Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January to April 2016 season

with the return of The Horn Factory,
the ever popular Derek Nash will be with us.
and the finest Great American Song Book singer, Marlene VerPlanck is back.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Zoe Francis & Jim Mullen
Zoe and Jim

Uber Statesman Jim leads a top notch trio to show case Zoe's stunningly beautiful voice
Jim Mullen guitar Zoe Francis vocals Stan Sulzman saxophone Mick Hutton bass


"My claim to fame is that I taught Billy Connolly the chords for 'Sweet Georgia Brown' on the banjo," says Jim Mullen with a wry chuckle. I think you will find there is much more to this wonderful musician.

Zoe Francis is a singer who communicates a love and understanding of the classic American songbook with the lightest of touches. She has a beautiful voice and exquisite taste, backed by three of Britain's finest and most experienced musicians. You can't do much better than that.
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Mike Paxton Quintet
Mike Paxton

"The instrumentation might suggest just another hard bop combo: not so… with the calibre of musicians he has recruited, the playing is exemplary and Paxton’s drumming is up there with the best." - Peter Vacher.

Mike Paxton drums Martin Shaw trumpet and flugel, Mornington Lockett sax Robin Aspland piano Alec Dankworth bass

Mike Paxton, drummer, composer and arranger, has worked with many of the top names in British Jazz including Humphrey Littelton, Alan Barnes, Ronnie Scott and Peter King, and several top US visitors.

Martin Shaw has a warm and distinctive sound on both horns and is recognised as one of Europe’s finest jazz soloists.

The power and subtlety of Mornington Lockett's tenor playing has always delighted our audience, and the myriad of stars that he has worked with.

We have the gifted and imaginative and very busy Robin Aspland on piano and keys, and the huge sound and precise intonation of Alec Dankworth on bass.

With such a great line up, including so many Fleece favourites, this is a gig not to be missed.
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Renato D’Aiello Quartet & Deelee Dubé
Renato and Deelee

Hard bop and straight jazz in its most vibrant form.
Renato D'Aiello sax Deelee Dubé vocals Sean Hargreaves piano Nicola Muresu bass Peir Paolo Pozzis drums


"Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul." "a beautiful sense of time and pacing" - Ian Carr.

Deelee Dubé has been resident singer at Renato D'Aillo's Acoustic Jazz Lounge at Ronnie Scott's for a year. Influences include Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, and Billie Holiday. She will be appearing with Renato at the Royal Albert Hall.

Renato brings the superb back line of Nicola Muresu, Sean Hargreaves and Pier Paolo Pozzi.
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Marc Cecil Quintet
Marc Cecil

Superb swinging bebop, bossa, salsa, lyrical ballads, the lot!
Marc Cecil drums Paul Jayasinha trumpet James Arben sax Gunther Kurmayr keys Dominic Howles bass


Last time this band came, the five musicians on our stage had a great time, and a pile of fun, and therefore so did we. We got bop and salsa and ballads and fun watching the musicians enjoy themselves and each other.

About their album, Digby Fairweather writes, “Marc has revisited the music of Dizzy Gillespie with affection, skill and admirable attention to detail. The result is a live album in which both arrangements and solo outings would have prompted smiles of approval from Dizzy himself “

With the storming James Arben, Gunther Kurmayr and Dominic Howles (last with us with Tim Richards), it will be a gig to savour.
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Marlene Ver Planck
Marlene VerPlanck

"...She may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today..." - The New York Times

Marlene Ver Planck vocals Barry Green piano Paul Morgan bass Bobby Worth drums

Marlene Ver Planck is the finest Great American Songbook exponent I have ever heard live. Her articulation is so good that while you hear every nuance of every word, there is no exaggeration or falseness, and her storytelling is superb. And yet, she is willing to take risks with a new song. Throughout her career, Marlene has stuck to her guns, paying loving care to the great standards and new songs from our finest composers. Songwriter Hugh Martin ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," etc.) expressed it well: "We know our songs are safe in the hands of Marlene VerPlanck, and she will sing them better than anyone else." She uses wonderful arrangements, mostly from her late husband, Billy. Billy did not write simple stuff, and only a band as good as the one she brings can play it to perfection.

Barry, Paul and Bobby are a stunning trio, all superb accomanists and soloists.

"Marlene VerPlanck keeps acquiring superlatives in reviews of her albums and performances, and ‘The Mood I'm In’ shows exactly why!" - Joe Lang, NNJS
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Oh La La
Fifi la Mer

Charming and sophisticated acoustic quartet

Fifi La Mer vocals/accordion Colin Oxley guitar Louis D'ince violin Will de Biste bass


Expect classic jazz, Parisienne “Musette” “Chansons realistes” a la Edith Piaff and Serge Gainsbourg, impressionist (Satie), and the quartet’s unique versions of classical popular music.

The Quartet has performed at venues in London (including the Royal Opera House!) Paris and also at music festivals both in the UK and mainland Europe.

They went down a storm on their previous visit and we can be sure that the charm and skill of this delightful and fun loving quartet will captivate us once again.
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Zoe Rahman
Zoe Rahman

A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste.

Zoe Rahman piano Alec Dankworth bass Gene Calderazzo drums

Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene and most recently picked up the prize for the piano category in the 2015 British Jazz Awards. She has worked extensively throughout the UK and internationally with a diverse range of other artists, including Courtney Pine and Clark Tracey. Zoe's compositions are a confection of American, Bengali and Irish music, reflecting her classical background, her family roots and her study of Jazz piano in the U.S.A. What emerges is a 'melting pot' of beautifully fluid jazz.
"She loves musical conversations and her vivacious relationship with her regular trio often sparks memorable live shows." - John Fordham

Alec Dankworth has been a frequent visitor to Fleece Jazz, both as a bandleader and as a sideman. He is an award-winning jazz bassist and composer who, in addition to leading several groups of his own, has worked with an amazing list of artists including Van Morrison, Stephanne Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Dave Brubeck Quartet and more recently Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion with Pee Wee Ellis. He is known for his energetic stage presence, versatility of style and some of the most imaginative bass solos around.

Gene Calderazzo is an American jazz drummer and he has become one of the most in-demand drummers on the European scene today. He has played with an exhaustive list of jazz musicians.
"Calderazzo's time and energy creates an excitement similar to that of a young Tony Williams, a drummer with forward gears" - Stan Sulzman, Musician Magazine
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Pete Churchill and Mishka Adams
Pete and Mishka

Internationally known singer/pianist Pete with singer/songwriter/saxophonist Mishka will be special.
Pete Churchill piano/vocals Mishka Adams vocals

Pete and Mishka have important stories to tell of how we became who we are.

Pete and Mishka are both heavily involved with the London Vocal Project, an a cappella jazz choir, so they share a deep degree of empathy.

The songs are very much in the singer/songwriter tradition rather than the jazz one, although their jazz sensibilities are clearly evident. They remind me most strongly of James Taylor’s work, especially when he had players like Don Grolnick in the band – just wait to listen to Unbreakable Chain on Stories To Tell, and you will see what I mean.

Pete Churchill has been working as a composer, pianist, singer and teacher for over two decades. He is now Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London whilst running the jazz choir at Trinity College of Music.

Mishka Adams’s aesthetic roots include the literary, visual and musical arts. Back in her hometown of Manila in 2004, she was invited to perform at a musical evening called 'Jazz in Time', organised by the British Council. That led to some stunning recordings under the Candid label. Mishka has co-founded the London Vocal Project, and became a percussionist and lead vocalist for Rhythms of the City.

This will be an entrancing evening, with two fine singers and Pete’s superb pianism.

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Matt Ridley Quartet
Matt Ridley

"highly creative and exciting, four talented musicians who have developed an almost telepathic musical understanding." - Jazz Views .

Matt Ridley bass Jason Yarde sax John Turville piano George Hart drums

Celebrating the launch of their second studio album, the virtuoso bassist Matt Ridley leads his dynamic quartet of A-list musicians to give us a pulsating set of original material that showcases his unique compositional style. Initially working as a trio, the core rhythm section was joined by the globally recognised and prolific saxophonist Jason Yarde.

Jason Yarde has great speed and range of dynamics on both the soprano and alto saxophones. His music has been described as powerful, spiritual, evocative, rhapsodic, hair-raising and formidable.

It is a pleasure to welcome the continuation of John Turville's season at Fleece Jazz. On drums we have the versatile and accomplished drummer, George Hart.
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15 April, £15
Bryan Corbett Quartet
Bryan Corbett

A stunning gig last spring, and a beautiful CD recorded here.

Bryan Corbett trumpet, Al Gurr piano, Ben Markland bass, Neil Bullock drums.

'..trumpeter Bryan Corbett deserves a wider recognition for a great sound, stage presence and sense of purpose' (Alex Webb). A stunning gig last spring, and a beautiful CD recorded and on sale here at the Fleece.

As well performing under his own name, Bryan Corbett has been performing with world renowned stars, a who's who in the jazz and commercial world. Bryan is not only a great performer of the jazz standards repertoire but an artist who pushes the boundaries writing and performing original works with his various line-ups. 'A warm brilliant tone and formidable technique' (the Independent).

Al, Ben and Neil are widely admired as being outstanding musicians.

We loved this gig last year, and the CD of the gig is excellent. We get the treat of a brand new studio CD as well as a great gig.
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Matt Anderson Wild Flower Sextet
Matt Anderson

"This is sophisticated stuff, with a proper handle on Shorter's post-bop genius . . . . Everyone plays superbly and the whole set is wholly recommended." ***** - Mark Gilbert, Jazz Journal

Matt Anderson sax Laura Jurd trumpet Alex Munk electric guitar
Jamil Sheriff piano Sam Vicary bass Sam Gardner drums


Wild Flower Sextet, led by saxophonist Matt Anderson, plays original music inspired by the work of U.S. jazz legend Wayne Shorter, as well as new arrangements of his compositions. Wayne Shorter is a legendary figure across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and his own seminal albums on Blue Note Records, through to Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.

The sextet draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. Award winning Laura Jurd returns to us. We have the superb pianism of Jamil Sheriff. Sam Vicary and Sam Gardner are hugely in demand.

The band released their debut album in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and airplay on BBC Radio 3 alongside a nationwide tour, Selwyn Harris of Jazzwise writes: "Their own unique stamp on Shorter's very personal repertoire… of a quality that resonates with its inspirational source… Enjoyably un-pretentious."
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Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio
Dennis Rollins

"Rarely can an instrumental trio have produced such a rich and varied tonal range." - London Evening Standard
Dennis Rollins trombone Ross Stanley hammond organ Pedro Segundo drums

Dennis Rollins' Velocity Trio return to Fleece Jazz after a storming gig in 2014. Celebrated for his versatility and muscular approach to playing, virtuoso trombonist Dennis Rollins has played at the forefront of UK jazz, funk and pop for 25 years, performing with such stars as Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine and The Brand New Heavies. An award winning leader in his own right, Dennis comes with a sonic vision that unifies traditional brass sounds with club culture beats and the whole spectrum of Afro-Carribean jazz sounds.

His latest project features the highly talented Hammond B3 master Ross Stanley and fiery London-based Portuguese drummer Pedro Segundo. Ross is a frequent visitor to Fleece Jazz; a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has never failed to astound us with his brilliance and versatility on keyboards. He is one of the UK's top jazz pianists and constantly in demand for his flowing, creative and lyrical playing. Pedro is one of the most in-demand percussionists and drummers on the international circuit and is lauded for his infectious and enthusiastic playing style.
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