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
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
The Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire 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, 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
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."
5 December, £16
Gilad Atzmon Power Cats
"A revelation, a multi-reed man of enormous talent"-Tony Richards
Gilad Atzmon reeds, Ross Stanley organ, Asaf Sirkis drums
Gilad is an amazing musician. He is leader of several bands, is a prolific and powerful composer, and an excellent producer.
"Asaf Sirkis has earned a reputation as one of the world's premier drummers" - Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
Ross Stanley is an internationally celebrated pianist and organist who has played with stellar jazz names such as Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker,Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band, and performing in many small and large ensembles.
12 December, £20
Sarah Jane Morris
"River deep, mountain high, Sarah Jane Morris has a magnificent, enormous voice" - `Sunday Times
Sarah Jane Morris vocals, Tim Cansfield guitar, Tony Remy guitar, Henry Thomas bass
I have heard a preview of Sarah Jane's new CD "Bloody Rain" and it is bloody good. Tony and Henry feature on it.
The two stunning guitarists and such a fine bassist provide not just a great backing, but superb solos.
If you miss this gig, you are missing a force of nature performing.
19 December, £18
The classiest jazz singer in the world comes to Fleece Jazz.
Ian Shaw vocals and piano
It's a trio, really: fine comedian, great pianist and what a singer!
"Best Jazz Vocalist" at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004 , and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the JazzFM awards in 2013 , Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed intentionally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world's finest male jazz vocalists.