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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January 2015 into April 2015 season

with Fletch’s Brew to blast us away,
Simon Spillett amazing saxophone playing,
the beautiful voice of Tammy Weiss
and Tim Whitehead great compositions and fine playing.

Doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio
Dennis Rollins

A power trio with a rich, funky and distinctive sound.

Dennis Rollins trombone, Ross Stanley organ, Pedro Segundo drums.

"This fine trio set is a real surprise ... not because Rollins' expressive virtuosity was ever in doubt, but because he cuts loose here in the company of Hammond organist Ross Stanley and exciting drummer to paint a broader canvas of melody and texture than this line-up ought to permit" John Fordham

A gig not to be missed.
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Ben Crosland's Threeway
Ben Crosland

"Virtuoso players who know each other so well that their improvisations just seem to fall into place. It's subtle music, warm, melodic and gently intriguing" - Dave Gelly

Ben Crosland bass, Steve Waterman trumpet, Steve Lodder piano

The Dave Gelly quote refers to the new album, "Looking Forward, Looking Back". As an older album never strays far from my player, I am greatly looking forward to the new one.

This is a band that gives the term "chamber jazz" a good name. Ben does most of the composition, with additions by the Steves. They are stunning compositions, making exciting use of the available tonalities.
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Sarah Moule
Sarah Moule

Her CD launch tour! "Sarah's voice on 'Men Who Love Mermaids' becomes elemental: floating and diving in subtle and liquid eloquence" - Barb Jungr

Sarah Moule vocals, Simon Wallace piano Mick Hutton bass, Paul Robinson drums

On her latest album, "Songs from the Floating World", acclaimed jazz singer Sarah Moule has recorded seven songs by Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman, alongside a new lyric by Julie Burchill, two blues numbers and imaginative reworkings of classic songs.

Songs from the Floating World reminds us that Sarah is a brilliant interpreter of both melody and lyrics.

'The Floating World' was the name given to the red light districts in 17th-19th Century Japan where geishas, Kabuki actors and Sumo wrestlers rubbed shoulders with artists and musicians against a backdrop of hedonism.

The reviews of the album have been stellar. Here is part of a five star review by Dave Gelly:
Together, Sarah Moule, Simon Wallace and Fran Landesman made a perfect trio of talents – and still do, even though Fran died three years ago. Wallace’s music exactly echoes her unsettling but deceptively simple lyrics, and Moule’s cool voice brings them both to elegant life. Among the seven Landesman songs here I particularly liked Scars and Did I Break Your Heart? There’s also Lots of People Do, with a lyric that sounds remarkably like Fran but turns out to be by Julie Burchill, together with several intriguingly recast standards. Wallace’s arrangements are immaculate.
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Damon Brown Quintet featuring Fredrik Carlquist tenor sax
Damon Brown

Five distinguished musicians immersed in a lively jazz scene will supply lyrical and swinging music.

Damon Brown trumpet, Fredrik Carlquist tenor sax, Leon Greening piano, Adam King bass, drums to be announced.

Damon plays with top bods at top clubs all over the world. He brings with him four distinguished musicians from his travels.

The press quotes are amazing for all five.
Example: "Brown has a bright, gleaming tone, a superbly poised attack, and a fine rhythmic sense that paces high long notes, stuttery phrases, pauses and sudden foot-on-the-gas accelerations against each other in eloquent conjunction" - John Fordam".
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Jazz at the Movies
Joanna Eden and Jazz at the Movies

From "When Harry Met Sally" to "The Ipcress File": Joanna and her top band will have a ball.

Joanna Eden vocals, Alan Barnes saxophone, Chris Ingham piano, George Double drums, Arni Somogyi bass

"Movie songs like these provide good material for the best jazz singers. Joanna Eden and her first-class band had a ball with them ... and so did the audience!" JAZZ JOURNAL

Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden ("the UK's answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall" TIME OUT) and featuring the groovy sounds of the CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET featuring the multi award-winning clarinettist and saxophonist Alan Barnes, JATM put a jazzy spin on the evocative songs and soundtrack themes from classic films including The Aristocats, The Servant, From Russia With Love, Agatha, Let's Make Love, The Pink Panther, The Ipcress File, When Harry Met Sally and many more.

Featuring material ranging from Bond to Bacharach, Dankworth to Disney, Porter to Pinter, this is an enchanting entertainment rich with anecdote, sophistication and swing.
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31 October, £18
The Partisans band

"One of the most exciting all-star experimental groups in Jazz today" - BBC Radio 3

Phil Robson guitar. Julian Seigal reeds, Thadeous Kelly bass, Gene Calderazzo drums

The Guardian said "...tricky zigzagging heads are played with flawless attack, and the quartet's trademark of seamless idiom and time-shifting within each piece operates with a gleeful tautness".

You should book early for this one.
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7 November, £18
Tim Richards HEXTET featuring Dick Pearce and Ed Jones
Tim Richards' HEXTET

"Richards' arrangements are terrific, and the choice of material is just as good... A landmark achievement in a long career." - John Fordham on "Great Spirit"

With Tim Richards piano, Dick Pearce trumpet, Ed Jones sax, Ralph Wyld vibes, Peter Ibbetson drums and Dominic Howles bass

Pianist Tim Richards’ new six-piece combines GREAT SPIRIT founder-members Dick Pearce (Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey) and Ed Jones (US3, Incognito) with up and coming young lions Ralph Wyld and Peter Ibbetson (ex-Puppini Sisters), plus longtime associate Dominic Howles.

Book early, their last 2 gigs at London’s Kings Place were sold out...

"Attractive ensemble writing... infectious grooves... powerful soloing..." Kennie Mathieson - JAZZWISE Magazine ****
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14 November, £15
Paul Baxter's EYESHUTIGHT Trio

A unique blend of accessible, melodic, fiery compositions, expansive improvisation, and an engaging, enjoyable stage show

Paul Baxter bass, Johnny Tomlinson piano, Kristoffer Wright drums

After the success of their first two albums,'Evolution' and'The Thaw', EYESHUTIGHT are gaining recognition as real beacon of originality on the UK Jazz scene. They appeared on'The Cutting Edge' on Jazz FM, and on The Giles Peterson Show on BBC 6 Music.

During 2012 , EYESHUTIGHT were featured on 'Jazz On 3 '. They were also selected to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at the Manchester Jazz Festival which was broadcast Jazz on 3.
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21 November, £16
Katya Gorrie: The Moscow Drug Club
Moscow Drug Club

Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, New Orleans Funeral Parade, and Gypsy Campfire combine for a special evening.

Katya Gorrie vocals, Denny Ilett guitar, Andy Crowdy bass, Mirek Salmon accordion, Jonny Bruce trumpet

In a curious musical place where certain elements of darkest 1930 's meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club ... this way please & mind the stairs!

You will find a great voice and fine musicianship there.
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28 November, £15
Jim Mullen Organ Trio
Jim Mullen Organ Trio

Three masters present the organ trio as it should be.

Jim Mullen guitar, Mike Gorman organ, Matt Skelton drums

From Dave Gelly: "Most jazz musicians have, tucked away at the back of the mind, a collection of tunes that have caught their ear, and that they plan to use one of these days. Guitarist Jim Mullen unearthed these 10 numbers, by Toots Thielemans, Chick Corea, Donald Fagen, Georgie Fame etc., from his wishlist, and they make a fascinating collection.
His trio, with organist Mike Gorman and drummer Matt Skelton, has a light, open, beautifully defined texture. Each piece gets a unique, often surprising treatment, performed with the understated virtuosity that marks out the best and most mature players."
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5 December, £16
Gilad Atzmon Power Cats
Gilad Atzmon

"A revelation, a multi-reed man of enormous talent"-Tony Richards

Gilad Atzmon reeds, Ross Stanley organ, Asaf Sirkis drums

Gilad is an amazing musician. He is leader of several bands, is a prolific and powerful composer, and an excellent producer.

"Asaf Sirkis has earned a reputation as one of the world's premier drummers" - Ian Patterson, All About Jazz

Ross Stanley is an internationally celebrated pianist and organist who has played with stellar jazz names such as Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker,Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band, and performing in many small and large ensembles.
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12 December, £20
Sarah Jane Morris
Sarah Jane Morris

"River deep, mountain high, Sarah Jane Morris has a magnificent, enormous voice" - `Sunday Times

Sarah Jane Morris vocals, Tim Cansfield guitar, Tony Remy guitar, Henry Thomas bass

I have heard a preview of Sarah Jane's new CD "Bloody Rain" and it is bloody good. Tony and Henry feature on it.

The two stunning guitarists and such a fine bassist provide not just a great backing, but superb solos.

If you miss this gig, you are missing a force of nature performing.
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19 December, £18
Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw at Fleece Jazz

The classiest jazz singer in the world comes to Fleece Jazz.

Ian Shaw vocals and piano

It's a trio, really: fine comedian, great pianist and what a singer!

"Best Jazz Vocalist" at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004 , and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the JazzFM awards in 2013 , Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed intentionally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world's finest male jazz vocalists.
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