Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January through April 2019 season

Alan Barnes returns with fire and fun,
and Steve Fishwick brings trumpetry supreme.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

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Sean Khan Quartet
Sean Khan

Sean's blissful and gifted alto sax playing demonstrates a rare technical prowess an understanding of Jazz history and a raging determination to carve out it's future.

Sean’s second album was described simply by Jazzwise as “Stunning”, the acclaim and success of this album led to Sean and his band playing to sell out crowds at Ronnie Scott’s and The Jazz Cafe.

Sean Kahn – alto & soprano sax, Sam Leake - piano, Lorenzo Bassignani – bass, Laurie Lowe – drums

Sean Khan is a London based saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist who studied classical music at Goldsmiths College during the 90s. Sean has shared a stage with Sun-Ra and Pharoah Sanders collaborator Clifford Jarvis, Bheki Mseleku, Joe Armon-Jones, Binker Golding, Lisa Stansfield, and even the Beastie Boys.

Sam Leake is a London based Jazz Pianist and a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. His performance credits include playing with Stan Sulzmann, US Electric Bass virtuoso Janek Gwizdala, a duet with John Taylor and supporting Benny Golson at Ronnie Scotts.

Lorenzo Bassignani was born in Varese, Italy,in 1978. Studied with Marco Conti in Italy, Steve Watts and Geoff Gascoyne in London. His professional career started in Italy. He later moved to London and began performing all over the world at venues such as Pizza Express, 606 Club, Tokyo Opera House.

Laurie Lowe has been playing drums since the age of six and has gained experience with many different artists in many different genres of music. Laurie has gone on to play with some of the top jazz musicians in the country such as Robert Mitchell, Panacea, Gilad Atzmon, Nicolas Meier, Jim Mullen and many others.

Sean is seen as one of the Jazz scene’s key pioneers. His first visit to Fleece Jazz should be one to remember.
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Fletch's Brew
Mark Fletcher

"Mark Fletcher’s ensemble playing is filled with drama, it is never static." - Adam Garrie

Mark Fletcher drums, Jim Hunt tenor sax, Jim Watson keyboards, Laurence Cottle bass

Like the great master drummers of African music, Mark Fletcher’s styles have linear narrative. This sense of purpose makes him the ultimate ensemble player. Not to mention how much fun he is.

Musical prodigy Jim Hunt’s career has taken in an extraordinary breadth of artists. As arranger, saxophonist and horn section leader he has toured and recorded with Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft,Paloma Faith and Noel Gallagher to name a few. Amy’s horn section was a key part of her sound and having the best in the business leading it was essential.

Organist (and pianist) Jim Watson was with us this season with Chris Bowden and Nigel Price. What a marvelous player we saw. He is a Nord recording artist.

Laurence Cottle is a major player and educator. His credits would take a book to list, but consider: notable releases such as Five Seasons, Laurence Cottle Quintet Live and others. He was a member of the Los Angeles, California-based fusion quartet, The Fents, and appears on their second album, The Othr Side. He played with The Alan Parsons Project on their final Arista LP Gaudi in 1987, as well as Parsons' final collaboration with Eric Woolfson, Freudiana, in 1990. It goes on…

Across evolving line ups the central ethos of the "Brew" remains commitment to spontaneity, whether playing original compositions or new arrangements across the jazz styles.
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Sara Oschlag Quartet
Sara Oschlag

A unique and individual voice making interesting material effortlessly her own. A singer with a natural musicians ear and a beautiful sense of swing.

Sara Oschlag vocals, Tony Kofi sax, Jason Henson guitar, Simon Thorpe bass

We are hugely looking forward to "the arrival of the exciting young singer Sara Oschlag. Since the Danish-born singer relocated to Brighton she has lit up the local scene and been warmly welcomed by its musicians. She displays a maturity beyond her years in her song selection as well as her interpretation and whether swinging hard or caressing a ballad, Sara takes the listener on a journey, breathing new life into the old standards. I urge fans to catch one of Sara's gigs and, in the meantime, check out her dazzling album: 'My Little Boat' which whets the appetite for the future of this great young singer." - Jim Mullen

The sight of Tony Kofi picking up baritone sax (or any sax for that matter) never fails to produce a tremor of excitement. His band was with us recently with a wonderful gig based on his CD "Point Blank".

Jason Henson has worked with many of the world’s finest musicians, including the US legend Joe Lee Wilson, Bobby Wellins, Jo Hunter, Andy Mackintosh, Louis Stewart, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Andy Panayi, Simon Spillett, Geoff Simkins, Rino Van Hooijdonk, Charlotte Glasson, Chris Speading, Herbie Flowers, Sam Spoons, Mike Piggott, and Jonny Hepbir. He travelled to the gypsy campsites in Holland and Germany to play with some of the grand masters of gypsy jazz.

The return of Simon Thorpe is always welcome

Don't miss this great band.
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Ant Law Quintet
Ant Law

Described as "An innovator" and "A gamechanger" by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant lives in London and leads his quintet, dubbed “An exciting band to hear live" by John Fordham.

Ant Law – guitar, Michael Chillingworth – sax Ivo Neame – piano, Tom Farmer – bass, James Maddren drums

Ant law was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. From a young age he was exposed to early blues and rock 'n' roll and Arabic music. He began playing piano and guitar around the age of 8. Ant has played in Tim Garland's band with Jason Rebello & Asaf Sirkis and won the Jazzwise Best Album award. He is a member of Trio HLK touring with Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Michael Chillingworth is a London based saxophonist and clarinetist. Over the years He has worked with many fine musicians including Kit Downes, Jim Hart, Stan Sulzmann, Gareth Lockrane, James Maddren, and many others Ivo Neam is an award-winning pianist and composer. In addition to leading his own bands, he is a vital cog in several of European jazz’s most forward-lookinggroups. He has performed and recorded with top musicians around the world.

Tom Farmer is most renowned as one quarter of the hugely acclaimed international touring quartet Empirical. He has also graced the Jon Lloyd group.

James Maddren was born in Sussex into a musical family. From a young age he was playing the Cello, piano and Drums. He later focused on drums and percussion and performed in many contrasting bands and orchestras.

"How refreshing is this Englishman who romps in the border areas between the bop and modern jazz guitar of the post Peter Bernstein-generation, it's self-assured and thoroughly convincing." Jazz Podium (Germany)
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Christian Brewer Quartet
Christian Brewer

"Brewer…never missed a trick, his playing is crackling" - Guardian, Jim Mullen

Christian Brewer saxophone, Leon Greening piano, Adam King bass, Matt Skelton drums

Christian Brewer is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, he has risen to prominence on the British jazz scene. He is now a regular at London’s prestigious Ronnie Scots and both he and his band are in great demand. Christian is considered to be as agile and fluently expressive as the Charlie Parker disciple Phil Woods on fast pieces, and his ballad playing echoes the raw-nerve soulfulness of the late Art Pepper.

Leon Greening simply gathers you up in the energy and momentum of his playing and sweeps you up along with his endlessly inventive improvisations. And yet for all his speed of execution, each note is placed with exact precision, struck with the clarity of pure crystal and weighted with deep emotion. He is a consummate master of his art, using both hands to build cliff-hanging tension. Like a Formula 1 driver he anticipates the road ahead and knows exactly when to change gear and when to hit or ease off on the accelerator. Leon’s playing is spell-bindingly awesome.

Bassist Adam King's success in the 2015 annual Musicians' Company Young Jazz Musician Award revealed one of the most promising jazz artists of his generation.

Matt Skelton is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Equally at home in modern and vintage Jazz styles Matt enjoys a diverse musical career that also encompasses Symphonic and Light Orchestral Music. He has accompanied many leading Internationally-known Jazz figures such as John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Michael Moore, Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton. He has recorded and appears regularly with singers such as Marion Montgomery, Dame Cleo Laine, Maria Ewing and in concert for Jesse Norman’s Ellington and Gershwin Concert Series (2006). Matt accompanied Richard Rodney Bennett and Claire Martin in their American Song Book Show.

A super gig to end our spring season.
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