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14 September, £25
Sarah-Jane Morris and Antonio Forcione

Sarah and Antonio

They have each been compared to an array of musical geniuses including Janis Joplin and Tom Waits (vocally) as well as Jimi Hendrix (instrumentally) * a comparison Antonio wears with pride. They also exude a wonderful chemistry when performing together.

Sarah Jane Morris vocals, Antonio Forcione guitar.

'Leave your preconceptions at home,' begins one London critic's assessment of sensual singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris. Expect just fantastic singing and intense brilliance. 'Morris does not interpret soul. She is soul, with all its passion and pain, joy and sorrow, hard times and highs.' The Gazette, Montreal.

Sarah Jane trained as an actress at the Central School of Speech and Drama, alongside comedy duo French and Saunders, actor Rupert Everett and film star Kristen Scott-Thomas. She found fame with The Communards and with the BBC ban of her version of Me and Mrs Jones. Since then she has become a world superstar, with hits in Japan, Germany, Greece (two no. 1 's), and Italy, (awarded the key to the city of Verona!), honoured with a European Grammy and won the international San Remo song festival.

Antonio's playing is a thing of wonder, both as a stunning soloist at Fleece Jazz and with Sarah. He is a multi-award winning, charismatic, inventive, mould breaking, genre bending, Hendrix of the acoustic guitar. Recently he has been writing and playing with Sarah in what promises to be one of her best ever partnerships.

Come and see a "flamboyant, idiosyncratic singer on the borders of jazz, soul and pop, she's a majestic if raw-nerved singer of awesome eloquence" The Guardian.

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21 September, £18
Kate Williams Quartet

Kate Williams

"...crisp, incisive and totally at one with the rhythmic ebb and flow." - "Williams has a quality rare among jazz composers: a musical vocabulary that's all her own" The Observer ****

Kate Williams piano, Stan Sulzmann saxophones, Oli Hayhurst bass, David Ingamells drums

Jazz pianist/composer Kate Williams was born in London into a musical family (her father is the guitarist John Williams, her mother a classical pianist). A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer.

She has released several previous CDs, each one to critical acclaim, including 'Made Up' (with her septet) and 'Smoke And Mirrors' (with tenor legend Bobby Wellins - an album that is always very close to my pleyer). Both were in Mojo magazine's top ten jazz albums in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

She was featured at the Pizza Express Steinway 2 - Piano Festival in 2010 , 2011 and 2013 (with Robin Aspland and Nikki Iles respectively), with two of the concerts being broadcast on Radio 3 's Jazz Line Up. Her Four Plus Three album with the Guastalla string quartet has got rave reviews

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader.

Always moving forward, Stan's Neon Quartet sees him amongst some of the UKs most sought-after young musicians, and their latest album *Subjekt* explores Stan's ever-developing musical influences. Stan is also a highly respected composer and arranger; his vibrant big band arrangements have excited and inspired people for the last 25 years, and in 2013 Stan was commissioned to write an original piece for the London Jazz Festival.
Highly in demand as a sideman, Stan has worked with a host of musicians, including: John Taylor, Jim Mullen, Nikki Iles, Mike Gibbs, Marc Copland, Allan Botchinksy, European Jazz Ensemble, Kit Downes, Michael Brecker and Gil Evans. And now with Kate, which will be a magical combination.

Oli Hayhurst has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000 He is involved in a wide range of music playing with stars of jazz, classical and world musics. He has been featured on over 60 albums and toured extensively. He is a firm Fleece Jazz favourite.

David Ingamells was born in 1990 and started to play the drum kit at the age of seven. In 2009 he was awarded a place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Hathaway, Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone. He is currently a Fellow of the Guildhall School. Whilst at the Guildhall, David had the opportunity to play with the Southbank Sinfonia, as well as being involved in several projects featuring musicians such as Mike Gibbs and Nikki Iles. He graduated from the Guildhall in 2013 with a First Class Honours and was awarded both the Chartered Surveyors' Prize and the Yahama Jazz Scholarship in the same year. In addition to concert venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall and St. John's, Smith Square. He has performed in the Isle of Wight, Marlborough and Lillehammer Jazz Festivals, as well as the City of London Festival and the BBC Proms.

*a triumph of integrity and classy musicality* - The Guardian ****

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28 September, £15
Jon Shenoy

Jon Shenoy

Jon Shenoy is ‘A unique multi-instrumentalist, he plays with sophistication, heart and soul and is equally eloquent on each’ - Claire Martin OBE "Shenoy displays a melodic sensibility that bears comparison with any of the great saxophone balladeers of yore." * Bebop Spoken Here
Jon Shenoy tenor sax, Will Bartlett organ, Sam Dunn guitar, Chris Draper drums

Jon Shenoy is a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer/arranger living in South London. A talented improviser and creative spirit, he plays a wide range of music and leads a number of celebrated ensembles. A stylistic chameleon, he makes a prolific contribution towards the contemporary sounds of the London jazz scene.
Will Bartlett read music at St. Peter's college, Oxford, specialising in composition and musical analysis as well as directing the Oxford University jazz orchestra. Since then he has worked as a pianist, educator and composer/arranger with names including Stan Sulzmann, Norman Winstone, Claire Martin and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.
Sam Dunn is a jazz guitarist based in Yorkshire. His playing can be described as 'Contemporary in language and style but strongly influenced by the history of jazz and the guitar. Recent work has seen him playing with fellow guitarist Howard Alden and performing at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London.
Chris Draper grew up as a multi-instrumentalist specialising in both Jazz Trumpet and Classical Percussion studying at The Purcell School of Music and Royal Academy of Music. Known in the UK and abroad as a versatile musician, his credits include The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Mica Paris, Clare Teal, Kyle Eastwood and Soweto Kinch.

‘A total master of all his instruments ...Shenoy can hardly contain the force of his own inventiveness.’ Pete Long (MD. Ronnie Scotts Big Band). Another new name rocks the Brirish Jazz scene. Don’t miss this one.

[David Ingamells depped on drums. Great stuff.]

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5 October, £18
Paul Booth Quartet

Paul Booth

Paul has firmly established himself as an in-demand solo artist, as well as a ‘first call’ sideman for many big names in both the jazz and popular music worlds.
His technical skills are outstanding and is a long standing master of his chosen instrument. His performing style goes far with a deep understanding of the roots of Jazz.

Paul Booth saxophone, Steve Hamilton piano, Dave Whitford bass, Andrew Bain drums

Paul Booth is one of the most in demand saxophonists on the international scene today. He first played tenor saxophone in public at age 11.Still in his teens he was playing with Jazz luminaries such as Spike Robinson. He then studied at the Royal Academy of Music going on to win the award for Most Promising Jazz Player Of The Year Under 21. Since then he has played with many other top Jazz musicians as well as his own groups.

Steve Hamilton studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He then moved to London where he became the most in-demand pianist across the genres performing with legends such as Freddie Hubbard and Gary Burton.

Dave Whitford started playing the bass guitar aged 13. Soon after he held the bass chair in the Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra and found himself working in many musical settings and working with many well known Jazz musicians and playing at all the important venues and festivals.

Ronnie Scott has likened saxophonist Paul Booth's style to that of the late Tubby Hayes - and John Fordham to the lyricism of Stan Getz and John Coltrane. A gig not to be missed.

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12 October, £18
Joanna Eden Quartet: Embraceable Ella

Joanna sings Ella

"The UK's answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones" - Time Out
"Eden's songs have melody, mystery and bite* - Mojo Magazine

Joanna Eden vocals, Chris Ingham piano, Joe Pettitt bass, George Double drums

Joanna Eden presents a 'labour of love' show celebrating the music of her vocal hero Ella Fitzgerald. From the throw-away A Tisket A Tasket which brought Ella to fame in the forties with the Chick Webb Orchestra to later songbook album classics like Porter's Every Time We Say Goodbye and Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me , Eden mines the rich seam of Ella Fitzgerald's unrivalled canon with humility, style and obvious deep affection. Joanna launched Embraceable Ella to much acclaim at the London Jazz Festival 2016 and will be touring this heart-warming collection of songs and anecdotes around jazz clubs and live music venues all over the UK and Europe with her world class band the Chris Ingham Trio.

Lincolnshire born Joanna wrote and performed her first song Happy December age seven. The daughter of a musician and a drama teacher she could read music before she could write, studied piano from age 4 and left university 17 years later with her first tour (with college Indie-band ‘Precious’), an all consuming love of Ella Fitzgerald and a weakness for drummers.
Since then, Joanna has released 4 albums and over 35 original songs.

Multifacited Chris Ingham is a frequent and very welcome player at Fleece Jazz. He composes, arranges, researches, compéres plays piano all to a very high level, and from time to time even sings! We love him whether with his own shows ("Dudley Moore", "Hoagy Charmichael" and others), in smashing trio form or as an accompanist.

I love Joe Pettitt's essay on the Gary Williams website - "How to sing with a big band", not that Joanna needs the advice. Joe is a respected educationalist and a very fine bassist whether standup or electric. He is in demand in a huge range of genres, from classical to pop, but he is a consumate jazz bassist.

George Double's playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Grammy Award Winner Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle. His West End and touring theatre record includes stints on Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Sinatra and Anything Goes.

He is active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and elsewhere as a freelancer (with John Etheridge, Digby Fairweather, Ray Gelato, Ian Shaw, Derek Nash, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Don Weller, Art Themen, The Joe Loss Orchestra and many others). He is also curator of Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs.

Joanna will be bringing her stunning new album 'Truth Tree'. If you like the music of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor and Kate Bush, you will love 'Truth Tree'.

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