Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel©

Current Programme

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Just a taste of the January to April 2016 season

with the return of The Horn Factory,
the ever popular Derek Nash will be with us.
and the finest Great American Song Book singer, Marlene VerPlanck is back.

Our doors open 7:30pm on Fridays

John Critchinson: "Ronnie Remembered"
John Critchinson Ronnie Scott

This band's memories of Ronnie are sure be a season opener to be remembered


John Critchinson piano, Mornington Lockett sax, Dick Pearce trumpet, Tim Wells bass, Trevor Tomkins drums


Ronnie Scott was a giant, and five very tall people, four of whom played with him. are here to celebrate his work.
The gig is led by John Critchinson, who worked closely with Ronnie. Critch has played for us many times, and is a great Fleece favourite. He is joined by Ronnie's close colleages Mornington Lockett and Dick Pearce.


Trevor Tomkins and Tim Wells complete and complement tnis fine quintet.


Mornington is "Abrasive and roaring one moment, then cutting suddenly to a gentle caress - exciting stuff " - The Venue

"Sounds like Hendrix on sax " - Noel Gallagher
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Big Screen Trio
Tom, Dave and Matt

Matt has a unique connection with film music by virtue of his tenure with the incredible John Wilson orchestra


Matt Skelton drums, David Newton piano, Tom Farmer bass

If you need a fine drummer, call on Matt. We last heard him at our Wolsey Theatre gig with Clare Teal, and are delighted to see him any time with any band. His own
trio displays a love of film music rendered as proper jazz.It must have been fun playing with John Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall.


Our president, David, is one of the finest and most sought after pianists in the business, and Tom's reputation is similarly high.


From Linn Recordings, of David: "one of our nations treasured pianists: the man has a lovely touch.

And of Tom: " He swings. Highest-possible praise again, particularly when it comes to the bass. Okay, he possesses excellent intonation, too. "
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Georgia Mancio
Georgia Mancio

A superb, highly skilled, versatile, imaginative and accessible singer plus a great band.


Georgia Mancio vocals, Gareth Lochrane flute, Tim Lapthorne piano, Julie Walkington bass, Dave Ohm drums


Award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist, Georgia Mancio, has proved herself one of the UK’s most original, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. A true improviser with a boundless and bold imagination, Georgia produces music of beauty, bite and unfailing integrity, embracing a wide-ranging jazz and modern song repertoire alongside influences from her Anglo/Italian/Uruguayan heritage.

Her band is superb: Gareth is a bandleader in his own right, and a stunning flautist. Tim Lapthorn is one of the few jazz pianists working today whose every (and any) striking of the key is a supple gem of tone. They are backed by the excellent Julie Walkington and Dave Ohm.

"the archetype of a modern singer who can style-hop at will and produce…thoroughly musical and textually convincing versions of – er – anything"
"Her intonation was impeccable, her fluidity around the pulse and a feeling of real pleasure derived from her interaction with ... other musicians was just incredibly infectious" - London Jazz News
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Peter King Quartet
Peter King

This great hero of British jazz honours us with his presence.


Peter King alto sax, Steve Melling piano, Jeremy Brown bass, Doug Sides drums


Peter brings the hugely inventive Steve Melling. Steve is one of those rare pianists that you can recognise after a few bars, but always surprises.
Jeremy is one of our favourite bassists, and is clearly one of the most sought-after bass men in the country.
Doug is an American percussionist of huge stature in the business.

"World's greatest Altoist" - Nat Adderley
"My Man!", says Nat Adderley. Mine too.
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Jazz At The Movies
Joanna, Chris and friends

Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden and featuring the Chris Ingham Quartet, Jazz at the Movies features 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 and many more.

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

Joanna Eden is the "UK's answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall" - TIME OUT. Chris Ingham has a serious reputation as pianist, composer, band leader and record producer.

We welcome the prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist, Alan Barnes back for his first gig with us of the season.

The much sought after bassist, Arni Somogyi, and the in demand drummer, George Double complete this excellent band.

"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
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Gareth Lockrane's Grooveyard Unplugged
Gareth Lockrane

Grooveyard wowed New York, now its our turn!


Gareth Lockrane flute, Alex Garnett sax, Ross Stanley piano and Hammond B3 organ, Dave Whitford bass, Tim Giles drums


Grooveyard's new album, "THE STRUT", was the material that Winton Marsalis liked so much in New York. No surprise to us: this is an exceptional band, with a great front line, the wonderful Ross Stanley on both Hammond and piano, and Dave Whitford and Tim Giles on bass and drums.

“the formidable Lockrane...a stunning display of sharp-accented runs, earthy whoops and constantly refreshed melodic ideas.” - John Fordham

“Garnett has all the individuality, skill and stamina every star soloist needs, and his debut album as leader is an impressive affair.” - Evening Standard
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16 October, £15
Theo Jackson Quartet
Theo Jackson

Expect sizzling swing and a sense of fun


Theo Jackson vocals/piano, guitar to be announced, Huntly Gordon bass, Marco Quaranotto drums


More information soon...
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23 October, £15
Phil Meadows Group
Phil and Laura

A dynamic ensemble of bright young stars


Phil Meadows sax, Laura Jurd trumpet, Elliot Galvin piano, Flo Moore bass, Simon Roth drums


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30 October, £16
John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe
John and Vimala

Brilliant guitarist, perhaps best known for "The Soft Machine Legacy" is joined by a sensational award winning singer


John Etheridge guitars, Vimala Rowe vocals.


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6 November, £15
Maciek Pysz Trio
Maciek Pisz

Maciek is major new presence on the guitar scene, Maestro Yuri and master drummer, Asaf complete this stunning trio


Maciek Pysz acoustic and classical guitars, Yuri Golubev bass, Asaf Sirkis drums


Presenting music from the critically acclaimed new album 'A Journey' released on Dot Time Records. An unforgettable evening of world music, jazz and fusion combined with heart touching melodies. The Trio is famous for amazing energy and interaction on stage.

"Pysz's highly melodic writing and well delineated and unhurried playing style make for a highly satisfying and often beautiful album ****" - Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann)
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13 November, £16
Geoff Mason Sextet: Tribute to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
Phil Mason Art Blackey

Geoff plays with Ronnie Scott's big band. Tonight he leads his own sextet for an evening of swinging tunes


Geoff Mason trombone, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Simon Spillett sax John Horler piano, Trevor Tomkins drums, Tim Wells bass


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20 November, £18
Tina May Quartet featuring Nikki Iles
Tina and Nikki

Ably abetted by Jeremy and Stephen these two outstanding musicians will captivate an audience only too happy to be held captive.


Tina May vocals, Nikki Iles piano, Jeremy Brown bass, Stephen Keogh drums


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27 November, £18
Simon Spillett Quartet
Simon Spillett

"He's stood old head and young shoulders above many of his contemporaries as a live performer for several years...gets five stars …" - Roger Thomas, BBC

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


Simon Spillett, the son of a semi-pro musician, is an excellent band leader who puts together a well-balanced programme. He is also the chronicler and guardian of the legend and legacy of the great Tubby Hayes. Simon has played with three generations British Jazz greats, including Stan Tracy, Bobby Wellins, Alan Barns and Gwilym Simcock.

On Piano, tonight and for the Quartet's last 10 years, is John Critchinson, who became a member of Ronnie Scott's Quartet when Simon was only 5 years old. On Bass is Alec Dankworth and on drums Clark Tracy, two more well known and loved Fleece regulars.

"A bruising, scruff-of-the-neck hard bopper,… he generates huge excitement, passion and swagger.” - Chris Ingham. Unmissable!
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4 December, £20
Ian Shaw and Sarah Jane Morris
Ian and Sarah

Two of Britain's biggest and brightest super stars.This will be epic!


Ian Shaw piano and vocals, Sarah Jane Morris vocals


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11 December, £18
Brandon Allen Sextet
Brandon Allen

Possibly the most exciting tenor player around, leading what is without any doubt an incredibly exciting sextet.


Brandon Allen tenor, Alex garnett alto, Mark Nightingale Trombone, Ross Stanley piano, Sam Burgess bass, Ian Thomas drums


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18 December, £15
African Jazz Quintet
Frank Williams

Frank Williams brilliant band with its roots in South African township music will keep your moving parts moving!


Frank Williams sax, Winston Delandro guitar, Alastair Gavin piano, Michael Bailey bass, drums to be announced.


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8:00pm Wednesday, 30 December, £16
Alan Barnes Quintet
Alan Barnes

Multi award winning Alan Barnes plays hard urban post-bop with passion and energy with this stellar quintet


Alan Barnes reeds, Robert Fowler saxes, David Newton piano, Dave Green bass, Matt Home drums


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