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Current Programme

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Just a taste of the September to December 2015 season

with the great Peter King,
Jazz at the Movies returns.
Tina May and Nikki Iles delight us,
and The Phil Meadows Group brings the amazing trumpeter, Laura Jurd

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

Will Butterworth
Will Butterworth

"A precociously talented young modern jazz pianist who plays with spacious and fractious beauty. A rising Brit Jazz piano star" - Time Out.

Will Butterworth piano, Seb Pipe alto sax, Nick Pini bass, Chris Nicholls drums

"His effortless poise and crisp, attractive classically-trained sound is one of his great strengths… Butterworth can capture a sense of atmosphere with well-placed notes and treads artfully between drama and intimacy and romantic sentiment and dry inquisition. Butterworth is a young pianist deserving more attention." - Jazz Review.
"A precociously talented young modern jazz pianist who plays with spacious and fractious beauty. A rising Brit Jazz piano star" - Time Out.

What a talented team! Altoist Seb Pipe, bassist Nick Pini and drummer Chris Nicolls have all been enjoyed at our club.
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The John East Project
John East

John East on Hammond and vocals and his stellar band will make this a gig to remember.

This gig is sponsored by John East with the proceeds going to Edwardstone Church..

John East Hammond organ and vocals, Mark Fletcher drums, Steve Pearce bass, Carl Orr guitar, Scott Baylis trumpet/flugel/piano, Dave Lewis tenor sax

The John East Project led by vocalist and organ player John East was formed five years ago and is a regular and popular feature tan the 606 Club in Chelsea and elsewhere. John has played the Hammond for many years working with musicians such as John Etheridge, Phil Robson and Katie Kissoon. John’s stellar band of Mark Fletcher (drums) Steve Pearce (bass) Carl Orr (guitar) Scott Baylis (trumpet) and the great Dave Lewis (tenor sax) are all firm Fleece favourites. Melodic vocal jazz with blistering solos driven on by the distinctive Hammond sound is sure to give us a night to remember.
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7:45pm Friday, 19 June, £10 to £17 currently
Clare Teal at The New Wolsey Theatre
Clare Teal

Tickets are available from the New Wolsey Theatre.

Clare Teal vocals and compere, Jason Rebello piano, Simon Little bass, Matt Skelton drums

Fleece Jazz are proud to present Clare Teal and her band as part of the Ipswich Jazz Festival.

Clare performs jazz standards, including music by her heroes, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee as well as more contemporary covers and original material. Beautiful melodies, fabulous arrangements and all interspersed with Clare's warm and witty story telling. A night of wonderful music to open the Ipswich Jazz Festival.

Multi-award winning Clare is backed by a superb trio led by Jason Rebello.

You will experience a dazzling evening of exquisite melodies sung by one of the UK's greatest interpreters of song

For musicians, there will be information about a master class by this superb band, to be held before the gig: the link contains information about the Ipswich Jazz Festival as we acquire it.
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Jacqui Hicks Quintet
Jacqui Hicks

"Jacqui is the best we have." Digby Fairweather
"Jacqui Hicks is one of those rarities, a great singer and a consummate musician." Bruce Adams
"Be it the most romantic ballad, hard swinging standard, or the raunchiest blues, Jacqui knows how to put any song across. She is world class." Paul Lacey - Back To Basie Orchestra

Jacqui Hicks vocals, Martin Shaw trumpet, Chris Ingham piano, Dave Green bass, George Double drums

Jacqui is a classically trained clarinetist, jazz saxophonist and acclaimed singer. The Yorkshire post says "...a singer of warmth, poise and intelligence whose smoky voice is a pleasure to listen to.".

Her band is one we know and love well. This will be an unmissable gig.

"Jacqui Hicks is not only a fine singer, but a consummate musician also with a genuine feeling for the music." Brian Dee
"....not only a great vocalist but a singer who is a complete musician as well." Bill Sharpe - Shakatak

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Mark Crooks Quartet
Mark Crooks

Mark's flair for phrasing is reminiscent of Stan Getz and his return is eagerly awaited

Mark Crooks clarinet/tenor sax, Colin Oxley guitar, Jeremy Brown bass, Ed Richardson drums

"Mark is brilliant on both instruments (tenor sax and clarinet), but it is on the clarinet that he shines brightest, in our opinion". Quoted from comments in a local paper regarding a previous visit to Fleece Jazz. More shining from this polished quartet is promised tonight.

First rate indeed, with Colin Oxley, Jeremy Brown and Ed Richardson to work and play with.
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Kevin Flannagan: Rip-Rap
Kevin and the band

"Acoustic jazz of the highest order where the musicians solo beautifully and sit in grooves like they've found a new place to live." - Sue Edwards, Royal Festival Hall.

Kevin Flanagan sax, David Gordon piano, Joel Humann bass, Tom Hooper drums

Riprap features quite extraordinary musicians who knit so well together in their modern progressive jazz style.

Kevin and Gordon seem to work as one mind in the RipRap context. The band wowed us at their last visit.

Kevin has made an indelible mark on the British jazz scene, having played with a huge range of top people in a variety of styles.

Gordon is a classically trained pianist and composer with much work for BBC Radio 3 and others, as well as with fellow jazz musicians.

Joel and Tom are the heart of the band: excellent players. You won't want to miss them.

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Robert Habermann Sings Gershwin
Robert Habermann

Robert Habermann takes his audience on a journey through some of the 20th Century's greatest love songs and the stories behind them. He has met many of the actual writers! His show is punctuated with anecdotes and stories to make this a fun evening

Robert Habermann vocals, Trevor Brown piano

Robert Habermann is an accomplished singer/songwriter of The Great American and British Songbooks. He worked in the U.S.A where he was voted Best International Performer 1994 by the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York, resulting in several major tours.

Robert was the first major British singer to perform a concert to celebrate Frank Sinatra's 80th Birthday at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Pianist Trevor Brown is known for his versatility and virtuosity. Trevor spent twenty years as pianist with the Joe Loss Orchestra. Nowadays he very much enjoys being part of The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
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Basil Hodge Quintet: Celebrating Horace Silver
Basil Hodge

Pianist Basil Hodge and his brilliant band pay homage to the influential American jazz piano player, composer and hard bop pioneer, Horace Silver, who died last year, aged 85.

Basil Hodge piano, Tony Kofi saxes, Quentin Collins trumpet, Larry Bartley bass, Rod Youngs drums

Basil Hodge has played with some of the leading UK players such as Jim Mullen, Dave O'Higgins, Pete Wareham and Renato D'Aiello. He has lead his own band for some years, and has been much admired at Fleece Jazz. Basil's hard swinging, bop-tinged piano perfectly captures Silver's sound.

Multiple award winning Tony Kofi spent four years at Berklee college. He returned to the UK in 1991 and joined the Jazz Warriors. His playing on any sax is passionate.

Quentin Collins is "A trumpeter whose style is a sizzling update of the Morgan/Hubbard approach" - Mojo Magazine.

Passionate is also the word for the playing of Larry Bartley. He has a huge reputation on the UK scene.

Rod Youngs is one of the most expressive and adept musicians in the music arena today.
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