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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.
Nigel Price guitar, Jim Watson organ, Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor sax, Joel Barford drums
Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel Price toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader.
Jim Watson is a freelance Pianist, Keyboardist Composer and Improviser. He studied at Leeds College of Music (BA Hons) then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. London/Suffolk based he is currently working with Manu Katche. Recent work includes Sting, Katie Melua, Richard Bona, Raul Midon, Zero 7, Incognito, Meshell Ndegeocello amongst others.
Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. Now London based, he has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash. Internationally, he has appeared with a variety of top performers.
Joel Barford is a 21 year old freelance drummer based in London. Joel is primarily a jazz drummer and has played with a variety of people such as Alex Hitchcock, Ross Stanley, Sam Leak, Tom Seals, NYJO, Nigel Price, CC Smugglers, Dave Swift, Derek Nash, John Etheridge, Conor Chaplin, Nick Costley-White, Alex Ridout, Pete Long, Liane Carroll and many more. Joel has played established venues and festivals such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Jazz Club, 606 Club, North Sea Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival and more across UK and Europe.
A great band led by a brilliant guitarist – well worth braving the winter weather for.
AND COMING NEXT
Alan Barnes saxes, Robin Aspland piano, Arnie Somogyi bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums
Whatever the instrument, Alan plays it hard and fast and with the sort of inventive flexibility and invention that ensures that he has his own sound and style.
The young Alan Barnes was recognized – and hired – by the established greats of the time. But he is equally respected for his longstanding and fruitful collaborations with contemporaries such as David Newton, Bruce Adams, and Martin Taylor. He has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone.
After working with various bands in the Leeds area, Robin Aspland moved to London in 1984. He became very well known in UK jazz circles, playing with resident and visiting artists. He continued to build a reputation as an excellent and inventive soloist on a range of keyboards.
Arnie Somogy first took up the violin at the age of 5. By the time he was 14 he was playing bass guitar. Five years later he was playing with Portishead's Adrian Utley and later with Tommy Chase. An outstanding bass talent, musician, bandleader, composer, presenter, and music lecturer.
Dutch drummer Sebastiaan de Krom started playing drums at age three. He received his frst lessons from his father. He later went to the Berkley School of Music, where he received lessons by John Ramsey, Joe Hunt, and Jon Hazilla among others. He has played with Guy Barker, Tommy Smith, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, among many others.
"Barnes, plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz." - John L. Walters, The Guardian.
As ever, a gig not to be missed.