September 18th – Nigel Price Organ Trio with Vasilis Xenopoulos
Fleet Jazz welcomes back award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price and his Organ Trio, currently on their UK tour, for one fantastic night of bluesy swing and bebop.
Nigel Price – guitar , Vasilis Xenopulos – tenor sax, Ross Stanley – organ, Steve Brown – drums
“The skillful Price lovingly celebrated Montgomery’s languidly bluesy lyricism and breezy swing, and the group heated up this 50 year-old style with an irresistible conviction.” – The Guardian
Over a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.
Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison’s recent album Keep Me Singing.
Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time.
Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod. He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London.
He has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours (including a 56 date tour in late 2016) and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way.
Nigel is a regular performer at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where he has made more than 500 appearances. He released his fifth Organ Trio Album Heads & Tales Volume 2 in late 2016 to great critical acclaim and we are delighted to welcome the organ trio to Fleet Jazz club as part of their 2018 UK tour.
October 16th – Ian Shaw
An unmissable opportunity to her one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers that the UK has produced.
Fleet Jazz is proud to welcome multi-award winning singer IAN SHAW
Distinctive and creative, Ian Shaw has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. Twice winner of the BBC Jazz Awards, he has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums. His talent and technical ability is undeniable, which is coupled with the most engaging personality and an ability to make every song his own.
Described as “the voice of the decade” it is not by chance that he was the first British Jazz vocalist to be signed to American label, Milestone, which resulted in a number of highly acclaimed US recordings. A wry, witty and intelligent showman, Ian has an international reputation, including sell-out tours of the US, Canada and most recently Australia.
Collaborators over the years have included Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano, Joe Beck, Kurt Elling and many more.
Ian will be accompanied this evening by the incomparable Barry Green on pian, Dave Ohm on drums, and Marianne on double bass, for what promises to be an evening of rollercoaster musical emotion and non-stop entertainment.
‘…for musical sophistication and emotional intelligence Shaw and his trio leave most of their peers at the starting gate.’ ★★★★ review in The Telegraph
“An eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” – the BBC
‘Shaw’s ability to…cut to the emotional heart of a song…remains astonishing.” ★★★★ Jazzwise
November 13th – Freddie Gavita and Chris Allard Quintet
Freddie Gavita, winner of Best Trumpet in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, and Chris Allard, regarded as one of the UK’s finest contemporary jazz guitarists/composers and first choice of many top artists, bring their quintet to Fleet for an evening of sizzling jazz!
Featuring Freddie Gavita (trumpet/flugelhorn), Chris Allard (guitar), Ross Stanley (piano), John Blease (drums), Marianne Windham (bass)
A fearless improviser and virtuoso trumpeter, Freddie Gavita is one of the most in demand and versatile trumpet players in Britain today. His debut album “Transient” was very well received with a 4 star review in the Guardian as well as glowing reports from the online jazz community (read the Jazz Mann’s review here). Freddie currently holds the trumpet chair in the Ronnie Scott’s Quintet and has featured in Mark Fletcher’s “Fletch’s Brew” for the last six years.
Career highlights include appearing as soloist with the BBC Big Band, three performances at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and bringing Roger Michell’s 2013 film “Le Week-end” to life with his inimitable muted trumpet stylings.
Freddie has played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, John Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Jon Faddis, Gregory Porter, Curtis Stigers, Paloma Faith, Jess Glynne, Seth McFarlane and Dionne Warwick.
“A talented trumpet prodigy” John Walters, The Guardian
Chris Allard is a freelance guitarist based in London. He has performed at major festivals and venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, The Royal Festival Hall and elsewhere . He has also played live on TV and radio, and appeared on numerous albums.
Chris has performed/recorded with many leading jazz musicians and also leads his own group, which has performed at festivals and respected venues in the UK and Europe and has received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist.
“One of the great guitarists in this country” Jamie Cullum
With Ross Stanley on piano, John Blease on drums and Marianne on bass, expect a fantastic evening of outstanding jazz and great warmth!
December 4th – “A SWINGING CHRISTMAS” with Joanna Eden and Jazz at the Movies
A regular sellout at Ronnie Scott’s, top jazz singer Joanna Eden and the Jazz At the Movies Band swing their way through the jazz festive repertoire. With a complimentary glass of bubbly and a mince pie, this is the perfect start to the Christmas festivities!
An enchanting show rich with anecdote, sophistication and swing, A Swinging Christmas gathers jazzy festive favourites as made famous by Ella, Eartha, Frank, Doris, Dean, Bing and other stars of the Silver Screen, with songs and soundtracks from classic films such as From Russia With Love and Let’s Make Love and Christmas tunes ranging from Winter Wonderland to Santa Baby. There’s a preview here!
The band is a regular seasonal sell-out at Ronnie Scott’s and has headlined many of the UK’s leading jazz clubs and festivals. Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden (‘the UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall’ – Time Out) the band features the groovy sounds of the Chris Ingham trio, and special guest Mark Crooks, the clarinet and saxophone star of the internationally acclaimed John Wilson Orchestra.
The sellout show of the year! Do join us. Buy your tickets early online
Tickets £15 to include a glass of festive fizz and a mince pie. Advance booking highly recommended.
“Joanna Eden and her first-class band had a ball… and so did the audience!” JAZZ JOURNAL