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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

Clark Tracey Quintet: "No Doubt"
Clark Tracey

Celebrating his 40th year in jazz, Clark has assembled his newest line-up of gifted young musicians for 2018.

Clark Tracey drums, Alex Ridout trumpet, Sean Payne alto sax, Elliott Sansom piano, James Owston bass

Named Best Drummer at both the 2017 and 2018 British Jazz Awards, Clark Tracey has carved out a serious career for 40 years. He has worked with most of the great American players and almost every leading British musician, including his late father, the great jazz legend, Stan Tracey. He has brought together a group of brilliant young players, already causing ripples on the jazz scene, and guarantees to deliver the hard bop message for which he is so revered. Formed in January 2018, they released their first CD 'No Doubt' in September, which showcases the talents of these formidable stars in the making.

All four members of Clark's band have been finalists of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year award. Alex Ridout was crowned the winner in 2016 at the age of seventeen. “We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but most importantly the relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing” said Julian Joseph who was Chair of the jury that year.

Sean Payne won the same award in 2014 at the tender age of thirteen. Sean has been playing sax since the age of eight and jazz proper since he was eleven! Both musicians were heard by Clark at the Purcell School of Music some years ago and are currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music.

Elliott Sansom started playing piano at the age of five and eventually studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire where Clark teaches regularly. He was another contender in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award. James Owston was another Birmingham Conservatoire student and yet another contender in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, but this time in 2018.

So, we have four, obviously talented young people and it will be interesting to hear how Clark has moulded them into his Quintet.

“Clark Tracey is an increasingly important catalyst in the development of young musicians” - Jazz Views
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John Turville Quintet featuring Julian Arguelles
John Turville Julian Arguelles

*World-class* exquisite* consistently inventive and beautifully performed throughout, Conception is one of the best jazz recordings I've heard* ****** John Adcock
*For the ability simultaneously to deliver great subtlety of musical character with both emotional energy and intellectual power, [Julian] is one of the very best we have.* - Peter Bacon

John Turville piano, Julian Arguelles tenor/soprano sax, Robbie Robson trumpet, Dave Whitford bass, James Maddren drums

Pianist and educator John Turville has established himself as a mainstay of the UK and European contemporary jazz scenes in his varied roles as sideman, co-leader and trio/quartet leader. After a classical education at Cambridge and the Guildhall, he has forged an international performing career. He has recorded and performed with many renowned jazz and tango groups, including Tim Garland’s Acoustic Triangle and Lighthouse Trio, the Tony Kofi/Alan Barnes Quintet, Kairos 4tet, Asaf Sirkis Trio, Gilad Atzmon, Transtango and El Ultimo Tango. Taking inspiration from British jazz legends John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler, as well as the Argentine composer and tango pianist Diego Schissi, John’s writing is refined and wide-ranging, from lyrical ballads and spiky rhythmic compositions to reflective classical vignettes.

From his beginnings with the legendary Loose Tubes, through his worldwide collaborations, to his searching solo projects, UK composer/saxophonist, bandleader and educator Julian Arguelles has built an impressive reputation for presenting world-class, small-band post-bop that now spans almost three decades. His compositions have been described as “supremely lyrical, with beautiful melodies whilst staying cliché free”. His recordings, compositions and arrangements have earned him the highest accolades internationally with wide critical acclaim and awards.

Robbie Robson studied Jazz at Leeds College of Music, where he was awarded the John Coates Prize for Outstanding Musicianship, then moved to London to do his Postgraduate Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then he has been active on the London Jazz scene, participating in a very wide and varied spectrum of jazz projects including the London Jazz Orchestra and the Gareth Lockrane Big Band.

Dave Whitford discovered a passion for music at school where he started playing the bass guitar aged 13. Soon after he held the bass chair in the award-winning Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra and worked in music theatre, swing, funk and reggae bands. Dave has continued to forge a reputation for himself and can frequently be heard in the capital's top venues.

James Maddren is a highly gifted drummer who has, in recent years, become the first-call drummer of choice for both the younger and more established generation of jazz musicians in the UK including Gwilym Simcock, Kit Downes Trio, Jacob Collier, Martin Speake Quartet, Nikki Iles and Norma Winstone among others.

“Mining as deep a seam of musical ideas as Brad Mehldau” - The Guardian
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Steve Fishwick Quartet
Steve Fishwick

“Contemporary hard bop from four excellent practitioners.” - All About Jazz)

Steve Fishwick trumpet, Alex Garnett saxophone, Mike Karn bass, Matt Fishwick drums

Well-known as a fleet and expert bebopper, Steve Fishwick is widely considered to be one of the best jazz trumpeters to come from the U.K. He is rapidly gaining a global reputation due to his flawless technique and his beautifully flowing, harmonically rich improvisations. Heavily influenced by the melodic approach of the late, great Kenny Dorham, Steve grew up in Manchester and played his first professional gigs while still in his early ‘teens before leaving for London to study at the Royal College of Music. He has played with most leading U.K. jazz musicians including Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and Mike Carr among others.

Steve is accompanied by Ronnie Scott’s Allstar Alex Garnett, one of the leading saxophonists in the U.K. and mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognised by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in-demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way. He has a reputation as a fearsome soloist and has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Scott Hamilton and Van Morrison.

American saxophonist and bassist Mike Karn has been involved in the New York jazz scene for more than 20 years and in that time he has worked with many of the music world’s most creative artists. Mike began to seriously pursue the bass in 2007 and within a few years he was working with some of New York’s best musicians, including tenor great Lew Tabakin, jazz vocal legend Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Heath’s big band, as well as with his brother Albert “Tootie” Heath on numerous occasions including engagements at the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, and the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.

Like his twin brother, Matt Fishwick became interested in music at an early age and, together with Steve, entered the thriving Manchester jazz scene a few years later. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and met many like- minded musicians that have since made an impact on the London Jazz scene and internationally; these include Tom Cawley, Gareth Lockrane, Orlando Le Fleming and tenor saxophonist Osian Roberts.

“From cool, slow-burning and moody ensemble pieces to fast-paced, explosive, unison playing”
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22 March, £20
John East Project
John East

"East and the band brought the house down" - City AM

"Vocalist and Hammond player John East leads a fine band" - TIME OUT

John East Hammond Organ and vocals, Mark Fletcher drums, Nigel Price guitar, Steve Pearce bass, Dave Lewis tenor sax, Dan Newson trombone and piano, Trumpet to be announced

The John East Project led by vocalist and organ player John East was formed seven 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) Steve Pearce (bass) Nigel Price (guitar) soon to be announced (trumpet), Daniel Hewson (trombone and piano) and the great Dave Lewis (tenor sax) are all (or will become) firm Fleece favourites.

Melodic vocal jazz with blistering solos driven on by the distinctive Hammond sound is sure to give us a night to remember. It certainly did the last time the project graced the Fleece Jazz Stage.

Come share a great evening with John East on Hammond and vocals and his stellar band.
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29 March, £18
Sean Khan Quartet
Sean Khan

Sean's blissful and gifted alto sax playing demonstrates a rare technical prowess an understanding of Jazz history and a raging determination to carve out it's future.

Sean’s second album was described simply by Jazzwise as “Stunning”, the acclaim and success of this album led to Sean and his band playing to sell out crowds at Ronnie Scott’s and The Jazz Cafe.

Sean Kahn – alto & soprano sax, Sam Leake - piano, Lorenzo Bassignani – bass, Laurie Lowe – drums

Sean Khan is a London based saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist who studied classical music at Goldsmiths College during the 90s. Sean has shared a stage with Sun-Ra and Pharoah Sanders collaborator Clifford Jarvis, Bheki Mseleku, Joe Armon-Jones, Binker Golding, Lisa Stansfield, and even the Beastie Boys.

Sam Leake is a London based Jazz Pianist and a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. His performance credits include playing with Stan Sulzmann, US Electric Bass virtuoso Janek Gwizdala, a duet with John Taylor and supporting Benny Golson at Ronnie Scotts.

Lorenzo Bassignani was born in Varese, Italy,in 1978. Studied with Marco Conti in Italy, Steve Watts and Geoff Gascoyne in London. His professional career started in Italy. He later moved to London and began performing all over the world at venues such as Pizza Express, 606 Club, Tokyo Opera House.

Laurie Lowe has been playing drums since the age of six and has gained experience with many different artists in many different genres of music. Laurie has gone on to play with some of the top jazz musicians in the country such as Robert Mitchell, Panacea, Gilad Atzmon, Nicolas Meier, Jim Mullen and many others.

Sean is seen as one of the Jazz scene’s key pioneers. His first visit to Fleece Jazz should be one to remember.
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5 April, £20
Fletch's Brew
Mark Fletcher

Across evolving line ups the central ethos of the "Brew" remains commitment to spontaneity, whether playing original compositions or new arrangements across the jazz styles.
Mark Fletcher drums, Jim Hunt tenor sax, Jim Watson keyboards, Laurence Cottle bass
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12 April, £18
Sara Oschlag Quartet
Sara Oschlag

A unique and individual voice making interesting material effortlessly her own. A singer with a natural musicians ear and a beautiful sense of swing.
Sara Oschlag vocals, Tony Kofi sax, Jason Henson guitar, Dan Shepperd bass
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19 April, £20
Ant Law Quintet
Ant Law

Described as "An innovator" and "A gamechanger" by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant lives in London and leads his quintet, dubbed “An exciting band to hear live" by John Fordham.

Ant Law – guitar, Michael Chillingworth – sax Ivo Neame – piano, Tom Farmer – bass, James Maddren drums

Ant law was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. From a young age he was exposed to early blues and rock 'n' roll and Arabic music. He began playing piano and guitar around the age of 8. Ant has played in Tim Garland's band with Jason Rebello & Asaf Sirkis and won the Jazzwise Best Album award. He is a member of Trio HLK touring with Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Michael Chillingworth is a London based saxophonist and clarinetist. Over the years He has worked with many fine musicians including Kit Downes, Jim Hart, Stan Sulzmann, Gareth Lockrane, James Maddren, and many others Ivo Neam is an award-winning pianist and composer. In addition to leading his own bands, he is a vital cog in several of European jazz’s most forward-lookinggroups. He has performed and recorded with top musicians around the world.

Tom Farmer is most renowned as one quarter of the hugely acclaimed international touring quartet Empirical. He has also graced the Jon Lloyd group.

James Maddren was born in Sussex into a musical family. From a young age he was playing the Cello, piano and Drums. He later focused on drums and percussion and performed in many contrasting bands and orchestras.

"How refreshing is this Englishman who romps in the border areas between the bop and modern jazz guitar of the post Peter Bernstein-generation, it's self-assured and thoroughly convincing." Jazz Podium (Germany)
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26 April, £18
Christian Brewer Quartet
Christian Brewer

Bebop influenced, contemporary sounding player, Christian plays with great fluency and has a clear lyrical and soulful sound.
Christian Brewer saxophone, Leon Greening piano, Adam King bass, Matt Skelton drums
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