- Fleece Jazz
Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel
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We will be presenting the Back to Basie big band at the New Wolsey Theatre in June as part of the Ipswich Jazz Festival


Nicholas Meier and Pete Oxley
Nicholas and Pete

Demonstrating a unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nicholas has graced our stage for a decade and continues a firm favourite in company with Pete whose history includes George Formby and Herbie Handcock!

Nicholas Meier guitars, Pete Oxley guitars

Pete and Nicholas have been performing as a duo since 2011. They appeared here together in 2015, and have often come separately with groups, including as leaders. Pete was born in Bury St Edmunds, came to jazz via rock band Kashmir, a stompers band in Bury and Leeds College of Music. He went on to hone his skills in Paris. His own group, the New Noakes International includes pianist Dave Gordon. Nicholas was born in Switzerland. He studied at Conservatoire de Fribourg, and Berklee College of Music He has been influenced by American guitarist Pat Metheny and by music from Turkey, Bohemia and Java.

They launched their third album “Colours of Time”, in February. Expect anything from Turkish panache, to English pastoral to the rhythms of Latin America; performed on a selection of their a dozen or more guitars – nylon and steel stringed, acoustic and electric, fretted and fretless ...

Of the latest album Dave Gelly writes in the Observer “when it comes to empathy this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection. Their roots lie in jazz, but they cover a whole bunch of genres in the course of this double album – Latin, Middle Eastern, English pastoral and their own brand of simply music”.

All Guitar- oh so many guitars, and so many genres!

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Alex Merritt
Alex Merritt

Merritt's warm dry Getzian fluency is a joy!

Alex Merritt tenor sax, John Turville piano, Sam Lasserman bass, Jeff Williams drums

This band has forged a unique sound and approach to its material be it Alex's original music or Jazz standards. The close empathy in the quartet creates an exciting foundation for musical interaction, risk-taking and reinvention.

Alex has been freelancing in London since graduating and has been fortunate to perform with many of the top players on the UK jazz scene.

John Turville is one of the most original and creative voices on the UK jazz scene as his Parliamentary Jazz award attests.

Sam Lasserson is one of the most developed and distinctive musical voices to have emerged from the UK Jazz scene in recent years.

The dynamic pairing with drummer Jeff Williams allows Sam to fully realise his musical thought. This has also been well evidenced in their recent work with Ethan Iverson (the Bad Plus), John O'Gallagher and Jeff Williams' own UK band.

"Merritt makes music of shapely robustness, but he builds in options allowing his improvisers to follow his map or pursue their own diversions" - John Fordham

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