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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.
AND COMING NEXT
Art Themen Sax, Pete Whittaker Organ, George Double Drums
Art started playing Jazz when reading medicine at Cambridge. In the 1960s London he was playing blues, with Alexis Korner. In the early 70s he was in interactive group of London musicians that included Don Rendell, Ian Carr, Michael Garrick, and Norma Winston. Art toured and recorded with Stan Tracy for 20 years, including with Don Weller, Peter King, and Henry Lowther.
At the 2018 London Jazz fest he formed a quintet with younger generation trumpeter Laura Jurd.
Pete Whittaker was active in the Wolverhampton youth music scene, playing guitar and an old electric piano. His 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.
"Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple ... Themen has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations." - John Fordham
AND COMING NEXT
Joanna Eden Vocals/Piano, Gerry Hunt Reeds, Russell Swift Bass, George Double Drums
Joanna Eden approaches the songs of Stephen Sondheim from a jazz- influenced perspective, backed by the George Double Trio. Acclaimed singer and mentor to Oscar and Grammy winner Sam Smith, Joanna Eden approaches the songs of Stephen Sondheim from her own, jazz-influenced and heart-filled perspective. Joanna has graced the Fleece Jazz stage with evenings of the work of Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz at the Movies. A beautiful voice and perfect intonation coupled with great musicianship make quite a singer.
Jerry Hunt is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist on guitar, saxophone and various members of the string, wind and percussion families. Styles include rock, jazz, folk and classical. A composer for various theatre groups including The National Theatre and currently a member of performing groups such as The Grand Union Orchestra, The Hot Orange Big Band, Joanna Eden Group and the Medusa Saxophone Quartet.
Russell Swift has been a professional bassist for over 25 years, with a C.V. far to long to put here. Russell is also an Orchestral and Tour manager.
George Double's playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Grammy Award Winner Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle. His West End and touring theatre record includes stints on Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Sinatra and Anything Goes. He is active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London and elsewhere as a freelancer (with John Etheridge, Digby Fairweather, Ray Gelato, Ian Shaw, Derek Nash, Alan Barnes, Scott Hamilton, Tina May, Don Weller, Art Themen, The Joe Loss Orchestra and many others). He is also curator of Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs.
The combination of Joanna's musicality and the music of Steven Sondheim sends shivers of anticipation up my spine.