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7 December, £16
Sarah Gillespie

Sarah Gillespie

Gillespie "who joins Bob Dylan's lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap like percussiveness thrown in, is an original" - John Fordham, The Guardian

Sarah Gillespie Vocals & Guitar, Tom Cawley Piano , Chris Montague Guitar, Ruth Goller Bass, Dave Hamblett Drums

Sarah Gillespie, Anglo American singer, songwriter, poet, political commentator and lovely lady was introduced to The Fleece by one of our team of scouts, Gilad Atzmon. Although not strictly pure jazz, who cares? She is brilliant and we are delighted that she keeps coming back. Impossible to pigeon-hole, Sarah is a truly exciting intelligent musician with plenty to say, and a First Class degreein Film and Literature and MA in Politics and Philosophy guarantee that it is worth hearing. She began piano and composing when she was four and took up guitar aged 13, and busking ang gigging in the States at 18, so do not think her youth means inexperience.

Sarah's influences include Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Cole Porter, T.S.Eliot, James Tate and the Beat Poets over a bed rock of early blues and jazz. Mix that together and you have Sarah's latest album Wishbones which was lauched at a sellout concert in the Purcell Rooms in late October this year.

Wishbones has drawn fantastic **** reviews including “achingly pretty and bitter sweet” (The Independent), “streetwise and romantic, tender and tough” (Daily Telelgraph) and “a beat poet adventurer who strays beyond the bounds of singer-songwriter” (Mojo). Come and listen before you buy.

Sarah is joined by pianist Tom Cawley, a favourite at the club. Chris Montague of Troyka fame, regularly plays with Kit and exciting Italian bassist Ruth Goller (check her out with Accoustic Ladyland) as well as very talented drummer Dave Hamblett. All in all, an excellent outfit to support Sarah's genius.

Do not miss "an incandescent new presence with superior lyrics" The Guardian ****

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14 December, £20
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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28 December, £25
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.

[The superb Nic France was our drummer.]


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4 January, £18
Chris Ingham and Mark Crooks - Getz: A Musical Portrait

Chris and Mark play Getz

"Ingham has a warm and generous way with music..his style is based on rhythmic presence and dynamic propulsion" - Downbeat

Chris Ingham piano, Mark Crooks tenor sax, Arnie Somogyi bass, George Double drums

Stan Getz is one of the great heros of modern jazz. A tenorist with an instantly spottable tone, Stan was an influence on many, particularly the Grammy award people who gave him five!

To discover the life and music of this great musician, you will find no better people than Chris and Mark. Chris Ingham is a sought after pianist (see the Downbeat quote), but also a musical scholar with a subtle sense of humour and an engaging connection with an audience.

Mark Crooks has graced our stage many times. He is supremely versatile, his playing is melodic and flowing, and his last CD, "How my Heart Sings", was released to critical acclaim. He has an abiding love for Getz's music.

Arnie Somogyi on bass and George Double on drums are the perfect backline pair for this gig.

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11 January, £20
Toni Kofi and the Organisation: Point Blank

Tony Kofi

*A killer band with real bite* - Jazzwise
Tony Kofi saxophone, Pete Whittaker organ, Simon Fernsby guitar, Pete Cater drums

From a CD review of “Point Blank” bye Adrian Pallant:
“The sight of Tony Kofi picking up baritone sax never fails to produce a tremor of excitement – and on Point Blank, he and The Organisation fervently explore the post-bop jazz repertoire through ten choice numbers from ten artists/composers, including Wes Montgomery, McCoy Tyner, Henry Mancini and Jimmy Smith.
The Organisation – guitarist Simon Fernsby, organist Pete Whittaker and drummer Peter Cater – began life as a London-based organ trio, over a decade ago; and it was only a fortuitous depping opportunity in 2010 which brought Kofi into the mix (shortly after he had recorded in the US with Ornette Coleman), establishing this fine and peppy quartet line-up.”

Tony Kofi is a British Jazz multi-instrumentalist born of Ghanaian parents, a player of the Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor saxophones and flute. Having 'cut his teeth' in the "Jazz Warriors" of the early 90's, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi has gone on to establish himself as a musician, teacher and composer of some authority. As well as performing and recording with Gary Crosby's "Nu-Troop" and "Jazz Jamaica", Tony's playing has also been a feature of many bands and artists he has worked/recorded with include "US-3" The World Saxophone Quartet, Courtney Pine, and Ornette Coleman.

London-based jazz organist Pete Whittaker became fascinated with the Hammond organ after hearing the classic 1960s jazz recordings by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Jack McDuff. After a few years touring the western world with rock bands, Pete has in recent times been involved with several jazz projects including UK saxophonist Theo Travis' "Double Talk" and guitarist John Etheridge's "Blue Spirits". Pete is also regular member of the Nigel Price Organ Trio.

Simon Fernsby moved to London in the early 80's. Initially working on the the rock and pop scene he has toured extensively in the UK, Europe, Scandanavia the former Yugoslavia, the US Canada and Japan. Headlining such prestigious venues as The Royal Abert Hall, the Forum, Paris Olympia, the Whiskey a go go and the Universal Amphitheatre Los Angeles. He has multiple TV and radio credentials, and has played with a huge range of fine international musicians.

"A gifted and versatile drummer, at home in any context"(Rough Guide to Jazz) Pete Cater is a natural self-taught drummer who has been playing since infancy. Pete first formed his own big band when still in his teens and of more recent years the Pete Cater Big Band has released three highly acclaimed Cds, broadcast on Radio 3, appeared at major jazz festivals across the UK, and they are doing an ongoing UK wide series of concerts commemorating the music of the late, great Buddy Rich. Pete’s big band expertise sees him in regular demand with a variety of large ensembles including the BBC big Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra. Pete remains in demand as a freelance player and educator with special emphasis on jazz and improvisation.

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