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18 May, £16
Luca Santaniello Quartet: tribute to Philly Joe Jones

Luca Santaniello

Luca Santaniello’s bebop influenced style coupled with his deep classical training has helped to shape his sound and has given birth to a refreshing new voice in jazz.

Luca Santaniello ~ drums, Steve Fishwick ~ trumpet, Gabriel Latchin ~ piano, Calum Gourlay ~ bass

Italian born Luca Santaniello moved to New York in 2001, aged 21, to further his studies at Brooklyn-Queens College and Juilliard. Since then he has matured into a fine performer, composer, arranger and educator. Hebegan his professional career aged 14 and has played with some huge names (like Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove and Ron Carter), in some of the greatest venues (Blue Note, Lincoln Centre) and across genres including symphonic works and film.

For this tribute to Joseph Rudolph “Philly Joe” Jones (1923 – 1968), Luca brings with him the fine trumpeter, Steve Fishwick, who we know can really blow and pianist Gabriel Latchin, who is described by Renee Fleming as “elegant, tasteful and swinging!” Completing the line-up is Glaswegan Calum Gourlay who switched from cello to bass when he was infected by jazz.

Philly Jo is credited on around 100 recordings but is probably best remembered with John Coltrane on Blue Train and as Miles Davis’s favourite drummer, recording 10 albums with him, including Round About Midnight and Milestones. His New York Times obituary noted a characteristic "combination of deep-toned tom-tom and bass drums with subtle swirls of cross-rhythm on cymbals."

Luca’s "talent makes him very unique – especially to the jazz world, where (he) has proven his high commitment to the music" - Stanley Crouch, NY Times

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25 May, £15
David Gordon Trio

David  Gordon

"a richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination" - Phil Johnson, the Independent

David Gordon ~ Piano, Oli Hayhurst ~ Bass, Paul Cavaciuti ~ Drums

David Gordon: He is a master of the Piano and Harpsichord, and of the Jazz and Baroque idioms; with a Bristol degree in mathematics and logic.
"A richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination" - Phil Johnson, the Independent

Oli Hayhurst:. “A really positive, pro-active bassist, with super-human control of time and tuning” Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News.

Paul Cavaciuti: A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1986, Paul is a frequent performer for us, most recently with Meier and Oxley.

In February 2016 David brought us music from his new CD “Alexander Scriabin’s Ragtime Band” - neither the early 20th century music of Russian Алекса́ндр Скря́бин, nor the New Orleans ragtime of the same era, but 21st century jazz inspired in David by both. This time, David revisits some of that music, but he also brings us new work destined for his next CD “Appartimento”. David takes his cue from the great 18th-century Italian masters, and the “Partimenti” (base lines they wrote for their students to practice on), to create super-hip jazz melodies and improvisations. Alongside them he puts some 20th century Latin American hits that share some of the same characteristics and history.

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1 June, £20
QCBA: Quentin and Brandon

Quentin and Brandon

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

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

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

For two decades, Quentin Collins has established himself as one of Europe’s top trumpeters, having worked with a wide range of internationally renowned artists across many genres including Gregory Porter, Roy Hargrove and Tim Garland. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Brandon Allen relocated to London in 2000. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles including Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Carleen Anderson, Stan Tracey, Pete King, Darius Brubeck and others.

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

"It's so damn infectious, it's almost impossible to resist" - Blues & Soul Magazine

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8 June, £18
Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet

Asaf and Silwia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15 June, £16
Roger Beaujolais Quartet

Roger Beaujolais

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of Roger's 19th album, Ian Mann the Jazz Man said it "will help to consolidate Beaujolais reputation as one of the best loved musicians on the UK jazz scene."

[Dave Barry did a wonderful job depping for Winston. I hope is car troubles are over soon.]


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