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15 September, £15
Jam Experiment

Jam Experiment

"Jam Experiment is one of the best young bands I’ve ever heard...A really refreshing presence on the scene — Alan Barnes

Rory Ingham trombone, Alexander Bone sax, Toby Comeau piano/keys, Joe Lee bass, Luke Tomlinson drums

This young quintet, winners of Jazz North Introduces Scheme is a true collective that has taken inspiration from such luminaries as Mark Nightingale and Dennis Rollins. They won the 2014 “Jazz North Introduces” scheme, shortly after their debut gig supporting Liane Carroll. They have played at leading jazz festivals across the UK, leaving audiences in awe. The band displaya an energetic approach of original compositions and arrangements and will entertain us all this evening.

"Jam Experiment is ‘feel good’, accessible, intelligently crafted... and irresistible." — London Jazz News
"Fizzes with youthful energy" — Jazz Views

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22 September, £0
No Gig Tonight

Go out and look at the colours of the leaves

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29 September, £15
The Paper Jam Duo

David and Christian

No duo works better than this. They have a quality that fills space and keeps you tapping your toes to a bright shimmering sound

Christian Garrick violin, David Gordon piano.

Christian Garrick is an improvising violinist, a composer and a bandleader. He is active on the international concert circuit and on the London studio session scene. He is a professor of jazz and non-classical violin at three of London’s major music conservatoires. Tonight he will show us his quality and range of playing both in styles and in instruments played.

David Gordon started piano lessons at age 4, composing at 6, and discovered jazz for himself at the keyboard one day at 10. The house where he grew up was always full of baroque music, and contained a harpsichord. Jazz and baroque music have remained equally irresistible forces on him ever since. He is now based in London and continues to play with a variety of performers in a range of styles and formats, some of which we will no doubt hear tonight.

What we are guaranteed is an evening of exciting music from two virtuosos, each with a huge sense of fun.

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6 October, £20
Derek Nash: Protect the Beat

Derek Nash

Derek is at the forefront of the British jazz movement, book early for this unmissable gig
Derek Nash saxes, Tim Cansfield guitar, Arden Hart ~ trumpet/keys, Winston Blisset bass, Darby Todd ~ drums

It was 2010 when we last saw this energy funk filled jazz group, and the room still retains the beat. We have five guys on a mission to mix up styles and drive audiences into happy submission. Derek wears many hats, all successfully. He is a Jools Holland saxophonist, runs a recording studio, and leads many bands. He is always engaging as a performer, but in this fiery company he really stretches out.

“Guitar is in the hands of Tim Cansfield. Looks of an actuary, sound of a Larry Carlton holed up in Chicago on a tour with Curtis Mayfield.” – Pete Sargeant. Arden has a Milesian tone and is a superb keyboardist and composer.

Winston, who tours with Massive Attack, is a powerhouse lownote bandit. He will burst into Chic riffs then stalk Hart's Rhodes like a man on a vengeance mission.

And Darby on drums: he uses every part of the kit to drive what is flowing and tumbling around him. The band will throw him into solo's and see what bursts out of him: seven varieties of magic.

Definitely NOT dinner jazz!

[Two wonderful deps tonight. Laurence Cottle on bass and Nick France on drums.]


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13 October, £18
The Meier/Budjana Group

Nicolas Meier Jimmy Haslip

We are in the Garden Room for this one, folks.

Acoustic fretless and fretted nylon string and steel guitars with Indonesian guitarist Dewa Budjana and bass legend Jimmy Haslip

Jimmy Haslip bass, Dewa Budjana guitar, Nicolas Meier guitar, Asaf Sirkis drums, Saat Syah bamboo flutes

This is stop 9 on the band's European tour, the last in England, at Fleece Jazz, after which they go on to Holland, Belgium, Germany & Switzerland.

Swiss born, England based, Nicholas Meier has appeared here many times over the last ten years, in groups, solo and duo format.
Jimmy Haslip has been on the modern jazz scene for four decades, and was a founder member of the ground breaking Yellowjackets.
Dewa and Jimmy are new to the Fleece, but have both previously recorded with each other, and Nicholas. Twenty years leading Indonesian rock band Gigi has made Dewa Bujanda a guitar legend. However this musician, of Balinese decent, has also had a career as a composer, a solo artist, and appearing with Garry Husband, Jimmy Haslip and other jazz musicians.
Mochamad Saat Syah, originally from Borneo, is also big on the Indonesian music scene. This master of the suling (flute), contrasts percussive and legato playing in his jazz improvisation.
Asif Sirkis , who has often worked with Jimmy, is already well known and liked by Fleece regulars.

"True sonic explorers", "distinctive ethnic bland of Middle-Eastern and South-East Asian flavours, theirs is a music which is both soulful and cerebral." The Jazz Man

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20 October, £18
Sara Dowling and Tommaso Starace: Nancy goes Cannonball

Sara and Tommasso

Checking this out on Google I was right away transfixed by this lovely singer, you will love her! And Tommaso!
"...the old world sultry class of Julie London, and the gritty attitude of Amy Winehouse with a dash of Dinah Washington, Dowling’s voice has a timeless quality." Sally Evans Derby.

Sara Dowling vocals, Tommaso Starace sax, Chris Ingham piano, Arnie Somogyi bass, George Double drums

A salute to the Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley album of 1962 featuring prodigiously gifted vocalist Sara Dowling and effervescent Italian alto saxophonist Tommaso Starace

Sara Dowling graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music as an accomplished cellist and composer, writing for film and TV. She later began singing displaying an impressive range (particularly resonant in the lower register), precise diction and a melodic ringing tone.
Tommaso Starace was born in Milano, moving to the UK in 1994 where he studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed with some of the most respected jazz musicians including Billy Cobham, David Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Jim Mullen etc. Tommaso has also written for film and television
The superb back line of Chris Ingham, Arnie Somogyi and George Double complete this excellent quintet

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