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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the September through December 2016 season

with the one and only Barb Jungr,
Tony Kofi brings his saxophone genius
and the master drummer Jeff Williams brings his own band.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Ryan Quigley Quintet
Ryan Quigley


Ryan has assembled an all-star line up for his new recording "What Doesn't Kill You" (Whirlwind)

Ryan Quigley trumpet, Paul Booth sax, Geoffrey Keezer piano, Michael Janisch bass, Clarence Penn drums

Ryan Quigley is one of the premier trumpeters in the UK known for his talents as both a world class lead player and virtuosic improvisor. He's been featured with the upper echelon of big bands (Quincey Jones, Robbie Williams), symphonies & orchestras (BBC, Scottish Royal, Metropole), and pop and jazz stars (The Bad Plus, Kurt Elling, Aretha Franklin) around the world. As a composer and small band leader he has won multiple awards in the UK including the Parliamentary Award for band of the year.

He has assembled an all-star line up for his new recording What Doesn't Kill You (Whirlwind) which is touring in September 2016 in support of the release. With Paul Booth (tenor sax), along with one of the most exciting rhythm sections to tour the UK in years: Americans Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Michael Janisch (double bass), and Clarence Penn (drums).
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Alison Rayner Quintet
Alison Rayner

Alison's driving force skilfully guides this stunning band

Alison Rayner bass, Steve Lodder piano, Deirdre Cartwright guitar, Diane McLoughlin saxophone, Buster Birch drums

For the past two years ARQ has built a substantial and wide ranging audience for their *deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz* (Jazz UK). They released their first album "August" to critical acclaim with Arts Council England Grants for the Arts support for their new project "A Magic Life".

Alison Rayner has had a lengthy career as a bass player and composer, touring and recording with Afro-Latin group the Guest Stars in the 80 s; and working with a myriad of jazz stars, with Tal Farlow, Ian Shaw, Jean Toussaint and John Etheridge, to name a few.

Alison is supported by a wonderful band: pianist Steve Lodder guitarist Deirdre Cartwright Diane McLoughlin, saxophone and drummer Buster Birch.

The new album "A Magic Life" will be released in November 2016 and is bursting with melodic and harmonic references. It follows on from the success of their acclaimed debut album August, with it's funky grooves and influences of roots and folk musics.
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23 September, £15 buy Kate Shortt tickets
Kate Shortt
Kate Shortt

"Wacky ebullient cellist with wide ranging vocals" The Stage
"A remarkable cellist - John Fordham
"Wicked and very funny" - JA

Kate Shortt ~ vocals, piano, cello & maybe organ

Kate is a unique talent who sings rap, romantic ballards or high opera, with with her tongue in her cheek! She has great musical ability on piano, organ or cello. She delivers self-penned, keenly observed humorous songs, in a show laced with impressions. She continues to do extraordinary things with the cello from serious classical, through improvised jazz to seriously improvised comedy! Kate also does frighteningly implausible things with her face, contorting it in a way that makes “flexible” sound like a serious understatement.

Think Victoria Wood, think Jim Tavare think Kate Shortt! Same league, without question. If you have seen Kate, you will surely come to this gig, if not, do come and see what you've been missing!
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30 September, £20 buy Barb Jungr tickets
Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr

Passionate, original & inventive interpretation of jazz and soul: Magnificent

Barb Jungr vocals, Barry Green piano, Davide Mantovani bass


Last May, Barb’s Fleece performance, featuring Dylan and Leonard Cohen songs, generated a rapturous reception and a long queue for her CD “Hard Rain”.

Driving on a motorway somewhere in the East (was it from our gig?) Barb decided she wanted to make a recording in New York. The result was a collaboration, with Grammy winning American pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood, to produce the 2016 CD “Shelter From The Storm” with Jungr - Hobgood originals, plus songs by Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Dave Bowie, Sondheim & Bernstein and Rogers & Hammerstein. This year, Barb’s program comprises mostly material from this CD.

Barb has the brilliant pianist Barry Green and stunning bassist David Mantovani to support her.

"Bob Dylan, jazz, northern soul, Nina Simone and continental Europe’s cabaret music perform a subtle dance in Jungr’s consciousness." - The Guardian
"Barb Jungr is the alchemist among jazz singers. She takes dubious songs, and turns them into gold. And she takes songs we already knew were gold, and makes them interestingly different." - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph.
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7 October, £18
Tony Kofi & The Organisation
Tony Kofi

Multi instrumentalist's stonking quartet
Tony Kofi saxes, Pete Whitaker Hammond B3, Peter Cater drums, Simon Fernsby guitar
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14 October, £15
Chris Allard
Chris Allard

A *hip* approach to modern jazz, masterful and original
Chris Allard guitar, Oli Hayhurst bass, Charlie Wood keys and vocals Nick Smalley drums
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21 October, £0
A NIGHT OFF!

Watch telly or do the ironing but do be here next week - please

28 October, £15
Tassos Spiliotopoulos
Tassos Spiliotopoulos

Sweden based Athenian and former Londoner brings something truly new to jazz

Tassos Spiliotopoulos guitar,Orjan Hulten sax, Pelle Sollinger bass, Fredrik Rundqvist drums

"Compelling guitarist Spiliotopoulos creates dark, modal jazz... a band and a guitarist to watch out for." - Time Out, London

Tassos has worked extensively with the Israeli born drummer and composer and Fleece favourite, Asaf Sirkis and appeared on several of his albums. Others with whom Spiliotopoulos has worked with in the UK include Yaron Stavi, Gary Husband, Gareth Lockrane, John Turville, and fellow guitarists John Parricelli and John Etheridge. "Archipelagos" featured a guest appearance on trumpet by the late, great Kenny Wheeler.

"...Guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos, a six-string shredder clearly influenced by Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin, flaunts some impressive chops..." Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

The brilliant Pelle, Orjen and Fredrik complete this superb band.
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4 November, £18
Jay Phelps
Jay Phelps

A fiery, swinging and very exciting quartet quartet led by a former Tomorrow's Warrior and Empirical star
Jay Phelps trumpet Rick Simpson piano Mark Lewandowski bass Shane Forbes drums
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11 November, £15
Alice Zawadzki Trio
Alice Zawadzki

"A genuine original" - The Guardian
"Something of a phenomenon" - MOJO
Alice Zawadzki vocals and violin, Kit Downes piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado bass
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18 November, £18
Paul Baxter: Seven pieces of silver
Seven pieces of silver

A very classy septet led by a master bassist celebrating the great Horace Silver
Paul Baxter bass, James Lancaster trumpet, John Mckillup tenor sax, Stuart Macdonald alto and baritone sax, Andrzej Baranek piano, Matt Ball trombone, Paul Smith drums.
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25 November, £18
Jeff Williams Quartet
Jeff Williams

"Powerful, energetic and unsettling jazz with a lot of
warmth and soul at its core" - Jazz Podium
Jeff Williams drums, Kit Downes piano, Josh Arcoleo sax, Sam Lasserson bass
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2 December, £18
Jazz At The Movies
Joanna Eden

Joanna Eden vocals, Mark Crooks reeds, Chris Ingham piano, George Double drums, Arnie Somogyi bass
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9 December, £15
Sarah Gillespie Quartet
Sarah Gillespie

"From 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
Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Kit Downes piano, James Maddren drums, Ben Bastin BAsS
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16 December, £20
Sarah Jane Morris
Sarah Jane Morris

River deep, mountain high, a truly magnificent voice
Sarah Jane Morris vocals, Tony Remy guitar, Henry Thomas bass, Tim Cansfield guitar
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23 December, £20
The Alan Barnes Octet
The spirit of Alan past

PRESENTS: A Jazz Christmas Carol * A treat for anyone who loves music, literature or Christmas!
Alan Barnes REEDS and READs (geddit?), Bruce Adams trumpet, Mark Nightingale trombone, Robert Fowler sax and clarinet, Karen Sharpe sax and clarinet, David Newton piano, Simon Thorpe bass, Clark Tracey drums
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