What’s on

2018 Programme

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

September 18th – Nigel Price Organ Trio

October 16th – Ian Shaw

November 13th – Freddie Gavita/Chris Allard Quintet

December 4th – A SWINGING CHRISTMAS with Joanna Eden and Jazz at the Movies


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

Tickets £14 – click here to buy online

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.

Tickets £14 – click here to buy online

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.

Tickets £14 – click here to buy online

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

September 18th – Nigel Price Organ Trio

Fleet Jazz welcomes back award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price and his Organ Trio, currently on their UK tour, for one fantastic night of bluesy swing and bebop.

“The skillful Price lovingly celebrated Montgomery’s languidly bluesy lyricism and breezy swing, and the group heated up this 50 year-old style with an irresistible conviction.” – The Guardian

Nigel Price Organ trioOver a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.

Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison’s recent album Keep Me Singing.

Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time.

Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod.  He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London.

He has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours (including a 56 date tour in late 2016) and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way.

Nigel is a regular performer at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where he has made more than 500 appearances.  He released his fifth Organ Trio Album Heads & Tales Volume 2  in late 2016 to great critical acclaim and we are delighted to welcome the organ trio to Fleet Jazz club as part of their 2018 UK tour.

Tickets £14

October 16th – Ian Shaw

An unmissable opportunity to her one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers that the UK has produced.

Fleet Jazz is proud to welcome multi-award winning singer IAN SHAW

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Ian Shaw – photograph by Gerhard Richter

Distinctive and creative, Ian Shaw has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. Twice winner of the BBC Jazz Awards, he has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums. His talent and technical ability is undeniable, which is coupled with the most engaging personality and an ability to make every song his own.

Described as “the voice of the decade” it is not by chance that he was the first British Jazz vocalist to be signed to American label, Milestone, which resulted in a number of highly acclaimed US recordings. A wry, witty and intelligent showman, Ian has an international reputation, including sell-out tours of the US, Canada and most recently Australia.

Collaborators over the years have included Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy,  Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano, Joe Beck, Kurt Elling and many more.

Ian will be accompanied this evening by the incomparable Barry Green on pian, Dave Ohm on drums, and Marianne on double bass, for what promises to be an evening of rollercoaster musical emotion and non-stop entertainment.

Highly recommended!

Tickets £14

‘…for musical sophistication and emotional intelligence Shaw and his trio leave most of their peers at the starting gate.’ ★★★★ review in The Telegraph

“An eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul” – the BBC

‘Shaw’s ability to…cut to the emotional heart of a song…remains astonishing.” ★★★★ Jazzwise

November 13th – Freddie Gavita and 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)

Freddie Gavita low resA 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 – photo by Mark Hughes

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!

Tickets £14

December 4th – “A SWINGING CHRISTMAS” with Joanna Eden and 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!

Jazz at the Movies ChristmasAn 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, and special guest Mark Crooks, the clarinet and saxophone star of the internationally acclaimed John Wilson Orchestra.

The sellout show of the year! Do join us.

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