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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.
John Donaldson Piano, Greg Heath Tenor Sax, Jason Yarde Alto Sax, Graeme Flowers Trumpet/Flugel, Simon Thorpe Bass, Tristan Banks Drums
The Hastings based Hexagonal collective was formed late in 2016, to feature the music of the composer/pianists McCoy Tyler and Bheki Mseleku. The group has performed at major festivals and clubs. Its first album, “McCoy and Mseleku” was released in September.
"The band is impressively hip, with the collective chops to glide through complex rhythms and gentle Latin grooves! - Peter Jones, London Jazz News
McCoy Tyler, born in Philadelphia in 1938, was playing with Art Farmer and John Coltrain in the 1960s. Bheki Mseleku was born in Durban South African in 1955 and moved to London in 2006.
John Donaldson’s arrangements bring out the African-ness of both composers and the links between their styles. John and Simon toured with Mseleku in the last years of his life and Jason has worked with McCoy, enabling the sextet to convey the genuine feel of the music.
"John Donaldson’s piano style – dynamic, exciting, heavy with dense left hand chording and fluttering pentatonic runs – has drawn comparisons with that of McCoy Tyner" - Eddie Myer, Jazz Views
"Yarde has rarely played better....his sax improvising has quietly blossomed to world class" - Guardian of 606 club session.
AND COMING NEXT
John Etheridge Guitars, Pete Whittaker Organ, George Double Drums
Londoner John was inspired by Joe Pass, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, and Django Reinhardt. He has toured with Stephan Grappelli. Other he has gigged with include Nigel Kennedy, Keith Tippet, and John Williams as well as jazz greats.
Blyth Spirits came about through John’s love of the perennially attractive combination of Electric Guitar and Organ .They have a take on this combination in a way that connects with the intense bluesy side of John’s playing . You will find elements of swing elements, with soulful ballads and fiery funk.
Pete Whittaker was active in the Wolverhampton youth music scene, playing guitar and an old electric piano. Pete’s love of jazz came to the fore when he was a student at UEA, where he went on to do an MSc in electroacoustic composition. He was greatly influenced by Jimmy Smith.
George Double toured with rock bands in the 1990s and more recently performs regularly at Ronnie Scotts, He has worked with a string of jazz greats including Alan Barns, Don Weller and Tina May. He is active in education and is drum consultant for Trinity College. He is also advises two Jazz clubs in the East.
"He can coax the gentlest melody in harmonics from an acoustic guitar, and he can out-rage the wildest heavy rocker." - Peter Bacon, Birmingham Post.