What’s on

2018 Programme

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


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

Dave O’Higgins – tenor sax,  Judith O’Higgins – tenor sax, Graham Harvey – piano, Marianne Windham – double bass, Alex Eberhard – drums.

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)

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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

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May 15th – Paul Booth with the Janette Mason Trio

“The Music of Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock”

Paul Booth – tenor sax, Janette Mason – piano, Marianne Windham – bass

A 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.

Paul Booth

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.

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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.

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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. The band’s line-up for 17th July is:

Trumpets: Nathan Bray (TBC), Mark Armstrong, Martin ShawAlex Ridout
Trombones: Mark Nightingale, Martin Gladdish, Pete North
Saxes: Art Themen (Tnr/sop), Simon Allen (Tnr), Sam Mayne – (Alt), Alan Barnes (Alt), Jay Craig (Bari)
Rhythm: Mark Edwards (Piano), Andrew Cleyndert (Bass), Clark Tracey (Drums)

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

There really is no other big band with this sound – Stan’s genius comes shining through. A perfect finale to the summer season. Highly recommended!

Tickets £17 – click here to buy online