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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January through April 2020 season...

Ian Shaw and Barry Green: sublime vocal and piano pair
The wonderful Georgia Mancio brings her quartet
and Derek Nash brings "Picanti" to Fleece Jazz.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Joanna Eden's Jazz At The Movies
Joanna Eden

"One of the finest combos in the country and a seriously talented vocalist...*a great evening that satisfied both jazz and movie buffs. Quite a trick" - Jazz Journal

Joanna Eden Vocals, Chris Ingham Piano, Mark Crooks Sax, Arnie Somogyi Bass, George Double Drums

Lincolnshire born Joanna Eden wrote her first song age seven. She could read music before she could write, studied piano from age four and left university seventeen years later with her first tour. She has an all consuming love of Ella Fitzgerald.

Chris Ingham plays piano mostly and sings occasionally. He formed his jazz quartet in 2013 and has led over 150 performances of his Hoagy Carmichael, Dudley Moore and Stan Getz repertoire projects all over the UK. He is also a composes and record producer.

Mark Crooks trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music. Since leaving college Mark has worked in a wide range of musical contexts but is most at home in the jazz world.

Arnie Somogyi is one of the UK's most in-demand bass players He has recorded, performed and toured with many of the world’s leading jazz musicians including Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Henderson and Steve Grossman.

Drummer George Double’s playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Mica Paris, Ruthie Henshall and. He is active on the British jazz scene and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s club in London.

"A seriously talented vocalist" Jazz Journal
"Bloody marvellous!" Dame Cleo Laine
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The Horn Factory
The Horn Factory

Suffolk’s jazz big band since 1998
Fast moving, hard hitting, contemporary jazz.
Eighteen of the best local jazz musicians come together and share their passion for big, bold, beautiful music.

Musical Director: James Symington is an all-round musician specialising in Big Band, Jazz and commercial music. Junior Trinity Best Brass performer of 2010 and University of Cardiff music graduate, James is now a member of the Parachute Regiment Band.
Saxes: Altos: Gilly Burgoyne, Lynsey Welham,
Tenors: Jonathan Farnhill, Mark Usher, Baritone: Mark Leah.
Trumpets: Richard Steward, Ian Buzer, Steve Stone,
John “Shep” Burch, Roger Morfey.
Trombones: Paul Little, Andy Shipp, Steve Ball.
Bass Trombone: David Turnage. Piano: Keith Monk.
Guitar: Tamas Farkas. Bass: Mike Tatt. Drums: Bob Airze.

“Plenty of memorable solos, and the ensemble work was something special. When they all blew as one unit, it was powerful stuff.” Late Alan Crumpton, EADT 2007.
“A couple of sets of modern-day big band tunes” “a well-rehearsed jazz act” Stephen Foster EADT
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Jo Harrop Sings Peggy Lee
Jo Harrop

"This girl was born to sing jazz ... a class act" - Pizza Express
"Her voice is amazing, think Islay whiskey, or tannin rich red wine - deep" - Lance, Bebop Spoken Here

Jo Harrop Vocals, Vasilis Xenopoulos Sax, Alex Webb Piano, Neville Malcolm Bass, Pete Adam Hill Drums

In 2018, Jo recorded her first album of jazz standards, "Songs For The Late Hours", as well as performing a brand new show "Time & Place" at The Sage, Gateshead this summer, of original compostions written by North East pianist Paul Edis. In summer 2019, Jo collaborated with legendary music artist, Kid Creole of Kid Creole & The Coconuts, and his partner in crime, Peter Schott, and recorded vocals on their new orchestral project"Schott Treatment". The first single from the album,"Being" features the sultry tones of Jo’s voice, and was released on the 9th September worldwide, available from all the leading music stores

Drawing on jazz, blues, soul & folk infuences, Jo delivers a song with depth and feeling, in her distinct rich, warm & smokey tone, that swings oh so cool.

And what a band she brings with her! Vasilis is "One of the most fiery young saxophonists around blazes a path through the hard bop repertoire" (The Times) ★★★★ and "A tremendous asset to the UK Jazz Scene" (London Jazz News). Alex Webb plays the piano as nimbly as a fine dancer. Known as 'Level-Neville', Neville is an understated star on both acoustic and electric bass, combining an earthy, soulful feel with effortless technical ability. Pete graduated from Trinity Laban conservatoire's prestigious jazz course and has played with all the hottest names on the London scene.

"This girl was born to sing jazz, all the warmth and sensibility to melt even the chilliest of hearts" = Blues & Soul Magazine.
"Harrop has Excellent tone and great stage prescence" - Marlbank
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Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale: Two of a Mind
Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale

The great music based on the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond.
". . . music that reaches the parts that other forms, more brash perhaps, simply don’t." - Peter Vacher, Jazzwise

Chris Biscoe Baritone Sax, Allison Neale Alto Sax, Jeremy Brown Bass, Matt Fishwick Drums

Two of a Mind is based on the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. Exploring afresh the recordings on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, the band promises to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free reign to the personalities of the musicians.

Multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe has been featured on baritone sax with the big bands of Hermeto Pascoal, Tony Kinsey, Graham Collier and the New York Composers Orchestra, as well as in various line-ups of the Mike Westbrook Band and John Williams’ Baritone Band.

American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she has a particular affinity. She has performed with Adelaide Hall, Bud Shank and Scott Hamilton, as well as featuring in the John Dankworth Generations Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra.

Jeremy Brown is one of the most sought-after bass players on the UK scene. Jeremy’s credits include Peter King, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Anita Wardell, Curtis Stigers and Kate Williams. Matt Fishwick brings his subtle and dynamic playing to bands with Steve Fishwick and Osian Roberts and has played in the UK and USA with Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Jim Mullen, Warren Vache, Cedar Walton, John Colliani, Anita O’Day and many others.

"The playing is immaculate……It all sounds bright, sharp and, well, modern." - Dave Gelly, The Observer
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Georgia Mancio Quartet
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. Here is their website
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28 February, £18
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 Hammill Bass, Tom Hooper Drums

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6 March, £18
The Oxley Meier Guitar Project
Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier

"A fascinating fusion, opulent with evocative splendour" - MOJO ****

Nicolas Meier & Pete Oxley Guitars, Raph Mizraki Bass, Paul Cavaciuti Drums

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13 March, £0
No Gig Tonight

20 March, £18
Bryan Corbett's "Hi-Fly Quintet '59"
Bryan Corbett

"Corbett's playing is rousing and fierily expressive and his band are right on top of it." - Jazzwise

Bryan Corbett Trumpet/Flugel, Chris Bowden Alto Sax, Matt Ratcliffe Piano, Tom Hill Bass, Carl Hemmingsley Drums

1959 was one of the greatest years in jazz during which some of the most significant and successful recordings were made: Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue'; 'Mingus Ah Um'; Brubeck’s 'Take Five'; Ornette Coleman’s ground-breaking 'The Shape of Things To Come'; Horace Silver’s ‘'Blowing The Blues Away' and many more. Now, six decades on, this outstanding quintet celebrate the music from this landmark year.

Award-winning trumpeter and long-standing Fleece favourite Bryan Corbett is highly regarded for his technical fluency and his imaginative flow of ideas. He is a great performer and interpreter of the jazz standards repertoire, as well as an artist who pushes the boundaries, writing and performing original works. Saxophonist Chris Bowden works widely as an arranger and performer with a highly individual style. He first came to prominence with his 1996 funk/acid/latin-jazz album 'Time Capsule'. He was here last year with his 'Unlikely Being' project, which also featured Bryan.

Matt Ratcliffe studied jazz piano at Birmingham Conservatoire with the British Jazz pianist, Liam Noble and he was tutored in an ensemble by bassist Dave Holland. He has performed with a wide range of jazz musicians in clubs and festivals across the U.K. Originally from California, Tom Hill has been a stalwart of the Birmingham scene since the 1990s. He has performed and recorded with top jazz artists like Art Farmer and singers like Mel Torme. He will also be familiar to some TV viewers as the voice of Tony the Tiger in the Kellogg’s Frosties adverts! Carl Hemmingsley is an immensely talented drummer who combines rhythmic drive with great musical subtlety. He currently plays with Ruby Turner and he has performed with John Dankworth, Julian Arguelles, Guy Barker and, in his most recent visit to Birmingham, with Wynton Marsalis.

“A warm, lyrical tone and a formidable technique." - The Independent
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27 March, £20
Elaine Delmar and her Trio
Elaine Delmar

"Ageless, evergreen si/nging...as beautiful and talented as ever...she's marvellous!" - Michael Parkinson, BBC Radio 2
Elaine Delmar Vocals, Barry Green Piano, Simon Thorpe Bass, Bobby Worth Drums

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8:00pm Friday, 3 April, £18
The Jazz Scurriers
Simon Spillett

Head to head over the old Couriers classics, with driving virtuosic rhythmic support. Expect such favourites as the original arrangements of 'Cheek To Cheek', 'Love Walked In' and 'The Serpent', with stories and comments from the two front men. Groovy!

Simon Spillet SAX, Pete Long Sax, Chris Ingham Piano, Alec Dankworth Bass, George Double Drums

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10 April, £20
Derek Nash's PICANTE
Derek Nash

A vibrant sextet led by DEREK NASH, the irrepressible star saxophonist of the Jools Holland Orchestra, the virtuoso musicians of Picante deliver effervescent entertainment full of the life-affirming rhythms and excitement of authentic Latin Jazz

Derek Nash Saxes, Dominic Ashworth Guitars, Neil Angilly Piano, Andy Staples Bass, Marc Cecils Drums, Satin Singh Percussion

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17 April, £0
No Gig Tonight

24 April, £22
Antonio Forcione "SOLO"
Antonio Forcione

"Thrilling voyage around the world * passion, grace and fire" - The Times

Antonio Forcione Guitars

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