Fleet Jazz Club holds monthly jazz performances from some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, in a “jazz club” environment at the Harlington Centre in Fleet. The club has an enthusiastic and growing membership since it started in January 2013, and we are always very happy to see new people too. There’s more about who we are and what we do here.
We have a growing gallery of wonderful photos of recent gigs thanks to our friends at Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet Camera Club (AFFCC). Also we have created short profiles of most of the artists who have performed at Fleet Jazz Club.
TIM WHITEHEAD QUARTET
featuring GIOVANNI MIRABASSI
Early in 2005, tenor saxophonist and British Jazz icon TIM WHITEHEAD toured with the award-winning Italian pianist GIOVANNI MIRABASSI, which led to the release of their album Lucky Boys in 2006 and since then they have continued to work together both in the UK and Europe. After a recent gig in Paris to celebrate the 20th year of Giovanni’s career, they are back together for a UK tour this Autumn, and we are delighted to welcome them to Fleet Jazz for what is sure to be a very special night!
A self-taught Paris-based Italian pianist whose technique is grounded in the example of his compatriot Enrico Pieranunzi and the modern masters Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. He has enjoyed considerable international success and is hugely popular in Japan and South Korea.
In 2001 he recorded his first solo album ‘Avanti!’, which won him the prestigious Victoires du Jazz in 2002. His album “air”, a trio with Glenn Ferris and Flavio Boltro was voted best album of the year 2003 by the Django Reinhardt Academy of Jazz.
In 2006, Giovanni and Tim recorded ‘Lucky Boys’ with co-leader status and sharing the compositional duties, with Oli Hayhurst on bass and Milo Fell on drums.
“With an absolute individuality of tone and touch, Mirabassi displays a
profound confidence in his own musical language and imagination… one of
Europe’s most compelling musicians, working at the top of his powers.”
Praise for LUCKY BOYS (2006)
“Music that speaks rather than shouts… The playing and interaction is incredible…A high quality album with excellent original writing by the two leaders and sparkling playing by all concerned.” Ian Mann
Renowned throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, the multi-award-winning Tim Whitehead is a remarkable performer and composer with a dazzling CV. From work in the 70’s with Ian Carr’s “Nucleus” and “Graham Collier Music” (winning the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award on the way), and in the 80’s with groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and the likes of John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen, to the critically acclaimed albums he made in the 90’s, winning The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as the BBC Music Magazine Jazz Album of the Year, Tim has established himself as an international musician of considerable note. Tim was also the first ever musician to be made Artist in Residence at Tate Britain, resulting in a number of brilliant gigs, a highly acclaimed album “Colour Beginnings” and a short-listing for the British Composer Of The Year Award in 2010.
“There are many fine tenor players on the current British scene but Tim Whitehead is undoubtedly one of the best we have” Peter Lund – Crescendo
With Tom Hooper on drums and Marianne Windham on bass