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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the May through August 2016 season

with the amazing James Pearson,
John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe will really be with us,
and the unmissable Liane Carroll is back.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

John Law New Congregation
John Law

Intriguingly creative new jazz from a master pianist and composer

John Law piano/keyboards and more, Sam Crockatt sax, James Agg bass, Lloyd Haines drums

John Law is a prize-winning classical prodigy on piano who turned away from classical piano studies to pursue jazz and improvised music when he was 23 His work always amazes and intrigues us.

With Sam (of whom John Fordham said "haunting lyricism"), and the in demand James and Lloyd, this will be a gig to savour.

" technical bravura with crystal clear, fast passagework coupled with a sovereign command over everything that is pianistically possible. You wonder if there is actually anything that this pianist cannot do." Jazz Podium, Germany.
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Philip Clouts Quartet
Philip Clouts

Philip's African inspirations extend beyond Cape jazz to Gnawa music, Afrobeat and further to pan-European folksong, soul-jazz and beyond.
Philip Clouts piano, Sam Eagles sax, Alex Keen bass guitar, Dave Ingamells drums

Pianist Philip Clouts was born in Cape Town and as well as the music of his homeland he has soaked up Caribbean calypso and the soulful strains of the Indian subcontinent while honouring and learning from jazz heroes including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Charles Lloyd.

Sam, Alex and Dave are rising stars who are the perfect complement for the music.

"Pulsating groove orientated music - distinctive*spiritual and soul jazz - strongly melodic themes." Jazzwise. A gig not to be missed.
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James Pearson
James Pearson

The Fleece brings Ronnie Scott's to East Anglia with the long and eagerly awaited return of the pianist, composer and creative tour de force that is James Pearson.

James Pearson piano, Sam Burgess bass, Ian Thomas drums

The late Sir John Dankworth said: "it takes an exceptionally gifted artiste to stand out and be noticed. James Pearson is exactly that; his masterful playing and his imaginative work as a composer and arranger combine to make him head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries. I believe he shows signs of true greatness in the making."

James is joined by a fellow Guildhall alumnus and Ronnie's house band member, Sam Burgess who is noted for his wide experience, adaptability and if required *thumping, pounding, relentlessly driving bass.* Ian Thomas, one of the most versatile, adaptable and popular drummers around, completes the line-up. Ian, of course, also plays regularly at Ronnie's, so we are assured of a tight trio.

It has taken three years to smuggle James out of Ronnie's. No telling when we will get him back again. Do not miss the chance to check his progress towards greatness.
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John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe
John and Vimala

Legendary guitarist John Etheridge and the remarkable live performer, vocalist Vimala Rowe, successful in the far east and now firmly established on the London jazz scene.

John Etheridge guitars, Vimala Rowe vocals

John Etheridge enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond, and has been described by Pat Matheny as "One of the best guitarists in the world" He is prodigiously gifted and creative with an eclectic approach which refuses to acknowledge musical boundaries, well illustrated by his long simultaneous associations with both the iconic Staphane Grapelli and the legendary jazz-fusion group The Soft Machine.

Vimala Rowe is an award winning jazz, soul and R & B singer. In her early teens she left England for the Far East where she quickly established herself as a vocalist.Back in England she made the eponymous EP "Vimala" with Simon Horn a recording of original compositions which Garnered the Indy Music award for Best Soul, Jazz Funk act.

"Vimala Rowe is Sensational" - The Arts Desk

"A wonderful singer with a passionate delivery which completely captures the audience " - John Etheridge
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Liane Carroll
Liane Carroll

A solo performance from this deeply soulful and wonderfully honest singer pianist who we simply adore!

Liane Carroll vocals and piano

Award winning Lianne Carroll is unique. She is a larger than life character with a strong voice, in which one can find influences of the great soul singers and of her semi-pro country club singing parents. She performs her own compositions and a wide selection other jazz standards to which brings her own sound. Lianne adds in her classically founded mastery of the jazz piano and wittily delivered personal anecdotes, making her the complete one woman show. She is not to be missed.

"Carroll's confidence in the expressiveness of the smallest utterance gives her an irresistible eloquence, as strong at low volumes as it is at full throttle" John Fordham
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Don Weller
Don Weller

"Don Weller was and is, among the true originals of British jazz with his cavernous sound and utterly unpredictable turn of phrase" - The Observer

Don Weller sax, Chris Ingham piano, Mick Hutton bass, George Double drums

The young Don played on south London's Dixieland scene, but was also listening to recordings of Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Colman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins.

Don has toured with the Gill Evans orchestra and played with Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Peter King, Alan Barnes, Art Theman, Dick Morrissey and most everyone else at the top of British modern jazz.

His sax sound is relaxed, rich and mellow. It is reminiscent of the sound of Ben Webster.

On piano and drums are Suffolk based musicians Chris Ingham and George Double respectively, both of whom we heard in May's sensational evening with vocalist-trumpeter, Georgina Jackson. On bass is Mick Hutton, a regular at the Fleece, appearing in many bands including with Sarah Moule and Jim Mullen.
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1:30pm Sunday, 10 July, £25
Side by Side with Refugees Fundraiser
Side by Side charity

Helping refugees in Calais, Dunkerque and across Europe
Featuring the wonderful Ian Shaw, Tina May, Chris Allard, Kevin Flanagan, Kate Williams, David Tughan, Elliot Weight, Simon Brown and Rob Palmer to begin, and watch out for the announcement of other artists.
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Nigel Price Trio + 1
Nigel Price

Nigel brings his exciting trio (plus a surprise) and we may have to reinforce the roof!

Nigel Price guitar, Ross Stanley hammond organ, Matt Home drums, wait and see - Saxophone

This from Sebastian Scotney: "Aha, so this is it, the real thing. This is the stage where every arrangement has been learnt, internalized, completely owned and the sheet music has (just about) disappeared. This is the level of empathy which still allows each band-member the freedom to take the others completely by surprise, deliver the unexpected, and make them smile."

Be prepared for a band who are absolute masters of their instruments, with a wicked sense of humour to leaven the virtuosity and intensity.

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Asaf Sirkis International Quartet
Asaf and Sylwia

Asaf Sirkis is not only an inventive drummer but also a composer of rigour, wit and delicacy. He is one of the worlds premier drummers.
Asaf Sirkis drums, Sylwia Bialas vocals, John Turville piano/keyboards, Kevin Glasgow bass

"There`s an almost devotional intensity to her singing that rarely fails to deliver" says Andy Robson, writing about Sylwia Bialas in Jazzwise.

This band has four people with serious international reputations. Asaf's power and delicacy are in demand all over Europe for his compositions as well as his playing. Sylwia is also a composer. Her distinctive phrasing ans style has made her international star. John returns to us for the third time this year, always a great pleasure. His harmonic adventures and immense technique are a delight. Kevin has worked at top venues in New York as well as at many international festivals.

Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.


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Robert Habermann Sings Berlin
Robert Habermann

Robert Habermann takes his audience on a journey through some of the 20 th Century's greatest love songs and the stories behind them. He has met many of the actual writers! His show is punctuated with anecdotes and stories to make this a fun evening.

Robert Habermann vocals, Trevor Brown piano.

Robert Habermann is an accomplished singer/songwriter of The Great American and British Songbooks. He worked in the U.S.A where he was voted Best International Performer 1994 by the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York, resulting in several major tours.

Robert was the first major British singer to perform a concert to celebrate Frank Sinatra's 80 th Birthday at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Pianist Trevor Brown is known for his versatility and virtuosity. Trevor spent twenty years as pianist with the Joe Loss Orchestra. Nowadays he very much enjoys being part of The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Look out for a special guest!


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