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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January through April 2020 season...

Ian Shaw and Barry Green: sublime vocal and piano pair
The wonderful Georgia Mancio brings her quartet
and Derek Nash brings "Picanti" to Fleece Jazz.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Nicolas Meier World Group
Nicolas Meier

"The virtuosity is jaw-dropping and the sound is so big that you keep expecting to hear the roar of stadium applause. A real trip." - Hi-Fi Mag

Nicolas Meier Guitars, Richard Jones Violin, Kevin Glasgow Bass, Demi Garcia Percussion

In just a few short years, UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more, Meier is one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene. His versatility and musical fluency extend well beyond that: his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who has since made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group, with whom he played on two world tours during the last few years. His burning passion for both rock and jazz persists to this day.

Since his emergence on the UK jazz scene, violinist Richard Jones has been in demand as both a performer and studio musician, working with artists such as Gabrielle Ducomble, Christine Tobin and Robert Mitchell. Born in Wales and now based in London, he went on to study music in Bath, where he took time out to play with acclaimed British blues band ‘Kill It Kid’. Eager to expand his understanding and abilities in Jazz, he concluded his formal education in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Originally born in Scotland, bassist Kevin Glasgow has performed with Tommy Smith, Tim Garland and Clark Tracey, among others. He began playing bass guitar aged 16 before studying Popular Music at Napier University in Edinburgh and whilst there he played regularly on the Edinburgh jazz circuit.

Barcelona-born percussionist Demi Garcia has worked with a plethora of Flamenco artists, plus bassist Alec Dankworth's Spanish Accents and cellist Shirley Smart. He also teaches Cajon and Flamenco rhythms at the Flamenco Dance School in London.

"It’s rare to come across a musician whose vision for his instrument is so vastly expansive .... Even rarer still is finding a level of creative brilliance, precision delivered with conviction and authority" - Drumhead Magazine
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Paul Higgs: Pavane
Paul Higgs

Trumpeter, pianist, composer Paul Higgs, has produced a gently atmospheric melange of classical, jazz and new age vignettes.

Paul Higgs Trumpet, Andy Watson Guitar, Chris Ingham Piano, Jerome Davies Bass. Natalie Rozario Cello, George Double Drums

Paul Higgs is one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers. Blending the traditions of classical and jazz, he has the rare ability to capture the most elusive of dreams in his music, expressing subtle emotions and bold exciting energy with equal ease. Guitarist Andy Watson is both player and educator. His experience as a session player includes live and TV work. As a solo artist he has performed nationally and internationally

A regular visitor to the Fleece Chris Ingham has lead over 150 performances of his Hoagy Carmichael, Dudley Moore and Stan Getz repertoire projects all over the UK. He is also a TV composer and a record producer. Jerome Davies loves all sorts of music. As well as performing on double bass and bass guitar he can occasionally be heard playing trumpet, piano and keyboards, guitar, harmonica, recorder and banjo.

Prize-winning cellist Natalie Rozario is known for her versatility and musicality. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and William Pleeth (who famously taught Jacqueline du Pré).

Another club regular and supporter, Drummer George Double is very active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and elsewhere.

In frenetic times Pavane escorts the listener to a softly lit secluded space, with music to soothe and salve the mind and body.
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Tom Green Septet
Tom Green

"Some of the most exciting original music I've heard for a long time" Dame Cleo Laine
"A kaleidoscope of harmony that is not only phenomenally skilful, but absorbing and endlessly entertaining, too" - Dave Gelly, ****

Tom Green Trombone, James Davidson Trumpet/flugel, Tom Smith Alto sax, Sam Miles Tenor sax, Sam James Piano. Joe downard Bass, Jay Davis Drums

Winner of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and many other awards, Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger described as "a new rising star in the British jazz scene" by Nigel Williams (Jazz FM). His current main project is the Tom Green Septet, who released their debut album "Skyline" in February 2015 to unanimous critical acclaim.

James Davidson won the Jazz Young Musician award last year. He studied Classical Trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is currently studying for a Masters in Jazz Performance at The Royal Academy of Music. Alongside his studies, James regularly performs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Orchestra, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and Pete Long’s ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’ band. He runs his own dixieland jazz band – The Dixie Strollers.

Tom Smith is a London based saxophonist and composer. He runs a number of his own bands and has brought his music all round the UK, including two sold out headline shows at Ronnie Scott’s. Twice finalist of the BBC Young Jazz Musician in 2014 and 2016, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated in 2018

Royal Academy nominated Sam Miles for a Yamaha Scholarship an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group. Apart from the scholarship certificate, the scholars are given a financial award to help start their careers and the opportunity to record for a CD given away with Jazzwise magazine.

Sam James has been establishing himself on the British Jazz Scene over the last few years having performed at many renowned venues such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, The Forge, Kings Place, and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has been seen playing with many great musicians of other generations such as Clark Tracey, Paul Clarvis, Bobby Wellins, Gene Calderazzo, Geoff Simkins, Steve Watts and many more.

“A protégé of the great Herbie Flowers, now one of London’s busiest cross-disciplinary bass players."
As one of the most in demand bassists in the UK, Joe Downard is widely recognised for his skills as a performer and improvisor. Joe is a crucial component to many of the UK’s top rhythm sections that range from modern contemporary Jazz and Soul to Electronic and Western African music, he is regularly seen in these groups touring the UK and Europe. Predominantly an electric bass player in his early years, Joe made the move to London to focus on the upright bass in Jazz and soon embedded himself within the scene and notably the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Shortly after joining the orchestra, Joe became the chair holder for NYJO and held the position for 4 years. During his time with the band, Joe recorded two highly acclaimed studio albums, toured extensively and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre, Gregory Porter and some of the top UK jazz instrumentalists.

Jay Davis is an award-winning drummer and composer based in london. a proud recipient of the yamaha Jazz scholar prize, jay studied with drummers dave walsh, jeff williams and martin france at leeds college of music and the royal academy of music respectively.
jay has performed throughout the uk, europe and asia at festivals and venues including umbria jazz festival, Jimmy glass (Valencia), Jazzwerkstatt (Graz), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), die nato (Leipzig), Pizza express dean street (London) and paradox (Tilburg).

"A band with big sound, and big prospects" - John Fordham, the Guardian
"Mighty impressive... this band is one to look out for" - Ivan Hewett, the Telegraph
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Sarah Jane Morris and Tony Remy: Sweet Little Mystery
Sarah Jane Morris

Sarah Jane sings the songs of John Martyn.

This amazing singer is a Diva for our time. Her voice is a force of nature.
"One of the finest of improvisational jazz voices and most fluid of intricate guitarists has joined their supple skills together to create a supreme homage to one of folk/jazz’s more colourful personalities." ★★★★★ - Paul Davies, The Express

Sarah Jane Morris Vocals/Arrangements, Tony Remy Guitars/Vocals/Arrangements, Tim Cansfield Guitars/Vocals

Sarah Jane Morris has said that John Martyn formed the backdrop to her teenage years. So it is little surprise that she started a project, with Tony Remy, (her talented collaborator on Bloody Rain), to explore the music of of a man she describes as a "purveyor of truth." A decade after Martyn's untimely death, they produced a five track sampler and started to tour the evolving re-imagined pieces, This now extends to a full show and an 11 track CD.

The critical response is phenomenal – galaxies of stars, some from media that usually stay light years from anything with the wiff of jazz about it. The Daily Mirror yelled "a triumph... an album that goes far beyond a tribute to one of the great songbooks of its era." Clive Davis, in The Times wrote “while others treat songs as mere technical vehicles, she speaks to the soul” and Jane Cornwell, Evening Standard, contributed "an incandescent homage." ★★★★★★★★★★★★★ from these 3 alone.

The public, I suspect, were way ahead of them and the tour has been adding gigs at a deservedly rapid rate. 12 sold-out shows in Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Lustrum Award for "great Festival moments" confirmed what Fleece audiences already know; Sarah Jane, Tony and Tim are superb performers who touch your very heart and soul.

This will be Sarah Jane's 21st visit to the Fleece in 21 years. Whilst she is “at home” with us and it would be good to claim we have grown up together, in truth we have long been struggling to keep up with her stellar trajectory.

Suprisingly, perhaps, Tony Remy, secured his first Fleece gig as a leader in July 1998, six months before Sarah Jane found Boxford. He was recognised, even then, as a fine exponent of funk and brought with him one Roger Beajolais. Tony was born to be a musician, although none of his family were musical. He was at school with Winston Clifford where he played recorder, flute, saxophone and piano before nearly moving to violin, but fortunately switched to guitar instead, because it was bigger! Such a fine guitarist, noted for "quicksilver guitar licks and gloriously uplifting gospel/funk" grooves (The Fountain), a man "too cool to sweat" (SJM) surely deserves another Fleece gig with his own band.

Trinidad born Tim Cansfield is no passenger in this enterprise. Watch out for some fine solos, sharp guitar exchanges with Tony, some lovely vocals, probably a bit of humour and realise that he is integral, if often unremarked, like the fuel pump in a car!

One John Martyn song in particular has been part of their repertoire for some time, and should provide a chance to exercise our own voices with passion. Gig notes usually end with a quote. In these difficult times, there surely can be none better than: "I don't want to know about evil Only want to know about love." - John Martyn.

Come, celebrate 21 Sarah Jane years at the Fleece and join the chorus.
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David Newton Trio
David Newton

"The One and Only" is back with this stunning Trio.

David Newton Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Winston Clifford Drums

David Newton, 13 years elected “Best British Jazz Pianist”, was born in Glasgow. He studied piano at Leeds College of Music & Dance, where he is now a Fellow and a Principle Lecturer in Jazz Piano.

After working in Yorkshire and Scotland, Dave moved to London in 1987, soon working with Leeds contemporary Alan Barns, guitarist Martin Taylor, and Carol Kid, as well as top visiting musicians.

In 1993, in the Boxford Fleece, Dave gave our Club’s first ever gig, in partnership with Mick Hanson. Dave has played for us many times since, and advised on the purchase of the Club’s current piano. Dave is our Honourary Presidente.

Of Newton 'The Jazz Man' writes "A genuine spirit of fun and musical adventure seemed to imbue these explorations”.

Simon Thorpe is resident near Hastings. He was recently here with Hexagonal and with Ben Clatworthy. His rich melodic bass sound makes him a Fleece favourite. He has been playing with the greats of jazz for over 25 years, and has his own London swing band “Jivin' Miss Daisy”.

Winston Clifford is also a British Jazz Award winner. He is from Islington and studied under Trevor Tomkins at Guildhall School of Music. Winston’s many gigs here includes ones with Toni Kofi and Roger Beaujolais. He is renowned for drumming with great sensitivity to his fellow musicians. He can also a stunning blues singer.

Dave is one of our nation's treasured pianists, and is joined by two other world class guys.
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20 December, £18
Kevin Flanagan Quartet
Kevin Flanagan

Kevin is a man with wonderful musical ideas, and the ability to express them clearly and joyously.
Kevin Flanagan Tenor sax, David Gordon Piano, Tom Hooper Drums, Joel Humann Bass

Kevin comes from Lowell, Mass. USA.. He settled in the UK in the mid-80’s and worked on the London jazz and pop scene, playing and recording with B.B.King, Paul Weller, and members of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols and Portishead, as well as various West African High Life and salsa groups. He became primarily involved in jazz, playing with his own group and others at festivals in the UK such as Glastonbury, Brecon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Brighton and major festivals in Europe. He has had works commissioned and performed by orchestras in London and Cambridge.

Dave plays both with Riprap and with his own trio, and for him jazz and Baroque music have remained equally irresistible forces. Dave also works as a solo improviser with the London Contemporary Dance School, as a harpsichordist with the Academy of Ancient Music and other Baroque orchestras and in New Zealand and Australia as a recitalist. He writes not only for his trio, but also for BBC Radio 3, and has recorded CD’s with his crossover band Respectable Groove and the band Zum. Dave is also currently working with Chris Garrick and the singer Jacqui Dankworth.

Tom began playing professionally at age 14, performing with local band's and doing summer season pit work. Tom embarked on a professional career that has taken him all over the world performing and recording with many artists including Grace Jones, Simple Minds, Skye (singer with Morcheeba) , John Dankworth OBE, Christian Garrick, Kinobe, Stroke, Omar, The Kairos Ensemble, Ben Earle, Alwyn Wall and Norman Barratt and many more.

The bass playing of Joel Humann when we last saw him was something of a revelation. His solos ranged from prayerful to driving up tempo.

Dave is “a richly gifted player with a sparkling style and boundless imagination” – Phil Johnson, the Independent on Sunday
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27 December, £25
Alan Barnes Octet
Alan Barnes

"Mr Music" himself returns with his Octet to amaze and delight us.

Alan Barnes Saxes, Robert Fowler Sax, Karen Sharp Sax, Bruce Adams Trumpet, Mark Nightingale Trombone, Dave Newton Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Clark Tracey Drums

I can’t think of a better band for a holiday gig than the Alan Barnes Octet. Just look at the lineup.

Alan Barnes is on anything with a single reed in it, with his virtuosic playing and comedic presentation (posh for the guy is very funny).
Robert Fowler has a reputation as a broad-toned, swinging tenor player. He had 10 years with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra touring the world. His love of Colman Hawkins and Ben Webster shines through.
Of Karen Sharp, Downbeat said this February, “Sharp loves melody, whether composed or improvised, as reflected in her relaxed and natural phrasing”.
Bruce Adams’ top grade trumpet action, in the grand manner, is redolent of the great days of swing but with an updated confidant air.
"If you can find a better jazz trombone player than Mark Nightingale anywhere in the world let me know – I’ll fire Mark and hire them" - John Dankworth
El Presidente David Newton is a world class pianist: immense technique, huge idea flow, tempered by a great sense of humour.
Simon Thorpe is one of the most popular bassist in the country. His swing band, “Jivin Miss Daisy” is superb.
Clark Tracey is British Jazz Best Drummer two years running, and always a favourite with us.

Do reserve your tickets for this one!
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