Fleet Jazz Club

Gareth Williams/Trish Clowes “Glow Quartet”
Date: Tuesday 18th April
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £12 Cabaret Unreserved

Both exceptional musicians, Gareth and Trish have worked together a few times in the last year or so, and recently decided to create a more formal collaboration in the “Glow Quartet”. The idea behind the band is to bring generations and styles of musicians together, playing arrangements of standards plus originals by the two of them. As Gareth describes it, “…it’s an interactive band, taking risks, and taking the good stuff from both more traditional improvised music and contemporary ideas”.

Gareth Williams has unquestionably established himself as one of the UK’s leading modern jazz pianists. A fiery and creative player, he won the British Jazz Awards in 2013 and his remarkable talent has been seen with an impressive array of world-class artists, from Jazz/Hip Hop band “Us3” through to internationally-renowned jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, George Coleman and Jim Mullen. He has been MD for iconic UK vocalist Claire Martin for many years.

Multi-award winning saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has made a great impact in the relatively short time she has been on the UK jazz scene. In 2008 she won the Peter Whittingham Development Award that allowed her to form with her first ensemble, Tangent. Two albums and a UK tour later, and her 3rd album, ‘Pocket Compass’, was launched at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014 alongside the premiere of her first BBC commission “The Fox the Parakeet & The Chestnut”, an event which was the culmination of her two years as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Her commission also won the “Contemporary Jazz Composition” of the 2015 BASCA British Composer Award. She has since been seen performed at Wigmore Hall in a collaboration with Gwilym Simcock, made her TV debut for BBC Proms Extra in 2015, formed a new project “My Iris”, and been appointed professor of jazz saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Also featured with the quartet will be the exceptional rhythm section of Calum Gourlay on bass and Martin France on drums.

“Gareth Williams…a jewel of a player” Jazziz

“Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented jazz saxophonist” The Telegraph

“Clowes…a great great talent.” Jamie Cullum

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Digby Fairweather/Julian Stringle Quintet
Date: Tuesday 16th May
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £12 Cabaret Unreserved

Jazz trumpet legend Digby Fairweather has been a full time professional jazz man for forty years. A prolific award-winner, his honours include ‘BBC Jazz Society’s Musician of the Year’ (1979), BT Jazz Awards (Trumpet 1992/Services to Jazz 1993), Benno Haussman Award for Services to Jazz (1993), and Freedoms of both London (1992) and his hometown Southend-on-Sea (in their ‘Millennium Roll of Honour’ 2000) as well as winning the “Top Small Group ” category in the British Jazz Awards in 2014 for the ninth time in ten years!

In 2013 London’s ‘Worshipful Company of Musicians’ presented him with their ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for ‘Services to Jazz'; he has been Patron of the Birmingham International Jazz Festival since 2008 and in 2009 as Founder of the National Jazz Archive he was presented with their ‘Special Award’ in celebration of the organization’s twenty-first anniversary.

He has recorded over eighty albums in his career, continues to sell out Ronnie Scott’s with every appearance, and also plays solo concerts for clubs and jazz festivals countrywide. Digby Fairweather remains – in the words of ‘The Stage’ – ‘just about the best ambassador the music could have’.

Julian Stringle was a child prodigy reed player. He made his TV debut with Acker Bilk when he was just 14 and at 17 he formed a Modern Jazz quintet and toured Europe. He has played on concert, club, festival and broadcast dates with his own bands as well as a host of famous names., and was voted 'Best Clarinettist' at the British Jazz Awards 2006/7. Julian’s highly melodic music and unique sound reaches the younger audience while his soul, original writing and phenomenal technique on his instrument excites the jazz aficionados.

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Tina May
Date: Tuesday 20th June
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £12 Cabaret Unreserved

Tina May is, without doubt, one of the top female jazz vocalists in the country. Her performances have echoes of the legacy of the great American ladies of jazz but, with her pure soprano voice and flawless pitch, she has developed a unique style of her own. After turning to jazz, Tina gained experience in cabaret and club performances and has produced a series of highly-praised recordings. She remains a regular performer at the top jazz and arts festivals as well as in broadcasts with the BBC Big Band and has toured extensively across Europe and the Far East. In addition, she has received numerous awards including a silver medal by The Worshipful Company of Musicians, the vocal jazz award at the BT Jazz Awards, and an “Outstanding Services to Jazz Education” award in the US.

Tina is joined for her concert at Fleet Jazz Club by Nikki Iles, one of the UK’s finest composers and pianists whose duets with Tina May have developed over time into one of the most outstanding and intuitive partnerships in British jazz.

Early booking advised!

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Alan Barnes/Steve Waterman/Mark Nightingale Sextet “The Music of Marcini”
Date: Tuesday 18th July
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £15 Cabaret Unreserved

This star-studded sextet brings together some of the best jazz musicians in the UK to pay a musical tribute to the great Henry Mancini, considered to be one of the greatest composers in the history of film—winner of 4 Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and 20 Grammy Awards—and writer of such memorable songs as “The Pink Panther Theme’, “Moon River” and “The Peter Gunn Theme”.

Expect a fresh approach to these classic Mancini tunes, with inventive solos, virtuosic musicianship and a highly entertaining evening!

A sensational end to the season at Fleet Jazz Club. Absolutely not to be missed.

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