Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

Current Programme

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Just a taste of the May 2015 into August 2015 season

with the amazing Jim Hart,
the glorious Barb Jungr,
and a real surprise to be announced soon. Hold your breath.

Doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Simon Spillett: Tubby's Anniversary
Simon Spillett

Described by Humphrey Lyttleton as formidable: here with his line up of Britain's finest

Simon Spillett sax, John Critchinson piano, Alec Dankworth bass, Clark Tracey drums

Simon wins awards all over the place, as do his very starry band. I would come to a gig with any one of these guys, but to have all four is magic.

This gig celebrates one of the British (and world) greats, Tubby Hayes.

"Those of us who have caught him live...have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive" - Dave Gelly
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6 February, £16 buy Tammy Weis tickets
Tammy Weis
Tammy Weis

A Fine Canadian singer with a mix of classical jazz standards and beautifully crafted originals

Tammy Weis vocals, Tom Cawley piano, Julie Walkington bass, Dave Ohm drums

What a pleasure to welcome back such a stunning singer/songwriter, equally at home with standards and with her own excellent compositions. Other people say..
"Isn't she great! Now there's a vocalist!" - Michael Bublé.
An evening of Canadian cool "with a luscious sound full of feeling" - Julian Joseph.
"Not many people reduce me to tears, but Tammy's song about her mother was the most touching I've ever heard, and her voice is beautiful." - Jenni Murray, BBC.
"An engaging live performer with a Peggy Lee-like sense of cool" - Clive Davis, The Times.
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Pete Oxley and Nicolas Meier
Pete and Nicolas

Sophisicated jazz demonstrating the qualities that make the guitar duo such a rewarding combination

Pete Oxley guitar, Nicolas Meier guitar

Pete is an Oxford club owner and guitarist.He regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Chris Garrick, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Wellins, John Etheridge and his own band Curious Paradise.

With his unique style that is a blend of Metheny-esque jazz and Turkish inspired world music, Nicolas Meier has toured extensively around the world with his band the Meier Group, sharing the bill with some of the biggest names in jazz including Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau.

The Oxley-Meier guitar duo aim to entertain by playing with a spontaneity and an intuitive interplay between them that keeps them fresh and fired up from gig to gig. The duo therefore comes to the performance with what they hope are the audiences anticipations: to expect the unexpected!
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Robin Phillips Trio
Robin Phillips

One of London's top jazz entertainers: he is a singer and pianist of equal distinction

Robin Phillips vocals and piano, Jay Darwish bass, Alex Best drums

Emerging as one of the UK's leading jazz singer pianists, Robin Phillips’ passionate performances are as informative as they are engaging and entertaining. With Jay Darwish on upright bass and Alex Best on drums, this young and energetic trio definitely hark back to a golden age of jazz, but their arrangements have a distinctly modern edge.

At Robin's Fleece Jazz performance prepare to hear standards you thought you knew with rediscovered lost lyrics, and be dazzled by his lightning-quick vocal delivery.

"Well Done, Well Sung!.. You show great taste and discretion...", Jon Hendricks (jazz singing legend)
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Josh Kemp Quartet
Josh Kemp

An acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer known for his inventivness, warm tone and lyrical approach
Josh Kemp sax, Pete Whittaker organ, Dick Pearce trumpet, Chris Higginbottom drums

Josh Kemp is equally impressive playing within the jazz standards tradition and also presenting his own original compositions, Josh's playing style combines melodic inventiveness, a rich tone and a lyrical style of improvisation.The man has played over 200 gigs this year!

He brings a great band, all favourites with the club. Pete Whittaker's Organ playing is influenced by the great Jimmy Smith. Dick Pearce is a wonderful trumpeter, very under-rated in our opinion. Chris Higginbottom currently plays for the Ronnie Scott Allstars, Gilad Atzmon and Kyle Eastwood.

“Josh's Tenor sax playing made me feel that Coleman Hawkins had just entered the room – warm, mellow and punchy ... Splendid” - Charles Simmonds, Artistic Director, NC JAZZ
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Christine Tobin: It Might as Well be Spring
Christine Tobin

An exceptional singer songwriter, Christine specialises in idiosyncratic highly musical poetic vignettes
Christine Tobin vocals, Phil Robson guitar, Dave Whitford bass, Gene Calderazzo

A wonderful evening of classic songs is in store from the ever popular Great American Songbook by 2014 'Jazz Vocalist of the Year', Parliamentary Jazz Award winner Christine Tobin.

Her programme for this concert marks a return to the classics and includes favourites by Jerome Kern, Ellington, Gershwin, Michel Le Grand and many more.

Christine's stellar band are; A-list jazz guitarist Phil Robson, Dave Whitford double bass & US drummer Gene Calderazzo.

"Gorgeous, affecting and deeply human" The Guardian ****
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Tim Whitehead
Tim Whitehead

Tim has a highly personal and always gorgeous sound on tenor sax and an infinite vocabulary

Tim Whitehead sax, Jonathan Gee piano, Oli Hayhurst bass, Winston Clifford drums

Lawyer turned jazz musician, highly acclaimed Tim Whitehead, is now well known on the British jazz scene. His career goes back forty years when he played with Ian Carr's Nucleus before becoming a member of the prestigious twenty one piece band "Loose Tubes".

Tim brings with him three musicians with their own national reputations, Jonathan Gee, Oli Hayhurst and Winston Clifford who have entertained and enthralled us many times.

“He is a prodigious tenor player whose graceful compositions always rise above the mere technicalities of the conservatoire... amid the crowd of anonymous, garrulous and hard-edged tenor saxophonists, Tim Whitehead's music is marked by a sense of grace and economy.” Clive Davis - The Times
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20 March, £18
The Derek Nash Picante Latin Band
Derek Nash

Award winning saxophonist Derek Nash makes a welcome return to the Club bringing his new Latin/Salsa band
Derek Nash saxes, Dominic Ashworth guitar, Robin Jones percussion, Marc Cecil drums, Neil Anguilly keyboards, Andy Staples bass.

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27 March, £15
Tom Green Septet
Tom Green

London based trombonist, composer and arranger and winner of The Dankworth prize for composition
Tom Green trombone, Matthew Herd alto and soprano, Sam Miles tenor, James Davison trumpet, Sam James piano, Misha Mullov-Abbado bass, Scott Chapman drums

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3 April, £18
Liane Carroll, Solo
Liane Carroll

A solo performance from this deeply soulful and wonderfully honest singer pianist who we adore!
Liane Carroll vocals and piano

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10 April, £15
Chris Ingham Quartet - Hoagy
Chris Ingham

A fine delectation of Hoagy delights conveyed masterfully by an able foursome
Chris Ingham piano, Paul Higgs trumpet, Andrew Brown bass, George Double drums

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17 April, £15
Phil Meadows Group
Phil Meadows Group

A dynamic ensemble of bright young stars
Phil Meadows sax, Laura Jurd trumpet, Elliot Galvin piano, Simon Roth drums

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24 April, £22
Kyle Eastwood
Kyle Eastwood

With considerable charm and unassuming excellence Kyle (Clint's son) demonstrates his monster bass chops
Kyle Eastwood bass, Andrew McCormack piano, Quentin Collins trumpet, Brandon Allen sax, Chris Higginbottom drums

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