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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.
Please note that Friends of Fleece Jazz get a £4 discount when purchasing a ticket.
Just see Peter at the merchandise desk to find out about becoming a Friend.
Alan Barnes saxes, Robin Aspland piano, Arnie Somogyi bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums
Whatever the instrument, Alan plays it hard and fast and with the sort of inventive flexibility and invention that ensures that he has his own sound and style.
The young Alan Barnes was recognized – and hired – by the established greats of the time. But he is equally respected for his longstanding and fruitful collaborations with contemporaries such as David Newton, Bruce Adams, and Martin Taylor. He has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone.
After working with various bands in the Leeds area, Robin Aspland moved to London in 1984. He became very well known in UK jazz circles, playing with resident and visiting artists. He continued to build a reputation as an excellent and inventive soloist on a range of keyboards.
Arnie Somogy first took up the violin at the age of 5. By the time he was 14 he was playing bass guitar. Five years later he was playing with Portishead's Adrian Utley and later with Tommy Chase. An outstanding bass talent, musician, bandleader, composer, presenter, and music lecturer.
Dutch drummer Sebastiaan de Krom started playing drums at age three. He received his frst lessons from his father. He later went to the Berkley School of Music, where he received lessons by John Ramsey, Joe Hunt, and Jon Hazilla among others. He has played with Guy Barker, Tommy Smith, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, among many others.
"Barnes, plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz." - John L. Walters, The Guardian.
As ever, a gig not to be missed.
AND COMING NEXT
Basil Hodge piano, Ed Jones tenor sax, Oli Hayhurst bass, Winston Clifford drums
Pianist and composer, Basil Hodge has thrilled audiences throughout the UK for over 20 years with his charming compositions and emotional hard swinging performances. With two critically acclaimed recordings under his belt, this project will showcase Basil's new compositions and the evolution of his older ones. Championed by no less a figure than Julian Joseph, Basil has forged a solid reputation in British jazz, having played with some of the leading UK players such as Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O'Higgins, Pete Wareham and Renato D'Aiello.
UK jazz saxophonist/composer, Ed Jones works in the UK and internationally on a wide range of his own projects and collaborations. His experience as a sideman reflects his diverse interests. Over the past decade he has performed with U.S jazz musicians George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Charles Earland, Horace Silver, Clifford Jarvis and Dr Lonnie Smith. “A formidable saxophonist... an improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination . . ." (John Fordham, The Guardian.)
Oli Hayhurst has a beautiful, warm tone on the bass and plays melodically, underpinned by a driving rhythmic feel. He has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000. He has played with Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Zoe Rahman and Pharoah Sanders.
A firm Fleece favourite, Winston Clifford, is one of the most in-demand drummers on the jazz scene to date. His playing is free from the usual restraints of stylistic expectations and a true reflection of listening and responding in the moment. This approach has led him to play with Carleen Anderson, Stanley Turrentine, Archie Shepp and Freddie Hubbard among others.
"Hodge generates more piano power...his starry front liners frequently lock horns in a harmonic manner reminiscent of Horace Silver's groups." - Chris Yates, Jazz UK