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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

Dave Lewis's 1UP Band
Dave Lewis

About the "Under the Same Sun" album: "Kinda jazzy, kinda bluesy, kinda souly – lots of influences – great singing, great playing ..." - Paul Long, BBC producer

Dave Lewis Tenor Sax, Lizzie Dean Vocals, Al Cherry Guitar, Robin Aspland Piano, Neville Malcolm Bass, Rod Youngs Drums

We were blessed with Dave Lewis's playing in March. He is one amazing player. Dave leads 𔃱UP’ with raw, lyrical emotion and a horn full of funk. His sound is steeped in the Blues – his St. Louis roots come through. Amongst others, Dave has performed, recorded or toured with John Martyn, Lamont Dozier, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall and Eric Clapton & The Blockheads.

Soulful intensity – searing blues vocals – Lizzie Deantotally embodies the spirit of a song. Amongst others Lizzie has performed/recorded/toured with: Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley (JB Horns), Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris, Jocelyn Brown, Belinda Carlisle & Boy George

Al Cherry great jazz guitarist with real blues and rock credentials – with his left-hand Telecaster Al tells it the way it is. Amongst others Al has performed/recorded/ toured with Albert Lee, Paloma Faith, Lisa Stansfield, Cat Stevens, Darryll Jones (Rolling Stones), Deodato & Percy Sledge.

Robin Aspland has played for us many times. He is something of a key's wizard. Robin brings passion, lyricism and rhythmic drive to everything he plays. Amongst manyothers Robin has performed/recorded/ toured with Van Morrison, George Coleman, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Curtis Stigers & Arturo Sandoval.

Newille Malcolm says, "I love the blues. I've got the blues, but I smile". 'Level-Neville' is bass-ability personified Amongst others, Neville has performed/recorded /toured with Roy Ayers, Joss Stone, Billy Cobham, Gregory Porter, Tom Jones, Mavis Staples and George Benson.

From Washington D.C., Rod Youngs lays it down with passion and authority. He plays the deepest grooves – he can really make it cook. It will be great to see his mastery again. Amongst others, Rod has performed, recorded or toured with Gil Scott-Heron, Hugh Masekela, Angela Bofil, Ronnie Laws, Jon Hendricks, Bennie Maupin & Natalie Cole.

The band lays down the deepest grooves with space for virtuosic improvisation and breathtaking interplay.
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Bonsai (previously known as Jam Experience)

Bonsai are an award-winning band presenting engaging jazz with an explosive rock energy.

Rory Ingham Trombone, Dominic Ingham Violin/Vocals, Toby Comeau Piano/Keyboard, Joe Lee Bass, Jonny Mansfield Drums

Chosen in the Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018 in Jazzwise, Bonsai (formerly known as Jam Experiment) are an award winning band that are based in London, UK. Formed in 2014 , they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK including London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Ronnie Scott's. They released their irresistible debut album "Jam Experiment" in 2017 followed by a 40 date UK Tour! In the Summer of 2018 they embarked upon a European tour, including appearances in Rome, Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest.

The lineup includes the winner of Rising Star in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, trombonist Rory Ingham, his brother Dominic Ingham on violin and voice, Toby Comeau on piano/keyboard, Joe Lee on bass, and Jonny Mansfield (Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner) on drums.

Bonsai's sound is dynamic jazz fusion balanced with intricate compositions and adventurous improvisations negotiated through mutual admiration for each other. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; through this process they've challenged their own musical boundaries. Given that the Ingham brothers have been playing together for nearly 20 years, when the unusual frontline of trombone/violin/vocals is met with the ferociously high octane rhythm section, the ensemble has an electric synergy that results in pure musical gold. This concert is part of a 20 - date UK album launch tour - to be released in May 2019 on Ubuntu Music!
"Their ability to connect with the audience was exceptional...This band are bound for great things. A joy!" Claire Martin OBE, presenter of Jazz Line-Up on BBC Radio 3
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Tammy Weis Quartet
Tammy Weis

"With a grand slam triple threat of sexy smooth vocals, great songwriting and a knockout band with stellar musicianship, a performance with Tammy Weis is unforgettable." - Randy Bachman

Tammy Weis Vocals, Al Cherry Guitar, Julie Walkington Bass. Dave Ohm Drums

"Tammy Weis has the ability to transport you to those great places of emotion. She is a star with true Jazz integrity reminding us of a time of high standards and individuality. With a luscious sound full of feeling she brings a personal identity to a song and is a master of the ballad. Beautiful and sensual it's a voice you could just bathe in. Tammy Weis has the magic of a great and great is what she is." - Julian Joseph.
"Not many people reduce me to tears, but Tammy's song about her mother was the most touching I've ever heard, and her voice is beautiful." - Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour.

Al Cherry: great jazz guitarist with real blues and rock credentials with his left-handTelecasterAl tells it the way it is.Amongst othersAl has performed/recorded/ toured with Albert Lee, Paloma Faith, Lisa Stansfield, Cat Stevens, Darryll Jones (Rolling Stones), Deodato & Percy Sledge.

Julie Walkington started her musical career playing electric bass in the north of England and the USA. She later attended the Guildhall School of Music. She has worked with many of London's top jazz musicians.

Known as "the powerhouse", the much - in-demand drummer,Dave Ohm has played, toured and recorded with amongst others, Benny Golson, Mornington Lockett, Dave Newton, Claire Martin, Peter King and is a regular member of the Ronnie Scott's All Stars.
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27 September, £18
Renato d'Aiello plays the music of Cedar Walton
Renato D'Aiello

"... a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique which effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas." - Ian Carr

Renato d'Aiello Tenor sax, Roberto Rossi Trombone, Mátyás Gayer Piano. Nicola Muresu Bass, Alfonso Vitale Drums

Renalto d’Aiello, born in Napoli in 1959, turned pro in 1986, joining Giovanni Tommaso’s TV big band. The following year he was awarded a scholarship Berklee (Massachusetts). Subsequently he became toured the international jazz scene, with Art Farmer as well as top European musicians. He settled in England.His first performance at the club was in 2002. Despite being frequently invited back, this modest Italian still looks surprised that we enjoy him so much.
"Relaxed, unhurried but imbued with intense warmth tinged with poignancy, D’Aiello’s tenor sound thus prioritises the expression of sentiment…" - Chris Parker, Jazz CD review, Vortex 2007

Award winning Hungarian pianist Mátyás Gayer and Italian drummer Alfonso Vitale appear weekly with Renalto at Ronnie Scott’s.
br/> Tonight Renalto’s quintet plays the music of Cedar Walton, who was born in Dallas in 1934. By the end of his twenties, Cedar was the hard bop pianist/arranger for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He went on composing and playing jazz into his eighties.
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11 October, £18
Catherine Lima Band
Catherine Lima

Catherine has a warm expressive tone which she uses expertly to create moods from sultry to joyous

Catherine Lima Vocals, Paul Higgs Piano, Alex Field Guitar, Alex Keen Bass, Jason Campbell Drums

Catherine Lima is a versatile jazz singer/songwriter equally at home singing Latin jazz, Swing, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Cabaret, Easy listening, Originals

Singing on the London jazz circuit since 2001, Catherine is a charismatic and entertaining performer. She has a warm expressive tone which she uses expertly to create moods from sultry to joyous drawing on influences such as Anita O’Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Peggy Lee, and Joni Mitchell. Whether performing an intimate set with a duo or trio, or Larger groups.

Paul Higgs is an accomplished trumpeter, composer and arranger with a long list of film and play scores under his belt, as well as having played with many top names in Jazz. Tonight we will hear another side to his music, as a pianist.

Alex field is a versatile guitarist based in London. He loves music, all music, especially jazz. Big Band, Straight, Fusion, Avante Garde. He is happy recording, performing, reading or busking.

Bass player Alex Keen has accompanied many top Jazz performers. Highlights have included backing George Shearing, in a master class for the South Bank Show. He also records with several bands.

Singer, songwriter, arranger, piano & guitar player, drummer Jason Campbell was born and raised in Newfoundland. He has been playing music professionally since age 15, first a hard rock drummer but ended up releasing a pop, rock and jazz album.

Catherine Lima’s voice is great in any environment because it is so very movingly soulful yet in a jazz style. An evening you won’t want to miss.

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18 October, £18
Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Benn Clatworthy

"Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins" * Edinburgh Evening News

Benn Clatworthy Tenor sax, John Donaldson Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Darren Beckett Drums

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25 October, £18
A Portrait of Cannonball
Alex Webb and friends

"An absolute blast, one of the most exciting gigs of the year … a brilliant all-round package."- London Jazz News

Alex Webb Piano, Tony Kofi Alto sax, Andy Davies Trumpet, Andy Cleyndert Bass. Alfonso Vitale Drums

Originally marking what would have been his 90th year in 2018, this live retrospective celebrates the music of one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz, the legendary alto saxophonist, Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley.

A regular visitor to Fleece Jazz, Tony Kofi is a British jazz multi-instrumentalist, a player of the alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute. His fluent and fiery hard-bop style ensures that he is constantly in demand. He currently leads his own quartet as well as working with the ‘Organisation’ to perform hard-hitting blues, jazz and funk on baritone sax. Andy Davies comes from Swansea but is now based in London. He regularly performs at Ronnie Scotts jazz Club and often hosts the Ronnie Scott's Late-Night Jam Session. He leads his own quartet, which is a showcase for his composing.

Alex Webb is a songwriter and arranger, as well as a pianist. His songs have been recorded by jazz singers China Moses, Liane Carroll and Alexander Stewart, among others. He has created a number of 'words-and-music' productions, including 'Lush Life' (about Billy Strayhorn), 'Charlie Parker on Dial' and 'Cafe Society Swing'.

Andrew Cleyndert began playing bass while still at school before embarking on a musical career, backing jazzmen such as Peter King and Art Farmer. On moving to London, he began playing with Bobby Wellins, the Ronnie Scott Sextet and Quartet and for the much-missed Stan Tracey.

Alfonso Vitale started playing the drums at the age of three and became a regular fixture at his local jazz club ‘La Sosta’ in Messina, Italy, sitting in with visiting veteran stars like Bobby Watson and Kenny Barron. Soon after moving to the UK, he became a regular sideman with Renato D’Aiello at Ronnie Scott's Acoustic Jazz Lounge.

"Kofi’s spirited approach was supported by a tight rhythm section and Andy Davies, whose trumpet solos were sharp and clear." - Jazzwise
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1 November, £18
Calum Gourlay Quartet
Calum Gourlay

Calum Gourlay is known for his deep warm tone and rock solid time and pulse.

Calum Gourlay Bass, Helena Kay Sax, Kieran McCloud Trombone, James Maddren Drums

Born in Glasgow, Calum Gourlay began his musical journey playing the cello and by the age of fourteen started the double bass. He became the first bassist selected for Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra and is now a mainstay on the London scene while performing with the Kit Downes Trio, The Tommy Smith Group and many other bands.

Fellow Scot, saxophonist Helena Kay , moved studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2016 She plays with various groups such Paul Towndrow’s Keywork Orchestra, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and has performed at various festivals.

Kieran McLeod is an award winning jazz trombonist and composer from Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music’s Jazz course and is a current a member of the Jullian Argüelles Septet, Iain Ballamy’s Anorak XL and the Keith Tippett Octet. Kieran regularly tours the UK with his sextet, "New World".

James Maddren is a gifted drummer who studied with both Jim Hart and Martin France. He has, in recent years, become a ‘first call’ drummer of choice for both the younger and more established generation of jazz musicians in the UK such as Stan Sulzman, Michael Janisch, and Martin Speake. A talented young band who clearly illustrate the strength in depth in British Jazz today. An evening not to be missed.
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8 November, £18
Simon Spillett Quartet
Simon Spillett

“A miraculous player who sounds like a reincarnation of Tubby Hayes but with his own personality. Catch him wherever he is. Astounding!” - John Martin, The Jazz Rag

Simon Spillett Tenor sax, Rob Barron Piano. Alec Dankworth Bass, Spike Wells Drums

Encouraged by his semi-professional trombonist father, Simon Spillett studied music from early childhood. Early influences were John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Rollins and Ben Webster, although it was Tubby Hayes’ playing which created the biggest and most telling impression. After becoming a professional musician at 21, Simon built a strong reputation among peers and audiences with his inventive and original playing. He also writes knowledgably on jazz, especially British saxophonists, and his work has appeared in Jazz Journal International, Jazzwise and numerous CD liner notes.

Rob Barron started playing piano at the age of five. He moved to Leeds in 2000 to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music. During his time there he played with Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland and Soweto Kinch. He has played with many other jazz luminaries and with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

A stalwart of the British jazz scene, Alec Dankworth is one of the best acoustic bass players around. Since the 1980s, Alec has worked with musicians from across genres including Nigel Kennedy, Dave Brubeck, Van Morrison and of course his parents John Dankworth and Cleo Laine.

Spike Wells took up playing drums in his early teens and was later tutored by Philly Joe Jones. In 1968, he joined the Tubby Hayes Quartet and continued playing with Hayes, in both his quartet and his big band, until the saxophonist's death in 1973. He also worked with many visiting soloists at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, including Stan Getz, Roland Kirk, Joe Harriott, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin and James Moody.

“. . . saxophone playing of the highest order, consistency of tone, infallible note production irrespective of tempo . . .” - Alun Morgan – Jazz Journal International
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15 November, £18
Nicolas Meier World Group
Nicolas Meier

"Its rare to come across a musician whose vision for his instrument is so vastly expansive 0 0 0 0 Even rarer still is finding a level of creative brilliance, precision delivered with conviction and authority!!!" - Drumhead Magazine

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

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22 November, £18
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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29 November, £18
Tom Green Septet
Tom Green

"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, Tommy Andrews Alto/soprano sax, Sam Miles Tenor sax, Sam James Piano. Misha Mullov-Abbado Bass, Scott Chapman Drums

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6 December, £22
Sarah Jane Morris: 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.

Sarah Jane Morris Vocals, Tim Cransfield Guitars, Tony Remy Guitars

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13 December, £18
David Newton Trio
David Newton

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

David Newton Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Winston Clifford Drums

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20 December, £18
Kevin Flanagan Quartet
Kevin Flanagan

Acoustic jazz of the highest order! From burning groovey jams and blues to atmospheric jazz.

Kevin Flanagan Tenor sax, David Gordon Piano, Tom Hooper Drums, Joel Humann Bass

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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 Sharpe Sax, Bruce Adams Trumpet, Mark nightingale Trombone, Dave Newton Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Clark Tracey Drums

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