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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the September through December 2016 season

with the one and only Barb Jungr,
Tony Kofi brings his saxophone genius
and the master drummer Jeff Williams brings his own band.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Don Weller
Don Weller

"Don Weller was and is, among the true originals of British jazz with his cavernous sound and utterly unpredictable turn of phrase" - The Observer

Don Weller sax, Chris Ingham piano, Mick Hutton bass, George Double drums

The young Don played on south London's Dixieland scene, but was also listening to recordings of Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Colman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins.

Don has toured with the Gill Evans orchestra and played with Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Peter King, Alan Barnes, Art Theman, Dick Morrissey and most everyone else at the top of British modern jazz.

His sax sound is relaxed, rich and mellow. It is reminiscent of the sound of Ben Webster.

On piano and drums are Suffolk based musicians Chris Ingham and George Double respectively, both of whom we heard in May's sensational evening with vocalist-trumpeter, Georgina Jackson. On bass is Mick Hutton, a regular at the Fleece, appearing in many bands including with Sarah Moule and Jim Mullen.
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Side by Side with Refugees Fundraiser
Side by Side charity

We are indebted to 15 excellent performers, from 7 countries who are giving their time and talents freely to help Side by Side help refugees.

Featuring the wonderful Ian Shaw, Tina May, Chris Allard, Kevin Flanagan, Kate Williams, Alice Zawadzki, David Tughan, Winston Clifford, Elliot Weight, Jose Canha, Michael Spearman, Carole Burgess, Simon Brown, Rod Youngs and Rob Palmer and watch out for more information soon.
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Nigel Price Trio + 1
Nigel Price

Nigel brings his exciting trio (plus a surprise) and we may have to reinforce the roof!

Nigel Price guitar, Ross Stanley hammond organ, Matt Home drums, wait and see - Saxophone

This from Sebastian Scotney: "Aha, so this is it, the real thing. This is the stage where every arrangement has been learnt, internalized, completely owned and the sheet music has (just about) disappeared. This is the level of empathy which still allows each band-member the freedom to take the others completely by surprise, deliver the unexpected, and make them smile."

Be prepared for a band who are absolute masters of their instruments, with a wicked sense of humour to leaven the virtuosity and intensity.

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Asaf Sirkis International Quartet
Asaf and Sylwia

Asaf Sirkis is not only an inventive drummer but also a composer of rigour, wit and delicacy. He is one of the worlds premier drummers.
Asaf Sirkis drums, Sylwia Bialas vocals, John Turville piano/keyboards, Kevin Glasgow bass

"There`s an almost devotional intensity to her singing that rarely fails to deliver" says Andy Robson, writing about Sylwia Bialas in Jazzwise.

This band has four people with serious international reputations. Asaf's power and delicacy are in demand all over Europe for his compositions as well as his playing. Sylwia is also a composer. Her distinctive phrasing ans style has made her international star. John returns to us for the third time this year, always a great pleasure. His harmonic adventures and immense technique are a delight. Kevin has worked at top venues in New York as well as at many international festivals.

Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.


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Robert Habermann Sings Berlin
Robert Habermann

Robert Habermann takes his audience on a journey through some of the 20 th Century's greatest love songs and the stories behind them. He has met many of the actual writers! His show is punctuated with anecdotes and stories to make this a fun evening.

Robert Habermann vocals, Trevor Brown piano.

Robert Habermann is an accomplished singer/songwriter of The Great American and British Songbooks. He worked in the U.S.A where he was voted Best International Performer 1994 by the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York, resulting in several major tours.

Robert was the first major British singer to perform a concert to celebrate Frank Sinatra's 80 th Birthday at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Pianist Trevor Brown is known for his versatility and virtuosity. Trevor spent twenty years as pianist with the Joe Loss Orchestra. Nowadays he very much enjoys being part of The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Look out for a special guest!


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Derek Nash Sax Appeal
Derek Nash

Derek Nash's brilliant award winning band with 5 (yes five!) saxophones,will be a knock-out!

Derek Nash, Bob McKay, Scott Garland, Brandon Allen, Vasilis Xenopoulos Saxes, Pete Adams Keys, Phil Scragg Bass, Mike Bradley Drums

Derek is a member of the Jooles Holland Band, and often does the Fleece Jazz Christmas - New Year gig, fresh from recording Jooles's New Year's Eve TV show.

He is famed for his "Protect the Beat" and "Acoustic Quartet" line-ups; for "the Picant Latin Band" he bought here in March; as well as for tonight's "Sax Appeal", the "John Dankworth Award" winning line up he has led for 30 years.

Thelonious Monk's advice on jazz is that "You've got to dig it to dig it!". There is nothing better than Derek's music to start digging into Jazz - "You dig?".
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