18 April, £15
Drummer Mark Fletcher's powerhouse jazz fusion quartet with Freddie Gravita on trumpet and Carl Orr on guitar is a regular feature at Ronnie Scott's and greatly impressed Wynton Marsalis: "We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years. "Come and discover the power of funky jazz originals and the music of Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker and Weather Report.
With Mark Fletcher drums, Freddie Gavita trumpet, Carl Orr guitar and Steve Pearce bass.
Fletch brings a tankful of energy to anything that he does. Even watching his teaching videos is a revelation.
This band will blow you away with great jazz.
25 April, £16
Emilia Mårtensson & Trio
This eclectically folksy, graceful, ethereal and intimate Swedish singer brings her new album to Fleece Jazz. If you ever liked anything by Norah Jones, you will surely love this delightful blurring of folk and jazz. A truly fine emerging talent.
With Emilia Mårtensson vocals, Barry Green piano, Sam Lasserson bass and Adriano Adewale percussion.
"Martensson invests every sound with a skimming, rapturous lightness and clarity" (John Fordham)
This band delighted us last February. Come and enjoy again, or discover this singer on her way up.
2 May, £16
Karen Sharp Quartet
From the tender playing of a Strayhorn ballad to the urgency of a Mingus gospel number:
With Karen Sharp saxophone, Nikki Iles piano. Dave Green bass and Steve Brown drums.
These are four Fleece favourites, for whom the word "great" applies. They all play on Karen's recent CD on Trio Records; the album has garnered some excellent press.
What a delightful way to start our new season.
9 May, £15
Frank Harrison Trio
From Jazzwise: "Lucid, intelligent, spacious and beautifully controlled explorations".
With Frank Harrison piano, Dave Whitford bass and Enzo Zirilli drums.
The piano trio is the purest form of jazz, giving each musician space to be dangerous. These three grab that possibility in their fists and run with it.
Ronnie Scott said of Frank, "one of the most talented young musicians I have heard".
16 May, £18
Spike Heatley Trio with Art Themen
Spike and Art are at the heart of British Jazz.
With Spike Heatley bass, Art Themen saxophone, Andy Williams guitar and Malcolm Mortimore drums.
Spike, Andy and Malcolm were with us in 2011 , and it is a delight to see them return. Make no bones about it, Art Themen is a class act. Together they celebrate over 7 decades of Spike's career.
23 May, £16
Gilad Atzmon The Spirit of Coltrane
A stunning interpretation of the great John Coltrane.
With Gilad Atzmon tenor and soprano saxophone, Frank Harrison piano, Ernesto Simpson drums and Tim Thornton bass.
Gilad will be playing tenor for this gig, a Selmer Mk.6, the same as Trane played. Of Gilad, John Fordham said, "A formidable improvisational array...a local jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height..."
He is funny too, and the band is great. Don't miss this one.
30 May, £15
Jon Lloyd Quintet
"Powerful and... magical stuff" - Downbeat, USA.
With Jon Lloyd reeds, John Law piano, Rob Palmer guitar, Tom Farmer bass and Asaf Sirkis drums.
The group's CD, "Vanishing point" got four stars and this review from Jazzwise: "Intimate pastoral moods, angular rock riffs and
haunting minimalist grooves... fluid and engaging". The music is very accessible without losing its improvisational power. All five musicians are virtuosi.
6 June, £15
Gabrielle Ducomble Quintet
"Astonishingly beautiful voice" - BBC Radio 4
With Gabrielle Ducomble vocals, Nicolas Meier guitar, Dan Teper accordion, Nic Kacal bass and Saleem Raman drums.
Gabrielle and her band are currently touring the UK with her latest album Notes from Paris, which in February 2014 had a sell-out launch at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club and was Jazz FM's Album of the Week.
Her band is the same one that blew us away in 2012 , including the magical Nicolas.
If you love great singing, whether in French or English, you need to be at this gig.
13 June, £16
Phil Robson New Organ Trio with Ross Stanley
"Phil is a wonderful guitarist and composer, definitely a unique player" David Liebman, USA sax legend.
With Phil Robson guitar, Ross Stanley organ and Gene Calderazzo drums.
Phil was Best Jazz Musician Of The Year in the 2009 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards, and just gets better and better.
Ross is stunning on any set of keys, but particularly the Hammond organ.
Musicians say that Gene is "always there, guiding, anticipating, shaping and stimulating".
20 June, £16
Derek Nash's Acoustic Quartet with David Newton
Stunning improvisation and creativity, with four players at the very top of their game working as a single entity.
With Derek Nash saxophones, David Newton piano, Geoff Gascoyne bass and Sebastiaan DeKrom drums.
We really do provide the best of British Jazz. Four top guys: the effervescent Derek, the presidential David, the scintillating Geoff and magesterial Sebastiaan.
We will be "Joyriding" along with the band's CD.
27 June, £15
These Fleece favourites are an exciting tight, hard swinging unit in the post-bop and Afro-Cuban vein.
With Basil Hodge piano Tony Kofi saxophone, Larry Bartley bass and Winston Clifford drums.
Combine Basil's great writing with his excellent pianism, add one of the finest saxophonists, a truly great bassist and an absolute top drummer, and you get an evening of music which will live in the memory.
4 July, £18
Clark Tracey Quintet
The much acclaimed and awarded musician returns to us with a great band - jazz at its best is in store.
With Clark Tracey drums, Henry Armburg Jennings trumpet, Chris Maddock alto sax, Harry Bolt piano and Dan Casimir bass.
"Clark plays with a keen-eared awareness that's rare among today's drummers ... has always been a highly tasteful and thoughtful drummer" - The Guardian
"There is a calm authority about Clark Tracey's drumming: he appears undemonstrative, even cherubic, and scarcely seems to move, while all the time generating tremendous power" - Ron Atkins
11 July, £15
Frank Williams African Jazz Quintet
The band has its roots firmly in South African Township music combining the very best of African music with high voltage rhythm. This is definitely music for the heart and the feet!
Frank Williams saxophone, Winston Delandro guitar, Alistair Gavin piano, Michael Bailey bass; drums to be announced.
It is a joy to have this great band back after too long an absence. This is township music at its best.
18 July, £15
Lots of joyous music from a great jazz band.
With Gabriel Garrick trumpet and flugel, Terrance Collie piano, Andy Hamill bass and Paul Cavaciuti drums.
Gabriel says, "The quartet came together whilst Gabriel was guesting on a jazz session ... Terry Collie (piano) was hosting the session and had gathered together Andy Hamill (bass) and Paul Cavaciuti (drums). The session was a breath of fresh air for each musician and just felt right."
This gig will have an excellent combination of great playing and good fun.
25 July, £15
Robert Habermann plays Gershwin
Award winning Robert sings the master's songs.
With Robert Habermann vocals and Trevor Brown piano.
Robert was voted Best International Performer 1994 by the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets of New York, resulting in several major tours. He has performed with Margaret Whiting, Kay Starr, Steve Ross, Rosemary Squires and the late Loonis McGlohan who wrote songs for Sinatra.
1 August, £15
Will Butterworth Quartet
"effortless poise and crisp, attractive classically-trained sound" - Jazzwise.
With Will Butterworth piano, Pete Ibbetson Drums, Seb Pipe alto saxophone and Nick Pini bass.
We have been lucky at the club to hear Will, and know his prodigious talent.
The band will play Will's music based on Oscar Wilde's children's story 'The Nightingale and the Rose'. It will feature the brilliant Seb Pipe on Alto Saxophone. This suite of music employs beautiful melodies and rich and dark harmony, to retell Wilde's story of love and sacrifice. The quartet uses these melodies as starting points for improvisation, and the result is intense, exhilarating and riveting music making.
8 August, £0
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22 August, £15
The Horn Factory
Nineteen musicians will be bringing us the spine tingling sound of the true big band. They blew us away in 2012
East Anglia's Premier Big Band..
If you love the sound of a big, talented band, this will be a joy.
29 August, £16
Loz Speyer - Time Zone
"Imaginative fusions of Cuban dance forms and pungent contemporary jazz" - John Fordham
With Loz Speyer trumpet/flugel, Martin Hathaway alto sax/bass clarinet, Stuart Hall guitar, Dave Mannington bass, Andy Ball drums and Maurizio Ravalico congas.
"Timezone have a deep, organic understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms and textures, which they fuse cleverly and compellingly with the more improvisatory jazz of the US mainland... All in all, another delicious evening of first-order live music." - Ian Kingsbury
A not to be missed gig to end our season.