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Just a taste of the May through August 2018 season

Drum master Luca Santaniello brings his fine quartet,
Jacqui Dankworth sings for us in Ipswich as part of their festival, and
Georgia Mancio completes a strong season.


8:00pm Sunday, 24 June, £20
Jacqui Dankworth

Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres.
The gig is at St Peters by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich IP1 1XF
Tickets from the New Wolsey Theatre, 01473 295900

Jacqui Dankworth ~ Vocals, Charlie Wood ~ Piano, Chris Allard ~ Guitar

Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui also draws on folk, soul and blues influences. Her voice has been described as "multi-faceted" and "incomparable", "one of our finest singers, regardless of category." Sunday Times

Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose eclectic musical style incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional R&B and popular music. Wood is an accomplished and prolific singer/songwriter and has received stellar reviews for his original music. "Remember the first time you heard Dylan, or Springsteen, or Costello, or Waits? Charlie Wood delivers that same jolt." Jazz Times

Chris Allard (right) has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals and he has performed/recorded with numerous big names. Chris also leads his own band, which has played all over the UK and in Europe, including the International Guitar Festival and Ronnie Scott’s, and performed and had radio-play as far afield as Los Angeles. His last album received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist Magazine.
"One of the great guitarists in this country." Jamie Cullum

Check out the rest of the Ipswich Jazz Festival.
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Freddie Gavita Quartet
Freddie Gavita

“He solos with fluent authority, his tone ranging from the warmly conversational to the eloquently strident.”

Freddie Gavita ~ Trumpet, Tom Cawley ~ Piano, Calum Gourlay ~ Bass, Josh Blackmore ~ Drums

Freddie Gavita is a young trumpet player at the top of his game. Having won the British Jazz Award for best trumpeter of 2017, he is one of the most in-demand and versatile trumpet players in Britain today. Whether playing searing trumpet or delivering heartfelt ballads, he is guaranteed to wow any audience. He is a regular visitor to Fleece Jazz as a member of Fletch's Brew. Freddie has also played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Gregory Porter and Dionne Warwick.

Pianist and composer Tom Cawley has played all over the world and led bands in residencies at the Blue Note in New York and Ronnie Scott’s. Formerly the pianist with genre-bending iconoclasts Acoustic Ladyland and leader of his much-acclaimed group Curios. Tom’s piano-playing betrays many influences: Phineas Newborn, Brad Mehldau and all points in between.

London-based double bassist and composer Calum Gourlay is known for his deep warm tone, controlled execution as both a supporter and improviser, and rock-solid time and pulse. He has become a mainstay on the London scene.

Josh Blackmore was an incipient member of the piano trio ‘Curios’ with Tom Cawley; he co-founded Troyka with Chris Montague and Kit Downes. He has been described as “cerebral without being self-conscious, playful without seeming glib, simply bursting with intelligence and wit.” (Jazzwise)

“A talented trumpet prodigy” - John Walters, The Guardian
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Chris Ingham's Dudley Moore Show
Jazz of Dudley Moore

Following their acclaimed Hoagy project, the quartet revisit Moore's music on ther new CD, "Dudley"
"A vibrant and moving homage." - Downbeat
"An intimate and heartfelt pleasure" - London Jazz News

Chris Ingham ~ Piano, Paul Higgs ~ Trumpet, Geoff Gascoyne ~ Bass, George Double ~ Drums


Paul Higgs is one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers, blending the traditions of classical and Jazz. He has played with such luminaries as Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Johnny Dankworth and John Williams and many others.

Goeff Gascoyne played piano from the age of 6. He later played bass in punk bands. Since moving on to Jazz, he has played alongside many of the UK’s best musicians, touring with Jamie Cullum and even appearing in ‘The Talented Mister Ripley’ with Guy Barker’s band.

George Double's playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle. He is active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club and with musicians like John Etheridge, Digby Fairweather, Ray Gelato and Derek Nash. He is also curator of Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs.

"Unfailingly tuneful and spiced with gentle harmonic guile... Dudley would have been delighted." - Observer
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Rob Barron Quartet
Rob Barron

Rob Barron is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as " of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation."

Rob Barron ~ Piano, Nat Steele ~ Vibraphone, Jeremy Brown ~ Bass, Josh Morrison ~ Drums

Rob Barron is a London based jazz pianist, arranger and composer and has been described as " of the most creative and versatile musicians of his generation." Rob Barron started playing the piano at the age of five and in his teens, was performing his first gigs with a local band. He moved to Leeds in 2000 to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music. During his time in Leeds he played with Bob Mintzer, Tim Garland and Soweto Kinch. He has played with many other Jazz luminaries and with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.

Nat Steele is a jazz vibraphone player and drummer, who has been described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Self-taught, and following in the style of Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel.

Jeremy Brown has work in Peter King's quartet and pianist Julian Joseph's trio. He is much in demand in the UK and Europe backing performers and working as the regular member of many groups including Stacey Kent, the BBC Big Band and the Anita Wardell quartet.

Josh Morisson is a London based drummer who as worked with several bands, particularly pianist Gabriel Latchin, Steve fishwickand and has recorded and toured with Stacey Kent.

"Pianist Rob Barron was particularly ompressive, his spidery, Horace Silver-like runs carving out their own space amongst the rest of the band." - John Fordham
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Fletch's Brew
Mark Fletcher

The band's style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bop, reggae and rock.
"...this quartet… could without overstating the case easily be called Band of Virtuosos" - Jazzwise magazine

Mark Fletcher ~ Drums, Freddy Gavita ~ Trumpet, Ross Stanley ~ Organ, Laurence Cottle ~ Bass

In 2010, drumming tour-de-force Mark Fletcher founded Fletch’s Brew, a band which blurs the boundaries of musical styles and surpasses preconceived notions of jazz. Whether playing original compositions or new arrangements from across the jazz canon, their style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bebop, reggae and rock. Mark is a remarkably talented and muscular drummer, capable of subtlety but never better than when leading an all-guns-blazing charge.

Freddie Gavita is an award-winning British trumpeter and composer who has cemented his place as a leading light on the British jazz scene. Freddie leads his own superb quartet who visited us back in June. Once described as “a cross between Kenny Wheeler and Freddie Hubbard”, he has also played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Gregory Porter and Dionne Warwick.

Ross Stanley is a regular at Fleece Jazz and an outstanding talent on the Hammond organ. He is always in high demand, playing with Guy Barker, Lianne Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band.

Laurence Cottle haas been the bassist of choice for some of the biggest names in the entertainment business over a career stretching back thirty years. His remarkable and varied career has spanned gigs with top jazz players – Jim Mullen, Django Bates, Gary Husband, Jason Rebello – as well as some of the biggest names in rock and pop – Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.

“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years." - Wynton Marsalis
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Georgia Mancio Quartet
Georgia Mancio

"an object lesson in subtlety ... in the impact of nuance ... It's beautiful" - All About Jazz *****
“Pure, well enunciated vocals…a real talent for jazz phrasing…a highly skilful storyteller…The air of fragile beauty was haunting and effective” The Jazz Mann.

Georgia Mancio ~ Vocals, Kate Williams ~ Piano, Steve Watts ~ Bass, Dave Ohm ~ Drums

Georgia Mancio is an award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist and one of the Europe’s most original, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her unfailing integrity, emotional commitment and ever-evolving imagination, produces music of beauty and bite whether classic jazz, Latin or modern song repertoire or her own bold new writing.

British pianist/composer Kate Williams playing is full of graceful storytelling themes and uptempo swing, delicate piano breaks glowing with a Bill Evans hue, bebop horn solos over nimble walking grooves. She is a member of Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Moves, and has performed with many other leading UK artists including Tina May, Henry Lowther, and Jim Mullen.

Steve Watts studied classical bass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, leaving as soon as he discovered Jazz. Since then he has played with Mark Copeland, Julian Arguelles and many other top Jazz artists. Steve is currently Professor of Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and back at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama.

Known as "the powerhouse", the much -in-demand drummer, Dave Ohm has played, toured and recorded with amongst others, Benny Golson, Mornington Lockett, Dave Newton,Claire Martin, Pete King and is a regular member of the Ronnie Scott's All Stars.

“She is one of the great voices of the contemporary British jazz scene having both outstanding technical ability and great warmth.
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