What’s on

January 21st – VIMALA ROWE

February 18th NAT STEELE plays “SONNY ROLLINS & THE MODERN JAZZ QUARTET”

March 17th PAUL HIGGS presents “A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAZZ”

April 21st CHRIS GARRICK with the DAVID GORDON TRIO

May 19th JOANNA EDEN QUINTET featuring DIDIER SUSTRAC

June 16th DEREK NASH QUARTET feat. MARTIN SHAW

July 21st JAZZ IN NEW YORK: THE 1930s

 

January 21st

VIMALA ROWE

From her training in Hindustani classical music in India to
world music, soul and effortlessly swinging jazz, award winning singer Vimala
Rowe has rapidly become a major talent on the British jazz scene. Always
inspiring critical acclaim, Vimala’s performances are never less than
expressive and engaging.

In our first concert of the 2020 season, Vimala steps out as
a solo artist, bringing with her a formidable trio featuring Mark Edwards on
piano and Andrew Cleyndert on bass, to perform some of her favourite jazz songs
from her extensive repertoire, ranging from New Orleans to the classic jazz
vocalists such as Ella, Sarah, Billie and Julie London, alongside a few
original songs inspired by her travels around the world.  A quality
evening of first class jazz!

“One of the most distinctive singers to come along in
quite some time” The Sunday Times

“A singer of quite astonishing versatility and
adaptability…a compelling stage presence with savvy to burn”
LondonJazzNews

Tickets £14 Book online here or call the Box Office on 01252 811009

February 18th

“SONNY ROLLINS AND THE MODERN JAZZ QUARTET”

NAT STEELE QUINTET

feat. US TENOR SAX STAR GRANT STEWART

Nat Steele’s “Sonny Rollins and  the Modern Jazz
Quartet” UK tour features US tenor saxophone giant Grant Stewart in the role of
Rollins, playing homage to the classic 1956 Prestige album of the same
name.  Stewart has won the prestigious Downbeat Magazine award 8 years in
a row, and is on record as being one of Jimmy Cobb’s (drummer with Miles Davis,
Kind of Blue) favourite tenor players. He has released 16 albums as leader, as
well as playing and touring regularly all over the States, Canada, Asia and
Europe.

Steele’s recently released debut quartet album
“Portrait of the MJQ” received rave reviews in the jazz and national
press, including 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine (“Jazz Choice” of the month), 4*
in the Observer, and 4* in JazzJournal and JazzWise magazines.

In the quartet’s first performance as a quintet with Grant
for the 2018 London Jazz Festival (at BopFest) playing the Rollins + MJQ
programme, Forbes Magazine reviewed the concert in glowing terms, saying that
it was “…easily one of the top gigs of [the LJF]”.

Expect swinging bebop and straight-ahead jazz from this
world-class quintet.

Featuring Grant Stewart on tenor sax, Nat Steele on
vibraphone, Gabriel Latchin on piano, Marianne Windham on bass and Steve Brown
on drums.

Tickets £14 Book online here or call the Box Office on 01252 811009

March 17th

PAUL HIGGS QUARTET presents

“A BRIEF HISTORY OF JAZZ”

Paul Higgs is renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers. In this show Paul and his band take you a delightful musical tour of the history of jazz, playing hits by the legendary greats- Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and Miles Davis amongst others. Taking you through the styles of New Orleans, swing and be-bop, through cool jazz, modal and Latin, Paul gives an outstanding performance.

With Chris Ingham – piano, George Double – drums, Marianne Windham – bass

“Paul Higgs displays a gorgeous tone,
unflagging inspiration, stylistic cognisance at its most perceptive and
enviably faultless chops to boot!” Digby Fairweather: BBC presenter (Radio 2
& 3), and jazz trumpeter

Tickets £14 Book online here or call the Box Office on 01252 811009

April 21st

CHRIS GARRICK with the

DAVID GORDON TRIO

A Jazz violinist of considerable power and musicality, Chris
Garrick is also highly regarded for his work with the likes of The Brand New
Heavies, Van Morrison and Brian Ferry, as well as appearing on a significant
number of film and TV soundtracks. He is also no stranger to the classical
concert halls, but it is his Jazz violin for which he is best known. A fluent
and inventive player with a string of awards to his name, his subtle yet
driving playing is a testament to a thoughtful but at the same time joyous
approach to the music.

David Gordon studied mathematics and logic before embarking
on a career as jazz pianist, harpsichordist and composer. Regularly
commissioned by festivals and fellow musicians to compose, he also tours and
records with his own international jazz trio, whilst finding the time to grace
concert halls around the world in his capacity as harpsichordist with top
orchestras and soloists.

‘Garrick and Gordon have established a genuine rapport,
and this, allied to the immense technical skill on display, ensures that these
musical exchanges are consistently full of interest. There’s always something
exciting going on.’ thejazzmann.com

Tickets £14 Book online here or call the Box Office on 01252 811009

May 19th

JOANNA EDEN QUINTET

feat. DIDIER SUSTRAC

UK singer-pianist and a favourite with Fleet Jazz, Joanna
Eden joins forces with French singer/guitarist Didier Sustrac to lovingly
recreate the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz and Joao & Astrud
Gilberto.  A successful songwriter and performer of his own original
music, Sustrac has always found inspiration in the music of Brazil “I have
two countries in me, two cultures that mix and talk to each other. That of
France, the land of my language, and that of Brazil, my musical homeland.”

Says Joanna “It’s been a thrill performing and recording with Didier in France and I can’t wait to introduce him to UK audiences!  He approaches the work of Gilberto and Jobim so lovingly, it’s contagious!”

With David Black on tenor sax/flute, George Double on drums, Marianne Windham on bass

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June 16th

DEREK NASH QUARTET

with special guest MARTIN SHAW

Jazz saxophonist Derek Nash is a
member of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, has led Sax Appeal for 40
years, is a founder member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion and has been
regularly nominated in the British Jazz Awards. He is renowned for his
energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four
saxophones – from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano – and is an
award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and Best Jazz
CD of the Year, regularly appearing in the British Jazz awards nominations and
was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation.
Derek’s Quartet’s 2012 CD ‘Joyriding’ was awarded Best CD of the Year in the
British Jazz Awards.

The band will be performing music from their latest release,
‘Down on Frenchmen St.’. Named after the new centre of jazz in New Orleans, the
album is full of infectious rhythms and lyrical melodies, with nods to Derek’s
jazz roots – from Blue Note and samba to Mulliganesque counterpoint.  The
band also features multi award-winning pianist, David Newton, and Sebastiaan de
Krom on drums, who has been the bedrock of performances from Michel Legrand to
Jamie Cullum. Joining them will be star trumpeter, Martin Shaw (Incognito, BBC
Big Band) who also features on the quartet’s latest album.

“Derek Nash is not only a superb player, he has a stage
presence that enthuses both his audience and his fellow musicians.” (Jazzin’
Around)

Tickets £14 Book online here or call the Box Office on 01252 811009

July 21st

JAZZ IN NEW YORK: THE 1930s

In 1930s New York jazz was the pop of its day and the music emanating from Manhattan’s radio stations, nightclubs, bars and dance halls was at its most swinging and exciting.

Recreating the music of stars such as Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday are some of the greatest names on today’s classic jazz scene, pianist Nick Dawson,  trumpeter/singers Enrico Tomasso and Georgina Jackson, reedman Pete Long, bassist/guitarist Dave Chamberlain and drummer Richard Pite.

End of season finale – early booking recommended!

Tickets £17 Book online here or call the Box Office on 01252 811009