- Fleece Jazz
Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel
GIGS  Fridays, doors open at 7:30pm,
music 8:00pm (2 sets). The venue is fully accessible.

Tickets for the full programme at 01787 211865, on the door or at WeGotTickets: buy wegottickets

Our brilliant 25th Anniversary gig is open for booking,
and we will be presenting Jacqui Dankworth at the Ipswich Jazz Festival.
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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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