Current Programme

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Just a taste of the May through August 2020 season...

The Gaz Messengers with Gaz Hughes and Alan Barnes
A night of Gypsy Swing and Jazz Manouche with Sara Oschlag and The Jonny Hepbir Trio
and the Dave Lewis 1Up band returns .

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

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Georgia Mancio Quartet
Kate Williams and Georgia Mancio

"[Georgia Mancio] has everything covered * technical mastery, expressive range and a remarkable versatility" - The Observer ****
"an object lesson in subtlety . . . in the impact of nuance . . . it’s beautiful." - All About Jazz

Georgia Mancio Vocals, Kate Williams Piano, Julie Walkington Bass, Dave Ohm Drums

Georgia Mancio’s music reflects her Anglo-Latino background, with a lineage that goes back to her Italian grandparents (an opera singer and concert pianist) and then to her Uruguayan great-grandmother, also a pianist. Her music and lyric writing are greatly influenced by her affinity with languages; she sings in English, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. Since turning professional in 2000 she has worked with Bobby McFerrin, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Bobby Wellins, Gwilym Simcock and Darius Brubeck, as well as Kate Williams, with whom she collaborated most recently on the Finding Home album and tour, a memorable set of songs about homecomings inspired by her visits to the refugee camp in Calais.

Kate Williams was also born into a musical family: her father is the guitarist John Williams; her mother is a classical pianist. She has gained a distinctive reputation as both a writer and a performer, most recently with her ensemble Four Plus Three featuring her trio with string quartet. She has worked with Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Moves project, The Pete Hurt Jazz Orchestra, Tina May, Henry Lowther, Stan Sulzmann, John Etheridge, Julian Siegel, Tim Whitehead and Karen Sharp.

Julie Walkington started her musical career playing on electric bass with various rock, indie and folk bands in the north of England and the USA. Her love of jazz led her to move to London where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music. Julie has worked with many of London’s jazz musicians such as Claire Martin, Huw Warren, Jim Mullen, Tony Coe and Barb Jungr with whom she also toured extensively.

Dave Ohm is one of the most recognised names in the UK jazz scene. He has worked with Benny Golson, Gregory Porter, Wessel Anderson, Claire Martin and makes regular appearances with the Ronnie Scott’s house band.

"impossible not to fall in love with her voice . . .a magnificent example of strength and talent" - Jazz in Europe

This gig will be supporting Refugee Action - Colchester, whose members will be there to take donations.
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Tim Whitehead Quartet
Tim Whitehead

"Whitehead more than justified his growing reputation as one of Britain's most thoughtful composers and improvisers." - Chris Parker, The Times

Tim Whitehead Sax, Jonathan Gee Piano, Andy Hamill Bass, Tom Hooper Drums

Composer, musician, painter Tim Whitehead leads a variety of projects, and we are happy to have his quartet with us. From his work with Loose Tubes in the 󈦰s through his many CD releases, Tim has broken new ground. In 2009 he was the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain. During the residency he wrote 'Colour Beginnings', a series of compositions written from transcribed improvisations performed in front of and in response to a selection of JMW Turner's watercolour sketches. Awards and nominations for awards came quickly.

Jonathan Gee is one the most prolific and imaginative composer-pianists operating today. Aside from his own bands he has also worked closely with Bobby Wellins, Claire Martin and Tim Whitehead, Pharoah Sanders, Mark Murphy and Art Farmer. With Tony Kofi he co-founded the Monk Liberation Front, whose legendary performances of the complete Thelonious Monk catalogue have led to award-winning recordings.

Andy Hamill plays double bass, bass guitar and chromatic harmonica. He. Andy has also worked with 4 Hero, Nitin Sawhnie, Lou Rhodes, Natasha Atlas, Beth Rowley, Cara Dillon, Tracey Thorn, Kylie Minogue, and many others. He has produced 2 albums with his wife, singer-songwriter Rebecca Hollweg - 'June Babies' and 'Orange Roses' (currently being played on BBC radio 2).

Tom Hooper began playing professionally at age 14, performing with local band's and doing summer season pit work. He gained a degree in jazz performance from the Royal Academy of Music. 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. Tom also worked with producers; Ivor Guest (Oscar winning documentary-'Taxi to the darkside' /Grace Jones), Jimmy Hogarth (James Blunt, KT Tunstall, Suzanne Vega) and Matt Butler (Paul McCartney / Freelance).
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6 March, £18
The Oxley Meier Guitar Project
Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier

"A fascinating fusion, opulent with evocative splendour" - MOJO ****

Nicolas Meier & Pete Oxley Guitars, Raph Mizraki Bass, Paul Cavaciuti Drums

Including reinterpretation of works from the March 2019 album "The Alluring Ascent”

Pete and Nicholas have been performing together since 2011.
Expect a dazzling display of contemporary duo and quartet numbers, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America to English pastoralism. The album included use of: nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, and Glissentar guitars.

Pete was born in Bury St Edmunds, came to jazz via the local rock band Kashmir and Leeds College of Music. He went on to hone his skills in Paris. He was a regular performer at Oxford’s Spin jazz club.

Nicholas was born in Switzerland. He studied at Conservatoire de Fribourg, and Berklee College of Music He has been influenced by music from Turkey, Bohemia and Java.

Ralph is a classically trained cellist and multi-instrumentalist, at home from early music to modern jazz. He performed with Pete at the Spin.

Paul studied at Berklee College of Music. This sensitive drummer is a popular, frequent performer, at Fleece Jazz, with a variety of bands.

"This duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection. Their roots lie in jazz, but they cover a whole bunch of genres ... Latin, Middle Eastern, English pastoral and their own brand of simply music". - John Fordhan, The Guardian
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13 March, £0
No Gig Tonight

20 March, £18
Bryan Corbett's "Hi-Fly Quintet '59"
Bryan Corbett

"Corbett's playing is rousing and fierily expressive and his band are right on top of it." - Jazzwise

Bryan Corbett Trumpet/Flugel, Chris Bowden Alto Sax, Matt Ratcliffe Piano, Tom Hill Bass, Carl Hemmingsley Drums

1959 was one of the greatest years in jazz during which some of the most significant and successful recordings were made: Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue'; 'Mingus Ah Um'; Brubeck’s 'Take Five'; Ornette Coleman’s ground-breaking 'The Shape of Things To Come'; Horace Silver’s ‘'Blowing The Blues Away' and many more. Now, six decades on, this outstanding quintet celebrate the music from this landmark year.

Award-winning trumpeter and long-standing Fleece favourite Bryan Corbett is highly regarded for his technical fluency and his imaginative flow of ideas. He is a great performer and interpreter of the jazz standards repertoire, as well as an artist who pushes the boundaries, writing and performing original works. Saxophonist Chris Bowden works widely as an arranger and performer with a highly individual style. He first came to prominence with his 1996 funk/acid/latin-jazz album 'Time Capsule'. He was here last year with his 'Unlikely Being' project, which also featured Bryan.

Matt Ratcliffe studied jazz piano at Birmingham Conservatoire with the British Jazz pianist, Liam Noble and he was tutored in an ensemble by bassist Dave Holland. He has performed with a wide range of jazz musicians in clubs and festivals across the U.K. Originally from California, Tom Hill has been a stalwart of the Birmingham scene since the 1990s. He has performed and recorded with top jazz artists like Art Farmer and singers like Mel Torme. He will also be familiar to some TV viewers as the voice of Tony the Tiger in the Kellogg’s Frosties adverts! Carl Hemmingsley is an immensely talented drummer who combines rhythmic drive with great musical subtlety. He currently plays with Ruby Turner and he has performed with John Dankworth, Julian Arguelles, Guy Barker and, in his most recent visit to Birmingham, with Wynton Marsalis.

“A warm, lyrical tone and a formidable technique." - The Independent
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27 March, £20
Elaine Delmar and her Trio
Elaine Delmar

"Ageless, evergreen si/ beautiful and talented as ever...she's marvellous!" - Michael Parkinson, BBC Radio 2
Elaine Delmar Vocals, Barry Green Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Bobby Worth Drums

Let others tell you about Elaine:
“Outstanding vocal range and control…Delmar swings down to her fingertips.” - Alyn Shipton
“…makes the art of swinging a tune seem effortless... (her) glowing, cello-like phrases…are as seductive as ever.” - Clive Davis
“Elaine Delmar truly defines the word class…” - Humphrey Lyttelton
“Among the multitude of good jazz singers in Britain today, there is not one who can surpass Elaine Delmar.” - Dave Gelly, Observer
A remarkable talent, a deliciously mellow jazz sound that shimmers with clarity and resonance...Delmar’s vocals capture the heart and soul of the lyric. Paul Vale, The Stage
Her style is a mixture of Broadway musical punch and jazz-inflected subtlety. She has the belting defiance of a torch singer at times and the knowing raised eyebrow rasp of a blues artist, but also a hushed, confiding intimacy where it is appropriate, it is a blend that invites the widest possible audience. John Fordham, The Guardian

And she brings with her only the best:
Barry Green is a great pianist and a consummate accompanist. Simon Thorpe is a bassist we don't see often enough. Bobby Worth is a legend.
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8:00pm Friday, 3 April, £18
The Jazz Scurriers
Simon Spillett

Head to head over the old Couriers classics, with driving virtuosic rhythmic support. Expect such favourites as the original arrangements of 'Cheek To Cheek', 'Love Walked In' and 'The Serpent', with stories and comments from the two front men. Groovy!

Simon Spillet Tenor Sax, Peter Long Tenor Sax, Chris Ingham Piano, Alec Dankworth Bass, George Double Drums Cheek', 'Love Walked In' and 'The Serpent', with stories and comments from the two front men. Groovy!

Who better to emulate the Jazz Couriers than Simon Spillett and Peter Long! The Couriers were fronted by Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott. Cheek', 'Love Walked In' and 'The Serpent', with stories and comments from the two front men. Groovy!

Simon Spillett is described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable," Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who leads his own quartet and big band. He has won several awards, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year (2009) Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007) and Services to British Jazz in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. Cheek', 'Love Walked In' and 'The Serpent', with stories and comments from the two front men. Groovy!

Over the last couple of years, Pete Long's career has divided into three distinct streams- as an educator, working in masterclasses and as soloist with young musicians. In conjunction with this work, Pete has helped develop a new series of student woodwind instruments with a leading UK Manufacturer. As a jazz soloist, Pete has appeared with resident trios in the provinces, and has often been caught at Ronnie Scott's, in London's West End. It is however, as a bandleader and orchestrator that Pete spends most of his time currently, with work being divided between directing the Big Band at Ronnie Scott's, and putting together bands of all sizes and styles for clients on a bespoke basis. Cheek', 'Love Walked In' and 'The Serpent', with stories and comments from the two front men. Groovy!

Chris Ingham plays piano mostly and sings occasionally. He formed his jazz quartet in 2013 and has led over 150 performances of his Hoagy Carmichael, Dudley Moore and Stan Getz repertoire projects all over the UK. He is a TV composer (Wartime Crime, How The Beatles Changed The World), a record producer (Ruthie Henshall, Joanna Eden), author (Rough Guides to The Beatles and Frank Sinatra) and musical director/pianist/MC of film song repertory quintet Jazz At The Movies and Rebop, a modern jazz repertory sextet. Cheek', 'Love Walked In' and 'The Serpent', with stories and comments from the two front men. Groovy!

Alec Dankworth is an award-winning jazz bassist and composer who, in addition to leading several groups of his own, has worked with an amazing list of artists including Van Morrison, Stephanne Grappelli, Abdullah Ibrahim, and The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He is known for his energetic stage presence, versatility of style and some of the most imaginative bass solos around! "elegant stability, big sound, sure beat, and thoughtful spontaneity" - John Fordham, Guardian Cheek', 'Love Walked In' and 'The Serpent', with stories and comments from the two front men. Groovy!

George's playing and recording credits include famously often appearing at Fleece Jazz, as well as work with Dame Shirley Bassey, Grammy Award Winner Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Mica Paris, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle.
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10 April, £20
Derek Nash's PICANTE
Derek Nash

A vibrant sextet led by DEREK NASH, the irrepressible star saxophonist of the Jools Holland Orchestra, the virtuoso musicians of Picante deliver effervescent entertainment full of the life-affirming rhythms and excitement of authentic Latin Jazz

Derek Nash Saxes, Dominic Ashworth Guitars, Neil Angilly Piano, Andy Staples Bass, Marc Cecils Drums, Satin Singh Percussion

More information soon..
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17 April, £0
No Gig Tonight

24 April, £22
Antonio Forcione "SOLO"
Antonio Forcione

"Thrilling voyage around the world ... passion, grace and fire" - The Times

Antonio Forcione Guitars

Italian acoustic guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione, described as "the Hendrix of the acoustic guitar", returns to Fleece Jazz for a solo performance.

Antonio was born in Southern Italy where he started performing in a band with his brother at the age of 13, having taught himself, with the help of the local barber and plenty of practice, to play the guitar. He moved to London in 1983 where he initially busked on the streets of Covent Gardenand withintwo monthshad wonan awardwhich ledto a BBCTV appearanceand amajor Europeantour. Since thenhe has collaborated with many artists, touring the world and performing both solo and with other artists in duo, trio or quartet. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Andy Sheppard, Charlie Haden, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, Martin Taylor, John Etheridge, Eduardo Niebla and Sarah-Jane Morris amongst others. Antonio is alsoacomposer;mostofthepiecesthatheperformsarehisown. His compositions draw on jazz, folk and popular music traditions from Europe,Africa and Latin America, interwovenwith classical,flamenco and Indian rhythms.

Be prepared for an eclectic range of songs, given the Forcione treatment, as he produces an amazing range of sounds from just one instrument, sounding like guitar, bass and percussion all in one. He fuses many traditions into his own unique style, and while he plays with great passionand intensity, betweensongs he chats with laconic humour. As he says, "If you know the words, and you want to sing along…. Don't."

"By turns lyrical, funky, ethereal, haunting, and playful, his one-man show is a delight, and his playing, simply breathtaking." - Tim Maguire, Edinburgh Festival
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