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AUTUMN 2022

October 18 LIZZIE BALL and NICOLAS MEIER

November 15 MARK CROOKS & ROBERT FOWLER: From A to Z: The music of Al Cohn & Zoot Sims

Dec 6 IAN SHAW & IAIN BALLAMY


October 18th

LIZZIE BALL with NICOLAS MEIER

A high-octane evening of joyful music to get your feet tapping and bring a big smile, with effervescent, stylish singer and violin maestro Lizzie Ball , the virtuoso guitarist Nicolas Meier, percussionist Demi Garcia and Marianne Windham on double bass.

LIZZIE BALL

A prolific performer, Lizzie Ball has been on the international stage for two decades as a multi genre violinist, vocalist, bandleader and founder of Classical Kicks Productions. She founded Classical Kicks in 2012 to bring classical music out of the concert hall to a wider audience, with diverse performers, with key performances including at Bestival and a residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Her multi-faceted achievements also include as soloist/orchestra leader for a variety of artists, projects and tours including a performance at Madison Square Gardens, working with Hugh Jackman,Jeff Beck, Brian Wilson,, Ariana Grande and Liam Gallagher, as well as long- term collaboration with Nigel Kennedy as Leader of his Orchestra of Life. 

“Lizzie Ball lit the place on fire with her solos” – San Francisco Chronicle

NICOLAS MEIER

UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more — all mixed with jazz — Meier’s versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. 

Meier originally hails from Switzerland; born in 1973, to parents who are great lovers of the arts. Never short on ambition, Meier founded his own record label, MGP Records, in 2009. His growing catalog includes albums recorded as a solo artist; in various group formats (The Nicolas Meier Group; Nicolas Meier Trio; Eclectica!; Nicolas Meier World Group); with his heavy metal band, Seven7, and; in a duo format, with long-time partner, fellow guitarist and collaborator, the fabulous UK master, Pete Oxley.  2017 was a breakthrough year: one in which Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Records released Nicolas’ brilliant solo album, “Infinity.” Most recently, Nicolas has completed and released two new albums on MGP (Meier Group Productions): the already-well-received album new duo album with Pete Oxley, “The Alluring Ascent,” and; the 2019 released Nicolas Meier World Group’s pristine effort, “Peaceful” was supported with a 50-dates tour. 2020 saw the release of the  World Group “Live” album recorded at Colchester Arts Centre, the Meier Budjana Group album “Flying Spirits” featuring Jimmy Haslip and the Solo Guitar Album “Stories” and metal album “Escapades” from Nicolas’ My Dark Side!

DEMI GARCÍA SABAT

Originally from Barcelona, now based in London, Demi studied at the London College of Music and is currently studying through Artistworks with jazz legend Peter Erskine. He works as a freelance percussionist specializing in Flamenco, Jazz, Arabic, Latin, Iberian Folk, and pop music and has toured all over Europe, North Africa, and USA.

Current projects include Alec Dankworth & Spanish Accents, Nicolas Meier, Shirley Smart Trio, Martin ‘Youth’ Glover, Tim Garland, Nikki Yeoh, John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe, Black Midi, Blanco White, Jorge Bravo, Uli Demi, Tito Heredia, Giles Thornton, La Rueda music, Lourdes Fernández Flamenco Company, Graciela Rodriguez Trio, Ben Hillier, Mónica Guech, La Típica contemporary Flamenco company, Maria Vega Dance company, Melange, Hunter Gatherers, The Budapest Cafe Orquestra, La Xula and Los Amigos Latin band.

Fleet Jazz anchor MARIANNE WINDHAM completes the line-up on double bass.

Doors and bar open from 7.15pm, performance 8pm

Tickets £20 available online here or from the Box Office on 01252 811009, or on the door, cash or card.

Pre-show meal

The La Casa Trattoria restaurant, whose menu offers all manner of Italian food delights, are offering a 25%discount for pre-show meals. Please book a table or view the menu here and just show your ticket on the night to claim your discount (offer applies between 5pm and 7pm on show days).


November 15th

MARK CROOKS & ROBERT FOWLER QUINTET

“From A to Z: The music of Al Cohn & Zoot Sims”

Al Cohn and Zoot Sims were two of the finest and most popular tenor sax players in jazz. Musicians loved them and audiences flocked to hear them at their long engagements at the Half Note Jazz Club in New York. Al Cohn wrote the inventive arrangements for this joyous free-wheeling quintet, which they co-led through much of the 1950s and 1960s.

In-demand tenor players Mark Crooks and Robert Fowler salute Al & Zoot tonight, with swinging, straight-ahead jazz at its best.

Mark Crooks – tenor sax, Robert Fowler – tenor sax, John Pearce – piano, Marianne WIndham – double bass, George Double – drums

ROBERT FOWLER

Robert’s jazz career first started, whilst studying Graphic Design in Bristol. He played with a variety of local bands, and often appeared at the famous ‘Old Duke’ where he regularly sat in with visiting stars such as Danny Moss and Roy Williams. On graduating he was approached to play with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, on the recommendation of NYJO boss Bill Ashton. Thus followed nearly a decade of international and national touring, travelling much of Europe, the USA and the UK, which Robert found invaluable – nurturing his early talent and developing his rich sound.

As well as the PRO, Robert has worked with many bands from the British jazz scene, appearing with The Great British Jazz Band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra and The BBC Big Band,
he was a member of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band and is a regular with Alan Barnes’ octet as well as The Back to Basie Orchestra. In 1999 Robert was asked to play on a session for Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, for the album ‘As Time goes by’. This led to further touring and recording with Bryan, appearing on his albums ‘Frantic’, ‘Avonmore’, and the ‘Jazz Age’, as well as collaborating on the soundtrack to Baz
Luhrman’s ‘Great Gatsby’ and Sky TV’s ‘Babylon Berlin’ series..

Robert has also played on many other Film and TV sessions as well as Orchestral dates with the John Wilson Orchestra, The CBSO, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra and the Royal
Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Robert has released 2 CDs under his own name: Tight Lines and Flow..

MARK CROOKS

Much in demand as both leader and sideman, Mark works in a wide variety of musical settings including jazz, big band, classical, shows and recording sessions on clarinet and saxophone.

Mark is a member of the award-winning Back to Basie Orchestra and the celebrated John Wilson Orchestra, with which he has played regularly at the BBC Proms. He was the featured clarinet soloist in the TV special “A Swingin’ Christmas “ and also the JWO’s Gershwin in Hollywood album , recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016.

He has performed with artists ranging from Tony Bennett to Sir Simon Rattle, Lady Gaga to Dame Cleo Laine at venues from Ronnie Scotts in London to the Lincoln Center in New York.

Currently Mark is enjoying playing in ‘Jazz At The Movies’ with singer Joanna Eden, ‘Salud Tom Jobim!’ with Georgia Mancio and with his own quartet in concerts around the UK. He also features in ‘Getz, A Musical Portrait’ with the Chris Ingham Quartet and in drummer Matt Skelton’s Manne – Date Quintet.

Doors and bar open from 7.15pm, performance 8pm

Tickets £20 available online here or from the Box Office on 01252 811009, or on the door, cash or card.


December 6th

CHRISTMAS CONCERT!

IAN SHAW, IAIN BALLAMY & JAMIE SAFIR

“What’s New

What’s New is an exciting collaboration between three of the UK’s leading jazz musicians playing in chamber format: multi-award winning vocalist IAN SHAW, his contemporary the legendary saxophonist and composer IAIN BALLAMY and one of the finest young pianists of his generation JAMIE SAFIR . Their interplay draws on the connection of Ballamy and Shaw who have known one another almost since the start of both their careers.

The music is about human connections – friendships, relationships, positive and otherwise – and plunders 80 years of the popular song. Expect new arrangements, from the title song of their recording to Bernstein’s Some Other Time as well as the Bacharach/David classics Alfie and You’ll Never Get To Heaven alongside works by Legrand, Jobim and Ellington.

“Three great jazz voices entwining. Captivating.” Robert Elms, BBC Radio London

Featuring Ian Shaw – vocals, Iain Ballamy – tenor sax, Jamie Safir – piano

Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of prosecco and mince pie.

An unmissable start to the Christmas Season!

Tickets £22 available online here , or on the door (cash or card). Doors and bar open from 7.15pm, performance 8pm to 10pm