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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.
Tammy Weis Vocals, Nigel Price Guitar, Julie Walkington Bass. Matt Fisher Drums
"Tammy Weis has the ability to transport you to those great places of emotion. She is a star with true Jazz integrity reminding us of a time of high standards and individuality. With a luscious sound full of feeling she brings a personal identity to a song and is a master of the ballad. Beautiful and sensual it's a voice you could just bathe in. Tammy Weis has the magic of a great and great is what she is." - Julian Joseph.
"Not many people reduce me to tears, but Tammy's song about her mother was the most touching I've ever heard, and her voice is beautiful." - Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour.
Nigel Price is one of our favourite musicians. Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod. He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London.
He has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours (including a 56 date tour in late 2016) and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way.
Julie Walkington started her musical career playing electric bass in the north of England and the USA. She later attended the Guildhall School of Music. She has worked with many of London's top jazz musicians.
Known for his versatility, Matt Fisher is a sought after drummer and percussionist based in London. Matt has performed and collaborated with some of the UK’s most prominent musicians such as; Tina May, Jacqui Dankworth, Najma Akhtar, Nikki Illes, Steve Waterman, Anita Wardell and Christine Tobin. Working in a variety of styles from pop and rock, to jazz and orchestral, Matt has toured and performed around the world including; India, USA, Morocco, Mexico and across Europe. Matt is endorsed by Kandu Percussion.
AND COMING NEXT
Renato d'Aiello Tenor sax, Roberto Rossi Trombone, Mátyás Gayer Piano. Nicola Muresu Bass, Alfonso Vitale Drums
Renalto d’Aiello, born in Napoli in 1959, turned pro in 1986, joining Giovanni Tommaso’s TV big band. The following year he was awarded a scholarship Berklee (Massachusetts). Subsequently he became toured the international jazz scene, with Art Farmer as well as top European musicians. He settled in England.His first performance at the club was in 2002. Despite being frequently invited back, this modest Italian still looks surprised that we enjoy him so much.
"Relaxed, unhurried but imbued with intense warmth tinged with poignancy, D’Aiello’s tenor sound thus prioritises the expression of sentiment…" - Chris Parker, Jazz CD review, Vortex 2007
Italian musicians consider Roberto to be a true master of his instrument. Nicola we know to be a master. We have heard him at Fleece Jazz many times.
Award winning Hungarian pianist Mátyás Gayer and Italian drummer Alfonso Vitale appear weekly with Renalto at Ronnie Scott’s.
Tonight Renalto’s quintet plays the music of Cedar Walton, who was born in Dallas in 1934. By the end of his twenties, Cedar was the hard bop pianist/arranger for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He went on composing and playing jazz into his eighties.