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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.
Frank Williams ~ Tenor Sax, Alastair Gavin ~ Piano, Cameron Pierre ~ Guitar, Raph Mizraki Bass, Kofi Oheneba Adu ~ Drums
There is nothing in the world like the sound of South African jazz played by guys who have it in their souls. The rhythms are irresitable. Frank Williams left South Africa in 1978 and made his name in the UK in the 1980s playing with fellow South African jazz exiles in Chris McGregor's legendary Brotherhood of Breath and, later, Dudu Pukwana's Zila. It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome back Frank's quintet.
Alastair Gavin is well known in these parts not least for his gigs with Sarah Jane Morris. His mastery of the keyboard is matched by his composition and his versatility. He has an impressive body of work having recorded with many household names and his extensive CV includes being the MD of a hit musical on both sides of the pond.
Cameron Pierre was born in London, spent his early years in Dominica before returning to the UK, coicidently in 1978. has gone on to work with Courtney Pine, Pee Wee Ellis, Orphy Robinson, Mighty Sparrow, Ernest Ranglin, David Rudder, Andy Narell, Alex Wilson, Mario Conange, Sarah Jane Morris, Byron Wallen, Jazz Jamaica, Dennis Rollins, to name a few.
Although classically trained as a cellist, Raph Mizraki kicked off his professional musical career at the age of 14 as a drummer and pianist. Since that time he has honed his skills on an extraordinary range of instruments and is now widely regarded as one of the finest jazz bass players in the country. Some ighlights in a career spanning over three decades include playing percussion for Kaboodie Theatre, Pan Projects and Tara Arts; playing keyboards for Nigerian jazz artist Gasper Lawal and the Oro Band; playing drums for Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band; and playing bass for Hassan Erraji and Arabesque, for Todd Sharpeville and the Blues Barons, and for Jamie Cullum.
Kofi Adu was co-founder of the seminal Hi-Life International band and has a long discography, including work with King Onyina, Anansi,Trevor Watts and Boombaya.
All music should be the joy that this group delivers.
AND COMING NEXT
"Terrific emotional depth . . . Very entertaining and richly enjoyable." - Peter Jones, Bebop Spoken Here
Tali Atzmon vocals, Gilad Atzmon bass clarinet/soprano sax/accordian/guitar, Yaron Stavi bass, Jenny Bliss viola da gamba/flute/barque violin/vocals
Talinka creates a new, distinctive sound that is at times haunting, connecting with deep moody jazz standards and a new international form of World Music. The unusual choice of instruments and combination of personalities creates an amalgam of past and present, East and West. A natural continuum between ethnic, jazz, tango and Early Music, transcending musical boundaries.
Tali Atzmon was a renowned actress and singer in Israel. She has been described as “an amazingly soulful jazz singer, whose voice captivates while the music weaves a magical spell on the listener, drawing you in." (The Progressive Aspect)
Jenny Bliss is a baroque virtuoso, best known for playing baroque and early music but who is an open-minded artist readily capable of moving easily between musical genres. The melancholy sound of her cello-like viola da gamba reflects the ineffable sadness of Tali’s lyrics, while her breezy, effervescent flute-playing brings a ray of hope.
Gilad Atzmon is no stranger to Fleece Jazz – he is, of course, an internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist with an affinity for ethnic sounds. The sound of his soprano sax is passionate and expressive and his versatility on a range of other instruments will be very much in evidence tonight. He has been described as “a formidable improvisational talent . . . a jazz giant . . . (who) combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence” by Guardian critics.
Yaron Stavi is a bassist who has performed all over the world with many musicians, playing double and electric bass and crossing genres into rock, classical, jazz and World Music. He is supremely accomplished with a palpable stage presence. He frequently appears at Fleece Jazz with Gilad as part of the Orient House Ensemble.
"Intrinsically beautiful and elemental, enchanting the spirit, warming the heart and freeing the soul." - Peter Thelen, Exposé