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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

Phil Hopkins' Toots Thielmans Tribute
Phil Hopkins

A timely homage to perhaps the greatest jazz chromatic harmonica player who died last year. Think of the Midnight Cowboy theme and you have starting point for this gig.

Phil Hopkins harmonica, Jonathan Gee piano, Martin France ~ drums, John Paricelli guitar, Paul Morgan bass

Phil Hopkins is a harmonica player and percussionist who has performed in many different settings including the Globe (as musical director). He has been the featured harmonica soloist for major West End productions and on many TV, film and recording sessions performing in many different styles.
Phil's brilliant quintet is composed of good friends of the club. We haven't seen Jonathan Gee's fine pianism in far too long. John Paricelli was a Loose Tubes founder. Paul Morgan's phenomenal technique and intonation (and individual sound) is alway welcome. Professor Martin France is our superb drummer for the night.

The concert features music from Toots' collaborations with the greats of Jazz and Latin such as Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans and more.
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Damon Brown's International Quintet
Damon Brown

A welcome return to the UK for the man whose hard driving trumpet will surely blow you away. "Fluent, impassioned and technically superb" - Jack Masserick.

Damon Brown trumpet and vocals, Christian Brewer sax, Paul Kirby piano, Sean Pentland bass. Manuel Weyand drums

“Damon Brown is a superb musician with a unique voice on both trumpet and Flugelhorn” - Ian Carr

“a bright, gleaming tone, a superbly poised attack, and a fine rhythmic sense" - John Fordham

Of Christian Brewer, John Fordham says, "almost as agile and fluently expressive as the Charlie Parker disciple Phil Woods on fast pieces, and his ballad playing echoes the raw-nerve soulfulness of the late Art Pepper."

Paul (Scotland), Sean (U.S.A.) and Manuel (Germany) together are a band in their own right, called The Resonance Trio. They first played together when all three became music professors in Seoul, met Damon and recognised a good thing when they saw him, and then encountered Christian and found a further kindred spirit.
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Brandon Allen Sextet
Brandon Allen

One of the very best tenorists around, emotional and blues drenched, leading an incredibly exciting sextet.

Brandon Allen sax, Alex Garnett sax, Mark Nightingale trombone, Ross Stanley piano, Sam Burgess bass, Chris Higginbottom drums

Brandon Allen is one of the very best tenor players around: emotional and blues drenched. He leads six bands. His Sextet, comprising six of the Fleece’s favourite musicians, performs his arrangements of standards and classic jazz compositions.

From Perth Australia, Brandon has been based in London for 16 years. Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, The Blockheads, Claire Martin, Stan Tracey and Pete King, are a serendipitous selection from the multitude of stars he has appeared with.

With him are the cream of UK musicians: the dark husky sax of Alex Garnett, the magical mastery of trombonist Mark Nightingale, the classically and jazz trained keyboard superstar, Ross Stanley, resident bassist at Ronnies, Sam Burgess, and returned from New York, the drummer and bandleader Chris Higginbottom.

"Brandon’s four-octave range and flawless command of the altissimo register was nicely offset by his full-bodied yet raucous tonal quality offering something for fans of the entire history of the instrument- from Hawkins to Brecker- he's got ’em covered." - Frank Griffiths.
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Will Butterworth Quartet
Will Butterworth

This is the first date of a national tour by this impressive quartet launching their new recording, a suite based on an Oscar Wilde story, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’.

Will Butterworth piano, Seb Pipe alto sax, Nick Pini bass, Pete Ibbetson drums

A precociously talented jazz pianist, Will Butterworth grew up playing cello and improvising on piano and started playing Jazz professionally in 1999. Will has worked with many of Britains finest musicians and is steadily becoming an increasingly important presence on the UK Jazz scene as pianist, composer and band leader.

Seb Pipe has worked with many top musicians such as Tony Kofi, Portuguese group Pequenos Mundos and spent some time playing with American pioneer Steve Coleman and his Five Elements Band, as well as his own band.

The back line of Nick Pini and Pete ibbetson are known to us as fine, flexible musicians.

The suite of music employs beautiful melodies and rich harmonies to retell Wilde’s story. The quartet uses these melodies as starting points for improvisations and the result is intense and exhilarating.
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24 February, £0

With any luck, the telly will be good.

3 March, £15
Josh Kemp Hammond Organ Trio
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.

24 March, £18
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

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31 March, £15
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 B3 and vocals, Mark Fletcher drums, Steve Pearce bass, Carl Orr guitar, Scott Baylis trumpet and flugel, Dave Lewis sax<

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7 April, £15
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
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14 April, £0

Garden needs digging.

21 April, £18
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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28 April, £15
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

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