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15 March, £18
Steve Fishwick Quartet

Steve Fishwick

“Contemporary hard bop from four excellent practitioners.” - All About Jazz)

Steve Fishwick trumpet, Alex Garnett saxophone, Mike Karn bass, Matt Fishwick drums

Well-known as a fleet and expert bebopper, Steve Fishwick is widely considered to be one of the best jazz trumpeters to come from the U.K. He is rapidly gaining a global reputation due to his flawless technique and his beautifully flowing, harmonically rich improvisations. Heavily influenced by the melodic approach of the late, great Kenny Dorham, Steve grew up in Manchester and played his first professional gigs while still in his early ‘teens before leaving for London to study at the Royal College of Music. He has played with most leading U.K. jazz musicians including Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and Mike Carr among others.

Steve is accompanied by Ronnie Scott’s Allstar Alex Garnett, one of the leading saxophonists in the U.K. and mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognised by his dark, husky sound. A versatile musician and first call sideman, he has enjoyed success as both a jazz artist, composer and arranger, and an in-demand session, studio and commercial saxophonist, having racked up countless recording credits along the way. He has a reputation as a fearsome soloist and has worked with Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Scott Hamilton and Van Morrison.

American saxophonist and bassist Mike Karn has been involved in the New York jazz scene for more than 20 years and in that time he has worked with many of the music world’s most creative artists. Mike began to seriously pursue the bass in 2007 and within a few years he was working with some of New York’s best musicians, including tenor great Lew Tabakin, jazz vocal legend Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Heath’s big band, as well as with his brother Albert “Tootie” Heath on numerous occasions including engagements at the Blue Note, the Village Vanguard, and the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.

Like his twin brother, Matt Fishwick became interested in music at an early age and, together with Steve, entered the thriving Manchester jazz scene a few years later. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and met many like- minded musicians that have since made an impact on the London Jazz scene and internationally; these include Tom Cawley, Gareth Lockrane, Orlando Le Fleming and tenor saxophonist Osian Roberts.

“From cool, slow-burning and moody ensemble pieces to fast-paced, explosive, unison playing”

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22 March, £20
John East Project

John East

"East and the band brought the house down" - City AM

"Vocalist and Hammond player John East leads a fine band" - TIME OUT

John East Hammond Organ and vocals, Mark Fletcher drums, Freddie Gavita trumpet, Nigel Price guitar, Steve Pearce bass, Dave Lewis tenor sax, Dan Hewson trombone and piano

The John East Project led by vocalist and organ player John East was formed seven years ago and is a regular and popular feature at the 606 Club in Chelsea and elsewhere. John has played the Hammond for many years working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Phil Robson and Katie Kissoon.

John’s stellar band of Mark Fletcher (drums) Steve Pearce (bass) Nigel Price (guitar) soon to be announced (trumpet), Daniel Hewson (trombone and piano) and the great Dave Lewis (tenor sax) are all (or will become) firm Fleece favourites.

Melodic vocal jazz with blistering solos driven on by the distinctive Hammond sound is sure to give us a night to remember. It certainly did the last time the project graced the Fleece Jazz Stage.

Come share a great evening with John East on Hammond and vocals and his stellar band.

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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’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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5 April, £20
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 piano and 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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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, 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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19 April, £20
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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