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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.
David Newton Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Winston Clifford Drums
David Newton, 13 years elected “Best British Jazz Pianist”, was born in Glasgow. He studied piano at Leeds College of Music & Dance, where he is now a Fellow and a Principle Lecturer in Jazz Piano.
After working in Yorkshire and Scotland, Dave moved to London in 1987, soon working with Leeds contemporary Alan Barns, guitarist Martin Taylor, and Carol Kid, as well as top visiting musicians.
In 1993, in the Boxford Fleece, Dave gave our Club’s first ever gig, in partnership with Mick Hanson. Dave has played for us many times since, and advised on the purchase of the Club’s current piano. Dave is our Honourary Presidente.
Of Newton 'The Jazz Man' writes "A genuine spirit of fun and musical adventure seemed to imbue these explorations”.
Simon Thorpe is resident near Hastings. He was recently here with Hexagonal and with Ben Clatworthy. His rich melodic bass sound makes him a Fleece favourite. He has been playing with the greats of jazz for over 25 years, and has his own London swing band “Jivin' Miss Daisy”.
Winston Clifford is also a British Jazz Award winner. He is from Islington and studied under Trevor Tomkins at Guildhall School of Music. Winston’s many gigs here includes ones with Toni Kofi and Roger Beaujolais. He is renowned for drumming with great sensitivity to his fellow musicians. He can also a stunning blues singer.
Dave is one of our nation's treasured pianists, and is joined by two other world class guys.
AND COMING NEXT
Kevin Flanagan Tenor sax, David Gordon Piano, Tom Hooper Drums, Joel Humann Bass
Kevin comes from Lowell, Mass. USA.. He settled in the UK in the mid-80’s and worked on the London jazz and pop scene, playing and recording with B.B.King, Paul Weller, and members of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols and Portishead, as well as various West African High Life and salsa groups. He became primarily involved in jazz, playing with his own group and others at festivals in the UK such as Glastonbury, Brecon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Brighton and major festivals in Europe. He has had works commissioned and performed by orchestras in London and Cambridge.
Dave plays both with Riprap and with his own trio, and for him jazz and Baroque music have remained equally irresistible forces. Dave also works as a solo improviser with the London Contemporary Dance School, as a harpsichordist with the Academy of Ancient Music and other Baroque orchestras and in New Zealand and Australia as a recitalist. He writes not only for his trio, but also for BBC Radio 3, and has recorded CD’s with his crossover band Respectable Groove and the band Zum. Dave is also currently working with Chris Garrick and the singer Jacqui Dankworth.
Tom began playing professionally at age 14, performing with local band's and doing summer season pit work. Tom embarked on a professional career that has taken him all over the world performing and recording with many artists including Grace Jones, Simple Minds, Skye (singer with Morcheeba) , John Dankworth OBE, Christian Garrick, Kinobe, Stroke, Omar, The Kairos Ensemble, Ben Earle, Alwyn Wall and Norman Barratt and many more.
The bass playing of Joel Humann when we last saw him was something of a revelation. His solos ranged from prayerful to driving up tempo.
"I have to say the concert was absolutely amazing, the quality of the musicianship ... created a wonderful atmosphere. One of the best groups on the circuit, watch this space.” – Pasco-Q Kevlin (Theatre Manager, Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex.)