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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the May through August 2017 season

when we have an excursion to the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich with Paul Lacy's Back to Basie big band as part of the . Information and tickets at the Wolsey Theatre
the return of the stunning multisaxophonist Tony Kofi
and Odette sings for us with a wonderful lineup behind her.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

John East Project
John East

John East on vocals and Hammond makes a welcome return to the Fleece and brings with him a stellar line-up.

John East Hammond organ and vocals, Mark Fletcher drums, Neville Malcom bass, Carl Orr guitar, Dave Lewis tenor sax, Dan Priseman trumpet, Daniel Hewson trombone and piano.

The John East Project led by vocalist and organ player John East was formed five years ago and is a regular and popular feature at the 606 Club in Chelsea and elsewhere. John has played the Hammond for many years working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Phil Robson and Katie Kissoon.

John’s stellar band of Mark Fletcher (drums), Carl Orr (guitar), Dan Priseman (trumpet), Neville Malcom (bass), Daniel Hewson (trombone and piano) and the great Dave Lewis (tenor sax) are all (or will become) firm Fleece favourites.

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Solstice, featuring John Turville
John Turville

"One of the brightest stars in the jazz firmament" (Ian Mann)returns with friends from the E17 Collective who combine influences from Brazil, New York, and France to serve up music to savour.

John Turville piano, Tori Freestone saxes and flutes, Jez Franks guitars, Brigitte Beraha vocals, Dave Manington bass, George Hart drums

Solstice is an exciting new collaboration between some of the foremost bandleaders and composers emerging from the thriving east London music scene. They have a unified sound drawing on influences from Brazil, New York, and France such as Hermeto Pascoal, Edward Simon and Pierre de Bethmann.

John Turville is a prodigiously talented pianist with very broadly-based resources. “His adventurousness with harmony and the always lyrical yet narratively swerving designs of his improvisations often recall UK piano giant John Taylor's playing" (John Fordham, The Guardian).

With Tori Freestone's robust tenor playing, Bridgitte Beraha who has been bracketed with Norma Winstone and Flora Purim, the staggering improvisational force that is Jez Franks, and the superb back line of Dave Manington and George Hart, this promises to be a special gig.

"Refreshingly joyous music . . . led by the heart, that grips you from the first minute to the last . . .” - Gwilym Simcock

Here is an excellent promo video for Solstice.
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14 April, £0

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Theo Travis
Theo Travis

We welcome back this multi talented, multi reedsman who wowed us last year. Theo is renowned for his powerful, bluesy progressive and "rare, fine English psychedelic jazz." - MOJO

Theo Travis saxes and flute, Mike Outram guitar, Pete Whittaker Hammond organ, Nic France drums

The full flowing effect of the music from the Double Talk Quartet returns to Fleece Jazz after an astounding performance in January 2016. His many musical interests come together in this distinctive quartet project, which delivers music at the fluid interface between jazz, ambient and prog. He has become one of the most active jazz artists and composers in the U.K. and in addition to having his own group, he is in demand as a sideman to musicians from a variety of musical genres.

The bluesy, progressive jazz of the quartet draws heavily on the soulful Hammond organ of Pete Whittaker, the soaring guitar of Mike Outram and the powerful but subtle drums and percussion of Nic France.

"Travis' tenor is a warm, mellifluous instrument and together with the luscious, bluesy Hammond organ they create something rather unexpected...a prog-rock/jazz/blues hybrid of genuine power and excitement" - Guy Hayden
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Nicholas Meier and Pete Oxley
Nicholas and Pete

Demonstrating a unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nicholas has graced our stage for a decade and continues a firm favourite in company with Pete whose history includes George Formby and Herbie Handcock!

Nicholas Meier guitars, Pete Oxley guitars

More information soon...

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7:45pm Sunday, 25 June, £20
Paul Lacey's Back to Basie Big Band at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Back to Basie band

Tickets at various prices available at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Directed by trumpet-player Paul Lacey, Back To Basie features London session musicians and jazz soloists all dedicated to the music of Count Basie's legendary *Swingin' Machine' - straight ahead swing played with dynamics, good humour, and a large dose of the blues!

With Paul Lacey trumpet and conductor, Jacqui Hicks vocals and 17 of the UK's finest instrumentalists.

Launched in 2001 , Back To Basie have since been presenting concerts with accuracy and style throughout Britain and Europe to great reviews.

Back To Basie has been voted Best Big Band in the British Jazz Awards six times - in seven years!

"The music and the magic of Count Basie were back in town!" ~ Sunday Times

This is a community production presented by Fleece Jazz as part of the New Wolsey's annual Open Season, and the Ipswich Jazz Festival.
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