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Thanks to all from the hotel, committee, friends and helpers, and not
least the wonderful musicians for a stunning 25th anniversary gig on
Sunday 4 March. Pictures on our Gallery Page.
AND COMING NEXT
Rob Barron ~ Piano, Nat Steele ~ Vibraphone, Jeremy Brown ~ Bass, Josh Morrison ~ Drums
Rob is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as " of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation." Rob Barron started playing the piano at the age of five and in his teens, was performing his first gigs with a local band. He moved to Leeds in 2000 to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music. During his time in Leeds he played with Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland and Soweto Kinch. He has played with many other Jazz luminaries and with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.
Nat Steele is a jazz vibraphone player and drummer, who has been described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Self-taught, and following in the style of Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel.
Jeremy Brown has work in Peter King's quartet and pianist Julian Joseph's trio. He is much in demand in the UK and Europe backing performers and working as the regular member of many groups including Stacey Kent, the BBC Big Band and the Anita Wardell quartet.
Josh Morisson is a London based drummer who as worked with several bands, particularly pianist Gabriel Latchin, Steve fishwickand and has recorded and toured with Stacey Kent.
"Pianist Rob Barron was particularly impressive, his spidery, Horace Silver-like runs carving out their own space amongst the rest of the band." - John Fordham
AND COMING NEXT
"...this quartet… could without overstating the case easily be called Band of Virtuosos" - Jazzwise magazine
Mark Fletcher ~ Drums, Freddy Gavita ~ Trumpet, Ross Stanley ~ Organ, Laurence Cottle ~ Bass
In 2010, drumming tour-de-force Mark Fletcher founded Fletch’s Brew, a band which blurs the boundaries of musical styles and surpasses preconceived notions of jazz. Whether playing original compositions or new arrangements from across the jazz canon, their style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bebop, reggae and rock. Mark is a remarkably talented and muscular drummer, capable of subtlety but never better than when leading an all-guns-blazing charge.
Freddie Gavita is an award-winning British trumpeter and composer who has cemented his place as a leading light on the British jazz scene. Freddie leads his own superb quartet who visited us back in June. Once described as “a cross between Kenny Wheeler and Freddie Hubbard”, he has also played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Gregory Porter and Dionne Warwick.
Ross Stanley is a regular at Fleece Jazz and an outstanding talent on the Hammond organ. He is always in high demand, playing with Guy Barker, Lianne Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band.
Laurence Cottle haas been the bassist of choice for some of the biggest names in the entertainment business over a career stretching back thirty years. His remarkable and varied career has spanned gigs with top jazz players – Jim Mullen, Django Bates, Gary Husband, Jason Rebello – as well as some of the biggest names in rock and pop – Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years." - Wynton Marsalis