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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.
Tina May vocals, Robin Aspland piano, Arnie Somogyi bass, Steve Brown drums
Tina May first played the Fleece in ... well, a long time ago, in the last millenium. I believe this might be the 22nd time she has graced our stage, which is neat as, to date, she has released 22 albums of her own and many collaborations. The show will feature songs from the latest “Cafe Paranoia” which includes lyrics by Mark Murphy and Tina and compositions by German pianist Andy Lutter, sometime collaborator with Murphy. Apart from celebrating Murphy it will also include songs from Berlin, Paris and Broadway.”
To give a flavour of what to expect, Peter Jones (London Jazz News) calls it “a complete delight, stuffed with … gorgeous melodies.....Some of the material is tricky, yet May carries it off in a light, hip, effortless style...I have never heard her sing better.” We agree wholeheartedly that Tina has blossomed as a performer. Her last performance at the Fleece was relaxed, totally engaging and a joy to witness.
Tina is essentially part of part of the Fleece family and that connection, built over the years, gives the sense of someone playing to goood friends with confidence, fun and pure enjoyment. To fully understand the magic, you have to be there.
Over the years Tina has been accompanied by a large number of talented musicians. Tonight is no exception. Initially I started writing individual notes for Robin, Arnie and Steve, all themselves Fleece stalwarts, but realised I was effectively saying the same thing for each. They are all hugely talented musicians, they improvise with flair as part of a band, never seeking to dominate their collaborators and they listen as though their lives depend on it.
Finally a quote from Tina herself: “Swinging melodies with a great band. What's not to like” P.S. I [John Anderson] genuinely am flying back from Greece for this gig.
AND COMING NEXT
Frank Williams ~ Tenor Sax, Alastair Gavin ~ Piano, Cameron Pierre ~ Guitar, Raph Mizraki Bass, Kofi Oheneba Adu ~ Drums
There is nothing in the world like the sound of South African jazz played by guys who have it in their souls. The rhythms are irresitable. Frank Williams left South Africa in 1978 and made his name in the UK in the 1980s playing with fellow South African jazz exiles in Chris McGregor's legendary Brotherhood of Breath and, later, Dudu Pukwana's Zila. It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome back Frank's quintet.
Alastair Gavin is well known in these parts not least for his gigs with Sarah Jane Morris. His mastery of the keyboard is matched by his composition and his versatility. He has an impressive body of work having recorded with many household names and his extensive CV includes being the MD of a hit musical on both sides of the pond.
Cameron Pierre was born in London, spent his early years in Dominica before returning to the UK, coicidently in 1978. has gone on to work with Courtney Pine, Pee Wee Ellis, Orphy Robinson, Mighty Sparrow, Ernest Ranglin, David Rudder, Andy Narell, Alex Wilson, Mario Conange, Sarah Jane Morris, Byron Wallen, Jazz Jamaica, Dennis Rollins, to name a few.
Although classically trained as a cellist, Raph Mizraki kicked off his professional musical career at the age of 14 as a drummer and pianist. Since that time he has honed his skills on an extraordinary range of instruments and is now widely regarded as one of the finest jazz bass players in the country. Some ighlights in a career spanning over three decades include playing percussion for Kaboodie Theatre, Pan Projects and Tara Arts; playing keyboards for Nigerian jazz artist Gasper Lawal and the Oro Band; playing drums for Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band; and playing bass for Hassan Erraji and Arabesque, for Todd Sharpeville and the Blues Barons, and for Jamie Cullum.
Kofi Adu was co-founder of the seminal Hi-Life International band and has a long discography, including work with King Onyina, Anansi,Trevor Watts and Boombaya.
All music should be the joy that this group delivers.