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2018 Programme

October 9th – IAN SHAW

November 13th – FREDDIE GAVITA & CHRIS ALLARD QUINTET 

December 4th – A SWINGING CHRISTMAS with JOANNA EDEN

January 15th  – A PORTRAIT OF CANNONBALL with TONY KOFI

February 19th – NIKKI ILES ALL STAR SEPTET

March 19th  – CLARK TRACEY QUINTET

April 16th  – JO FOOKS & STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET

May 21st – CRAIG MILVERTON: TRIBUTE TO OSCAR PETERSON

June 18th – BRANDON ALLEN PLAYS GENE AMMONS

July 16th – VIMALA ROWE AND LILY DIOR “THE MUSIC OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND SARAH VAUGHAN”


October 9th

IAN SHAW

An unmissable opportunity to hear 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 Kate Williams on piano, 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 – Buy online

‘…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 & 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)

A 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 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 – Buy online


December 4th

“A SWINGING CHRISTMAS”

JOANNA EDEN & 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. Buy your tickets early online 

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


January 15th

A PORTRAIT OF CANNONBALL with TONY KOFI

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley.  With Byron Wallen on cornet (tbc), Alex Webb (piano), Alfonso Vitale (drums) and Marianne Windham guesting on double bass, the group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955 through work with Miles Davis to the soul-jazz of the late 1960s.  Expect Adderley brothers classics like Things Are Getting Better, This Here, Del Sasser, Dat Dere, Sack o’Woe and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.

Tony Kofi won the Best Instrumentalist Award at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, Best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Album of the Year at the 2005 BBC Jazz Awards and was nominated for an award MOBO in 2008. Born in Nottingham to West African parents, Tony spent a four-year period at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, on a scholarship music diploma. Since then, he has performed with the World Saxophone Quartet, Clifford Jarvis, Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson and many others.  Between 2003 and 2004, Tony was an integral part of the Anglo-American Big Band of Andrew Hill and the Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra; he has also recorded with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Ornette Coleman, as well as with his own bands.

‘[Kofi’s] improvising has an arrestingly raw power’ – The Guardian

Tickets £14


February 19th

NIKKI ILES ALL STAR SEPTET

Nikki Iles, one of the UK’s finest composers and pianists, leads this all star septet featuring some of the brightest new talents of the UK jazz scene alongside well-established figures, playing arrangements especially commissioned for this evening’s performance.

Featuring Alice Legget (Alto sax), Trish Clowes (Tenor/Soprano Sax), Karen Sharp (Baritone sax),  Alexandra Ridout (Trumpet)

nikki-iles-hi-resNikki Iles, jazz pianist and composer, was a founder member of the innovative Creative Jazz Orchestra – working with Anthony Braxton, Mike Gibbs, Vince Mendoza and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Her busy freelance career has found her playing with Peter Erskine (CJO), Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Julian Arguelles, Stan Sulzmann, Norma Winstone, Dave Holland, TinaMay, Tony Coe, Joe Locke and Rufus Reid.

Although well known as a pianist , composition remains a major part of her musical life with commissions including The London Sinfonietta, The London Philharmonic’s Renga and The National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

With a parallel career as a widely respected teacher, Nikki is Professor of Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University as well as giving masterclasses around the world. She has been a driving force behind the Jazz syllabus at the ABRSM and continues to publish with Oxford University Press.

Tickets £16


March 19th

CLARK TRACEY QUINTET

Celebrating over 40 years in jazz, drummer Clark Tracey has assembled his newest line-up of gifted young musicians for 2019.  From his own vast experience Clark leads them through Bebop to post- bop, a highly accessible journey that swings all the way.  Aside from Clark, who has won the last two years’ Best Drums in the British Jazz Awards, Alexandra Ridout also won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year in 2016, with Sean Payne the runner-up.

Since its inception last year, this band has astonished audiences already around the country at clubs and festivals with a maturity beyond their years.

Featuring Sean Payne – alto sax, Alexandra Ridout – trumpet, Elliott Sansom – piano, James Owston – bass,  Clark Tracey – drums
Clark-Tracey Quintet

“I doubt if I’ve ever heard such a fine example of small group playing this side of New York City” (Bebop Spoken Here)

Tickets £14


April 16th

JO FOOKS & STEVE WATERMAN QUINTET

Fleet Jazz is delighted to welcome the hard-swinging warm-toned tenor and flute player Jo Fooks, with Steve Waterman, one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene.

Well known and loved by audiences throughout the south, Jo Fooks, whose mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Simms, won the ‘Young Scottish Musician of the Year’ and went on to study at the Guildhall in London and the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, before being recruited by the late Humphrey Lyttelton into his eight-piece band.

Steve Waterman is one of the top British jazz trumpet players both at home and on the international scene. He began his career while studying at Trinity College Of Music, and since then has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene. Steve is a prolific composer, and has recorded several critically acclaimed CDs under his own name.

Tickets £14


May 21st

CRAIG MILVERTON: TRIBUTE TO OSCAR PETERSON

Winner of the Jazz Piano Category of The British Jazz Awards, Craig Milverton is firmly established as one of Britain’s top jazz pianists. “A master of whatever he chooses to perform”, Humphrey Lyttleton, “An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivalled sense of swing” Dave Gelly.

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In his latest project, ‘A Tribute To Oscar Peterson’ Craig pays homage to probably the greatest of all Jazz Pianists, and his biggest influence, Oscar Peterson. This show highlights all the great recordings of Oscar from his biggest hit ‘Tenderly’, to his best-selling Album ‘Night Train’.

Featuring Craig Milverton – piano, Dominic Ashworth- guitar, Nick Millward – drums , Marianne Windham – double bass

Tickets £14


June 18th

BRANDON ALLEN PLAYS GENE AMMONS

Australian saxophonist, Ronnie Scott’s Late Show regular and “arguably the most exciting tenor player in Britain today “ (JAZZWISE),  Brandon Allen salutes the groovy soul-jazz of legendary Chicagoan saxophonist Gene Ammons, in a show which seeks to capture the spirit of Ammons and his music over his entire career, from 1943 to 1974.

“Accessible and fresh jazz of very high quality” – London Jazz News

Featuring Brandon Allen – Tenor saxophone, Ross Stanley (UK) –  Piano/hammond organ, Arnie Somogyi – Acoustic and electric bass, George Double – Drums

Brandon Allen

Tickets £14


July 16th

VIMALA ROWE AND LILY DIOR

THE MUSIC OF ELLA FITZGERALD & SARAH VAUGHAN

with an all star band led

JANETTE MASON

The astonishing vocals of the late Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are brought to life with the leading ladies of vintage jazz Vimala Rowe (Cafe Society Swing) and Lily Dior and an all star band led by pianist and musical director Janette Mason.

ELLA AND SARAH
In her early teens VIMALA ROWE left England for the Far East where she quickly established herself as vocalist with the successful rap band TKO and then as a solo artist, writing and recording a hit album which included guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel.
She then spent a year studying Hindustani Classical vocals in Nagpur India, which profoundly influenced her future style. Back in England she made the eponymous EP ‘Vimala’ with Simon Horn, a recording of original compositions which garnered the Indy Music award for Best Soul, Jazz, Funk act, 2008.

Since then she has gone on to establish herself on the London Jazz Scene as a remarkable live performer, and her mix of jazz sophistication and swing, soulful passion and a hint of Indian exoticism is enthralling.

“A captivating and seemingly effortless soulful voice” Justin Wilkes, Kiss FM

Rich in musicality, sonorous tones LILY DIOR is a captivating live performer. Her debut album ‘Invitation’ received universal praise and put Lily firmly on the Australian music map. “She can belt out a song, dramatize a lyric, swing hard and earthy, flirt, sing a tender song – Lily can tell a story” ABC. In what is now an extensive and highly respected career Lily is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost vocalists, performing at major festivals and venues in Australia and around the World, including performances in the likes of New York, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and of course the UK!

“Jazz and soul coexist in Lily Dior’s repertoire, and in her vocal style… sassy, soulful, passionate and strong.” Rythms Magazine

Musical Director and pianist JANETTE MASON’S credits as an elite keyboard player include Oasis, Seal, Pulp and Robert Wyatt, as well as the cream of the UK’s jazz talent including Clare Martin and Ian Shaw.

Also a talented composer, Janette Mason was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award and her work also features on the soundtrack of award-winning independent film Ruby Blue, starring Bob Hoskins.

Tickets £16


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