Dave Lewis’ 1UP Band
American saxophonist Dave Lewis leads 1UP with raw lyrical emotion and a horn full of funk, and his sound is perfectly matched by the soulful intensity and searing blues vocals of Lizzie Deane. The band lays down the deepest grooves with space for virtuosic improvisation and breath-taking interplay.
Dave Lewis’ robust and melodic tenor playing has been heard with a notable list of artists including John Martyn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Armatrading, John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Blockheads. The 1UP band features an impressive array of talent fronted by vocalist Lizzie Deane, a fabulous singer who for many years has worked with some of the finest performers around, including Carleen Anderson, Mica Paris and Jocelyn Brown. Lizzie’s warm persona and infectious performance style calls to mind the great soul divas such as Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, but at the same time she brings her own unique energy and approach to every song. The band tonight also features the wonderful Al Cherry on guitar, Robin Aspland on piano, Neville Malcolm on bass and Rod Youngs on drums.
The band pick up the standard from where The Crusaders, Rufus Thomas and The Meters left off. With their original material and evocative lyrics, 1UP bring their own contemporary edge to the groove. Above all, it’s a band of outstanding musicians who play as one.
“. . . It’s a real treat . . . tight chunky grooves and very exciting and funky sax …. this is an absolute breath of fresh air . . . Dave Lewis sets a standard of powerful, fiery solos that will be hard to surpass this year. More please!” Blues and Soul
“Spine tingling” The Guardian
Dave Lewis – Tenor sax
Al Cherry – Guitar
Robin Aspland – Piano
Neville Malcolm – Bass
Rod Youngs – Drums
Lizzie Dean – Vocals
About Fleece Jazz:
Fleece Jazz is an independent, non-profit association run by a voluntary committee who have been providing modern and contemporary jazz for 28 years. They book talented musicians and jazz bands from the UK and beyond to perform at Stoke by Nayland Resort, providing the perfect backdrop for these cherished and popular events.
Fleece Jazz events are generally held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.