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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.
Dave Lewis Tenor Sax, Lizzie Dean Vocals, Al Cherry Guitar, Robin Aspland Piano, Neville Malcolm Bass, Rod Youngs Drums
We were blessed with Dave Lewis's playing in March. He is one amazing player. Dave leads UP’ with raw, lyrical emotion and a horn full of funk. His sound is steeped in the Blues – his St. Louis roots come through. Amongst others, Dave has performed, recorded or toured with John Martyn, Lamont Dozier, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall and Eric Clapton & The Blockheads.
Soulful intensity – searing blues vocals – Lizzie Deantotally embodies the spirit of a song. Amongst others Lizzie has performed/recorded/toured with: Pee Wee Ellis & Fred Wesley (JB Horns), Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris, Jocelyn Brown, Belinda Carlisle & Boy George
Al Cherry great jazz guitarist with real blues and rock credentials – with his left-hand Telecaster Al tells it the way it is. Amongst others Al has performed/recorded/ toured with Albert Lee, Paloma Faith, Lisa Stansfield, Cat Stevens, Darryll Jones (Rolling Stones), Deodato & Percy Sledge.
Robin Aspland has played for us many times. He is something of a key's wizard. Robin brings passion, lyricism and rhythmic drive to everything he plays. Amongst manyothers Robin has performed/recorded/ toured with Van Morrison, George Coleman, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Curtis Stigers & Arturo Sandoval.
Newille Malcolm says, "I love the blues. I've got the blues, but I smile". 'Level-Neville' is bass-ability personified Amongst others, Neville has performed/recorded /toured with Roy Ayers, Joss Stone, Billy Cobham, Gregory Porter, Tom Jones, Mavis Staples and George Benson.
From Washington D.C., Rod Youngs lays it down with passion and authority. He plays the deepest grooves – he can really make it cook. It will be great to see his mastery again. Amongst others, Rod has performed, recorded or toured with Gil Scott-Heron, Hugh Masekela, Angela Bofil, Ronnie Laws, Jon Hendricks, Bennie Maupin & Natalie Cole.
The band lays down the deepest grooves with space for virtuosic improvisation and breathtaking interplay.
AND COMING NEXT
Rory Ingham Trombone, Dominic Ingham Violin/Vocals, Toby Comeau Piano/Keyboard, Joe Lee Bass, Jonny Mansfield Drums
Chosen in the Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018 in Jazzwise, Bonsai (formerly known as Jam Experiment) are an award winning band that are based in London, UK. Formed in 2014 , they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK including London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Ronnie Scott's. They released their irresistible debut album "Jam Experiment" in 2017 followed by a 40 date UK Tour! In the Summer of 2018 they embarked upon a European tour, including appearances in Rome, Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest.
The lineup includes the winner of Rising Star in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, trombonist Rory Ingham, his brother Dominic Ingham on violin and voice, Toby Comeau on piano/keyboard, Joe Lee on bass, and Jonny Mansfield (Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize winner) on drums.
Bonsai's sound is dynamic jazz fusion balanced with intricate compositions and adventurous improvisations negotiated through mutual admiration for each other. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; through this process they've challenged their own musical boundaries. Given that the Ingham brothers have been playing together for nearly 20 years, when the unusual frontline of trombone/violin/vocals is met with the ferociously high octane rhythm section, the ensemble has an electric synergy that results in pure musical gold. This concert is part of a 20 - date UK album launch tour - to be released in May 2019 on Ubuntu Music!
"Their ability to connect with the audience was exceptional...This band are bound for great things. A joy!" Claire Martin OBE, presenter of Jazz Line-Up on BBC Radio 3