Fleece Jazz

Fleece Jazz at Stoke by Nayland Hotel

The best in modern and contemporary jazz every Friday at 8.pm

Tickets available for all gigs at 01787 211865

and for the next few gigs at www.wegottickets.

Full information including live clips are available at www.fleecejazz.org.uk.

Doors open at 7.30pm

8 August, £0

Summer Break

We all need
a rest

15 August, £0

Summer Break

We still need
a rest

22 August, £15

The Horn Factory

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

Loz Speyer
"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.

5 September, £20

Dylan Howe's Subterranean, with special guest Andy Sheppard

Dylan Howe
New designs on David Bowie's Berlin period: music from "Low" and "Heroes"

Dylan Howe drums, Andy Sheppard tenor sax, Ross Stanley piano, Steve Lodder synthesisers, Dave Whitford bass

A couple of quotes for starters: "A warm, contemplative treat, subtle, cinematic. The painterly atmosphere is conjured by creative electronics and elegant arrangements. A warm tribute to Bowie, but a jazz album too, Subterranean offers plenty to fans from both constituencies." John Fordham. The Guardian

"4 stars. Succeeds in living up to the source material... subtle reinvention and imaginative twists." - The Independent

Dylan, Andy, Steve, Ross and Dave start their tour with us. And with you.

12 September, £15

Alec Dankworth World Jazz Trio

Alec Dankworth
Five star rating for these three stars. Alec's love of Spanish music will flood through.

Alec Dankworth electric bass, Ben Castle sax, Paul Clarvis percussion

Alec brings originals and standards from all parts of the globe. This is a world class trio of musicians. Alec is at the top of the bassist game; Brandon is a fiery soloist and generous accompanist. Whether playing jazz, classical music or rock, Paul is a leader in his field.

19 September, £18

Sarah Gillespie

Sarah Gillespie
"Bob Dylan's lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original" - John Fordham

Sarah Gillespie vocals and guitar, Tom Cawley piano, Enzo Zirilli drums, Ben Bastin bass

"Is she the new Joni Mitchell? PJ Harvey? Bob Dylan even? Glory Days recalls all three but Gillespie's spiky lyrical gift is utterly distinctive." Metro, London

Great voice, great storytelling, great musicianship.

26 September, £18

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.

3 October, £15

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

This is a band that gives the term "chamber jazz" a good name. All three are virtuoso players who know each other so well that their improvisations just seem to fall into place. The CD is never far from my player.

10 October, £15

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 new 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 17 th-19th Century Japan where geishas, Kabuki actors and Sumo wrestlers rubbed shoulders with artists and musicians against a backdrop of hedonism.

17 October, £18

Damon Brown's Rogue Planets

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

Damon Brown trumpet, Frank Carlquist tenor sax, Gustav Lundgren guitar, Daniel Frank bass, Marc Miralta drums

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".

24 October, £15

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.

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.

7 November, £18

Tim Richards Sextet

Tim Richards
His style has been described as "Luminously funky...laced with the blues." - The Rough Guide to Jazz

Tim Richards piano, Dick Pearce trumpet, Ed Jones saxophone, Ralph Wyld vibraphone, Dominic Howles bass, Peter Ibbetson drums

We welcome Tim Richards with a sextet of star musicians. He has been active in British jazz for over thirty years, running the well-respected group Spirit Level, and then, Great Spirit.

Ed Jones is a hard blowing saxophonist and has worked with Tim Richards for several decades. It is a privilege to have the company of star trumpeter Dick Pearce.
Ralph Wyld is a former first bench percussionist in the NYOGB, is a smashing vibraphonist, and is rumoured to play the Gamilan.
We welcome back Dominic Howles and Pete Ibbetson.

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.

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.

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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