Art Themen Saxophone,
Pete Whittaker Hammond Organ,
George Double Drums
We are delighted to have three of our favourite musicians with us. Art Themen’s Wikipedia page chronicles his illustrious jazz career. We love his tone, musicality and joy in playing.
Pete Whittaker is organist for the best. The Hammond B3 beast he brings is in itself a marvel.
“George Double’s fine and delicate drumwork offering a shimmering background” LONDON JAZZ NEWS.
Alina Bzhezhinska Harp,
Jay Phelps Trumpet,
Mikele Montolli Bass,
Adam Teixeira Drums,
Joel Prime Percussion
“Alina Bzhezhinska… throws a spellbinding party to awaken the senses” – London Jazz News
“…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.” ★★★★★, The Times
Alina Bzhezhinska is one of the most exciting and dynamic harpists based in the UK. Her imaginative programmes have established her reputation as a harpist of exceptional accomplishment. She has had the honour of playing at European Parliament, at the Queen’s 80th-birthday celebrations at Balmoral Castle and at the King of Thailand’s birthday celebrations in Bangkok.
Jay, Mikele, Adam and Joel are outstanding players in their own right.
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.
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.
Dave Newton Piano,
Adam King Bass,
Steve Brown Drums
David Newton is a ten times winner of the British Jazz Awards, and our Honorary President. Adam and Steve are stars in their own right. These three friends of Fleece Jazz are the epitome of the jazz trio. They imbue standards and originals with depth, clarity and joy. Don’t miss them.
Tony Kofi Saxes,
Byron Wallen Trumpet,
Alex Webb Piano,
Andrew Cleyndert Bass,
Alfonso Vitale Drums
“Tony Kofi’s full-bodied sound, clear articulation and committed attack carry the immediacy and impact of the established masters of the jazz saxophone…his improvisations…..tell stories and have emotional purpose”Financial Times;
“There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi” Jazzwise; “Wallen proved himself as engaging a showman as he is brilliant trumpeter, composer and bandleader” Jazz Views