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8 December, £18
The Spirit of Trane: Gilad Atzmon & the OHE

Gilad Atzmon

"Coltrane is for us, jazz at its best: an authentic creative wave of constant transformation and innovation. 'Trane is for us; first and foremost ... a spirit." - Gilad Atzmon
"Gilad’s sheer dexterity makes for some delicious, mind challenging listening" - Sammy Stein, Jazz in Europe

Gilad Atzmon tenor and soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, Frank Harrison ~ piano, Yaron Stavi bass, Enzo Zirilli drums

Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man’s music. John Coltrane was the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history.

Gilad Atzmon is a frequent visitor to the Fleece: a larger-than-life character, he exudes fire and energy in his playing. The sound of his tenor matches his somewhat edgy presence while on soprano he is passionate and expressive.
Frank Harrison's playing has been described as “thoughtful, delicate and imbued with texture and colour” as well as “cranium-shattering in its levels of intensity" by The Guardian.
Yaron Stavi is a bassist who has performed all over the world with many musicians, playing double and electric bass and crossing genres into rock, classical, jazz and World Music.
Italian born master drummer and percussionist Enzo Zirilli has definitely paid his musical dues and has the resumé to back it up.

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15 December, £0
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Wednesday, 20 December, £20
Ian Shaw and Barry Green

Ian and Barry

"Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the Jazz FM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw, 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.
Ian Shaw vocals, Barry Green piano

Ian Shaw’s career in performance began unusually for a jazz musician on the Alternative Cabaret Circuit, alongside such performers as Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand. During the next few years Shaw moved from the singer-pianist format to working with his new band to an eventual move into jazz. He has also performed regularly in the States including Jazz at the Lincoln Center (New York). Collaborators over the years have been many and include Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton and Joe Lovano.
Barry Green Studied classical music and Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and now plays regularly at jazz venues all over the UK. He has played and recorded with many jazz luminaries. Barry is now a professor of jazz piano at the Guilhall School of Music and Drama. He has also played in clubs and festivals in Germany, Ireland, Spain, Slovenoa, Italy and Spain and elsewhere around Europe.

Ian Shaw was awarded Best Jazz Vocalist at both the 2004 and 2007 BBC Jazz Awards. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest male vocalist. Tonight he is joined by Barry Green, his regular pianist and one of the most highly regarded accompanists on the jazz scene. Sit back and enjoy....


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5 January, £20
Rod Pooley's Drawtones featuring Derek Nash

Drawtones and Derek

This Jazz/Funk/Soul organ band with the stunning Derek Nash will be a cracker.

Derek Nash saxes, Rod Pooley organ, Jessica Dann drums, Andy Williams guitar, Simon Brewin bass

Derek Nash is a leading UK saxophonist, leader of the award-winning Sax Appeal, co-leader of funk/groove band Protect the Beat, featured member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, producer and engineer at Clowns Pocket Recording Studio. His frequent appearances at the club are loved by our audiences.

With over 4 decades of professional performing experience Rod Pooley has become one of the UK’s top organists. He has been a demonstrator for many leading keyboard manufacturers including Hammond, Roland, Korg and currently demonstrates and writes software for Yamaha. The Drawtones is one of his most satisfying projects to date.

Jessica Dann’s success in drumming began with her local music service which led to her role as percussionist and timpanist for ‘East Sussex Youth Orchestra’. She is experienced across many genres, but is best known for her Jazz and big band drumming and has enjoyed playing regularly for Big Bands across the South of England.Primarily, she is the drummer for the Platinum Award winning Orbi Playa Big Band

Andy Williams has worked with many of Britain’s finest jazz musicians including Martin Taylor, Lianne Carroll and Alan Barnes. He has performed alongside American artists such as Tal Farlow,Barney Kessel and bamboo flautist Deepak Ram.

Simon Brewin was born into a musical family and has played instruments since before he could walk. He took up guitar at 16 and studied at Berklee College of Music at 22. He now does session work, composes and performs regularly in a variety of styles and runs a regular jam night in Brighton.

An evening of top class Hammond Organ Jazz and Funk groove with the stunning Jools Holland saxophonist Derek Nash.

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12 January, £15
Michael Spearman Trio

Michael Spearman

Michael has received commissions from Arts Council England and the Britten Sinfonia to write and perform new jazz and classical chamber music.
Michael Spearman guitar, Rob Palmer electric/acoustic bass, Tom Jiggins drums/percussion

Michael Spearman has been a professional musician for most of his life, playing as a freelance guitarist, and working in all sorts of bands and groups. He holds the post of 'Associate Artist at Colchester Arts Centre', sponsored by the Arts Council East, Colchester Borough Council, and Signals Media Arts. He is a jazz tutor at Colchester institute.

Michael has been giving a series of concerts which are a fusion of chamber music with jazz, folk and world music improvisation, performed by the Michael Spearman Association,and with a 12 member chamber orchestra, exploring the power and influence of cinema. He has released two CDs with Karen Sharp and Jim Mullen. Other recent collaborators include John Etheridge, and Nikki Iles.

Rob Palmer has been playing bass for over 30 years. Having long ago committed himself to jazz as an electric bass player, he then took up the mantle on the double bass too.

Tom Jiggins is an award winning musician and teacher based in Colchester. He first started playing the drums and piano at age 11. After gaining a triple distinction qualification National Diploma in Music Tom studied for his music degree at Colchester Institute graduating with a Music BA (hons) in Piano and Drums.


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