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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January to April 2016 season

with the return of The Horn Factory,
the ever popular Derek Nash will be with us.
and the finest Great American Song Book singer, Marlene VerPlanck is back.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Theo Jackson Quartet
Theo Jackson

Expect sizzling swing and a sense of fun

Theo Jackson vocals/piano, Jo Caleb guitar, Huntly Gordon bass, Marco Quarantotto drums

“Theo Jackson's second album, ‘Shoeless And The Girl’, is an old-fashioned kind of record. That's "old-fashioned" as in melodic, swinging, understated, lyrically engaging—old-fashioned in a really good way.”, says Bruce Lindsey.

"One of the most interesting jazz vocalists and composers to emerge on the British scene in recent years, Jackson can flit between ballads and rapid-fire scatting in the blink of an eye." - The Daily Telegraph.
"One of Britain's finest jazz musicians and singers." - Michael Wilson, JAZZ FM
"a genuine jazz talent . . . it is safe to say he has a bright future." - JAZZ JOURNAL
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Phil Meadows Group: Lifecycle Tour
Phil and Laura

**** - John Fordham, The Guardian.
**** - Jazzwize Magazine.
**** - All About Jazz.
“Future jazz Gods on the rise...” - TimeOut.

Phil Meadows sax, Laura Jurd trumpet, Elliot Galvin piano, Flo Moore bass, Simon Roth drums

Featuring a host of award-winning talent and fresh from their sold out 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival showcase the PMG features the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year and trumpeter Laura Jurd, European Young Jazz Artist Award winner and pianist Elliot Galvin, acclaimed bassist Flo Moore and drummer/percussionist Simon Roth.

As one of the UK's leading young saxophonist and composers Phil Meadows has already received the 2015 London Music Awards 'Rising Jazz Star', 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Ensemble of the Year (Engines Orchestra), 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Newcomer of the Year and 2013 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award
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Sarah Gillespie, featuring Tom Cawley
Sarah Gillespie

Sarah is
"Brilliant, the bee’s knees" - Robert Wyatt
***** The Independent
**** The Guardian
**** Mojo

Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Tom Cawley piano, Ben Bastin bass, Eddie Hick drums.

Sarah Gillespie is a British/American singer songwriter and guitarist based in London. She is known for combining poetic lyrics with gritty folk, blues and elemental jazz and for writing songs that explore and satirise numerous political themes.

Recently on maternity leave Sarah has been back performing since spring this year at all her favourite haunts with her usual flair and sparkle.

Expect a sparkling show tonight with brilliant support from the fabulous Tom Cawley on piano, Ben Bastin on bass and Eddie Hicks on drums.

"Bob 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
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Maciek Pysz Trio
Maciek Pysz

Maciek is major new presence on the guitar scene, Maestro Yuri and master drummer, Asaf complete this stunning trio

Maciek Pysz acoustic and classical guitars, Yuri Goloubev bass, Asaf Sirkis drums

Presenting music from the critically acclaimed new album 'A Journey' released on Dot Time Records. An unforgettable evening of world music, jazz and fusion combined with heart touching melodies. The Trio is famous for amazing energy and interaction on stage.

"Pysz's highly melodic writing and well delineated and unhurried playing style make for a highly satisfying and often beautiful album ****" - Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann)
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Geoff Mason Sextet: Tribute to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
Phil Mason Art Blackey

Geoff plays with Ronnie Scott's big band. Tonight he leads his own sextet for an evening of swinging tunes

Geoff Mason trombone, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Simon Spillett sax John Horler piano, Trevor Tomkins drums, Tim Wells bass

Former Coldstream Guards trombonist Geoff Mason has established himself as one of the UK’s finest exponents of "Blue Note" era jazz. He brings a superb band to honour the great drummer, educator and general jazz hero, Art Blakey.

Simon Spillett and Steve Fishwick make up a superb front line. John Horler is one of the finest jazz pianists about. We know Tim Wells and Trevor Tomkins from their excellent work with John Critchinson's tribute to Ronnie Scott earlier in the season, and many other gigs.

Be prepared for a joyous, swinging evening.
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Tina May Quartet featuring Nikki Iles
Tina and Nikki

"Tina May and Nikki Iles have a rapport that takes a partnership between singer and pianist to a stage far beyond mere voice plus accompaniment. A distinctive atmosphere surrounds everything they do together, a kind of wistfulness, even at the most lively moments." - The Scotsman

Tina May vocals, Nikki Iles piano, Jeremy Brown bass, Stephen Keogh drums

Tina and Nikki have graced our stage many times, both separately and together, and they have been staunch supporters of Fleece Jazz; both played our first benefit gig and Tina starred on Divas' Day. We take pleasure in publicly thanking them, and welcoming them "home." In a sense we have all grown up together. However their professional, polished performances do not preclude a mischievous glint in the eyes, and wry humour. Nor do they prevent spontaneity. Those who saw the entirely unplanned duets between Tina and Winston Clifford a few years ago, will testify to that!

Fully in support they have the solidly skillful pairing of Jeremy Brown, a frequent visitor, and Stephen Keogh, who we are glad to welcome back.

You really should come to see a lady who is considered "one of the finest jazz vocalists the UK has ever produced (All Music Guide) who with Nikki "handles the classics as the gems they still are." The Guardian
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Simon Spillett Quartet
Simon Spillett

"He's stood old head and young shoulders above many of his contemporaries as a live performer for several years...gets five stars …" - Roger Thomas, BBC

Simon Spillett sax, John Critchinson piano, Alec Dankworth bass, Clark Tracey drums

Simon Spillett, the son of a semi-pro musician, is an excellent band leader who puts together a well-balanced programme. He is also the chronicler and guardian of the legend and legacy of the great Tubby Hayes. Simon has played with three generations British Jazz greats, including Stan Tracy, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barns and Gwilym Simcock.

On Piano, tonight and for the Quartet's last 10 years, is John Critchinson, who became a member of Ronnie Scott's Quartet when Simon was only 5 years old. On Bass is Alec Dankworth and on drums Clark Tracy, two more well known and loved Fleece regulars.

"A bruising, scruff-of-the-neck hard bopper,… he generates huge excitement, passion and swagger.” - Chris Ingham. Unmissable!
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Ian Shaw and Sarah Jane Morris
Ian and Sarah

"Our finest jazz singer, marvellous" - Time Out (of Ian, but as true of Sarah). "Two of the most amazingly talented singers you will find anywhere in the world" - John Anderson

Ian Shaw piano and vocals, Sarah Jane Morris vocals

Jamie Cullum said “the incomparable Ian Shaw... absolutely fantastic.” He could also have used “incorrigible.” Ian nearly forsook singing for stand up and still excels as a comedian. He emerged with Julian Clary, Rory Bremner and Jo Brand and was invited by Barry Humphries to take his alternative comedy to Oz. (Heckling not advised). Fortunately for us, Dave Illic, critic for City limits, saw his musical talent and identified his as “voice of the decade.” This continues to be true, as the decades pass.

Sarah Jane's last recording Bloody Rain, brought together musicians from across Africa and the world (including Ian) and is acclaimed as “her masterpiece” (Jazzwise). “It combines a visceral lyricism with intense moral and political engagement” (Arts Desk), “a transcendent mix of cold fury and compassion” (The Observer) Her integrity is as large as her talent, as Jazzwise say, “she could not sing an insincere note if she tried” and The Guradian adds to the acclaim: “a flamboyant, idiosyncratic singer on the borders of jazz, soul and pop, she's a majestic, if raw-nerved singer of awesome eloquence.”

Sarah bills the gig as "Fleece Jazz Christmas Special" No need to add to that IT WILL BE. For all that the evening may be stimulating and emotional, I guarrantee that above all else it will be musically excellent and tremendous FUN.
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Brandon Allen Sextet
Brandon Allen

Brandon has a "rich, powerful sound enabling him to steam through up-tempo numbers and channel tenderness through quieter ones" - Chris Parker.

Brandon Allen tenor, Alex Garnett alto, Mark Nightingale Trombone, Ross Stanley piano, Sam Burgess bass, Ian Thomas drums

The Australian born Brandon Allen flourishes in the UK, playing with the best in jazz, funk, R&B, classical and pop genres, including Eric Clapton, Kyle Eastwood and Keith Tippett and writing, composing and directing a jazz festival. Expect explosive moments, passion, and discover, as Tony Hall says, "his phrasing... unashamedly emotional, soaked in a blues tradition."

It is also so good to welcome back Alex Garnett, a Ronnie Scott All Star, with his "dark, husky sound". Bring it on!

Mark Nightingale will amaze. "His slide-trombone lines ... executed more cleanly and speedily than most trumpeters could manage." (Jack Massarick).

Ross Stanley has almost become resident keyboard player at the Fleece, a brilliant and maturing player who probably also holds the record for fastest drive back to central London!

Sam Burgess, another RS All Star, famed for his thumping pounding, relentlessly driving bass lines, and good enough to underpin the BBC Big Band!

Ian Thomas exemplifies commitment, good humour and positive attitude using his breathtaking technique in a truly inspiring way (Jason Reeve).

An absolutely perfect way to escape pre-Christmas stresses, with an early present to you, and nothing to wrap!
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18 December, £15
African Jazz Quintet
Frank Williams

Frank Williams brilliant band with its roots in South African township music will keep your moving parts moving!

Frank Williams sax, Winston Delandro guitar, Alastair Gavin piano, Michael Bailey bass, drums to be announced.

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8:00pm Wednesday, 30 December, £16
Alan Barnes Quintet
Alan Barnes

Multi award winning Alan Barnes plays hard urban post-bop with passion and energy with this stellar quintet

Alan Barnes reeds, Robert Fowler saxes, David Newton piano, Dave Green bass, Matt Home drums

More information soon...
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