Fleece Jazz

Keeping Jazz Live for 27 years

At Stoke by Nayland Hotel CO6 4PZ

We are back! The next two gigs are shown below, and the full programme is here. You can pick up the current leaflet if you want it.

 Please note that we have now moved to a WEDNESDAY  evening and will generally be on the 2nd and 4th week of each month.  

Tickets are available at WeGotTicketscom or by phoning the box office at 01787 211865.

We would like you to wear masks at the gig and in the hotel..

On Wednesday, September 22: The Clark Tracey Sextet – £20

Quentin Collins Trumpet,

Tom Ridout Reeds,

Daniel Higham Trombone,

James Owston Bass,

Will Barry Piano

Clark Tracey Drums

In his 42 years in the business of jazz, Clark Tracey has shown excellence and garnered awards in many guises: drummer, composer, leader, teacher for a start. He fosters great young talent in his groups. For us he is leading a stunning sextet, with himself as leader and drummer who brings great music and joy whenever he visits us.

Mark Armstrong is a trumpeter, composer and educator. He is artistic director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Tom Ridout is a young reed player of whom Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise has said, “fiery, focussed soloing by impressive tenor saxophonist”.

Daniel Higham is the lead trombonist for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and has his own quartet. On piano will be Will Barry, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016. He is part of numerous projects internationally, most prominently touring with Phronesis bassist Jasper Høiby. In 2015, electric bassist James Owston took up the double bass and joined the jazz course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is currently in his fourth and final year, studying with Arnie Somogyi and Mark Hodgson.

On Wednesday, October 27, 8:00pm Hexagonal – £20

Greg Heath Tenor Sax,

Jason Yarde Alto Sax,

Graeme Flowers Trumpet,

John Donaldson Piano,

Matt Ridley Bass,

Tristan Banks Drums

This high energy sextet, with African and Jazz influences, was formed in late 2016, to perform the music of two titans of Jazz – Bheki Mseleku and McCoy Tyner.  It was an ambition born of love and experience; Simon Thorpe (the original bassist) and John toured with Bheki while Jason worked with McCoy.  These associations bring an authority and authenticity to the group’s music as well as having a strong influence on their original material.

Since the bands inception it has released its critically acclaimed debut album McCoy and Mseleku and has played to enthusiastic audiences at club and festival appearances including  Love Supreme, Scarborough, and Herts festivals as well as concert recordings for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now and in session for Radio 3’s J-Z.

Keep your ears attuned to jazz by listening to our very own Gerry England’s Jazz Grooves. on Ipswich Community Radio, Thursday Nights from 8pm to 10pm.


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Updated 11/09/2021