Fleet Jazz Club

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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Karen Sharp Quartet
Date: Tuesday 19th September
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £12 Cabaret Unreserved

A busy and popular musician, with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen Sharp was inspired to play the tenor sax by two giants of improvisation - Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. A former member of Humphrey Lyttleton’s band, Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards several times, and has recorded and toured extensively with many top class British and American musicians such as Scott Hamilton, Sir John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache and Harry Allen. She has played at all the top jazz venues in the UK as well as the Ginza Festival, Tokyo, and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Karen has also recorded five albums under her own name, the latest of which “Spirit”, with her quartet, was critically acclaimed in The Observer and leading jazz publications.

Karen is appearing at Fleet Jazz Club with her quartet featuring Nikki Iles, one of the UK’s finest composers and pianists, the astonishing jazz drummer Steve Brown, and Marianne Windham guesting on double bass. Not to be missed!

“ ....an extraordinary talent.” Phil Collins, BBC Radio 2

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John Etheridge “Sweet Chorus”
Date: Tuesday 17th October
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £12 Cabaret Unreserved

Now celebrating it’s 19th year together, John Etheridge’s “Sweet Chorus” was originally formed as a personal tribute by John to his mentor and inspiration Stephane Grappelli. Taking its cue from the Hot Club of France - the legendary group that featured Grappelli and Django Reinhardt - the band features John’s dazzling guitar work and the scintillating violin of Chris Garrick. The relationship of these two has been described as one of the most potent in European jazz and backed up by the propulsive drive of Kelbie and Crowdy the band produces breathtaking sallies through repertoire both old and contemporary.

One of the greatest and most versatile guitarists in the world, John Etheridge enjoyed enormous notoriety with legendary jazz-fusion band The Soft Machine. A world class performer, he has recorded and toured with Birelli Lagreme, Nigel Kennedy, Andy Williams, John Williams, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Miroslav Vitous, Birelli Lagrene, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, and Pat Metheny, and he was also associated with Stéphane Grappelli for many, many years.

Chris Garrick is simply the most accomplished and expressive jazz violinist on today’s jazz scene. Winner of multiple awards, and a virtuoso player, he has appeared as soloist with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Nigel Kennedy, Bireli Lagrene, Dolly Parton, All About Eve, Simon Mulligan, Duffy, Van Morrison, Dame Cleo Laine and the late great Sir John Dankworth – Dankworth composed his jazz violin concerto especially for Chris – he is also a busy session musician and his violin can be heard on many film soundtracks.

A must for all fans of melodically based inspired, swinging acoustic jazz!

“ I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge” - Sting (The Guardian)

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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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