What’s on

November 14th Alex Ridout, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year

December 5 Christmas Concert: Brandon Allen All-Star Sextet

January 16 Scott Hamilton Quartet

February 20th Chris Ingham Quartet: “The Jazz of Dudley Moore”

March 20th Dave and Judith O’Higgins: “His’n’Hers Quintet”

April 17th Sara Dowling Quintet plays “Nancy Wilson with the George Shearing Quartet”

May 15th Paul Booth with the Janette Mason Trio “The Music of Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock”

June 19th Gordon Campbell All Star Octet

July 17th SEASON FINALE: Clark Tracey’s Stan Tracey Legacy Big Band


November 14th The Ridouts feat.

Alex Ridout, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2016

Alex Ridout – trumpet, Tom Ridout – sax and recorder, Mark Ridout – guitar,  Marianne Windham – double bass, Tristan Mailliot – drums

Alex Ridout 1Two generations of great jazz musicians come together as Mark Ridout, one of the most sought-after guitarists on the UK jazz scene,  is joined by his daughter Alex on trumpet and son Tom on sax and recorder.

tom ridoutWinner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, Alex is currently studying at The Purcell School of Music and at The Junior Department at the Royal Academy of Music. Tom, predicted by Jazzwise Magazine in 2012 as an upcoming jazz musician to watch out for, was awarded the prestigious Richard Turner Jazz Prize while studying jazz saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music and was also a finalist in the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016!

Mark Ridout has performed in most of the UK’s major jazz venues and festivals, and appeared with such illustrious musicians as Jimmy Smith, Barbara Dennerlein, Tony Martin, Natalie Cole, Jane Monheit and Eddie Parker. Mark toured the US with Jazz funk band ‘Down to the Bone’ has performed on TV for ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is also regularly to be heard with the BBC Big Band. He last played in Fleet for our very first jazz night with Steve Waterman and we are delighted to welcome him back with his hugely talented family. And a great pleasure to welcome back drummer Tristan Mailliot too,  for a very overdue return visit!

Doors open at 7.15, music from 8pm. Tickets £12 from the Box Office on 01252 811009, online here,  on the door.

December 5th Fleet Jazz Christmas Concert: Brandon Allen All-Star Sextet

Brandon Allen – Tenor sax/arrangements,  Sam Mayne – alto sax/flute,  Mark Nightingale – trombone,  Ross Stanley – piano, Tim Thornton – bass, Ian Thomas – drums

Brandon Allen

A regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, Brandon Allen is one of the most exciting tenor players in Britain today. His sextet was formed in 2012 with the intention of creating the ultimate dream band and all members of the band are highly respected soloists, leaders and composers/arrangers in their own right.

The idea was to perform exciting new arrangements of much loved standards, including compositions by Weather Report, Michel Legrand, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and others, the tunes being geared towards showcasing the improvising talents of the frontline as well as the rhythm section.

The band has sold out Ronnie Scott’s twice and has performed at various festivals including Swanage, Scarborough Jazz, Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival, Wigan Jazz, Herts Jazz and the Southport Winter Weekender.


Brandon Allen 1“Many musicians would respond to the opportunity of their own band by starting to write original material to foist onto the unsuspecting public. Allen has taken another route by putting his effort into producing wonderful arrangements to showcase the richness of the writing and the skill of his performers. The result is nothing less than a six-person big band – an extraordinary achievement.”
London Jazz News

Not to be missed! Tickets £15 including a festive glass of sparkling wine and a mince pie. Advance booking highly recommended.

Doors open at 7.15, music from 8pm. Tickets available from the Box Office on 01252 811009 or online here.

 “And make no mistake, theirs was a world-class performance….a front line that Art Blakey would have branded “the baddest cats in town”” The Evening Standard

January 16th Scott Hamilton Quartet

Scott Hamilton – tenor sax,  John Pearce – piano, Dave Green – double bass, Steve Brown – drums.

For our 5th anniversary gig, we are delighted to welcome Scott Hamilton, one of the all time great American saxophone players, with his all-star UK rhythm section.

Scott Hamilton, born in Rhode Island, moved to New York in 1976, getting to work with Roy Eldridge, Anita O’Day, Hank Jones,Illinois Jacquet, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones.

Scott’s first recording date followed. He joined the Benny Goodman orchestra, continuing to work with Goodman until the early 1980s.

In 1977 he formed and recorded with his own quartet and along the way made albums with Tony Bennett, Ruby Braff, John Bunch,Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman, Dave McKenna, Gerry Mulligan,Buddy Tate & Concord All Stars.

More than fifty albums later he is  still recording having made many under his own leadership, several with his regular Britsh quartet appearing with him tonight

Scott is a masterly ballad player, with a sound that’s all his own, paced by John Pearce’s always elegant piano and the urgings from bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown. An unbeatable combination.

“Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a great conversationalist in full flow. First comes the voice, the inimitable, assured sound of his tenor saxophone, then the informal style and finally the amazing fluency and eloquent command of the jazz language.”Dave Gelly

February 20th Chris Ingham Quartet: “The Jazz of Dudley Moore”

Chris Ingham – piano, Paul Higgs – trumpet, Marianne Windham – double bass, George Double – drums

The beloved comic actor Dudley Moore (1935-2002) was also one of the UK’s most dazzling, swinging jazz pianists and a composer of with and depth. Following their acclaimed Hoagy project, the Chris Ingham Quartet revisit Dudley’s music with sounds from the fabulous 1960s Decca jazz trio albums, the TV show Not Only But Also (1965-70) and the brilliant movie soundtracks for Bedazzled (1967) and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968).

A frequent sell-out at Ronnie Scott’s, this show is a vibrant and moving homage to Dudley, full of swing, humour and warmth. An absolute must-see!


“Dudley would have been delighted” **** THE OBSERVER

March 20th Dave and Judith O’Higgins: “His’n’Hers Quintet”

Tenor saxophonist Dave O’Higgins is a hugely popular and well-known figure on the international jazz scene. Twice winner of Best Tenor Sax in the British Jazz Awards, his powerful, driving style has been a feature of the scene for over 25 years, performing with everyone from Cleo Laine to Frank Sinatra.

For his appearance at Fleet, Dave O’Higgins is joined by wife and fellow tenor player Judith O’Higgins, apparently in the manner of the movie, Mr & Mrs Smith…

In reality this is in the good humoured tradition of the great Johnny Griffin – Eddie Lockjaw Davis group, with some of the best arrangements borrowed from that repertoire. Although the two tenors were of different temperaments both musically and emotionally their ideas complemented and enhanced one another. In the words of Eddie Lockjaw Davis: “What we are doing is presenting, side by side, two different styles of playing tenor—a contrast, not a contest”.

Expect swinging straight ahead tough tenors in the time-honoured tradition!

“Exceptional fluency.. one of Britain’s finest musicians” (The Observer)

April 17th Sara Dowling Quintet plays

“Nancy Wilson with the George Shearing Quartet”

Sara Dowling – vocals, Nat Steele – vibes, Gabriel Latchin – piano, Marianne Windham – bass, Steve Brown – drums

Gifted with an immensely emotional vocal style, Sara Dowling’s influences are wide and far-reaching. Her first love was her father’s jazz record collection, which helped develop her understanding of the music. More recently, she had a five star review from Jazz Journal, and Jazz Views voted her recording album of the month.

Sara and her outstanding quintet will be celebrating Britain’s most famous jazz pianist George Shearing – the blind musical protégé who joined Claude Bampton’s band through World War ll and later became a household name in the U.S – including arrangements from the 1961 album The Swingin’s Mutual which featured the George Shearing Quintet with vocalist Nancy Wilson.


“A vocal with timeless quality, 5 stars” – JAZZ JOURNAL

May 15th Paul Booth with the Janette Mason Trio

“The Music of Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock”

Paul BoothA top billing as acclaimed saxophonist Paul Booth joins the trio of pianist Janette Mason to pay tribute to the music of jazz legends Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock.


Tenor saxophonist Paul Booth is an in demand solo artist, as well as a ‘first call’ sideman for many big names in both jazz and popular music worlds. He has worked worldwide with a variety of well-known artists including Steve Winwood, Steely Dan, the BBC Big Band, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Riverdance, Ingrid Jensen, Matt Bianco, Eddie Henderson, and many more.


Whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he won several awards including the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship held in Miami, and the Best Modern Jazz Player category in the UK televised “Young Jazz Player of the Year” competition.

Janette Mason


Janette Mason, from her high profile gigs throughout the 90’s touring with artists like Seal, Oasis, k.d.Lang and Robert Wyatt, to the years on camera as Musical Director for Jonathan Ross and Antoine De Caunnes, has proven to be a consummate musician and a standout talent in Jazz, Pop, Indie, Rock and World Music.

A mainstay of the British Jazz scene for over a decade she has toured her unique sound worldwide, playing everywhere from The Atlanta and Rochester Jazz Festivals to the Carnegie and Albert Hall.


Doors open at 7.15, music from 8pm. Tickets £14 from the Box Office on 01252 811009 or online here.

June 19th Gordon Campbell All Star Octet

Gordon Campbell – trombone, Olly Wilby – saxes, Martin Shaw – trumpet/flugel horn, Claire McInerney – baritone sax, Robin Aspland – piano, Anthony Kerr – vibes, Dave Chamberlain – double bass, Ed Richardson – drums

We welcome The John Wilson Orchestra & BBC Big Band’s lead trombonist Gordon Campbell and his All Star Octet featuring the music of the USA’s Dave Pell Octet, with popular standards arranged by the renowned Americans’ Shorty Rogers, Marty Paich & Bill Homan. Expect to hear tunes such as ‘Cheek to Cheek’, ‘Fly Me to The Moon’, ‘Jasmine Blue’, ‘Lulu’s Back in Town’, ‘I’ve

Found a New Baby’ & ‘Jazz Me Blues’ etc. Robin Aspland, Martin Shaw & Anthony Kerr are also fellow BBC Big Band musicians whilst Dave Chamberlain is in The Back to Basie Orchestra. Olly Wilby plays in The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Both Olly and Ed Richardson are members of Ray Gelato & The Giants. Claire McInerney has performed with Al Martino and Jamie Cullum.



July 17th SEASON FINALE: Clark Tracey’s Stan Tracey Legacy Big Band

Pianist Stan Tracey who died in 2013 was an outstanding figure in the Jazz world and was known as the ‘Grandfather of British Jazz’. His music continues to live and develop thanks to the continued enthusiasm and dedication of his son, leading UK drummer and bandleader Clark Tracey. The Stan Tracey Legacy Big Band is crammed with British talent including Alan Barnes, Mark Nightingale, Art Themen, Sam Mayne, Nadim Teimoori, Jay Craig, Nathan Bray, Mark Armstrong, Martin Shaw, Andrew Cleyndert on bass, Steve Melling on piano and of course Clark Tracey on drums! There really is no other big band with this sound – Stan’s genius comes shining through.

The band will be playing Stan’s compositions and arrangements dating back to 1966 and up to his final masterpiece, Genesis.

A perfect finale to the summer season. Highly recommended!