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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

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, Dave Green bass, Spike Wells 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 Dave Green and on drums Spike Wells, 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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Alex Garnett Jazz Ambassadors
Alex Garnet

In a change to the printed program, we are delighted to bring this fine band to the club

Alex Garnett alto, Robbie Robson trumpet, Ross Stanley piano, James Gardner-Bateman tenor, Sam Burgess bass, Chris Higginbottom drums

Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. He is an in demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way. His frequent visits to our club have been most welcome.

Ross Stanley has almost become resident keyboard player at the Fleece, a brilliant and maturing player. His superb pianism is always welcome, whether on the Hammond, or as tonight, the Fleece piano

Robbie Robson studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music where he was awarded the John Coates Prize for Outstanding Musicianship. He was a national finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year 1999, and the runner up in the Perrier Young Jazz Musician 2000.

Although James Gardner-Bateman has worked in many genres with an impressive list of people, his main passion lies in Jazz music and the main projects that he’s involved with currently are The Guy Barker Orchestra, The Reuben Fowler Big Band, Floating Points Ensemble and Keith Tippett’s Octet.

Sam Burgess comes from a very musical family, started on piano, as you do, fell in love with bass guitar at 15. He says, "I love Dave Holland, Ray Brown, Christian McBride, Paul Chambers and Avishai Cohen" We love Sam.

Chris is "Precise and virtuoisic" (Jazzwise magazine). He is one of the UK’s top drummers, currently a member of the Kyle Eastwood Band, and many others. A Royal Academy of Music graduate, Chris played with many of the biggest names in jazz including Mark Murphy and Seamus Blake.

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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, Kari Banaman guitar, Robert Bailey piano, Michael Bailey bass, Richard Bailey drums.

It may be another five days until the days start getting longer again, but this evening Frank Williams will take us straight to the sunshine of South Africa, the land of his birth, and set us moving to the sounds of Township Music.

Frank Williams, who leads from the tenor sax, has been bringing his African Jazz Quintet to Fleece Jazz since 1993, with performances that sold out in advance

Winston, Kari and the Baileys are also steeped in this music that always delights and excites with the infectious rhythms of the music.
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7:30pm Wednesday, 30 December, £16 buy Alan Barnes Quintet tickets
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

World class reeds player, inspirational band leader, composer, arranger, master of the humorous quip, educator, music businessman and potential Eurostar ticket inspector (see David Newton's website), Alan Barnes is always at his most exuberant leading his own band.

"Barnes, plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is ….. Jazz" - John L. Walters, The Guardian.

With the pianistic heroism of our Presidente, David Newton, the mellow reeds of Robert Fowler, the eminent and jolly pair of Dave Green and Matt Home, this will be a gig to savour.
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