- 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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Benn Clatworthy Quartet
Benn Clatworthy

"Some of the most emotive and creative jazz this side of Sonny Rollins" * Edinburgh Evening News

Benn Clatworthy Tenor sax, John Donaldson Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Darren Beckett Drums

Benn was born in Hastings. He became a protégée of Ronny Scott on the London Jazz scene, and went on to study at Berkley College, Massachusetts. He settled in Los Angeles in 1980 and has remained on the Californian Jazz scene ever since. In the 80 Benn was in Horace Silver’s band, and since then he has played with many greats, including Cab Calloway, Cedar Walton - and the LA Philharmonic too. Benn shows hints of 50s Coltrane and of Sonny Rollins.
"a tough personal tone and a wide emotional range that extends from ballad tenderness to gladiatorial torrents of controlled aggression at fast tempos." - Chris Lee, Inside Jazz

Benn’s Fleece debut was in 2001. John & Simon are now his UK Quartet regulars.

Darren, is famous for his original, ground-breaking beats. He was born in Belfast and started on drums at the age of 4. After winning an award in his teens, he went to study Jazz in New York, where he still lives. He has performed round the world, including in the Carnegie and Royal Albert Halls.

John has appeared many times at Fleece Jazz. His previous performance was in July, leading Hexagonal. When a student, John was in the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s trio; frequently backing guest performers. He spent 11 years in California, but is now resident in Hastings.

Simon, is also resident near Hastings and was here with Hexagonal. His strong melodic double bass sound makes him is a Fleece favourite, He has appeared here with many of the other masters of jazz. He is plays and arranges for his own London swing band “Jivin' Miss Daisy”.
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A Portrait of Cannonball
Alex Webb and friends

"An absolute blast, one of the most exciting gigs of the year … a brilliant all-round package."- London Jazz News

Alex Webb Piano, Tony Kofi Alto sax, Andy Davies Trumpet, Andy Cleyndert Bass. Alfonso Vitale Drums

Originally marking what would have been his 90th year in 2018, this live retrospective celebrates the music of one of the best-loved figures in post-war jazz, the legendary alto saxophonist, Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley.

A regular visitor to Fleece Jazz, Tony Kofi is a British jazz multi-instrumentalist, a player of the alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute. His fluent and fiery hard-bop style ensures that he is constantly in demand. He currently leads his own quartet as well as working with the ‘Organisation’ to perform hard-hitting blues, jazz and funk on baritone sax. Andy Davies comes from Swansea but is now based in London. He regularly performs at Ronnie Scotts jazz Club and often hosts the Ronnie Scott's Late-Night Jam Session. He leads his own quartet, which is a showcase for his composing.

Alex Webb is a songwriter and arranger, as well as a pianist. His songs have been recorded by jazz singers China Moses, Liane Carroll and Alexander Stewart, among others. He has created a number of 'words-and-music' productions, including 'Lush Life' (about Billy Strayhorn), 'Charlie Parker on Dial' and 'Cafe Society Swing'.

Andrew Cleyndert began playing bass while still at school before embarking on a musical career, backing jazzmen such as Peter King and Art Farmer. On moving to London, he began playing with Bobby Wellins, the Ronnie Scott Sextet and Quartet and for the much-missed Stan Tracey.

Alfonso Vitale started playing the drums at the age of three and became a regular fixture at his local jazz club ‘La Sosta’ in Messina, Italy, sitting in with visiting veteran stars like Bobby Watson and Kenny Barron. Soon after moving to the UK, he became a regular sideman with Renato D’Aiello at Ronnie Scott's Acoustic Jazz Lounge.

"Kofi’s spirited approach was supported by a tight rhythm section and Andy Davies, whose trumpet solos were sharp and clear." - Jazzwise
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