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9 February, £16
Mick Foster Sextet Celebrating Gerry Mulligan

Mick Foster

Featuring the beautifully crafted sextet arrangements of Gerry Mulligan together with some new pieces by Mick Foster & Adrian Fry, this group celebrates the West Coast sound with an all star UK line up.
Mick Foster baritone sax, Laura Jurd trumpet, Robert Fowler tenor sax, Adrian Fry trombone, Dave Chamberlain bass, Tristan Maillot drums

Mick Foster is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer and has appeared with many top ensembles. He is a master of the baritone saxophone with an obvious debt to Gerry Mulligan as shown in tonight’s setting.

Laura Jurd is an award-winning trumpet player, and BBC New Generation Artist for 2015-2017. Laura has developed a formidable reputation as one of the most creative young musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years.

Robert Fowler is a freelance Jazz saxophonist with a broad warm tone. He has worked with many bands on the British jazz scene as well as working across other areas of the musical spectrum.

Adrian Fry is a freelance jazz trombonist, arranger and composer. He has performed with many British bands including Back to Basie, Frank Griffith Nonet & Big Band, Elio Pace and the Karen Sharp Quintet.

Dave Chamberlain has been a full time bass player2002. He has played with Blue Note recording artist Stacey Kent and many other leading Jazz performers as well as a classical orchestra or two.

Tristan Maillot studied at Dartington College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He has appeared with many leading UK and international artists, including Art Farmer, Jim Hall and Peter King.

Celebrating the West Coast sounds of the ground breaking pianoless groups of Gerry Mulligan.

[Our redoubtable drummer was the excellent Matt Fishwick.]

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16 February, £16
Percy Pursglove/John O'Gallagher Quartet

Andy and John

"Somehow Pursglove created a completely whole musical world of his own. That is a rare achievement." – Jazzwise.
Mr. O’Gallagher is an exploratory alto saxophonist with a clear melodic streak." – New York Times.
John O'Gallagher alto sax, Percy Pursglove trumpet/flugel, Tim Giles drums/cymbals, Sam Lasserson bass

A freelance Jazz musician, composer, arranger and recording artist (trumpet & double bass), Percy Pursglove trained in Birmingham and New York where he performed with many other top class Jazz performers.

Considered one of the most compelling alto saxophonists and composers on the New York scene, John O’Gallagher is known for an innovative style which pushes the boundaries of Jazz while rooted in its tradition. As well as leading his own projects, he has also performed with many top Jazz musicians.

Since first appearing at Fleece Jazz in his early teens, Tim Giles has become a BBC Jazz Award-winning performer and composer. He joined Iain Ballamy’s 'Hungry Ants', and played with people like Stan Sulzmann, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Arguelles.

Whilst studying at Trinity College of Music, Sam Lasserson began to perform regularly at many established jazz venues in London and around the UK. He has toured throughout Europe, America, Canada and Brazil and played with many leading Jazz musicians.

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23 February, £18
Martin Speake Quartet

Martin Speake

"Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration." - Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Martin Speake sax, Mike Outram guitar, Fred Thomas bass, Jeff Williams drums

This quartet brings together all of Martin’s musical influences alongside his favourite musical partners. The four are committed to improvising in the moment. They will feature works from:-the 2015 trio CD “Always A First Time” Martin’s soon to be released album “Intention” with Fred and others; and perhaps some compositions destined for the Quartet’s Album to be released later in 2018.

Martin is a "saxophonist with an unusual turn of phrase, a persuasively gentle sound and jazz allegiances that … veer toward the fifties Cool School … not just a distinctive improviser but a striking composer too.. John Fordham

Mike, Fred and Jeff have garnered similar raves from the press: London Jazz, New York City Jazz Record, and the BBC.

Words are not adequate to describe their music. You just have to come to this gig, the last opportunity to hear them together live anywhere, for many months.

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2 March, £0
no gig

making room for our 25 anniversary gig

Sunday, 4 March, £25
Alec Dankworth All Star Quintet and Georgia Mancio/Chris Allard Duo

Alec and Georgia

Celebrating Fleece Jazz's 25th Anniversary with the top of the British jazz tree.
Georgia Mancio vocals, Chris Allard guitar (2pm)
Alec Dankworth bass, Alan Barnes saxes, Dave O'Higgins sax, Dave Newton piano, Clark Tracey drums (3.30pm, 2 sets ending about 6 pm)

Having presented great music for 25 years, some 1200 gigs and in 3 venues, it is time to celebrate. And what better way but to bring you more great music.

Our Sunday afternoon starts with UK's star singer, Georgia Mancio, accompanied by Chris Allard. All About Jazz says of Georgia, an object lesson in subtlety…in the impact of nuance…It’s beautiful" and "Mancio’s performance – often within arrangements that would expose any weakness – puts her at the top of the ever-growing tree of jazz vocalists". Freelance guitarist Chris has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Festival Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, The O2 Arena in London, Duoro Jazz Festival in Portugal, BBC Proms in Hyde Park, Beiteddine Arts Festival Lebanon, the Royal Albert Hall. He has performed/recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Russell Watson, Charlie Wood, the BBC Big Band, Alison Balsom and Dame Cleo Laine, amongst others.

And then we have a collection of the country's great instrumentalists. The band is lead by master bassist Alec Dankworth. There will be two stunning but contrasting saxophonists, Alan Barnes and Dave O'Higgins. the superb pianist David Newton, and the wonderful Clark Tracy on the kit; top people at the top of their game.

We would love to have you join us as we celebrate our anniversary with an afternoon of magical music.

Alec Dankworth All Star Quintet and Georgia Mancio/Chris Allard Duo

9 March, £0
no gig

Resting after the anniversary gig

16 March, £20
Julian Siegel

Julian Siegel

“Siegel’s tunes are a mix of fiendish, time-twisting grooves, building riffs and brightly hummable melodies . . .” - Edward Randell Music OMH

Julian Siegel sax, Liam Noble piano, Oli Hayhurst bass, Gene Calderazzo drums

Julian Siegel is an in-demand saxophonist on the British and European Jazz scene. He has played with the best, and has co-led the influential group Partisans with guitarist Phil Robson for the last eighteen years. In 2007, Julian was awarded the BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist; in 2011, the Julian Siegel Quartet won the Jazz Award in the London Festival Fringe Awards for Art and Performance; in 2017, the Quartet was awarded a prestigious showcase at the JazzAhead Festival in Bremen.

"Julian Siegel, the classically trained multi-instrumentalist who in the 90's blossomed into one of Europe's leading jazz player-composers, plays most reed instruments ... but he approaches the tenor saxophone with a special forensic aplomb" - John Fordham

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.
Oli Hayhurst has a beautiful, warm tone on the bass and plays melodically, underpinned by a driving rhythmic feel. He has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene.
Gene Calderazzo has played with an exhaustive list of top jazz musicians. His "time and energy creates an excitement similar to a young Tony Williams" = Stan Sulzman.

"Siegel’s wailing, swerving lines burst with character" - John Fordham, The Guardian

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