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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January through April 2019 season

Alan Barnes returns with fire and fun,
Snake Davis will be with us after far too long an absence
and Steve Fishwick brings trumpetry supreme.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Liane Carroll
Liane Carroll

"Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe." **** Mojo
Liane Carroll vocals/piano, Roger Carey bass, Russell Field drums
Multi award winning Liane Carroll is unique - a larger than life character with a strong voice, in which one can find influences both of the great soul singers and of her semi-pro country club singing parents. She performs her own compositions and a wide selection of jazz standards to which brings her own sound. Add to that her classically founded mastery of the jazz piano and the witty delivery of personal anecdotes, Liane is the complete entertainer.

Her husband, Roger Carey and fellow Hasting resident Russell Field complete the trio

In 1993, when we first booked her at the Fleece, Liane was a struggling young musician, working in both jazz and R&B. National prominence and the string of awards came later. She has recorded solo and with Bobby Wellins, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Fletcher, Gwillym Simcock and Paul McCartney and more. Liane revels in live performance. She has made many appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, has toured as far afield as New Zealand and Brazil and has performed at Jazz Festivals, including with sparring with Alan Barnes at Titley.

"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 The Guardian; “Liane sings her way through the whole spectrum from jazz diva to fragile victim." - Kathryn Shackleton
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Sax Appeal
Derek Nash

Sax Appeal – showcasing saxophone and sax players, blowing away cobwebs and having so much fun for (try to believe this) over 40 years! The perfect late Christmas gift to yourself.

Derek Nash Saxophone & Compositions, Matt Wates Saxophone, Brandon Allen Saxophone, Paul Booth Saxophone, Bob McKay Saxophone, Pete Adams Piano, Phil Scragg Bass, Mike Bradley Drums

Derek Nash has been an irregular regular at Fleece Jazz both as player and leader almost from its start. Sax Appeal first played The Fleece on October 18th 1996, sandwiched between Tim Richard and Elaine Delmar. Derek always gives 100%, whether he is producing or engineering, protecting the beat, providing a picante evening, playing accoustically, featuring in Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion, leading Sax Appeal or hamming it up with someone's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Watch as he tries to upstage everyone on Hootenanny!

Derek has written and arranged almost all the material for four decades, with a bit of help from his dad, but amazingly he still bursts on stage like a teenager. If anyone finds a way of bottling his energy and enthusiasm, put me down for a case. One day we may get to see the portrait of him (rumoured to be in his attic), which ages, as he doesn't.

Sharing excellent Sax solos with Derek are History of Art graduate, and humourist Dr. Matt Wates PhD, escapee from Perth, Western Australia & proud father of two, Brandon Allen, former student in Perth and Spanish bar performer (aged 11) Paul Booth and Bob McKay who began recording in 1974, including with NYJO (1977) and claims he usually plays in bigger bands than this! (Michael Garrick, Pete Cater, Vic Lewis Big Bands in fact).

To keep such tours de force in order you need a solid back row. Welcome then the usual suspects, all of whom can produce fine solos: Pete Adams makes the piano swing like blazes with bluesy, funky and boogie fervour. Phil Scragg, in this setting, provides a powerful sturdy bass line and former NYJO drummer Mike Bradley uses a wealth of experience to underpin the whole venture

Between Christmas and New Year, before the resolutions get in the way, get come to The Fleece and have some fun, enjoy vibrant quality jazz and a bit of Panto from the ever youthful “Peter Pan” of Jazz, Derek Nash.
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