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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January through April 2017 season

when one of the world's finest french horn jazz musicians Jim Rattigan brings his 12 piece band,
Tim Kilphuis brings the dazzling perfection of his violin playing
and Brandon Allen brings his sextet to blow us away.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Josh Kemp Hammond Organ Band
Josh Kemp

Josh's tenor playing demonstrates that he is a jazz-man through and through. "A mix of Stan Getzian breeziness and Coltrane's imploring cry." - The Guardian

Josh Kemp sax, Ross Stanley organ, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Tristan Maillot drums

Josh first performed locally as a child, giving an impressive performance, sitting in with his father’s band, at Sudbury’s Quay Jazz Club. He has matured into one of London’s finest tenor Saxophonists.

He read philosophy at Oxford, and won scholarships to study Jazz at London's Guildhall and Trinity Schools of music. Josh is an active member of the E17 jazz collective.

“Josh Kemp embodied the spirit that sustains jazz no matter which way the weather vane of vogue is pointing.” “Kemp's playing recalls the soulful fluidity of Hank Mobley” - Jazzwise

Ross Stanley, Guildhall classical and Jazz piano graduate, on Organ, has played with may greats including: Stan Sulzman, Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen, and Jacqui Dankworth. Steve Fishwick is Trumpet and Tristian Mallet is on drums. Ross and Steve are with Josh on the CD “Rare Grooves”.

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Sam Crockatt Quartet
Sam Crockatt

"Haunting lyricism" - John Fordham.
"Performances full of power and invention, delivered with precision, poise, and grace" - Helen Mayhew

Sam Crockatt sax, Ivo Neame piano, Oli Hayhurst bass, Jon Scott drums

The Sam Crockatt Quartet has received massive interest since winning the Parliamentary Jazz Award for best album. Sam has quickly built a reputation as a hugely talented musician with a robust and characterful voice on the tenor sax.

Ivo Neame is a musician of immense talent with an astute musical intelligence and a natural improvisatory flair. He is one of the busiest and most in-demand players on the UK scene.

Oli Hayhurst is a long-standing member of the quartet. He has a beautiful, warm tone and plays melodically, underpinned by a driving rhythmic feel.

Jon Scott has developed a reputation as a creative and flexible player on the UK jazz scene, while building up his international connections, playing extensively throughout Europe.

The music is highly lyrical and though sometimes very free, never loses touch with melody.
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17 March, £0

Read a really good book.

Tim Kliphuis
Tim Kliphuis

Widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli's heir, Tim breathes new life into existing styles with a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. An accessible innovator.

Tim Kliphuis violin, Nigel Clark guitar, Roy Percy bass

Tim Kliphuis has been hailed as a contemporary improvising “Paganini”. He has shared the stage with Richard Galliano, Frankie Gavin, Les Paul and many gypsy jazz groups including The Rosenberg Trio. He has a busy international schedule including work with The Netherlands and Tallin Chamber Orchestras and The Hague Philharmonic, is an in-demand educator at competitions, masterclasses and conservatoires and is the author of best-selling book “Gypsy Jazz Violin”.

Award-winning violinist Tim Kliphuis is a legend in the gypsy world. His Trio with Nigel Clark and Roy Percy celebrates 10 years of performing a ground-breaking and profoundly musical blend of gypsy jazz, classical and folk music.
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John East Project
John East

John East on vocals and Hammond makes a welcome return to the Fleece and brings with him a stellar line-up.

John East Hammond organ and vocals, Mark Fletcher drums, Neville Malcom bass, Carl Orr guitar, Dave Lewis tenor sax, Dan Priseman trumpet, Daniel Hewson trombone and piano.

The John East Project led by vocalist and organ player John East was formed five years ago and is a regular and popular feature at the 606 Club in Chelsea and elsewhere. John has played the Hammond for many years working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Phil Robson and Katie Kissoon.

John’s stellar band of Mark Fletcher (drums), Carl Orr (guitar), Dan Priseman (trumpet), Neville Malcom (bass), Daniel Hewson (trombone and piano) and the great Dave Lewis (tenor sax) are all (or will become) firm Fleece favourites.

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Solstice, featuring John Turville
John Turville

"One of the brightest stars in the jazz firmament" (Ian Mann)returns with friends from the E17 Collective who combine influences from Brazil, New York, and France to serve up music to savour.

John Turville piano, Tori Freestone saxes and flutes, Jez Franks guitars, Brigitte Beraha vocals, Dave Manington bass, George Hart drums

Solstice is an exciting new collaboration between some of the foremost bandleaders and composers emerging from the thriving east London music scene. They have a unified sound drawing on influences from Brazil, New York, and France such as Hermeto Pascoal, Edward Simon and Pierre de Bethmann.

John Turville is a prodigiously talented pianist with very broadly-based resources. “His adventurousness with harmony and the always lyrical yet narratively swerving designs of his improvisations often recall UK piano giant John Taylor's playing" (John Fordham, The Guardian).

With Tori Freestone's robust tenor playing, Bridgitte Beraha who has been bracketed with Norma Winstone and Flora Purim, the staggering improvisational force that is Jez Franks, and the superb back line of Dave Manington and George Hart, this promises to be a special gig.

"Refreshingly joyous music . . . led by the heart, that grips you from the first minute to the last . . .” - Gwilym Simcock

Here is an excellent promo video for Solstice.
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14 April, £0

Garden needs digging.

Theo Travis
Theo Travis

We welcome back this multi talented, multi reedsman who wowed us last year. Theo is renowned for his powerful, bluesy progressive and "rare, fine English psychedelic jazz." - MOJO

Theo Travis saxes and flute, Mike Outram guitar, Pete Whittaker Hammond organ, Nic France drums

The full flowing effect of the music from the Double Talk Quartet returns to Fleece Jazz after an astounding performance in January 2016. His many musical interests come together in this distinctive quartet project, which delivers music at the fluid interface between jazz, ambient and prog. He has become one of the most active jazz artists and composers in the U.K. and in addition to having his own group, he is in demand as a sideman to musicians from a variety of musical genres.

The bluesy, progressive jazz of the quartet draws heavily on the soulful Hammond organ of Pete Whittaker, the soaring guitar of Mike Outram and the powerful but subtle drums and percussion of Nic France.

"Travis' tenor is a warm, mellifluous instrument and together with the luscious, bluesy Hammond organ they create something rather unexpected...a prog-rock/jazz/blues hybrid of genuine power and excitement" - Guy Hayden
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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

More information soon...

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