What’s on

2019 Programme

January 15th  – A PORTRAIT OF CANNONBALL with TONY KOFI

February 19th – NIKKI ILES ALL STAR SEPTET

March 19th  – CLARK TRACEY QUINTET

April 16th  – JO FOOKS & STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET

May 21st – CRAIG MILVERTON: TRIBUTE TO OSCAR PETERSON

June 18th – BRANDON ALLEN PLAYS GENE AMMONS

July 16th – SEASON FINALE: THE MUSIC OF ELLA AND SARAH


January 15th

A PORTRAIT OF CANNONBALL with TONY KOFI

and special guest DEELEE DUBÉ

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley.  With Andy Daves (trumpet), Alex Webb (piano), Alfonso Vitale (drums), Marianne Windham (double bass) the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the late 1960s.  Expect Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, This Here, Del Sasser, Dat Dere, Sack o’Woe and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy –  as well as a guest vocal spot by Deelee Dubé exploring the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson.  In 2016 Dubé was the first British winner of the prestigious Sarah Vaughan Vocal Award.

Tony Kofi won the Best Instrumentalist Award at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, Best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Album of the Year at the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and was nominated for an award MOBO in 2008. Born in Nottingham to West African parents, Tony spent a four-year period at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, on a scholarship music diploma. Since then, he has performed with the World Saxophone Quartet, Clifford Jarvis, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson and many others.  Between 2003 and 2004, Tony was an integral part of the Anglo-American Big Band of Andrew Hill and the Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra; he has also recorded with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Ornette Coleman, as well as with his own bands.

‘[Kofi’s] improvising has an arrestingly raw power’ – The Guardian

Tickets £14 – available online and from the Harlington Box Office


February 19th

NIKKI ILES ALL STAR SEPTET

Nikki Iles, one of the UK’s finest composers and pianists, leads this all star septet featuring some of the brightest new talents of the UK jazz scene alongside well-established figures, playing arrangements especially commissioned for this evening’s performance.

Featuring Alice Legget (Alto sax), Trish Clowes (Tenor/Soprano Sax), Karen Sharp (Baritone sax),  Alexandra Ridout (Trumpet)

nikki-iles-hi-resNikki Iles, jazz pianist and composer, was a founder member of the innovative Creative Jazz Orchestra – working with Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Her busy freelance career has found her playing with Peter Erskine (CJO), Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Julian Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann, Norma Winstone, Dave Holland, Tina May, Tony Coe, Joe Locke and Rufus Reid.

Although well known as a pianist , composition remains a major part of her musical life with commissions including The London Sinfonietta, The London Philharmonic’s Renga and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

With a parallel career as a widely respected teacher, Nikki is Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University as well as giving masterclasses around the world. She has been a driving force behind the Jazz syllabus at the ABRSM and continues to publish with Oxford University Press.

Tickets £16


March 19th

CLARK TRACEY QUINTET

Celebrating over 40 years in jazz, drummer Clark Tracey has assembled his newest line-up of gifted young musicians for 2019.  From his own vast experience Clark leads them through Bebop to post- bop, a highly accessible journey that swings all the way.  Aside from Clark, who has won the last two years’ Best Drums in the British Jazz Awards, Alexandra Ridout also won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year in 2016, with Sean Payne the runner-up.

Since its inception last year, this band has astonished audiences already around the country at clubs and festivals with a maturity beyond their years.

Featuring Sean Payne – alto sax, Alexandra Ridout – trumpet, Elliott Sansom – piano, James Owston – bass,  Clark Tracey – drums
Clark-Tracey Quintet

“I doubt if I’ve ever heard such a fine example of small group playing this side of New York City” (Bebop Spoken Here)

Tickets £14


April 16th

JO FOOKS & STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET

Fleet Jazz is delighted to welcome the hard-swinging warm-toned tenor and flute player Jo Fooks, with Steve Waterman, one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene.

Featuring Jo Fooks – tenor sax, Steve Waterman – trumpet, Ted Beament – piano, Marianne Windham – bass, Buster Birch – drums

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Well known and loved by audiences throughout the south, Jo Fooks, whose mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Simms, won the ‘Young Scottish Musician of the Year’ and went on to study at the Guildhall in London and the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, before being recruited by the late Humphrey Lyttelton into his eight-piece band.

Steve Waterman is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene. He began his career while studying at Trinity Csteve-waterman-hi-resollege Of Music, and since then has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene. Steve is a prolific composer, and has recorded several critically acclaimed CDs under his own name.

Ted Beament is one of the UKs most respected pianists, having played with the Humphrey Lyttleton Band for many years and, before that, with George Melly. In addition, Ted has played with just about every major name on the UK jazz scene – as well as many visiting American jazz stars.

Buster Birch studied drums and percussion at the University of London and later at the Guildhall School of Music. He moved to New York where he gigged and continued his studies at the drummers collective in Manhattan and privately  with Jo Morello (from Dave Brubeck’s famous quartet). He has since performed in over 30 countries with various orchestras, Jazz groups and other world music ensembles.

Tickets £14


May 21st

CRAIG MILVERTON: TRIBUTE TO OSCAR PETERSON

Winner of the Jazz Piano Category of The British Jazz Awards, Craig Milverton is firmly established as one of Britain’s top jazz pianists. “A master of whatever he chooses to perform”, Humphrey Lyttleton, “An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivalled sense of swing” Dave Gelly.

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In his latest project, ‘A Tribute To Oscar Peterson’ Craig pays homage to probably the greatest of all Jazz Pianists, and his biggest influence, Oscar Peterson. This show highlights all the great recordings of Oscar from his biggest hit ‘Tenderly’, to his best-selling Album ‘Night Train’.

Featuring Craig Milverton – piano, Dominic Ashworth- guitar, Nick Millward – drums , Marianne Windham – double bass

Tickets £14


June 18th

BRANDON ALLEN PLAYS GENE AMMONS

Australian saxophonist, Ronnie Scott’s Late Show regular and “arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today “ (JAZZWISE),  Brandon Allen salutes the groovy soul-jazz of legendary Chicagoan saxophonist Gene Ammons, in a show which seeks to capture the spirit of Ammons and his music over his entire career, from 1943 to 1974.

“Accessible and fresh jazz of very high quality” – London Jazz News

Featuring Brandon Allen – Tenor saxophone, Ross Stanley (UK) –  Piano/hammond organ, Arnie Somogyi – Acoustic and electric bass, George Double – Drums

Brandon Allen

Tickets £14


 

July 16th

SEASON FINALE

“THE MUSIC OF ELLA & SARAH”

featuring

JULIET ROBERTS and VIMALA ROWE

and an all star band led by

JANETTE MASON

Janette Mason presents the Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan featuring Juliet Roberts and Vimala Rowe. Drawing on the classic albums of these iconic jazz vocalists, Janette Mason has put together a swinging set of music featuring two of the finest singers around.

Featuring Vimala Rowe (vocals), Juliet Roberts (vocals), Roberto Manzin (sax), Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet), Janette Mason (piano), Marianne Windham (bass), Jamie Murray (drums)

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Vimala Rowe has established herself on the Jazz Scene as a remarkable live performer, appearing with such luminaries as John Etheridge, Bobby Wellins, Jonathan Gee and more.

Juliet Roberts is a British jazz and house music singer. Celebrating a career that has spanned thirty years, she has recorded and performed with Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Courtney Pine to name a few.

Janette Mason is an composer, pianist and artist in her own right and has performed with everyone from Brit Pop band Oasis, to jazz Legends Ian Shaw and Claire Martin.

An outstanding concert to end the season!

Tickets £16


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