FREDDIE GAVITA & 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!
“A SWINGING CHRISTMAS”
JOANNA EDEN & 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, with special guest Duncan Hemstock on tenor sax.
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
A PORTRAIT OF CANNONBALL with TONY KOFI
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.
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
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.
Nikki 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.
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
“I doubt if I’ve ever heard such a fine example of small group playing this side of New York City” (Bebop Spoken Here)
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.
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 College 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.
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.
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’.
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
“THE MUSIC OF ELLA & SARAH”
JULIET ROBERTS and VIMALA ROWE
and an all star band led by
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)
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!