Fleet Jazz Club

Alex Ridout, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year
Date: Tuesday 14th November
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £12 Cabaret Unreserved

Winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician Jazz Award, trumpeter Alex Ridout is joined by her brother Tom, also a finalist in the BBC Jazz Young Musician award, who was also awarded the prestigious Richard Turner Jazz Prize while studying jazz saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music, and their father Mark Ridout, one of the most sought-after guitarists on the UK jazz scene whose credits include the BBC Big Band and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Join us for an outstanding evening of live music from the next generation of the UK’s top jazz artists!

“ We were enchanted by Alexandra’s presence as a musician.” - Julian Joseph, Chair, BBC Young Musician Jazz Award.

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Fleet Jazz Christmas Concert: Brandon Allen’s All-Star Sextet
Date: Tuesday 5th December
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £15 Cabaret Unreserved

A sensational end of season concert at Fleet Jazz with Brandon Allen’s All-Star Sextet!

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.

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

“ Allen has produced 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

“ 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

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Scott Hamilton Quartet
Date: Tuesday 16th January
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

One of the all time great American saxophone players with an all-star UK rhythm section, for an evening of compelling, swinging jazz to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Fleet Jazz!

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 British trio appearing with him tonight - John Pearce - piano, Dave Green - double bass and Steve Brown - drums.

“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

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Chris Ingham Quartet “The Jazz of Dudley Moore”
Date: Tuesday 20th February
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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!

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

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

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Dave and Judith O’Higgins: “His’n’ Hers Quintet”
Date: Tuesday 20th March
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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.br />
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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Sara Dowling Quintet plays “Nancy Wilson with the George Shearing Quartet”
Date: Tuesday 17th April
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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.

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

"A vocal with timeless quality, 5 stars" - JAZZ JOURNAL

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Paul Booth with the Janette Mason Trio “The Music of Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock”
Date: Tuesday 15th May
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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.

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, 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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Gordon Campbell All Star Octet
Date: Tuesday 19th June
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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.

Featuring 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

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Clark Tracey’s Stan Tracey Legacy Big Band
Date: Tuesday 17th July
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £17 Cabaret Unreserved

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!

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