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21 August, £16
Basil Hodge Quintet: Ten Pieces of Silver

Basil Hodge Horace Silver

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, Steve Fishwick trumpet, Larry Bartley bass, Matt Fishwick 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 led 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.

Steve Fishwick is "well known as a fleet and expert bebopper, but his sideman performances in more experimental groups at the last London jazz festival confirmed his sharp ear for other kinds of melodies and structures" - John Fordham.

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

Two quotes about our drummer, Matt Fishwick "Rhythmically assured, confidently played and hugely pleasing" - Jazz UK
"Sizzling brush work" - Downbeat

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4 September, £16
John Critchinson: "Ronnie Remembered"

John, Mornington, Dick 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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11 September, £16
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. "

[Matt was on telly again last night, promming. Our drummer was the wonderful Steve Brown]

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18 September, £15
Georgia Mancio

Georgia Mancio

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

Georgia Mancio vocals, Nigel Price Guitar, Julie Walkington bass

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.

Nigel Price plays a mean guitar and is always a pleasure to listen to. Accompanying, he provides an atmospheric background much appreciated by vocalists and audiences alike.

Nigel and Julie Walkington appeared with Georgia on her excellent "Come Rain or Come Shine" album.

"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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