bobby are on Marlene's wonderful new CD, "The Mood I'm In".]


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    2016 18 March, £15 - Oh La La

    Charming and sophisticated acoustic quartet

    Fifi La Mer vocals/accordion Colin Oxley guitar Louis D'ince violin Will de Biste bass


    Expect classic jazz, Parisienne 󈫺Chansons realistes”Piaff and Serge Gainsbourg, impressionist (Satie), and the quartet’sions of classical popular music.

    The Quartet has performed at venues in London (including the Royal Opera House!) Paris and also at music festivals both in the UK and mainland Europe.

    They went down a storm on their previous visit and we can be sure that the charm and skill of this delightful and fun loving quartet will captivate us once again.

    [The violinist couldn't make it, but we got the wonderful Alex Garnett instead. On sax. And Will de Biste is the excellent Julian Bury.]


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    2016 25 March, £18 - Zoe Rahman

    A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste.

    Zoe Rahman piano Alec Dankworth bass Gene Calderazzo drums

    Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene and most recently picked up the prize for the piano category in the 2015 British Jazz Awards. She has worked extensively throughout the UK and internationally with a diverse range of other artists, including Courtney Pine and Clark Tracey. Zoe's compositions are a confection of American, Bengali and Irish music, reflecting her classical background, her family roots and her study of Jazz piano in the U.S.A. What emerges is a 'melting pot' of beautifully fluid jazz.
    "She loves musical conversations and her vivacious relationship with her regular trio often sparks memorable live shows." - John Fordham

    Alec Dankworth has been a frequent visitor to Fleece Jazz, both as a bandleader and as a sideman. He is an award-winning jazz bassist and composer who, in addition to leading several groups of his own, has worked with an amazing list of artists including Van Morrison, Stephanne Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Dave Brubeck Quartet and more recently Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion with Pee Wee Ellis. He is known for his energetic stage presence, versatility of style and some of the most imaginative bass solos around.

    Gene Calderazzo is an American jazz drummer and he has become one of the most in-demand drummers on the European scene today. He has played with an exhaustive list of jazz musicians.
    "Calderazzo's time and energy creates an excitement similar to that of a young Tony Williams, a drummer with forward gears" - Stan Sulzman, Musician Magazine

    [Many thanks to Roger O'Dell for the loan of the drum kit.]


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    2016 1 April, £15 - Pete Churchill and Mishka Adams

    Internationally known singer/pianist Pete with singer/songwriter/saxophonist Mishka will be special.
    Pete Churchill piano/vocals Mishka Adams vocals

    Pete and Mishka have important stories to tell of how we became who we are.

    Pete and Mishka are both heavily involved with the London Vocal Project, an a cappella jazz choir, so they share a deep degree of empathy.

    The songs are very much in the singer/songwriter tradition rather than the jazz one, although their jazz sensibilities are clearly evident. They remind me most strongly of James Taylor’cially when he had players like Don Grolnick in the band –o listen to Unbreakable Chain on Stories To Tell, and you will see what I mean.

    Pete Churchill has been working as a composer, pianist, singer and teacher for over two decades. He is now Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London whilst running the jazz choir at Trinity College of Music.

    Mishka Adams’roots include the literary, visual and musical arts. Back in her hometown of Manila in 2004, she was invited to perform at a musical evening called 'Jazz in Time', organised by the British Council. That led to some stunning recordings under the Candid label. Mishka has co-founded the London Vocal Project, and became a percussionist and lead vocalist for Rhythms of the City.

    This will be an entrancing evening, with two fine singers and Pete’nism.

    [The duet became a trio with Loz Garratt on electric and standup bass and vocals. Lovely job for a dep stolen from Jamie Cullum for the evening.]


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    2016 8 April, £15 - Matt Ridley Quartet

    "highly creative and exciting, four talented musicians who have developed an almost telepathic musical understanding." - Jazz Views .

    Matt Ridley bass Jason Yarde sax John Turville piano George Hart drums

    Celebrating the launch of their second studio album, the virtuoso bassist Matt Ridley leads his dynamic quartet of A-list musicians to give us a pulsating set of original material that showcases his unique compositional style. Initially working as a trio, the core rhythm section was joined by the globally recognised and prolific saxophonist Jason Yarde.

    Jason Yarde has great speed and range of dynamics on both the soprano and alto saxophones. His music has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable.

    It is a pleasure to welcome the continuation of John Turville's season at Fleece Jazz. On drums we have the versatile and accomplished drummer, George Hart.


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    2016 15 April, £15 - Bryan Corbett Quartet

    A stunning gig last spring, and a beautiful CD recorded here.

    Bryan Corbett trumpet, Al Gurr piano, Chris Dodd bass, Neil Bullock drums.

    '..trumpeter Bryan Corbett deserves a wider recognition for a great sound, stage presence and sense of purpose' (Alex Webb). A stunning gig last spring, and a beautiful CD recorded and on sale here at the Fleece.

    As well performing under his own name, Bryan Corbett has been performing with world renowned stars, a who's who in the jazz and commercial world. Bryan is not only a great performer of the jazz standards repertoire but an artist who pushes the boundaries writing and performing original works with his various line-ups. 'A warm brilliant tone and formidable technique' (the Independent).

    Al, Chris and Neil are widely admired as being outstanding musicians.

    We loved this gig last year, and the CD of the gig is excellent. We get the treat of a brand new studio CD as well as a great gig.


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    2016 22 April, £15 - Matt Anderson Wild Flower Sextet

    "This is sophisticated stuff, with a proper handle on Shorter's post-bop genius . . . . Everyone plays superbly and the whole set is wholly recommended." ***** - Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal

    Matt Anderson sax Laura Jurd trumpet Alex Munk electric guitar
    Jamil Sheriff piano Sam Vicary bass Sam Gardner drums


    Wild Flower Sextet, led by saxophonist Matt Anderson, plays original music inspired by the work of U.S. jazz legend Wayne Shorter, as well as new arrangements of his compositions. Wayne Shorter is a legendary figure across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and his own seminal albums on Blue Note Records, through to Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.

    The sextet draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. Award winning Laura Jurd returns to us. We have the superb pianism of Jamil Sheriff. Sam Vicary and Sam Gardner are hugely in demand.

    The band released their debut album in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a nationwide tour, Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise writes: "Their own unique stamp on Shorter's very personal repertoire…y that resonates with its inspirational source…n-pretentious."

    [Two changes. The wonderful Laura Jurd was in Bremen with her band as a UK showcase group. The bassist was Will Harris. We had a stunning quintet.]


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    2016 29 April, £0 - Cancellation: Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio

    We are sad to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control, the gig this Friday, 29th April has unfortunately been cancelled. Anybody holding tickets will of course be able to use them at any future gig (or have a refund if preferred)

    We look forward to seeing you on May 6th for the first gig of our new programme when the multi- talented Georgina Jackson makes a welcome return to Fleece Jazz.


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    2016 6 May, £15 - Georgina Jackson

    Georgina Jackson is an avowed fan of Frank Sinatra, big bands and the American Songbook. The native of Wigan is also a talented trumpet player and a singer with a sassy, vibrant style, and it's a winning combination.
    Georgina Jackson vocals/trumpet, Chris Ingham piano, Dave Green bass, George Double drums



    As a trumpet player Georgina has performed with Nancy Sinatra, Gladys Knight and Seal, as well as in the orchestras of West End shows such as Chicago. Her singing career has emerged gradually in recent years, performances with the BBC Big Band and the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra

    Her voice has a genuine '50s vibe.


    She brings a fine band: Chris Ingham on piano, the legendary Dave Green on bass, and George Double on drums.


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    2016 13 May, £18 - Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes: Lowest Common Denominator

    It is impossible to imagine two finer exponents of the saxophone than Alan and Gilad sharing a stage AND with a top trio, can't wait!
    Gilad Atzmon reeds, Alan Barnes reeds, Frank Harrison piano, Yaron Stavi bass, Chris Higginbottom drums

    Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes have both been frequent visitors to Fleece Jazz in the past, but for the first time they share the stage here for what promises to be a very special performance. Despite their different backgrounds and approaches, the two reedsmen share a passion for performance, a healthy sense of competition and a firm belief that a jazz audience is there to be entertained.

    Gilad arrived on the British jazz scene in 1994 from his native Israel and impressed critics and jazz fans in equal measure. "a formidable improvisational talent * a jazz giant * combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence" - The Guardian.

    Alan is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers.

    It is always a pleasure to welcome back Frank, Yaron and Chris: formidable players.

    [When we get deps, do we get deps! Ross Stanley was our stunning pianist.]


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    2016 20 May, £20 - Antonio Forcione

    "By turns lyrical, funky, ethereal, haunting, and playful, his one-man show is a delight, and his playing, simply breathtaking." - Tim Maguire, Edinburgh Festival
    Antonio Forcione guitar

    Italian acoustic guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione, described as "the Hendrix of the acoustic guitar", returns to Fleece Jazz for a solo performance.

    Be prepared for an eclectic range of songs, given the Forcione treatment, as he produces an amazing range of sounds from just one instrument, sounding like guitar, bass and percussion all in one. He fuses many traditions into his own unique style, and while he plays with great passion and intensity, between songs he chats with laconic humour.


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    2016 27 May, £15 - John Law New Congregation

    Intriguingly creative new jazz from a master pianist and composer

    John Law piano/keyboards and more, Sam Crockatt sax, James Agg bass, Lloyd Haines drums

    John Law is a prize-winning classical prodigy on piano who turned away from classical piano studies to pursue jazz and improvised music when he was 23 His work always amazes and intrigues us.

    With Sam (of whom John Fordham said "haunting lyricism"), and the in demand James and Lloyd, this will be a gig to savour.

    " technical bravura with crystal clear, fast passagework coupled with a sovereign command over everything that is pianistically possible. You wonder if there is actually anything that this pianist cannot do." Jazz Podium, Germany.


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    2016 3 June, £15 - Philip Clouts Quartet

    Philip's African inspirations extend beyond Cape jazz to Gnawa music, Afrobeat and further to pan-European folksong, soul-jazz and beyond.
    Philip Clouts piano, Sam Eagles sax, Alex Keen bass guitar, Dave Ingamells drums

    Pianist Philip Clouts was born in Cape Town and as well as the music of his homeland he has soaked up Caribbean calypso and the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent while honouring and learning from jazz heroes including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Charles Lloyd.

    Sam, Alex and Dave are rising stars who are the perfect complement for the music.

    "Pulsating groove orientated music - distinctive*spiritual and soul jazz - strongly melodic themes." Jazzwise. A gig not to be missed.

    [How do they do that? Our wonderful bassist was a dep, Tim Fairhall.]


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    2016 10 June, £16 - James Pearson

    The Fleece brings Ronnie Scott's to East Anglia with the long and eagerly awaited return of the pianist, composer and creative tour de force that is James Pearson.

    James Pearson piano, Sam Burgess bass, Ian Thomas drums

    The late Sir John Dankworth said: "it takes an exceptionally gifted artiste to stand out and be noticed. James Pearson is exactly that; his masterful playing and his imaginative work as a composer and arranger combine to make him head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries. I believe he shows signs of true greatness in the making."

    James is joined by a fellow Guildhall alumnus and Ronnie's house band member, Sam Burgess who is noted for his wide experience, adaptability and if required *thumping, pounding, relentlessly driving bass.* Ian Thomas, one of the most versatile, adaptable and popular drummers around, completes the line-up. Ian, of course, also plays regularly at Ronnie's, so we are assured of a tight trio.

    It has taken three years to smuggle James out of Ronnie's. No telling when we will get him back again. Do not miss the chance to check his progress towards greatness.

    [Our superb dep on drums was Dave Ohm.]


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    2016 17 June, £18 - John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe

    Legendary guitarist John Etheridge and the remarkable live performer, vocalist Vimala Rowe, successful in the far east and now firmly established on the London jazz scene.

    John Etheridge guitars, Vimala Rowe vocals

    John Etheridge enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond, and has been described by Pat Matheny as "One of the best guitarists in the world" He is prodigiously gifted and creative with an eclectic approach which refuses to acknowledge musical boundaries, well illustrated by his long simultaneous associations with both the iconic Staphane Grapelli and the legendary jazz-fusion group The Soft Machine.

    Vimala Rowe is an award winning jazz, soul and R & B si her early teens she left England for the Far East where she quickly established herself as a vocalist.Back in England she made the eponymous EP "Vimala" with Simon Horn a recording of original compositions which Garnered the Indy Music award for Best Soul, Jazz Funk act.

    "Vimala Rowe is Sensational" - The Arts Desk

    "A wonderful singer with a passionate delivery which completely captures the audience " - John Etheridge


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    2016 24 June, £20 - Liane Carroll

    A solo performance from this deeply soulful and wonderfully honest singer pianist who we simply adore!

    Liane Carroll vocals and piano

    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.

    "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


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    2016 1 July, £15 - Don Weller

    "Don Weller was and is, among the true originals of British jazz with his cavernous sound and utterly unpredictable turn of phrase" - The Observer

    Don Weller sax, Chris Ingham piano, Andy Cleyndert bass, George Double drums

    The young Don played on south London's Dixieland scene, but was also listening to recordings of Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Colman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins.

    Don has toured with the Gill Evans orchestra and played with Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Peter King, Alan Barnes, Art Theman, Dick Morrissey and most everyone else at the top of British modern jazz.

    His sax sound is relaxed, rich and mellow. It is reminiscent of the sound of Ben Webster.

    On piano and drums are Suffolk based musicians Chris Ingham and George Double respectively, both of whom we heard in May's sensational evening with vocalist-trumpeter, Georgina Jackson. On bass is Andy Cleyndert, a stunning player who we have not seen in far too long.


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    2016 Sunday, 10 July, £20 - Side by Side with Refugees Fundraiser

    We are indebted to 15 excellent performers, from 7 countries who are giving their time and talents freely to help Side by Side help refugees.

    Featuring the wonderful Ian Shaw, Tina May, Chris Allard, Kevin Flanagan, Kate Williams, Alice Zawadzki, David Tughan, Winston Clifford, Elliot Weight, Jose Canha, Michael Spearman, Carole Burgess, Simon Brown, Rod Youngs and Rob Palmer and watch out for more information soon.


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    2016 15 July, £15 - Nigel Price Trio + 1

    Nigel brings his exciting trio (plus a surprise) and we may have to reinforce the roof!

    Nigel Price guitar, Ross Stanley hammond organ, Matt Home drums, wait and see - Saxophone

    This from Sebastian Scotney: "Aha, so this is it, the real thing. This is the stage where every arrangement has been learnt, internalized, completely owned and the sheet music has (just about) disappeared. This is the level of empathy which still allows each band-member the freedom to take the others completely by surprise, deliver the unexpected, and make them smile."

    Be prepared for a band who are absolute masters of their instruments, with a wicked sense of humour to leaven the virtuosity and intensity.


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    2016 29 July, £15 - Asaf Sirkis International Quartet

    Asaf Sirkis is not only an inventive drummer but also a composer of rigour, wit and delicacy. He is one of the worlds premier drummers.
    Asaf Sirkis drums, Sylwia Bialas vocals, John Turville piano/keyboards, Kevin Glasgow bass

    "There`s an almost devotional intensity to her singing that rarely fails to deliver" says Andy Robson, writing about Sylwia Bialas in Jazzwise.

    This band has four people with serious international reputations. Asaf's power and delicacy are in demand all over Europe for his compositions as well as his playing. Sylwia is also a composer. Her distinctive phrasing ans style has made her international star. John returns to us for the third time this year, always a great pleasure. His harmonic adventures and immense technique are a delight. Kevin has worked at top venues in New York as well as at many international festivals.

    Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.



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    2016 12 August, £15 - Robert Habermann Sings Berlin

    Robert Habermann takes his audience on a journey through some of the 20 th Century's greatest love songs and the stories behind them. He has met many of the actual writers! His show is punctuated with anecdotes and stories to make this a fun evening.

    Robert Habermann vocals, Trevor Brown piano.

    Robert Habermann is an accomplished singer/songwriter of The Great American and British Songbooks. He worked in the U.S.A where he was voted Best International Performer 1994 by the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York, resulting in several major tours.

    Robert was the first major British singer to perform a concert to celebrate Frank Sinatra's 80 th Birthday at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

    Pianist Trevor Brown is known for his versatility and virtuosity. Trevor spent twenty years as pianist with the Joe Loss Orchestra. Nowadays he very much enjoys being part of The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

    Look out for a special guest!



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    2016 26 August, £18 - Derek Nash Sax Appeal

    Derek Nash's brilliant award winning band with 5 (yes five!) saxophones,will be a knock-out!

    Derek Nash, Matt Wates, Bob McKay, Brandon Allen, Vasilis Xenopoulos Saxes, Pete Adams Keys, Alec Dankworth Bass, Mike Bradley Drums

    Derek is a member of the Jooles Holland Band, and often does the Fleece Jazz Christmas - New Year gig, fresh from recording Jooles's New Year's Eve TV show.

    He is famed for his "Protect the Beat" and "Acoustic Quartet" line-ups; for "the Picant Latin Band" he bought here in March; as well as for tonight's "Sax Appeal", the "John Dankworth Award" winning line up he has led for 30 years.

    Thelonious Monk's advice on jazz is that "You've got to dig it to dig it!". There is nothing better than Derek's music to start digging into Jazz - "You dig?".


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    2016 9 September, £20 - Ryan Quigley Quintet


    Ryan has assembled an all-star line up for his new recording "What Doesn't Kill You" (Whirlwind)

    Ryan Quigley trumpet, Paul Booth sax, Geoffrey Keezer piano, Michael Janisch bass, Clarence Penn drums

    Ryan Quigley is one of the premier trumpeters in the UK known for his talents as both a world class lead player and virtuosic improvisor. He's been featured with the upper echelon of big bands (Quincey Jones, Robbie Williams), symphonies & orch (BBC, Scottish Royal, Metropole), and pop and jazz stars (The Bad Plus, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin) around the world. As a composer and small band leader he has won multiple awards in the UK including the Parliamentary Award for band of the year.

    He has assembled an all-star line up for his new recording What Doesn't Kill You (Whirlwind) which is touring in September 2016 in support of the release. With Paul Booth (tenor sax), along with one of the most exciting rhythm sections to tour the UK in years: Americans Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Michael Janisch (double bass), and Clarence Penn (drums).


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    2016 16 September, £15 - Alison Rayner Quintet

    Alison's driving force skilfully guides this stunning band

    Alison Rayner bass, Steve Lodder piano, Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Diane McLoughlin saxophone, Buster Birch drums

    For the past two years ARQ has built a substantial and wide ranging audience for their *deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz* (Jazz UK). They released their first album "August" to critical acclaim with Arts Council England Grants for the Arts support for their new project "A Magic Life".

    Alison Rayner has had a lengthy career as a bass player and composer, touring and recording with Afro-Latin group the Guest Stars in the 80 s; and working with a myriad of jazz stars, with Tal Farlow, Ian Shaw, Jean Toussaint and John Etheridge, to name a few.

    Alison is supported by a wonderful band: pianist Steve Lodder guitarist Deirdre Cartwright Diane McLoughlin, saxophone and drummer Buster Birch.

    The new album "A Magic Life" will be released in November 2016 and is bursting with melodic and harmonic references. It follows on from the success of their acclaimed debut album August, with it's funky grooves and influences of roots and folk musics.


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    2016 23 September, £15 - Kate Shortt

    "Wacky ebullient cellist with wide ranging vocals" The Stage
    "A remarkable cellist - John Fordham
    "Wicked and very funny" - JA

    Kate Shortt ~ vocals, piano, cello & maybn

    Kate is a unique talent who sings rap, romantic ballards or high opera, with with her tongue in her cheek! She has great musical ability on piano, organ or cello. She delivers self-penned, keenly observed humorous songs, in a show laced with impressions. She continues to do extraordinary things with the cello from serious classical, through improvised jazz to seriously improvised comedy! Kate also does frighteningly implausible things with her face, contorting it in a way that makes “le” like a serious understatement.

    Think Victoria Wood, think Jim Tavare think Kate Shortt! Same league, without question. If you have seen Kate, you will surely come to this gig, if not, do come and see what you've been missing!


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    2016 30 September, £20 - Barb Jungr

    Passionate, original & inveinterpretation of jazz and soul: Magnificent

    Barb Jungr vocals, Barry Green piano, Davide Mantovani bass


    Last May, Barb’ce performance, featuring Dylan and Leonard Cohen songs, generated a rapturous reception and a long queue for her CD “ain”>
    Driving on a motorway somewhere in the East (was it from our gig?) Barb decided she wanted to make a recording in New York. The result was a collaboration, with Grammy winning American pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood, to produce the 2016 CD “r From The Storm”Jungr - Hobgood originals, plus songs by Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Dave Bowie, Sondheim & Bernand Rogers & Hammn. This year, Barb’ram comprises mostly material from this CD.

    Barb has the brilliant pianist Barry Green and stunning bassist David Mantovani to support her.

    "Bob Dylan, jazz, northern soul, Nina Simone and continental Europe’ret music perform a subtle dance in Jungr’ciousness." - The Guardian
    "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.


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    2016 7 October, £18 - Tony Kofi & The sation

    “eals not so much with the past as with the eternal truths of jazz music - swing, in-the-moment lyricism, the lust for life - and he continues to find compelling ways to express them.” About Jazz

    Tony Kofi saxes, Pete Whitaker Hammond B3, Peter Cater drums, Simon Fernsby guitar

    Award-winning and internationally recognized saxophonist Tony Kofi teams up with the 'Organisation' to perform a hard-hitting selection of tunes in blues, jazz and funk idioms, including many under-acknowthe ledged classics by likes of Woody Shaw, George Russell. Joe Henderson and Duke Pearson.
    His many accolades include: Best Instrumentalist at the 2008 BBC Jazz awards; Best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards; Radio 3 Jazz line-up album of the year at the 2005 BBC Jazz awards; a MOBO nomination in 2008.

    With the stunning Pete Whittaker on the Hamond B3 organ, the gifted and versatile Pete Cater on drums and the excellent Simon Fernsby on quitar, expect “er band with real bite, especially when the heat was on”zwise


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    2016 14 October, £15 - Chris Allard

    "One of the great guitarists in this country" - Jamie Cullum.
    "A non-cliched linear improviser of great originality and talent…views.

    Chris Allard guitar, Oli Hayhurst bass, Charlie Wood keys and vocals Nick Smalley drums

    Freelance guitarist Chris Allard has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Festival Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival the Royal Albert Hall. He has recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Gwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth and Jamie Cullum amongst others.

    Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b. BoMemphis, TN, he spent many years there performing nightly with his Hammond organ trio in a long-standing residency at King's Palace on Beale Street where he was awarded the equivalent of a Hollywood Hall of Fame Star.

    Oli Hayhurst and Nick Smalley are busy and much sought after musicians, perfect as the drive behind Charlie and Chris.

    Chris is regarded as one of the UK's finest contemporary jazz guitarists/composers, producing " Full blooded solos…on the money" - Jazzwise.


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    2016 21 October, £0 - A NIGHT OFF!

    Watch telly or do the ironing but do be here next week - please


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    2016 28 October, £15 - Tassos Spiliotopoulos

    Sweden based Athenian and former Londoner brings something truly new to jazz

    Tassos Spiliotopoulos guitar,Orjan Hulten sax, Kevin Glasgow bass, Asaf Sirkis drums

    "Compelling guitarist Spiliotopoulos creates dark, modal jazz... a band and a guitarist to watch out for." - Time Out, London

    Tassos has worked extensively with the Israeli born drummer and composer and Fleece favourite, Asaf Sirkis and appeared on several of his albums. Others with whom Spiliotopoulos has worked with in the UK include Yaron Stavi, Gary Husband, Gareth Lockrane, John Turville, and fellow guitarists John Parricelli and John Etheridge. "Archipelagos" featured a guest appearance on trumpet by the late, great Kenny Wheeler.

    "...Guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos, a six-string shredder clearly influenced by Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin, flaunts some impressive chops..." Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

    The brilliant Pelle, Asaf and Kevin complete this superb band.


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    2016 4 November, £18 - Jay Phelps

    A fiery, swinging and very exciting quartet quartet led by a former Tomorrow's Warrior and Empirical star

    Jay Phelps trumpet Rick Simpson piano Mark Lewandowski bass Shane Forbes drums

    Trumpeter Jay Phelps is from Vancouver, Canada. He has a warm and projecting tone, influenced by Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. Tonight will include music to be included in his second album, - out this winter.

    Jay played with ‘amaica’#8216rrow’iors’ater co-led his own group ‘cal’e also appearing with Courney Pine, Ray Brown, John Dankworth, Dennis Rollins, Amy Winehouse and others.. ‘cal’ sell-out when it came to Fleece Jazz in 2007 In 2012, Jay guested with Wynton Marsalis' ‘t Linclon Centre Orchestra’arsalis’o Square'. Later that summer ‘elps Big Band’wo sell out nights at Ronnie Scott’/>
    Rick Simpson piano is well established on the London scene. He is currently in ‘r� he won a Yamaha Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Jazz Musicians. Mark Lewandowski bass from Nottingham, first appeared at the Fleece in 2013,as a dep with Saxophone Giants. He brought the review comment “uly excellent bassist on this gig that will stand in the memory”Shane Forbes
    drums, from Lewisham, was also a member of both ‘Warriors’#8216rical� Shane was the winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians award. .

    [John Scott was on drums, wonderful player new to the music - perfect playing.]


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    2016 11 November, £15 - Alice Zawadzki Trio

    "Uncategorisable, beautiful –l force to be reckoned with" - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
    "something of a phenomenon" –Magazine

    Alice Zawadzki ~ vocals and violin, Phil Peskett ~ piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado ~ bass

    Imagine the excitement of encountering a new colour for the first time. You will find this useful preparation for a first encounter with Alice. This young singer-songwriter is “ine original with a pure, pealing voice that can darken into brooding low tones, and twist with the flexibility and harmonic awareness of a jazz singer.” Fordham) Additionally she is “y fine violinist. Singing and playing double stops at the same time is quite amazing to hear and watch.”

    Alice has a wonderful rapport with her audience and with ease, leads you to brave new worlds and familiar ones seen quite differently. Her talents, like her name, really do seem to encompass everything from A to Z.

    Alice is joined by Phil Peskett, a pianist with a wealth of experience, as a leader, accompanist and educator. On bass, Alice has called upon the unfailingly inventive Misha Mullov-Abbado, band leader and multi award winner, noted for his propulsive playing. Powerful support for an inventive lady.

    A uniquely expressive performer and a gifted storyteller, Alice Zawadzki's star is set to rise (as she) takes the listener on a journey of love, compassion, conflict and joy! - Whirlwind Recordings
    UNMISSABLE –est & mostidual performer to emerge in years.


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    2016 18 November, £18 - Paul Baxter: Seven pieces of silver

    "Great arrangements, great playing, great atmosphere ... Such energy! If any promoter is thinking of booking this band, just do it, you’safe hands." - Grimsby Jazz, 2015

    Paul Baxter ~ Bass, Andrzei Baranek ~ Piano, James Lancaster ~ Trumpet, Matt Ball ~ Trombone, John Mckillup ~ Tenor Sax, Stuart Macdonald ~ Alto/Baritone Sax and Paul Smith ~ Drums

    Seven Pieces of Silver celebrate the music of the late, great hard-bop pioneer Horace Silver who will forever be associated with his landmark recordings of the early ‘hese have a magic combination of catchy melody and unique improvisation.

    Paul Baxter has been a professional bassist for 15 years and has worked with many great UK jazz artists including Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale and Steve Waterman.

    James Lancaster, John McKillup, Stuart MacDonald and Matt Ball form the horn section. All are accomplished musicians with a long pedigree of performances on stage and screen. Andrezei Baranek (edgy and and fiery sound) and Paul Smith complete the rhythm section.

    "This is a really swinging band, packed with great soloists ... and really plays as a unit!" - Alan Barnes

    [Our trombonist was Brian Archer, a lovely player.]


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    2016 25 November, £18 - Jeff Williams Quartet

    "A top notch British band plays superbly throughout with Williams' intelligent but approachable compositions giving them plenty to get their teeth into." **** -Ian Mann

    Jeff Williams - Drums,Josh Arcolio - Sax John O'Gallagher - Alto Sax and Sam Lasserson - Bass

    Over his forty-year career the American drummer and composer, Jeff Williams has accompanied the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Mike Gibbs, amongst others. Since 2005 he has been based both in New York and London with bands in each location, working with an exploding generation of younger players. From this pool of talent Jeff has cast his current UK ensemble.

    Josh Arcoleo won a Yamaha Parliamentary Jazz Scholarship and the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. He is "one of the best young saxophonists to emerge in the UK in recent years" according to Jazz critic, Ian Mann.
    John O'Gallagher is a stunning American saxophonist.
    Double bassist Sam Lasserson John Fordham called him "the lynchpin" in Jeff’tet, says John Fordham.

    "A treasure of a group" - Mike Collins


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    2016 2 December, £18 - Jazz At The Movies

    Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden and featuring the Chris Ingham Quartet, Jazz at the Movies features evocative songs and soundtrack themes from classic films including The Aristocats, The Servant, From Russia With Love, Agatha, Let's Make Love, The Pink Panther, The Ipcress File and many more.

    Joanna Eden vocals, Mark Crooks reeds, Chris Ingham piano, George Double drums, Arnie Somogyi bass

    Vocalist Joanna Eden ("UK's answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall" - TIME OUT) studied piano from age 4 and wrote and performed her first song at age seven. She has performed all over the world and supported such artists as Jamie Cullum, the Buena Vista Social Club and the Blockheads.

    Mark Crooks on clarinet has incredible phrasing and subtle dynamics. He is a Getzian powerhouse on sax.
    Chris Ingham has built a huge reputation as pianist, composer, band leader and record producer.
    Arni Somogyi has performed and recorded with a wide variety of leading musicians from pop legend Tom Jones to renowned jazz artists including John Dankworth and Stan Tracey.
    George Double is an in-demand session drummer, and has worked with a wide variety of musicians from all walks of music.

    "Movie songs like these provide good material for the best jazz singers. Joanna Eden and her first-class band had a ball with them ... and so did the audience!" - JAZZ JOURNAL


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    2016 9 December, £15 - Sarah Gillespie Quartet

    "From Dylan's lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell with a little rap like percussiveness thrown in: she is an original" - John Fordham

    Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Frank Harrison piano, Eddie Hicks drums, Ben Bastin Bass

    Sarah Gillespie was born in London to an American mother and British father. She grew up in Norfolk, England –spersed with numerous trips to Minnesota, where she soaked in the sounds of Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Cole Porter and early blues and jazz. From the age of 4, Sarah composed songs on piano, and then at 15 began playing guitar. At 18, she moved to the USA, busking in the streets and playing gigs.

    On returning to London, she gained a first class degree in Film And Literature and an MA in Politics and Philosophy from Goldsmiths University. Sarah’ically acclaimed albums Stalking Juliet (2009) In The Current Climate (2011) Glory Days (2013) and her anti-war narrative suite The War on Trevor (2012) all received 4 and 5 star reviews in the broadsheet and music press. Sarah has since performed live on BBC Radio 4’n’, been interviewed by Andrew Marr on Start The Week as well as receiving radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and numerous radio stations world wide. She has performed in many festivals, arts centres and jazz venues in Europe and across the UK including headline shows at the world famous Ronnie Scott’ondon.

    Her music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism. The Guardian’ critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as ‘ng) Bob Dylan’cal bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.”’ features Eddie Hicks on drums, Ben Bastin on bass and our good friend Frank Harrison on piano.


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    2016 16 December, £20 - Sarah Jane Morris

    River deep, mountain high, a truly magnificent voice with a special FleeceJazz Christmas concert! Don't miss "the breathtaking range and timbral richness of Sarah Jane Morris's voice.." JAZZWISE
    "Sarah Jane Morris could not sing an insincere note if she tried." - Jazz Wise

    Sarah Jane Morris Vocals, Tony Remy –r, Tim Cransfield –r

    Sarah Jane Morris is a singer at home in a wide range of genres including pop (she worked extensively with the Communards), rock and R&B as s Jazz . She has a throaty, extraordinarily deep voice. With her flamboyant, idiosyncratic style, she is a singer 0f awesome eloquence.

    She brings UK guitar supremo Tony Remy, musician, composer and educator, and Trinidadian guitarist Tim Cransfield who is the first call session musician for just about anybody.

    "Her excellent voices oars and swoops with the agony and ecstasy of the Delta and smoky Chicago clubs" – Telegraph.


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    2016 23 December, £20 - The Alan Barnes Octet - Sorry, sold out!

    PRESENTS: A Jazz Christmas Carol * A treat for anyone who loves music, literature or Christmas!

    Alan Barnes REEDS and READs (geddit?), Bruce Adams trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Robert Fowler sax and clarinet, Karen Sharpe sax and clarinet, David Newton piano, Simon Thorpe bass, Clark Tracey drums

    Reeds maestro Alan Barnes presents an all-star octet to perform his suite based on Charles Dickens’s seasonal tale. With composer/arranger Alan leading from the front on sax and clarinet, the ensemble includes Bruce Adams on trumpet, Mark Nightingale on trombone, Dave Newton on piano and Clark Tracey, drums. As Alan is a master raconteur and frontman as well as the UK’ing mainstream-to-modern saxophonist and bandleader, this is guaranteed to be a very entertaining evening.

    [Our trumpeter tonight was Nathan Bray. Nathan was new to us and was a star.]


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    2017 6 January, £18 - Fletch's Brew

    An explosive start to 2017 Spontaneous and seamless explorations of funk, bop, fusion, reggae and rock!

    Mark Fletcher drums, Ross Stanley organ and piano, Mornington Lockett sax, Laurence Cottle bass

    This brilliant and popular gig wowed us two years running! The nod to Miles Davis's "Bitches Brew" in the band's name is not accidental. Those who know Mark will not be at all surprised to hear his band described as a "powerhouse jazz fusion outfit." He is a remarkably talented and muscular drummer, capable of subtlety but never better than when leading an all-guns-blazing charge; which is both very exciting and intensely engaging.

    Mornington Lockett is a powerhouse saxophonist with the ability to be lyrical at need. He is "One of the country's most accomplished contemporary improvisers ... with a fearsome technique and an advanced harmonic approach " - Time Out

    Ross Stanley is the UK premier jazz organist and an amazing pianist. He has played for a huge range of top rank artists. He is a Hammond endorsee.

    Laurence Cottle is a very diverse musician. He has played bass for artists as varied as Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, James Galway, Nina Hagen, Hanson, Tom Jones, and Seal. His jazz credentials are impeccable.

    Come and embrace the "fusion of talents playing some of the most exciting and challenging music that can be found anywhere on the jazz scene"


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    2017 13 January, £16 - Pavillon

    Jim Rattigan's French horn led big band. Their uniquely rich, swinging style will warm and impress you.

    The foremost french horn player leads a brilliant 12 piece band

    Jim Rattigan french horn, composer and arranger, Martin Speake alto sax, Andy Panayi tenor sax, Mick Foster baritone sax Steve Fishwick trumpet, Percy Pursglove trumpet, Robbie Robson trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Sarah Williams bass trombone, Hans Koller piano, Dave Whitford double bass, Gene Calderazzo drums.

    “Jim Rattigan is teaching us something new and brilliant here. Listen and celebrate.” - Pip Eastop

    Jim Rattigan formed “Pavillon” in 2000, and has several brilliant recordings of the band. He has performed all over the world both as a jazz soloist and as a band member of groups like the Michael Brecker Quindectet, the Charlie Haden / Carla Bley Liberation Music Orchestra, the McCoy Tyner Big Band, Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, the Creative Jazz Orchestra with Kenny Wheeler, Brad Mehldau with the Britten Sinfonia, the Guy Barker Big Band.


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    2017 20 January, £18 - Ben Crosland Quintet plays The Ray Davies Songbook

    Look at the line-up! Easy to understand that they present familiar tunes with a *fresh glow* (Dave Gelly) and help them find a home in the jazz genre

    Ben Crosland bass, Dave O'Higgins sax, John Etheridge guitar, Steve Lodder piano. Sebastiaan de Krom drums

    Dave Gelly explains: "Ray Davies’s tunes – evocative, catchy and deceptively simple – serve his lyrics so well that it’s easy to take them for granted. By recasting them in the jazz idiom and delicately elaborating their harmonies, bassist and composer Ben Crosland brings them out in a fresh glow."

    And look at the rest of the line up!
    the stunning John Etheridge with his affectionate gentleness through to blistering passion;
    the sensitive and sophisticates sax of Dave O'Higgins;
    Steve Lodders superb pianism and fun;
    and to hold all this together you need a very reliable, swinging drummer and there are few better than Seb de Krom.


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    2017 27 January, £15 - Phil Hopkins' Toots Thielmans Tribute

    A timely homage to perhaps the greatest jazz chromatic harmonica player who died last year. Think of the Midnight Cowboy theme and you have starting point for this gig.

    Phil Hopkins harmonica, Jonathan Gee piano, Martin France ~ drums, John Paricelli guitar, Paul Morgan bass

    Phil Hopkins is a harmonica player and percussionist who has performed in many different settings including the Globe (as musical director). He has been the featured harmonica soloist for major West End productions and on many TV, film and recording sessions performing in many different styles.
    Phil's brilliant quintet is composed of good friends of the club. We haven't seen Jonathan Gee's fine pianism in far too long. John Paricelli was a Loose Tubes founder. Paul Morgan's phenomenal technique and intonation (and individual sound) is alway welcome. Professor Martin France is our superb drummer for the night.

    The concert features music from Toots' collaborations with the greats of Jazz and Latin such as Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans and more.


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    2017 3 February, £16 - Damon Brown's International Quintet

    A welcome return to the UK for the man whose hard driving trumpet will surely blow you away. "Fluent, impassioned and technically superb" - Jack Masserick.

    Damon Brown trumpet and vocals, Christian Brewer sax, Paul Kirby piano, Sean Pentland bass. Manuel Weyand drums

    “Damon Brown is a superb musician with a unique voice on both trumpet and Flugelhorn” - Ian Carr

    “a bright, gleaming tone, a superbly poised attack, and a fine rhythmic sense" - John Fordham

    Of Christian Brewer, John Fordham says, "almost 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."

    Paul (Scotland), Sean (U.S.A.) and Manuel (Germany) together are a band in their own right, called The Resonance Trio. They first played together when all three became music professors in Seoul, met Damon and recognised a good thing when they saw him, and then encountered Christian and found a further kindred spirit.


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    2017 10 February, £18 - Brandon Allen Sextet

    One of the very best tenorists around, emotional and blues drenched, leading an incredibly exciting sextet.

    Brandon Allen tenor sax, Paul Booth alto sax, Mark Nightingale trombone, Tim Lapthorn piano, Dave Whitford bass, Matt Home drums

    Brandon Allen is one of the very best tenor players around: emotional and blues drenched. He leads six bands. His Sextet, comprising six of the Fleece’s favourite musicians, performs his arrangements of standards and classic jazz compositions.

    From Perth Australia, Brandon has been based in London for 16 years. Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, The Blockheads, Claire Martin, Stan Tracey and Pete King, are a serendipitous selection from the multitude of stars he has appeared with.

    With him are the cream of UK musicians: the blues power and funky drive of Paul Booth, the magical mastery of trombonist Mark Nightingale, the bluesy, flowing, lyrical pianist, Tim Lapthorn, top bassist Dave Whitford, the highly sought after drummer Matt Home.

    "Brandon’s four-octave range and flawless command of the altissimo register was nicely offset by his full-bodied yet raucous tonal quality offering something for fans of the entire history of the instrument- from Hawkins to Brecker- he's got ’em covered." - Frank Griffiths.


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    2017 17 February, £15 - Will Butterworth Quartet

    This is the first date of a national tour by this impressive quartet launching their new recording, a suite based on an Oscar Wilde story, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’.

    Will Butterworth piano, Seb Pipe alto sax, Nick Pini bass, Pete Ibbetson drums

    A precociously talented jazz pianist, Will Butterworth grew up playing cello and improvising on piano and started playing Jazz professionally in 1999. Will has worked with many of Britains finest musicians and is steadily becoming an increasingly important presence on the UK Jazz scene as pianist, composer and band leader.

    Seb Pipe has worked with many top musicians such as Tony Kofi, Portuguese group Pequenos Mundos and spent some time playing with American pioneer Steve Coleman and his Five Elements Band, as well as his own band.

    The back line of Nick Pini and Pete ibbetson are known to us as fine, flexible musicians.

    The suite of music employs beautiful melodies and rich harmonies to retell Wilde’s story. The quartet uses these melodies as starting points for improvisations and the result is intense and exhilarating.


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    2017 24 February, £0 - NO GIG TONIGHT

    With any luck, the telly will be good.


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    2017 3 March, £15 - Josh Kemp Hammond Organ Band

    Josh's tenor playing demonstrates that he is a jazz-man through and through. "A mix of Stan Getzian breeziness and Coltrane's imploring cry." - The Guardian

    Josh Kemp sax, Ross Stanley organ, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Tristan Mailliot drums

    Josh first performed locally as a child, giving an impressive performance, sitting in with his father’s band, at Sudbury’s Quay Jazz Club. He has matured into one of London’s finest tenor Saxophonists.

    He read philosophy at Oxford, and won scholarships to study Jazz at London's Guildhall and Trinity Schools of music. Josh is an active member of the E17 jazz collective.

    “Josh Kemp embodied the spirit that sustains jazz no matter which way the weather vane of vogue is pointing.” “Kemp's playing recalls the soulful fluidity of Hank Mobley” - Jazzwise

    Ross Stanley, Guildhall classical and Jazz piano graduate, on Organ, has played with may greats including: Stan Sulzman, Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen, and Jacqui Dankworth. Steve Fishwick is Trumpet and Tristan Mailliot is on drums. Ross and Steve are with Josh on the CD “Rare Grooves”.

    [Apologies for misspelling Tristan's name (twice), now corrected above.]


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    2017 10 March, £15 - Sam Crockatt Quartet

    "Haunting lyricism" - John Fordham.
    "Performances full of power and invention, delivered with precision, poise, and grace" - Helen Mayhew

    Sam Crockatt sax, Ivo Neame piano, Oli Hayhurst bass, Jon Scott drums

    The Sam Crockatt Quartet has received massive interest since winning the Parliamentary Jazz Award for best album. Sam has quickly built a reputation as a hugely talented musician with a robust and characterful voice on the tenor sax.

    Ivo Neame is a musician of immense talent with an astute musical intelligence and a natural improvisatory flair. He is one of the busiest and most in-demand players on the UK scene.

    Oli Hayhurst is a long-standing member of the quartet. He has a beautiful, warm tone and plays melodically, underpinned by a driving rhythmic feel.

    Jon Scott has developed a reputation as a creative and flexible player on the UK jazz scene, while building up his international connections, playing extensively throughout Europe.

    The music is highly lyrical and though sometimes very free, never loses touch with melody.


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    2017 17 March, £0 - NO GIG TONIGHT

    Read a really good book.


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    2017 24 March, £18 - Tim Kliphuis

    Widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli's heir, Tim breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. An accessible innovator.

    Tim Kliphuis violin, Nigel Clark guitar, Roy Percy bass

    Tim Kliphuis has been hailed as a contemporary improvising “Paganini”. He has shared the stage with Richard Galliano, Frankie Gavin, Les Paul and many gypsy jazz groups including The Rosenberg Trio. He has a busy international schedule including work with The Netherlands and Tallin Chamber Orchestras and The Hague Philharmonic, is an in-demand educator at competitions, masterclasses and conservatoires and is the author of best-selling book “Gypsy Jazz Violin”.

    Award-winning violinist Tim Kliphuis is a legend in the gypsy world. His Trio with Nigel Clark and Roy Percy celebrates 10 years of performing a ground-breaking and profoundly musical blend of gypsy jazz, classical and folk music.


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    2017 31 March, £18 - John East Project

    John East on vocals and Hammond makes a welcome return to the Fleece and brings with him a stellar line-up.

    John East Hammond organ and vocals, Mark Fletcher drums, Neville Malcom bass, Carl Orr guitar, Dave Lewis tenor sax, Dan Priseman trumpet, Daniel Hewson trombone and piano.

    The John East Project led by vocalist and organ player John East was formed five years ago and is a regular and popular feature at the 606 Club in Chelsea and elsewhere. John has played the Hammond for many years working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Phil Robson and Katie Kissoon.

    John’s stellar band of Mark Fletcher (drums), Carl Orr (guitar), Dan Priseman (trumpet), Neville Malcom (bass), Daniel Hewson (trombone and piano) and the great Dave Lewis (tenor sax) are all (or will become) firm Fleece favourites.

    [Our drummer tonight, the estimable Paul Robinson, and on trumpet, the excellent Paul Higgs.]


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    2017 7 April, £15 - Solstice, featuring John Turville

    "One of the brightest stars in the jazz firmament" (Ian Mann)returns with friends from the E17 Collective who combine influences from Brazil, New York, and France to serve up music to savour.

    John Turville piano, Tori Freestone saxes and flutes, Jez Franks guitars, Brigitte Beraha vocals, Dave Manington bass, George Hart drums

    Solstice is an exciting new collaboration between some of the foremost bandleaders and composers emerging from the thriving east London music scene. They have a unified sound drawing on influences from Brazil, New York, and France such as Hermeto Pascoal, Edward Simon and Pierre de Bethmann.

    John Turville is a prodigiously talented pianist with very broadly-based resources. “His adventurousness with harmony and the always lyrical yet narratively swerving designs of his improvisations often recall UK piano giant John Taylor's playing" (John Fordham, The Guardian).

    With Tori Freestone's robust tenor playing, Bridgitte Beraha who has been bracketed with Norma Winstone and Flora Purim, the staggering improvisational force that is Jez Franks, and the superb back line of Dave Manington and George Hart, this promises to be a special gig.

    "Refreshingly joyous music . . . led by the heart, that grips you from the first minute to the last . . .” - Gwilym Simcock

    Here is an excellent promo video for Solstice.


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    2017 14 April, £0 - NO GIG TONIGHT

    Garden needs digging.


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    2017 21 April, £18 - Theo Travis: Double Talk

    We welcome back this multi talented, multi reedsman who wowed us last year. Theo is renowned for his powerful, bluesy progressive and "rare, fine English psychedelic jazz." - MOJO

    Theo Travis saxes and flute, Mike Outram guitar, Pete Whittaker Hammond organ, Nic France drums

    The full flowing effect of the music from the Double Talk Quartet returns to Fleece Jazz after an astounding performance in January 2016. His many musical interests come together in this distinctive quartet project, which delivers music at the fluid interface between jazz, ambient and prog. He has become one of the most active jazz artists and composers in the U.K. and in addition to having his own group, he is in demand as a sideman to musicians from a variety of musical genres.

    The bluesy, progressive jazz of the quartet draws heavily on the soulful Hammond organ of Pete Whittaker, the soaring guitar of Mike Outram and the powerful but subtle drums and percussion of Nic France.

    "Travis' tenor is a warm, mellifluous instrument and together with the luscious, bluesy Hammond organ they create something rather unexpected...a prog-rock/jazz/blues hybrid of genuine power and excitement" - Guy Hayden


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    2017 28 April, £15 - Nicholas Meier and Pete Oxley

    Demonstrating a unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nicholas has graced our stage for a decade and continues a firm favourite in company with Pete whose history includes George Formby and Herbie Hancock!

    Nicholas Meier guitars, Pete Oxley guitars

    Pete and Nicholas have been performing as a duo since 2011. They appeared here together in 2015, and have often come separately with groups, including as leaders. Pete was born in Bury St Edmunds, came to jazz via rock band Kashmir, a stompers band in Bury and Leeds College of Music. He went on to hone his skills in Paris. His own group, the New Noakes International includes pianist Dave Gordon. Nicholas was born in Switzerland. He studied at Conservatoire de Fribourg, and Berklee College of Music He has been influenced by American guitarist Pat Metheny and by music from Turkey, Bohemia and Java.

    They launched their third album “Colours of Time”, in February. Expect anything from Turkish panache, to English pastoral to the rhythms of Latin America; performed on a selection of their a dozen or more guitars – nylon and steel stringed, acoustic and electric, fretted and fretless ...

    Of the latest album Dave Gelly writes in the Observer “when it comes to empathy this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection. Their roots lie in jazz, but they cover a whole bunch of genres in the course of this double album – Latin, Middle Eastern, English pastoral and their own brand of simply music”.

    All Guitar- oh so many guitars, and so many genres!


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    2017 12 May, £15 - Alex Merritt

    Merritt's warm dry Getzian fluency is a joy!

    Alex Merritt tenor sax, John Turville piano, Sam Lasserman bass, Jeff Williams drums

    This band has forged a unique sound and approach to its material be it Alex's original music or Jazz standards. The close empathy in the quartet creates an exciting foundation for musical interaction, risk-taking and reinvention.

    Alex has been freelancing in London since graduating and has been fortunate to perform with many of the top players on the UK jazz scene.

    John Turville is one of the most original and creative voices on the UK jazz scene as his Parliamentary Jazz award attests.

    Sam Lasserson is one of the most developed and distinctive musical voices to have emerged from the UK Jazz scene in recent years.

    The dynamic pairing with drummer Jeff Williams allows Sam to fully realise his musical thought. This has also been well evidenced in their recent work with Ethan Iverson (the Bad Plus), John O'Gallagher and Jeff Williams' own UK band.

    "Merritt makes music of shapely robustness, but he builds in options allowing his improvisers to follow his map or pursue their own diversions" - John Fordham

    [Our terrific bassist was Calum Gourley]


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    2017 19 May, £16 - Partisans

    "Partisans were the highlight of the festival, jazz that makes you blink in its glare* - John Fordham,

    Phil Robson guitar, Julian Seigal sax, Thaddeus Kelly bass, Gene Calderazzo drums

    Partisans can rightfully be cited as the godfathers of the new wave of Brit-Jazz. Since their formation in 1996 , they have always embraced Coltrane, electric Miles and Hendrix in equal measure, and countless points in between. It's an approach that's helped lay the foundation for the sort of cross-pollination of genres that many now take for granted in forward-looking jazz.
    Julian Siegel is one of the premier saxophonists of his generation in the UK and Europe. His awards include Best Instrumenalist" from the BBC.
    Phil Robson is a seminal figure in contemporary British music. His awards include Jazz Musician of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
    Thad Kelly has played on most continents over the past 25 years, with the likes of an Shaw, Claire Martin and Jackie Dankworth, Orquestra Mahatma and Billy Jenkins.
    "Gene Calderazzo's time and energy creates an excitement similar to a young Tony Williams, a drummer with forward gears" - Stan Sulzman, Musician Magazine

    "Restless, almost reckless energy* delirious listening* consistently thrilling." - BBC Music Magazine


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    2017 26 May, £15 - Jonathan Gee Trio

    "One of European jazz's most celebrated musicians 0 0 0 precise, lucid and original, and at times breathtakingly lyrical." - Visions of Britain

    Jonathan Gee piano, Rod Youngs drums, Ben Hazelton bass

    Jonathan Gee has performed around the world at some of the biggest festivals and clubs in jazz. His facility and imagination at the piano put him in the very highest company, and it is not coincidental that in the last few years, he has been playing at some of the most prestigious venues in New York and the Eastern seaboard of the States.

    Ben Hazleton is best known through his collaboration with Tony Kofi, together with Jonathan Gee, who has described him as *Ben the Zen* for his calm persona during performances.

    Rod Youngs, originally from Washington, D.C. and now based in London, is one of the most expressive and adept musicians in Jazz today.

    "Gee doesn't disappoint ... a really knotty, Monkish flavour at times." - Properganda magazine


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    2017 9 June, £15 - Mark Lewandowski Trio: Tribute to Fats Waller

    "With Lewandowski’s sonorous, fluent delivery, Noble's vibrant piano and Clarvis's deft brush work, the numbers jump out at the listener" - All About Jazz

    Mark Lewandowski bass, Liam Noble piano, Paul Clarvis percussion

    Fats Waller was a masterful stride pianist, a playful vocalist and one of the greatest and most enduring songwriters of the early Jazz age. This new trio finds ways of bringing such a strong musical identity into the 21st century while retaining the core values that his music stands for - swing, romance, humour and social relevance.

    Mark Lewandowski has been described as having “a huge vibrant, singing tone” and “soloing with the agility and articulation of a horn player”

    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).

    Paul Clarvis is a very talented percussionist, who displays remarkable technical gifts, enthusiasm and flair. His clear awareness of the past traditions of jazz drumming helps bring depth to his playing, although he also works in folk and classical forms where, again, his work is exceptional.

    "Three musicians known for their intricate dialogues and humour, paying tribute to another musician who had these attributes." - The List

    [When we get deps we get great ones. Ivo Neame played fantastic piano on this gig.]


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    2017 16 June, £18 - Sam Eagles Sextet

    "His assurance and inventiveness are impressive at any tempo..."John Fordham

    Sam Eagles sax, Duncan Eagles sax, Sam Leak piano, Ralph Wyld vibraphone, Max Luther bass, Dave Hamblett drums

    A formative grounding in classical piano, along with a fascination for the recordings of Kenny Garrett, were pivotal in bringing Sa to theto saxophone. Notably, Samuel gained a place in the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Jazz band, directed by respected educator Nick Smart.

    Duncan has become a member of British vocalist Ola Onabule’s touring band regularly performing at major International Jazz Festivals.

    Sam, Ralph, Max, and Dave play with the best and have considerable composing credits.

    Not only is Eagles a saxophone player to be reckoned with but a top notch composer too!– Bebop Spoken Here

    [Unfortunately, the vibraphone player was unavailable for this gig. We had a stonking quintet, though.]


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    2017 Sunday, 25 June, £20 - Paul Lacey's Back to Basie Big Band at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

    Tickets at various prices available at the New Wolsey Theatre.

    Directed by trumpet-player Paul Lacey, Back To Basie features London session musicians and jazz soloists all dedicated to the music of Count Basie's legendary *Swingin' Machine' - straight ahead swing played with dynamics, good humour, and a large dose of the blues!

    With Paul Lacey trumpet and conductor, Jacqui Hicks vocals and 17 of the UK's finest instrumentalists.

    Launched in 2001 , Back To Basie have since been presenting concerts with accuracy and style throughout Britain and Europe to great reviews.

    Back To Basie has been voted Best Big Band in the British Jazz Awards six times - in seven years!

    "The music and the magic of Count Basie were back in town!" ~ Sunday Times

    This is a community production presented by Fleece Jazz as part of the New Wolsey's annual Open Season, and the Ipswich Jazz Festival.


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    2017 7 July, £18 - Fletch's Brew

    Prised away from near residency at Ronnie Scott's to deliver funky jazz originals and Metheny, Brecker and Weather Report classics.

    Mark Fletcher drums, Freddie Gavita trumpet, Jim Watson organ, Laurence Cottle bass

    A powerful and very jolly way to spend an evening. Drummer Mark Fletcher's powerhouse jazz fusion quartet with Freddie Gravita on trumpet is a regular feature at Ronnie Scott's and greatly impressed Wynton Marsalis: "We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years."
    Tonight they will be joined with Jim Watson and Laurence Cottle.

    Come and discover the power of funky jazz originals and the music of Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Weather Report.


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    2017 21 July, £18 - Sue Richardson: The Music of Clifford Brown

    Multi talented Sue "plays swinging trumpet and sings with a musician's phrasing" - The Observer.

    Sue Richardson trumpet and vocals, Andy Panayi sax, Neal Richardson piano, Andy Cleyndert bass, Rod Youngs drums

    Sue was touring with big bands by the age of 16 and has played in over 50 countries. She has worked in Paris with French singer Mina Agossi and Archie Shepp on a blues project., and also worked with Ian Shaw and The Humphrey Lyttelton Band.

    With Andy Panayi playing all the flutes and all the saxophones, Neal Richardson firmly rooted in the acoustic piano jazz and blues, Andy Cleyndert - top bassist and mix/master genius, and Rod Youngs, one of the most expressive and adept of musicians, we are in for a superb gig.

    Sue’s gigs are a great combination of her original songs and imaginatively reworked standards. Her tightly-knit band has taken their special brand of modern jazz with a main stream twist to many venues on the national and international circuits.


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    2017 28 July, £18 - Tony Kofi and the Organization

    Tony's full bodied sound, clear articulation and committed attack carry immediate impact, with the Hammond Organ, guitar and drums this is unmissable

    Toni Kofi saxes, Pete Whittaker hammond organ, Peter Cater drums, Simon Fensbey guitar

    Fleece Jazz favourite, Tony Kofi, is back with the same line-up he had at last October’s gig, remembered for the his outstanding baritone solo in Cannonball Adderley's "Work Song"

    Tony and the Organisation perform a hard-hitting selection of tunes in blues, jazz and funk idioms, including many under-acknowledged classics.


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    2017 4 August, £18 - Odette

    Odette Adams is a huge British talent, as smooth, seductive and soulful a voice as you will ever hear! She is a star.

    Odette acoustic guitar and vocals, Stefanos Tsourelis guitar and oud, Matt Hodge percussion, Eric Ford drums, Dave Jones acoustic and electric bass, Kartik Raghunathan vocals and violin

    Odette spent four years travelling the world, paying her way by working as a singer on cruise ships. Using her free time on those long voyages to concentrate on her playing and writing, Odette's travels have fundamentally influenced the sound of her music.

    "Odette unleashes a chain of sun-kissed original numbers with the verve of R&B, but none of its bombast or cliches. - Clive Davis, The Sunday Times
    "Odette’s music is very positive and uplifting. It’s absolutely wonderful to hear great music combined with beautiful, honest lyrics that have substance. A breath of fresh air!" - Emily Boulting


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    2017 18 August, £15 - Kevin Fitzsimmons

    Kevin makes his long overdue Fleece Jazz debut with a top drawer band.

    Kevin Fitzsimmons vocals, Leon Greening piano, Jeremy Brown bass, Matt Home drums

    Kevin Fitzsimmons is a London born jazz singer, bandleader, lyricist & songwriter, with a self-produced album ‘Show Me The Way’ released to considerable critical acclaim. His distinctive vocals have been used by global brands and corporations for campaigns in New York, Far East, Europe, London, as well as for TV and radio commercials.

    Leon, Jeremy and Matt are a top class trio

    "Fitzsimmons is highly personable and “a musician’s singer” – dread expression but one validated by the way Greening and Co. encourages the vocalist and he them." - Jazz Journal


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    Last Update - 23 August 2017