Fleet Jazz Club

 

A Portrait of Cannonball with Tony Kofi
Date: Tuesday 15th January
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

Alto-sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. With Andy Daves (trumpet), Alex Webb (piano), Alfonso Vitale (drums), Marianne Windham (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 – as well as a guest vocal spot by Deelee Dubé exploring the memorable 1961 collaboration with Nancy Wilson. In 2016 Dubé was the first British winner of the prestigious Sarah Vaughan Vocal Award.

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

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Nikki Iles Septet
Date: Tuesday 19th February
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £16 Cabaret Unreserved

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 premiere performance.

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

Nikki 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.

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Clark Tracey Quintet
Date: Tuesday 19th March
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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

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

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Jo Fooks and Steve Waterman Quintet
Date: Tuesday 16th April
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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.

Featuring Jo Fooks – tenor sax, Steve Waterman – trumpet, Ted Beament - piano, Marianne Windham – bass, Buster Birch – drums

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Craig Milverton: Tribute to Oscar Peterson
Date: Tuesday 21st May
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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.

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

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Brandon Allen Plays Gene Ammons
Date: Tuesday 18th June
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

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 - Piano/hammond organ, Arnie Somogyi - Acoustic and electric bass, George Double – Drums

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Vimala Rowe and Lily Dior:
"The Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan"

Date: Tuesday 16th July
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £16 Cabaret Unreserved

Featuring Juliet Roberts and Vimala Rowe and an All Star Band led by Musical Director Janette Mason

Janette Mason presents the Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan featuring Juliet Roberts and Vimala Rowe. Drawing on the classic albums of these iconic jazz vocalists, Janette Mason has put together a swinging set of music featuring two of the finest singers around.

Vimala Rowe has established herself on the Jazz Scene as a remarkable live performer, appearing with such luminaries as John Etheridge, Bobby Wellins, Jonathan Gee and more. Juliet Roberts is a British jazz and house music singer. Celebrating a career that has spanned thirty years, she has recorded and performed with Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Courtney Pine to name a few.

Janette Mason is an composer, pianist and artist in her own right and has performed with everyone from Brit Pop band Oasis, to jazz Legends Ian Shaw and Claire Martin.

An outstanding evening of the very best in live jazz. Early booking advised.

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