Fleet Jazz Club


Vimala Rowe and Juliet Roberts:
"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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Tommaso Starace Quintet – The Music of Michael Petrucciani
Date: Tuesday 17th September
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

‘I love the sound of the saxophone,’ says Italian jazz master Tommaso Starace. ‘The sound that it produces is very close to the voice of a human being. It can display so many colours in its tone, and therefore creates many emotions.’

The new CD recorded by Tommaso Starace’s Italian Quartet, ‘Celebrating the music of Michael Petrucciani’, is a project dedicated entirely to the music of the great French pianist. Petrucciani was very much respected by the American Jazz Community and around the world for his extraordinary technique, elegance of execution, and his charismatic energy conveyed through his many memorable performances and compositions.

Petrucciani led his band over many years recording a total of 32 albums and for their appearance at Fleet Jazz , Tommaso’s quintet will be performing some of the most popular tunes from his extensive repertoire, as well as some other well loved jazz standards.

Featuring Tommaso Starace on alto sax, with the UK’s vibraphone virtuoso Roger Beaujolais, pianist Frank Harrison, Chris Nickolls on drums, and Marianne Windham on bass.

‘An exciting talent, Starace is developing a seriously impressive body of work’ - Bruce Lindsay

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‘Getz: A Musical Portrait’ - Chris Ingham Quartet featuring Mark Crooks
Date: Tuesday 15th October
Doors: 7:15pm / Bar: 7:15pm / Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: £14 Cabaret Unreserved

A career-wide celebration of the great lyrical genius of the saxophone Stan Getz, from ‘Early Autumn’ (1949) to ‘People Time’ (1991), taking in the swinging 1950s, the bossa nova years of the early 1960s and the fruitful, daring collaborations with Chick Corea and Kenny Barron.

Featuring woodwind star of the John Wilson Orchestra MARK CROOKS on tenor saxophone, with CHRIS INGHAM (piano/commentary), MARIANNE WINDHAM (bass) and GEORGE DOUBLE (drums).

‘Crooks’ tenor raises the hairs on the back of the neck…’ - London Jazz News

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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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