Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

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

21 October, £0

Watch telly or do the ironing but do be here next week - please

Tassos Spiliotopoulos
Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Sweden based Athenian and former Londoner brings something truly new to jazz

Tassos Spiliotopoulos guitar,Orjan Hulten sax, Kevin Glasgow bass, Asaf Sirkis drums

"Compelling guitarist Spiliotopoulos creates dark, modal jazz... a band and a guitarist to watch out for." - Time Out, London

Tassos has worked extensively with the Israeli born drummer and composer and Fleece favourite, Asaf Sirkis and appeared on several of his albums. Others with whom Spiliotopoulos has worked with in the UK include Yaron Stavi, Gary Husband, Gareth Lockrane, John Turville, and fellow guitarists John Parricelli and John Etheridge. "Archipelagos" featured a guest appearance on trumpet by the late, great Kenny Wheeler.

"...Guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos, a six-string shredder clearly influenced by Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin, flaunts some impressive chops..." Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

The brilliant Pelle, Asaf and Kevin complete this superb band.
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4 November, £18 buy Jay Phelps tickets
Jay Phelps
Jay Phelps

A fiery, swinging and very exciting quartet quartet led by a former Tomorrow's Warrior and Empirical star

Jay Phelps trumpet Rick Simpson piano Mark Lewandowski bass Shane Forbes drums

Trumpeter Jay Phelps is from Vancouver, Canada. He has a warm and projecting tone, influenced by Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. Tonight will include music to be included in his second album, - out this winter.

Jay played with ‘Jazz Jamaica’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Warriors’. He later co-led his own group ‘Empirical’, while also appearing with Courney Pine, Ray Brown, John Dankworth, Dennis Rollins, Amy Winehouse and others.. ‘Empirical’ was a sell-out when it came to Fleece Jazz in 2007 In 2012, Jay guested with Wynton Marsalis' ‘Jazz at Linclon Centre Orchestra’ for Marsalis’ 'Congo Square'. Later that summer ‘Jay Phelps Big Band’ had two sell out nights at Ronnie Scott’s.

Rick Simpson piano is well established on the London scene. He is currently in ‘Klammer’. In 2008 he won a Yamaha Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Jazz Musicians. Mark Lewandowski bass from Nottingham, first appeared at the Fleece in 2013,as a dep with Saxophone Giants. He brought the review comment “The truly excellent bassist on this gig that will stand in the memory”. Shane Forbes drums, from Lewisham, was also a member of both ‘Young Warriors’ and ‘Empirical’. In 2009 Shane was the winner of the Worshipful Company of Musicians award. .
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Alice Zawadzki Trio
Alice Zawadzki

"Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with" - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
"something of a phenomenon" – MOJO Magazine

Alice Zawazki ~ vocals and violin, Phil Peskett ~ piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado ~ bass

Imagine the excitement of encountering a new colour for the first time. You will find this useful preparation for a first encounter with Alice. This young singer-songwriter is “a genuine original with a pure, pealing voice that can darken into brooding low tones, and twist with the flexibility and harmonic awareness of a jazz singer.” (John Fordham) Additionally she is “a truly fine violinist. Singing and playing double stops at the same time is quite amazing to hear and watch.” - DL

Alice has a wonderful rapport with her audience and with ease, leads you to brave new worlds and familiar ones seen quite differently. Her talents, like her name, really do seem to encompass everything from A to Z.

Alice is joined by Phil Peskett, a pianist with a wealth of experience, as a leader, accompanist and educator. On bass, Alice has called upon the unfailingly inventive Misha Mullov-Abbado, band leader and multi award winner, noted for his propulsive playing. Powerful support for an inventive lady.

A uniquely expressive performer and a gifted storyteller, Alice Zawadzki's star is set to rise (as she) takes the listener on a journey of love, compassion, conflict and joy! - Whirlwind Recordings
UNMISSABLE – the best & most individual performer to emerge in years.
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Paul Baxter: Seven pieces of silver
Seven pieces of silver

"Great arrangements, great playing, great atmosphere ... Such energy! If any promoter is thinking of booking this band, just do it, you’re in safe hands." - Grimsby Jazz, 2015

Paul Baxter ~ Bass, Andrzei Baranek ~ Piano, James Lancaster ~ Trumpet, Matt Ball ~ Trombone, John Mckillup ~ Tenor Sax, Stuart Macdonald ~ Alto/Baritone Sax and Paul Smith ~ Drums

Seven Pieces of Silver celebrate the music of the late, great hard-bop pioneer Horace Silver who will forever be associated with his landmark recordings of the early 󈦜s; these have a magic combination of catchy melody and unique improvisation.

Paul Baxter has been a professional bassist for 15 years and has worked with many great UK jazz artists including Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale and Steve Waterman.

James Lancaster, John McKillup, Stuart MacDonald and Matt Ball form the horn section. All are accomplished musicians with a long pedigree of performances on stage and screen. Andrezei Baranek (edgy and and fiery sound) and Paul Smith complete the rhythm section.

"This is a really swinging band, packed with great soloists ... and really plays as a unit!" - Alan Barnes
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Jeff Williams Quartet
Jeff Williams

"A top notch British band plays superbly throughout with Williams' intelligent but approachable compositions giving them plenty to get their teeth into." **** -Ian Mann

Jeff Williams - Drums,Josh Arcolio - Sax John O'Gallagher - Alto Sax and Sam Lasserson - Bass

Over his forty-year career the American drummer and composer, Jeff Williams has accompanied the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone and Mike Gibbs, amongst others. Since 2005 he has been based both in New York and London with bands in each location, working with an exploding generation of younger players. From this pool of talent Jeff has cast his current UK ensemble.

Josh Arcoleo won a Yamaha Parliamentary Jazz Scholarship and the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. He is "one of the best young saxophonists to emerge in the UK in recent years" according to Jazz critic, Ian Mann.
John O'Gallagher is a stunning American saxophonist.
Double bassist Sam Lasserson John Fordham called him "the lynchpin" in Jeff’s quintet, says John Fordham.

"A treasure of a group" - Mike Collins
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Jazz At The Movies
Joanna Eden

Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden and featuring the Chris Ingham Quartet, Jazz at the Movies features evocative songs and soundtrack themes from classic films including The Aristocats, The Servant, From Russia With Love, Agatha, Let's Make Love, The Pink Panther, The Ipcress File and many more.

Joanna Eden vocals, Mark Crooks reeds, Chris Ingham piano, George Double drums, Arnie Somogyi bass

Vocalist Joanna Eden ("UK's answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall" - TIME OUT) studied piano from age 4 and wrote and performed her first song at age seven. She has performed all over the world and supported such artists as Jamie Cullum, the Buena Vista Social Club and the Blockheads.

Mark Crooks on clarinet has incredible phrasing and subtle dynamics. He is a Getzian powerhouse on sax.
Chris Ingham has built a huge reputation as pianist, composer, band leader and record producer.
Arni Somogyi has performed and recorded with a wide variety of leading musicians from pop legend Tom Jones to renowned jazz artists including John Dankworth and Stan Tracey.
George Double is an in-demand session drummer, and has worked with a wide variety of musicians from all walks of music.

"Movie songs like these provide good material for the best jazz singers. Joanna Eden and her first-class band had a ball with them ... and so did the audience!" - JAZZ JOURNAL
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9 December, £15
Sarah Gillespie Quartet
Sarah Gillespie

"From Dylan's lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell with a little rap like percussiveness thrown in: she is an original" - John Fordham
Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Kit Downes piano, James Maddren drums, Ben Bastin BAsS
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16 December, £20
Sarah Jane Morris
Sarah Jane Morris

River deep, mountain high, a truly magnificent voice
Sarah Jane Morris vocals, Tony Remy guitar, Henry Thomas bass, Tim Cansfield guitar
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23 December, £20
The Alan Barnes Octet
The spirit of Alan past

PRESENTS: A Jazz Christmas Carol * A treat for anyone who loves music, literature or Christmas!
Alan Barnes REEDS and READs (geddit?), Bruce Adams trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Robert Fowler sax and clarinet, Karen Sharpe sax and clarinet, David Newton piano, Simon Thorpe bass, Clark Tracey drums
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