Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

Side by Side with Refugees Benefit Gig - 10th July 2016
1:30pm till about 7pm

Food will be available: Sandwiches, scones and tea/coffee; the bar food is very good, and the restaurant will be open.
Bed, breakfast and a swim for less that £40 per person per night at the hotel, if booked by July 6.

Side by Side charity

Helping refugees in Calais, Dunkerque and across Europe.
The wonderful musicians listed below are passionate about their music, and passionate about the plight of refugees in Europe. It is organised by Side by Side with Refugees and Fleece Jazz.

Musicians (but watch this space)

  • Alice Zawadzki Alice Zawadzki
    Vocals, Piano and Violin
    "She is a genuine original" - John Fordham, The Guardian. "Uncategorisable, beautiful - a real force to be reckoned with" - Jamie Cullum.
  • Chris Allard Chris Allard
    Chris's wealth of diverse experience includes Proms in Hyde Park, with Madeline Bell and The BBC Big Band, playing with Il Divo, Jamie Cullum, Dame Cleo Laine and her daughter Jacqui Dankworth etc, etc Oh and he composes and runs his own band!
  • Elliott Weight Elliot Weight
    An enthusiastic member of the Side by Side team who teaches music, runs his own trio and loads vans with aid donations with increasing efficiency!
  • Kevin Flanagan Kevin Flanagan
    From Lowell, Mass. USA, Kevin has an amazing history playing with Ben E. King, B.B.King, Paul Weller, and members of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols & Portishead! Pretty good for a High School drop out!
  • Jose Canha Jose Canha
    A stunning Portuguese upright & electric bassist, recently moved to East Anglia, who said it "will be a great pleasure" to help. It will be our pleasure to welcome him.
  • Rob Palmer Rob Palmer
    An excellent friend to local music and host of Felixstowe's Jazz East. He does not smile much whilst playing, but inside he is grinning! A really lovely bloke, whose support we value.
  • Rod Youngs Rod Youngs
    Rod, from Washington D.C. is an exceptional drummer, who by turns displays the listening subtlety of Steve Brown and the power of Jeff 'Tain' Watts. Big man, big heart
  • Winston Clifford Winston Clifford
    One of the top drummers in the UK with a huge international reputation. If we are very lucky, we will hear him sing the blues.
  • Carole Burgess Carole Burgess
    On the Fleece Jazz committee since 1993 and noted for her lyrical and sympathetic interpretation of standards performed with great warmth and sincerity.
  • David Tughan David Tughan
    "Old Blue Eyes" from Northern Ireland. "The epitome of cool" The Observer "With Frank Sinatra's phrasing and a delivery of his own" All About Jazz
  • Ian Shaw Ian Shaw
    Vocals and piano
    Ian's "ability to ... cut to the emotional heart of a song ... remains astonishing." **** . Jazzwise. Twice BBC Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Ian has dedicated much of the past year supporting refugees in Calais. A wonderful singer and amazing human being.
  • Kate Williams Kate Williams
    The daughter of classical and Sky guitarist, John Williams, "Kate confirms her status as one of our top piano improvisers ... brimming with creativity." The Musician. Kate plays with grace, elegance and a style uniquely her own. We are thrilled that she is able to join us today.
  • Michael Spearman Michael Spearman
    Well known locally, Michael teaches, and composes and is an Associate Artist of Colchester Arts Centre. Today he brings us a set of Argentinian music.
  • Simon Brown Simon Brown
    A stalwart of East Anglian jazz, Simon has a wealth of experience playing with the best in British jazz. He is genuinely pleased to be involved & we are delighted he joins us
  • Tina MayTina May
    The international singer who brought us TV's Come Fly With Me title music and wowed Paris singing Edith Piaf, is here between tours of China! Amazing singer, amazing lady.

About Side by Side

The refugee crisis "will define our generation. Anything less than 100% commitment won't work. History will judge how we respond over the next few years. Let's not screw it up" - Katrina Kieffer-Wells, Mother and Co-founder
Side by Side is a non-political NGO, a small but passionate team of volunteers who provide basic humanitarian aid (clothing, bedding, food etc) to those surviving in the refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk, mainly in "The Jungle." It was started by two extraordinary, "ordinary" Essex mums who could not bear to do nothing. It has charitable status, and Ian Shaw is a trustee. They support: ~ the warehouses, Care4Calais and L'Auberge des Migrants with donations of clothing, footwear, food and cooking equipment, and help them sort and distribute necessities.
~ the Women's and Children Centre (run by Liz Clegg), working with Jungle Canopy to refit old caravans to house unaccompanied minors and small families, fully equipping them with bedding, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, cooking equipment, wind up torches/lights etc.
~ like-minded groups, sharing information and often delivering their aid to France.
~ the Schools in the camp and are currently providing bi-lingual dictionaries in various languages and help to provide volunteer teachers.

They are highly responsive to changing needs and crises. Their most recent projects are: ~Supporting the new 'Kids Restaurant', a safe meeting place cum "youth club" offering free meals to unaccompanied minors. Side by Side have run art workshops there, given games, Lego, jigsaws and a pool table, so the kids can have some fun, and socialise with their peers. ~The purchase and creation of the Eritrean Restaurant, after its predecesor was destroyed by fire. Eating spaces in the camp provide essential areas to de-stress and socialise.. Side by Side asked for donations of wood, paint, fabric, kitchen equipment, cutlery etc. Working with Care4Calais, they fitted out the space in 72 hours. It is now fully open for business!

What Next?
Please support an amazing group of people giving their time freely to show compassion and love to fellow human beings displaced by conflict. Side by Side is still passionate about helping refugees and will continue to provide all it can with YOUR HELP. Come to the Side by Side Fundraiser run by Fleece Jazz on Sunday 10th July 1.30 p.m. Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Keepers Lane, Leavenheath CO6 4PZ. 15 great musicians from 6 countries are lined up to perform. For just £20 YOU can support Side by Side, have fun, meet some volunteers and learn more about their work and opportunities to help. All profits go to Side by Side. Tickets 01787 211865 or www.wegottickets.com

"And when our children grow up and ask what we did, we want to be able to tell them - we did everything we could." - Rachel Hattingh Marshall, Mother and Co-founder.
Will you be able to say the same?
     Please visit www.sidebysiderefugees.org and

Fleece Jazz are delighted to join with the British jazz community in helping Side by Side. Fleece Jazz, more than just jazz...

Proposed Programme

Personnel and times likely to change: that is part of the fun
Time Leader Support
1.30 p.m. Elliott Weight (piano)
2.00 p.m. Ian Shaw (vocals/piano) Ian may be joined by friends
2.50 p.m. Kevin Flanagan (sax) Simon Brown (piano), Jose Canha or Rob Palmer (bass), Rod Youngs (drums)
3.35 p.m. Michael Spearman (guitar) Carole Burgess (vocals)
4.10 p.m. David Tughan (vocals) Elliott Weight (piano), Jose Canha (bass), Rod Youngs (drums)
4.55 p.m. Kate Williams (piano) Rod Palmer (bass), Rod Youngs (drums), guest Chris Allard (guitar)
5.40 p.m. Alice Zawadzki (vocals/piano/violin) guest Chris Allard (guitar)
6.10 p.m. Speakers and, of course, the raffle
6.20 p.m. Tina May (vocals) Simon Brown (piano), Jose Canha (bass), Winston Clifford (drums)