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.

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Nigel Price Quartet
Nigel Price

"Nigel Price is probably the most dynamic and gifted guitarist on the British jazz scene today" - All About Jazz

Nigel Price guitar, Jim Watson organ, Vasilis Xenopoulos tenor sax, Joel Barford drums

Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel Price toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader.

Jim Watson is a freelance Pianist, Keyboardist Composer and Improviser. He studied at Leeds College of Music (BA Hons) then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. London/Suffolk based he is currently working with Manu Katche. Recent work includes Sting, Katie Melua, Richard Bona, Raul Midon, Zero 7, Incognito, Meshell Ndegeocello amongst others.

Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. Now London based, he has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash. Internationally, he has appeared with a variety of top performers.

Joel Barford is a 21 year old freelance drummer based in London. Joel is primarily a jazz drummer and has played with a variety of people such as Alex Hitchcock, Ross Stanley, Sam Leak, Tom Seals, NYJO, Nigel Price, CC Smugglers, Dave Swift, Derek Nash, John Etheridge, Conor Chaplin, Nick Costley-White, Alex Ridout, Pete Long, Liane Carroll and many more. Joel has played established venues and festivals such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Jazz Club, 606 Club, North Sea Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival and more across UK and Europe.

A great band led by a brilliant guitarist – well worth braving the winter weather for.
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Alan Barnes Quartet
Alan Barnes

Whether on alto, baritone or tenor, Barnes' melodic sense bypasses the usual scale-running clichés that pepper the playing of lesser bop disciples. - Peter Marsh, BBC Music Review
Alan Barnes saxes, Robin Aspland piano, Arnie Somogyi bass, Sebastiaan de Krom drums

Whatever the instrument, Alan plays it hard and fast and with the sort of inventive flexibility and invention that ensures that he has his own sound and style.
The young Alan Barnes was recognized – and hired – by the established greats of the time. But he is equally respected for his longstanding and fruitful collaborations with contemporaries such as David Newton, Bruce Adams, and Martin Taylor. He has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone.

After working with various bands in the Leeds area, Robin Aspland moved to London in 1984. He became very well known in UK jazz circles, playing with resident and visiting artists. He continued to build a reputation as an excellent and inventive soloist on a range of keyboards.

Arnie Somogy first took up the violin at the age of 5. By the time he was 14 he was playing bass guitar. Five years later he was playing with Portishead's Adrian Utley and later with Tommy Chase. An outstanding bass talent, musician, bandleader, composer, presenter, and music lecturer.

Dutch drummer Sebastiaan de Krom started playing drums at age three. He received his frst lessons from his father. He later went to the Berkley School of Music, where he received lessons by John Ramsey, Joe Hunt, and Jon Hazilla among others. He has played with Guy Barker, Tommy Smith, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, among many others.

"Barnes, plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz." - John L. Walters, The Guardian.
As ever, a gig not to be missed.
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Basil Hodge Quartet
Basil Hodge

"Timeless and enjoyably unpretentious modal bop with strong themes, punchy choruses and spirited playing" - Independent on Sunday

Basil Hodge piano, Ed Jones tenor sax, Oli Hayhurst bass, Winston Clifford drums

Pianist and composer, Basil Hodge has thrilled audiences throughout the UK for over 20 years with his charming compositions and emotional hard swinging performances. With two critically acclaimed recordings under his belt, this project will showcase Basil's new compositions and the evolution of his older ones. Championed by no less a figure than Julian Joseph, Basil has forged a solid reputation in British jazz, having played with some of the leading UK players such as Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O'Higgins, Pete Wareham and Renato D'Aiello.

UK jazz saxophonist/composer, Ed Jones works in the UK and internationally on a wide range of his own projects and collaborations. His experience as a sideman reflects his diverse interests. Over the past decade he has performed with U.S jazz musicians George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Charles Earland, Horace Silver, Clifford Jarvis and Dr Lonnie Smith. “A formidable saxophonist... an improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination . . ." (John Fordham, The Guardian.)

Oli Hayhurst has a beautiful, warm tone on the bass and plays melodically, underpinned by a driving rhythmic feel. He has been one of the busiest bass players on the London jazz scene since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000. He has played with Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, Zoe Rahman and Pharoah Sanders.

A firm Fleece favourite, Winston Clifford, is one of the most in-demand drummers on the jazz scene to date. His playing is free from the usual restraints of stylistic expectations and a true reflection of listening and responding in the moment. This approach has led him to play with Carleen Anderson, Stanley Turrentine, Archie Shepp and Freddie Hubbard among others.

"Hodge generates more piano power...his starry front liners frequently lock horns in a harmonic manner reminiscent of Horace Silver's groups." - Chris Yates, Jazz UK
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8 February, £18
Chris Bowden Quintet featuring Bryan Corbett: "Unlikely Being"
Chris Bowden and Bryan Corbett

Atmospheric tunes, extended arrangements, powerful performances and good old fashioned grooves -London Jazz News

Chris Bowden alto sax, Bryan Corbett trumpet/flugel, Jim Watson piano, Chris Dodd bass/bass guitar Neil Bullock drums These musicians have all played with too many jazz greats to list. They are now regularly performing together. The evening will include work from the 2018 “Unlikely Being” CD, and perhaps material destined for their next album. Chris Bowden, from Birmingham. came to prominence with his 1996 funk/ acid /latin-jazz/album “Time Capsule”, reinforced by his 2002 album “Slightly Askew”. His has played for Us3, The Herbaliser, 4Hero, and The Heritage Orchestra.

His “Unlikely Being” project, which started in 2017, heralds Chris’s return to full health. It haas a mellower and more relaxed sound than his earlier work. Bryan Corbett went to The Royal Northern College of Music and Liverpool (Hope). He has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben E King, the Polish Funk de Nite. His own Quartet, recorded a double CD here at Fleece Jazz. In 2017 he led the Bluenote Sessions at the Birmingham Jazz Legends Fest.

Jim Watson read Jazz at Leeds and Guildhall. His work has ranged from being in Strictly Come Dancing Orchestra to touring with French drummer Manu Katchés. Chris Dodd, a Berklee College of Music scholar, was joint leader of the Green Quartet with Bryan. He recently backed Polly Gibbons at the London Jazz Festival.

Niel Bullock Following his period as drummer in the Midlands YJO, he was tutored by “Take Five” drummer Joe Morello. Niel has toured with Chuck Berry.

"The effect of the doubled horns is eerily ambiguous – clearly not a single instrument yet so closely together in tune and tone" -Mark McKergow. on track 1 of the CD, London Jazz News)
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15 February, £20
Deelee Dubé and Renato D'Aliello
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"A voice of deep grainy power 0 0 0 Dubé has a quick-witted musicality" - Daily Telegraph
"Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul. He has all the virtues * a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique which effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas." - Ian Carr
Deelee Dubé vocals, Renato D'Aiello tenor sax, Bruno Montrose piano, Adam King bass, Alfonso Vitale drums
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Clark Tracey Quintet: "No Doubt"
Clark Tracey

Celebrating his 40th year in jazz, Clark has assembled his newest line-up of gifted young musicians for 2018.

Clark Tracey drums, Alex Ridout trumpet, Sean Payne alto sax, Elliott Sansom piano, James Owston bass

Named Best Drummer at both the 2017 and 2018 British Jazz Awards, Clark Tracey has carved out a serious career for 40 years. He has worked with most of the great American players and almost every leading British musician, including his late father, the great jazz legend, Stan Tracey. He has brought together a group of brilliant young players, already causing ripples on the jazz scene, and guarantees to deliver the hard bop message for which he is so revered. Formed in January 2018, they released their first CD 'No Doubt' in September, which showcases the talents of these formidable stars in the making.

All four members of Clark's band have been finalists of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year award. Alex Ridout was crowned the winner in 2016 at the age of seventeen. “We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician, her sound, but most importantly the relationship with the blues and swinging that sounds important in her playing” said Julian Joseph who was Chair of the jury that year.

Sean Payne won the same award in 2014 at the tender age of thirteen. Sean has been playing sax since the age of eight and jazz proper since he was eleven! Both musicians were heard by Clark at the Purcell School of Music some years ago and are currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music.

Elliott Sansom started playing piano at the age of five and eventually studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire where Clark teaches regularly. He was another contender in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award. James Owston was another Birmingham Conservatoire student and yet another contender in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, but this time in 2018.

So, we have four, obviously talented young people and it will be interesting to hear how Clark has moulded them into his Quintet.

“Clark Tracey is an increasingly important catalyst in the development of young musicians” - Jazz Views
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1 March, £18
John Turville and Julian Arguelles
John Turville Julian Arguelles

*World-class* exquisite* consistently inventive and beautifully performed throughout, Conception is one of the best jazz recordings I've heard* ****** John Adcock
*For the ability simultaneously to deliver great subtlety of musical character with both emotional energy and intellectual power, [Julian] is one of the very best we have.* - Peter Bacon
John Turville piano, Julian Arguelles tenor/soprano sax, Robbie Robson trumpet, Dave Whitford bass, James Maddren drums
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15 March, £18
Steve Fishwick Quartet
Steve Fishwick

Their album 'Marshian Time Slip' is a stunning example of hard bop, from four excellent practitioners of the art. They can be cool, slow-burning and moody ensemble pieces or fast-paced, explosive, unison playing.
Steve Fishwick trumpet, Alex Garnett saxophone, Mike Karn bass, Matt Fishwick drums
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22 March, £20
John East Project
John East

"East and the band brought the house down" - City AM
John East Hammond organ/vocals, Steve Pearce electric bass, Nigel Price guitar, Dave Lewis tenor sax, Dan Hewson trombone/piano, Scott Baylis trumpet/flugel/piano
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29 March, £18
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 Khan alto/soprano sax, Sam Leake piano, Lorenzo Bassignani bass, Laurie Lowe drums
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5 April, £20
Fletch's Brew
Mark Fletcher

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.
Mark Fletcher drums, Jim Hunt tenor sax, Jim Watson keyboards, Laurence Cottle bass
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12 April, £18
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, Dan Shepperd bass
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19 April, £20
Ant Law Quintet
Ant Law

Ant's long awaited 3 rd Album "Life I Know" draws on a depth of musical and life experiences into a career defining album.
Ant Law guitar, Michael Chillingworth saxophone, Ivo Neame piano, Tom Farmer bass, James Maddren drums
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26 April, £18
Christian Brewer Quartet
Christian Brewer

Bebop influenced, contemporary sounding player, Christian plays with great fluency and has a clear lyrical and soulful sound.
Christian Brewer saxophone, Leon Greening piano, Adam King bass, Matt Skelton drums
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