Fleet Jazz Club

Tim Whitehead Quartet featuring Giovanni Mirabassi
Date: Tuesday 12th November
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

Early in 2005, multi-award winning tenor saxophonist and British Jazz icon Tim Whitehead toured with the internationally renowned Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi, which led to the release of their album Lucky Boys in 2006 and since then they have continued to work together both in the UK and Europe. After a recent gig in Paris to celebrate the 20th year of Giovanni’s career, they are back together for a UK tour this Autumn, and we are delighted to welcome them to Fleet Jazz for what is sure to be a very special night.

Featuring Tim Whitehead (tenor sax), Giovanni Mirabassi (piano), Tom Hooper (drums), Marianne Windham (bass)

‘With an absolute individuality of tone and touch, Mirabassi displays a profound confidence in his own musical language and imagination… one of Europe’s most compelling musicians, working at the top of his powers’ - Praise for Lucky Boys (2006)

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Alan Barnes plus 11
Date: Tuesday 3rd December
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £17 Cabaret Unreserved
Note: Includes a festive mince pie & glass of bubbly

British jazz legend Alan Barnes needs little introduction. A prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist, he is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. His range and brilliance have made him a ‘first call’ for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty years ago. His recorded catalogue is immense: he has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone, and his unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz. He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.

In 1959, the year of Alan’s birth, Art Pepper recorded a classic called Art Pepper+11 with arrangements by Marty Paice and featuring Art Pepper as the main soloist throughout. With this in mind, for his birthday this year, Alan commissioned Mark Nightingale to write 13 charts for 12 piece big band of tunes written in 1959, including Boogie Stop Shuffle (Mingus), Naima (Coltrane), Blowin’ the Blues Away (Silver), Dreamsville (Mancini), As Catch Can (Mulligan) Little Rootie Tootie (Monk), Single Petal of a Rose (Ellington) and A Felicidade (Jobim).

With a lineup that features some of the top names in British Jazz, this band needs to be heard to be believed! Alan himself features on alto and baritone saxes, clarinet and bass clarinet and the band also features:

Pat White – trumpet, James Copus – trumpet/flugel horn,
Howard McGill – alto sax/clarinet, Mark Nightingale – trombone and director, Gordon Campbell – trombone, Robert Fowler – tenor sax/clarinet/bass clarinet, Andy Panayi – tenor sax/clarinet/flute, Mick Foster – baritone sax/bass clarinet, Robin Aspland – piano, Sam Burgess – bass, Matt Skelton – drums

Ticket includes a seasonal glass of bubbly and a mince pie.

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Vimala Rowe Quartet
Date: Tuesday 21st January
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

From her training in Hindustani classical music in India to world music, soul and effortlessly swinging jazz, award winning singer Vimala Rowe has rapidly become a major talent on the British jazz scene. Always inspiring critical acclaim, Vimala’s performances are never less than expressive and engaging.

In our first concert of the 2020 season, Vimala steps out as a solo artist, bringing with her a formidable trio featuring Mark Edwards on piano and Andrew Cleyndert on bass, to perform some of her favourite jazz songs from her extensive repertoire, ranging from New Orleans to the classic jazz vocalists such as Ella, Sarah, Billie and Julie London, alongside a few original songs inspired by her travels around the world. A quality evening of first class jazz!

‘One of the most distinctive singers to come along in quite some time’ - The Sunday Times

‘A singer of quite astonishing versatility and adaptability…a compelling stage presence with savvy to burn’ - London Jazz News

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Nat Steele plays "Sonny Rollins and the Modern Jazz Quartet"
Date: Tuesday 18th February
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

Nat Steele’s “Sonny Rollins and the Modern Jazz Quartet” UK tour features US tenor saxophone giant Grant Stewart in the role of Rollins, playing homage to the classic 1956 Prestige album of the same name. Stewart has won the prestigious Downbeat Magazine award 8 years in a row, and is on record as being one of Jimmy Cobb's (drummer with Miles Davis, Kind of Blue) favourite tenor players. He has released 16 albums as leader, as well as playing and touring regularly all over the States, Canada, Asia and Europe.

Steele’s recently released debut quartet album "Portrait of the MJQ" received rave reviews in the jazz and national press, including 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine (“Jazz Choice” of the month), 4* in the Observer, and 4* in JazzJournal and JazzWise magazines.

In the quartet's first performance as a quintet with Grant for the 2018 London Jazz Festival (at BopFest) playing the Rollins + MJQ programme, Forbes Magazine reviewed the concert in glowing terms, saying that it was ‘…easily one of the top gigs of [the LJF]’

Expect swinging bebop and straight-ahead jazz from this world-class quintet.

Featuring Grant Stewart on tenor sax, Nat Steele on vibraphone, Gabriel Latchin on piano, Marianne Windham on bass and Steve Brown on drums.

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Paul Higgs Quartet presents "A Brief History of Jazz"
Date: Tuesday 17th March
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

Paul Higgs is renowned as one of the UK's leading trumpet players and composers. In this show Paul and his band take you a delightful musical tour of the history of jazz, playing hits by the legendary greats- Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and Miles Davis amongst others. Taking you through the styles of New Orleans, swing and be-bop, through cool jazz, modal and Latin, Paul gives an outstanding performance.

‘ Paul Higgs displays a gorgeous tone, unflagging inspiration, stylistic cognisance at its most perceptive and enviably faultless chops to boot! ’ Digby Fairweather: BBC presenter (radio 2 & 3), and jazz trumpeter

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Chris Garrick with the David Gordon Trio
Date: Tuesday 21st April
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

A Jazz violinist of considerable power and musicality, Chris Garrick is also highly regarded for his work with the likes of The Brand New Heavies, Van Morrison and Brian Ferry, as well as appearing on a significant number of film and TV soundtracks. He is also no stranger to the classical concert halls, but it is his Jazz violin for which he is best known. A fluent and inventive player with a string of awards to his name, his subtle yet driving playing is a testament to a thoughtful but at the same time joyous approach to the music.

David Gordon studied mathematics and logic before embarking on a career as jazz pianist, harpsichordist and composer. Regularly commissioned by festivals and fellow musicians to compose, he also tours and records with his own international jazz trio, whilst finding the time to grace concert halls around the world in his capacity as harpsichordist with top orchestras and soloists.

‘Garrick and Gordon have established a genuine rapport, and this, allied technical skill on display, ensures that these musical exchanges are consistently full of interest. There’s always something exciting going on’ thejazzmann.com

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Joanna Eden Quintet featuring Didier Sustrac
Date: Tuesday 19th May
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

UK singer-pianist and a favourite with Fleet Jazz, Joanna Eden joins forces with French singer/guitarist Didier Sustrac to lovingly recreate the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz and Joao & Astrud Gilberto. A successful songwriter and performer of his own original music, Sustrac has always found inspiration in the music of Brazil ‘ I have two countries in me, two cultures that mix and talk to each other. That of France, the land of my language, and that of Brazil, my musical homeland. ’

Says Joanna ‘ It's been a thrill performing and recording with Didier in France and I can't wait to introduce him to UK audiences! He approaches the work of Gilberto and Jobim so lovingly, it's contagious!’

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Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet with special guest Martin Shaw
Date: Tuesday 16th June
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

Jazz saxophonist Derek Nash is a member of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, has led Sax Appeal for 40 years, is a founder member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion and has been regularly nominated in the British Jazz Awards. He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones - from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano - and is an award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and Best Jazz CD of the Year, regularly appearing in the British Jazz awards nominations and was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation. Derek’s Quartet’s 2012 CD ‘Joyriding’ was awarded Best CD of the Year in the British Jazz Awards.

The band will be performing music from their latest release, ‘Down on Frenchmen St.’. Named after the new centre of jazz in New Orleans, the album is full of infectious rhythms and lyrical melodies, with nods to Derek's jazz roots – from Blue Note and samba to Mulliganesque counterpoint. The band also features multi award-winning pianist, David Newton, and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums, who has been the bedrock of performances from Michel Legrand to Jamie Cullum. Joining them will be star trumpeter, Martin Shaw (Incognito, BBC Big Band) who also features on the quartet’s latest album.

‘Derek Nash is not only a superb player, he has stage presence that enthuses both his audience and his fellow musicians’ - Jazzin Around

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Jazz in New York: The 1930s
Date: Tuesday 21st July
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £17 Cabaret Unreserved

End of season Finale Concert!

In 1930s New York jazz was the pop of its day and the music emanating from Manhattan’s radio stations, nightclubs, bars and dance halls was at its most swinging and exciting. Recreating the music of stars such as Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday are some of the greatest names on today’s classic jazz scene, pianist Nick Dawson, trumpeter/singers Enrico Tomasso and Georgina Jackson, reedman Pete Long, bassist/guitarist Dave Chamberlain and drummer Richard Pite.

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