What’s on

May 17th HORACE! The Clare Hirst/Andrea Vicari Quintet

June 21st Simon Allen & Alan Skidmore Quintet

July 19th Alan Barnes presents “Copperfield”

May 17th


An evening celebrating the music of legendary jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver from the great quintet of Clare Hirst and Andrea Vicari!

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CLARE HIRST – sax (David Bowie , Hazel O’Connor, Communards)

‘Breathy and evocative tenor playing’ – Chris Parker, The Times

FREDDIE GAVITA– trumpet (Winner of British Jazz Awards for Best Trumpet of 2017)

“Clearly one to watch” Ivan Hewitt, The Daily Telegraph


”A sharp post-bop piano improviser and prolific composer – breathtakingly eclectic” The Guardian

With DAVE BARRY on drums and MARIANNE WINDHAM on bass.

Doors and bar open from 7.15pm, performance 8pm

Please pre-book your tickets if possible

Tickets £20 (£5 students/U18s) available online here or from the Box Office on 01252 811009 (or on the door (cash or card).


Pre-show meal

The lovely La Casa Trattoria restaurant nearby, 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).

June 21st


We are delighted to welcome British jazz legend Alan Skidmore and award winning saxophonist Simon Allen back to Fleet Jazz, supported by the outstanding rhythm section of Gareth Williams on piano and Clark Tracey on drums, with Marianne Windham on bass.


Alan Skidmore is without doubt one of the most innovative and exciting tenor sax players the UK has ever produced and has been a cornerstone of the British jazz scene since the early 60s. The list of international artists with whom he has performed, recorded and broadcast reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of contemporary music and includes Georgie Fame, John Mayall, Elvin Jones, Eric Clapton, Clark Terry, Stan Tracey, Van Morrison, Charlie Watts, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Weather Report, and Dexter Gordon. Dynamic and inventive Alan’s soloing on up tempo numbers is a tour de force and his treatment of ballads is nothing short of outstanding.

“Alan Skidmore.. a player with immense physical and imaginative stamina, at home in any context, from tight structures to total abstraction, and with any tempo, from breakneck to slow.” Ian Carr, Jazz The Rough Guide

Talking of Who’s Who, Simon Allen’s CV reads like a who’s who of jazz today! He has performed alongside artists of the stature of Wynton Marsalis as well as all the current greats of British jazz including regular appearances with the late Stan Tracey’s band. 

One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting jazz performers on the UK scene, Gareth Williams has worked with many international jazz greats, including Art Farmer, George Coleman, Bud Shank, James Moody and Dave Liebman, as pianist and MD for Claire Martin and with many other top British musicians. 

Son of Stan Tracey, Clark Tracey is a drummer of exceptional ability. He  has had 30 years’ experience playing alongside some of the most important artists in jazz at home and abroad. He has recorded over 90 albums (11 as a leader) and performed in over 50 countries, and was awarded “Best Drums” title in the British Jazz Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Please note the earlier start time.

Doors and bar open from 6.45pm, Performance from 7.30pm to 10pm

Tickets £20 available online hre or from the Box Office on 01252 811009 (or on the door, cash only)

July 19th

Pat Welford Memorial Concert


Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes’s “Copperfield” has something for everyone.
A great night out that is also a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature – or just being entertained!

This new suite of pieces, touring for the first time this year, takes the audience through the characters and scenes of ‘David Copperfield”. Readings from the original Dickens tell the story, and after each scene eight virtuoso musicians bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!

A cheery clarinet plays Copperfield, the lost orphan Little Em’ly is a lyrical tenor, Mr Dick flies his kite in the personage of a soaring flugelhorn and trombone, Mr Micawber expresses “Something will turn up!”on the piano and Uriah Heep writhes around on the bass clarinet. Just as we see David progress through the trials of his life, so the movements of this suite seem to develop along with him.

The music and readings inspire the full range of Dickens’s imagination and emotion: from loneliness and remorse through to love and then irresistible joy.

Barnes is a true Dickensian. He is a serious reader of the novels. It is a clear blunder of providence that he was born too late to appear in their pages!” Hot News.

Alan Barnes – Saxophone, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Bruce Adams – Trumpet

Mark Nightingale – Trombone

Robert Fowler – Saxophones and Clarinet

Karen Sharp – Saxophones and Clarinet

David Newton – Piano

Simon Thorpe – Bass

Clark Tracey – Drums

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 only)