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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

30 September, £20 buy Barb Jungr tickets
Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr

Passionate, original & inventive interpretation of jazz and soul: Magnificent

Barb Jungr vocals, Barry Green piano, Davide Mantovani bass

Last May, Barb’s Fleece performance, featuring Dylan and Leonard Cohen songs, generated a rapturous reception and a long queue for her CD “Hard Rain”.

Driving on a motorway somewhere in the East (was it from our gig?) Barb decided she wanted to make a recording in New York. The result was a collaboration, with Grammy winning American pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood, to produce the 2016 CD “Shelter From The Storm” with Jungr - Hobgood originals, plus songs by Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Dave Bowie, Sondheim & Bernstein and Rogers & Hammerstein. This year, Barb’s program comprises mostly material from this CD.

Barb has the brilliant pianist Barry Green and stunning bassist David Mantovani to support her.

"Bob Dylan, jazz, northern soul, Nina Simone and continental Europe’s cabaret music perform a subtle dance in Jungr’s consciousness." - The Guardian
"Barb Jungr is the alchemist among jazz singers. She takes dubious songs, and turns them into gold. And she takes songs we already knew were gold, and makes them interestingly different." - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph.
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Tony Kofi & The Organisation
Tony Kofi

“Kofi deals not so much with the past as with the eternal truths of jazz music - swing, in-the-moment lyricism, the lust for life - and he continues to find compelling ways to express them.” - All About Jazz

Tony Kofi saxes, Pete Whitaker Hammond B3, Peter Cater drums, Simon Fernsby guitar

Award-winning and internationally recognized saxophonist Tony Kofi teams up with the 'Organisation' to perform a hard-hitting selection of tunes in blues, jazz and funk idioms, including many under-acknowthe ledged classics by likes of Woody Shaw, George Russell. Joe Henderson and Duke Pearson.
His many accolades include: Best Instrumentalist at the 2008 BBC Jazz awards; Best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards; Radio 3 Jazz line-up album of the year at the 2005 BBC Jazz awards; a MOBO nomination in 2008.

With the stunning Pete Whittaker on the Hamond B3 organ, the gifted and versatile Pete Cater on drums and the excellent Simon Fernsby on quitar, expect “a killer band with real bite, especially when the heat was on” - Jazzwise
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Chris Allard
Chris Allard

"One of the great guitarists in this country" - Jamie Cullum.
"A non-cliched linear improviser of great originality and talent…" Jazzviews.

Chris Allard guitar, Oli Hayhurst bass, Charlie Wood keys and vocals Nick Smalley drums

Freelance guitarist Chris Allard has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Festival Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival the Royal Albert Hall. He has recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Gwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth and Jamie Cullum amongst others.

Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b. Born in Memphis, TN, he spent many years there performing nightly with his Hammond organ trio in a long-standing residency at King's Palace on Beale Street where he was awarded the equivalent of a Hollywood Hall of Fame Star.

Oli Hayhurst and Nick Smalley are busy and much sought after musicians, perfect as the drive behind Charlie and Chris.

Chris is regarded as one of the UK's finest contemporary jazz guitarists/composers, producing " Full blooded solos…right on the money" - Jazzwise.
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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
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
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11 November, £15
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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18 November, £18
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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25 November, £18
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 Kit Downes - Piano 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.
Kit Downes is "one of the finest pianists of his generation" - Time Out.
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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2 December, £18
Jazz At The Movies
Joanna Eden

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