Boxford Fleece Jazz Club

Current Programme

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JUST A TASTE OF THE SUMMER 2006 PROGRAMME



Highlights will include the combined force of Peter King,

Alan Skidmore,

and Martin Drew with their tribute to Elvin Jones.

Singers Ian Shaw

and Tina May return to entertain us.
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Friday, 16 June 8.30, Ticket 12
Ambulance

Arnie SomogyiOutstanding UK bass virtuoso Arnie Somogyi has put together a brand new contemporary jazz quartet called Ambulance. They are engagingly fresh, full bodied, subtle and creative. With Paul Booth (saxophone), Tim Lapthorn (piano) and Dave Smith (drums), all first-rate award winning young musicians who are constantly in demand on the British jazz scene.

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Friday, 23 June 8.30, Ticket 12
David Newton and Michael Hanson

David Newton Michael HansonAnother visit from two of our favourite musicians. David's breathtaking technical ability, precision of touch and warmth of tone and Michael's brilliant and distinctive playing in any style is a cast iron guarantee that we are in for an evening of supreme entertainment.

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Friday, 30 June 8.30, Ticket 13
Hanna Richardson and her Trio

Hannah Richardson and Phil FlaniganThe American singer, Hanna Richardson is a considerable songstress. She has an engagingly sunny style, assured phrasing and displays innate good taste with her serene yet heartfelt approach to melody, interpreting the lyrics with no histrionics or mannerisms. Ruby Braff complimented her singing: "That’s the way to sing! simply and with spirit". Hanna brings with her Chris Flory (guitar) and Phil Flanigan (bass).

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Friday, 7 July 8.30, Ticket 13
Ian Shaw

Ian ShawIt’s a very warm welcome back for Ian, Britain’s premier male jazz singer, who tonight is accompanied in our intimate setting by guitarist David Preston making his Fleece debut. Ian has recently recorded “Drawn to All Things” - his debut for Linn Records. This superb CD re-interprets the songs of Joni Mitchell with arrangements that follow a gentle rhythmic and harmonic path, occasionally daring to alter and re-structure but never trying to re-invent the originals.

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Friday, 14 July 8.30, Ticket 12
Basil Hodge Quintet

Basil HodgeChampioned by no less a figure than Julian Joseph, Basil has forged a solid reputation in British jazz as a pianist and composer. He leads a stellar quintet comprising Tony Kofi (saxophone), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Larry Bartley (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums). Hard bop played with great freshness and originality - a gig not to be missed.

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Friday, 21 July 8.30, Ticket 12
Liam Noble Trio – Tribute to Dave Brubeck

Liam NobleDave Brubeck’s music has rare charm and transparent elegance, which has led to its considerable commercial success, yet he is also an uncompromising and idiosyncratic improvisor creating complex and adventurous solos with unfailing compositional logic. This highly interactive trio of Liam Noble (piano), Dave Whitford (bass) and Dave Wickins (drums), re-evaluates his legacy through an expanded contemporary language whilst remaining faithful to the lyricism of Brubeck’s conception.

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Friday, 28 July 8.30, Ticket 12
The Organ Trio

Mike Gorman Matt SkeltonA seriously big sound emanates from this supremely integrated super-group. The wonderfully rich sound-scape conjured by Mike Gorman’s keyboards allied to Jim Mullen’s sublime touch on guitar, welded together by the swinging drive of Matt Skelton’s drumming makes for a ferociously swinging evening where the pace never flags.

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Friday, 4 August 8.30, Ticket 12
Lewis Wright Quartet

Lewis Wright The Lewis Wright QuartetThe transition from drums to piano and finally vibraphone produced a young musician whose talent defied belief when he made his Fleece debut aged 15 in April 2004. Lewis leads his quartet of Simon Brown (piano), Andy Doyle (bass) and Will Clark (drums) for what promises to be another storming gig.

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Friday, 11 August 8.30, Ticket 12
Eriko Ishihara

Eriko IshiharaA fluent jazz pianist who always sparkles as a soloist Eriko is also an impressive vocalist with a lyrical delivery. Her immaculate choice of material is demonstrated on her three CDs. Her latest ‘Crazy Town’, has received rave reviews. World class musicians Colin Oxley (guitar), Dave Chamberlain (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums) complete her quartet.

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Friday, 18 August 8.30, Ticket 15
Peter King / Alan Skidmore – Tribute to Elvin Jones

Peter King and Alan Skidmore Martin DrewThis new tribute to the late, great American jazz drummer Elvin Jones brings together four of the greatest jazz musicians that this country has ever produced - Peter King (saxophone), Alan Skidmore (saxophone), Steve Melling (piano) and Martin Drew (drums) - with leading American newcomer Michael Janisch (bass). No slavish tribute this but vibrant 21st century jazz inspired by the best there has been. We can look forward to intricate solos from all five musicians and breathtakingly magnificent ensemble playing.

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Friday, 25 August 8.30, Ticket 12
Brian Abrahams Quartet (District 6 Revisited)

Brian AbrahamsHaving formed the original District 6 (named after a section of Cape Town) in the 1980’s, Brian is one of the most important and influential UK drummers. He has been professor of jazz studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music since 1985. Julian Siegel (saxophone), Dave O’Brien (piano) and Chris Hill (bass) are the other members of this distinguished quartet.

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Friday, 1 September 8.31, Ticket 14
Tony Kofi +1

Tony KofiThe Tony Kofi +1 is a newly formed original project by the double award winning saxophonist / composer featuring music composed around the B3 Hammond organ and recreating the fresh sounds of yesterday for today’s listeners. With these compositions you get to hear Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Latin, African rhythms and Be-bop. The band features Anders Olinder (organ), Byron Wallen (trumpet) and Jim Hart (drums).

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Friday, 8 September 8.30, Ticket 12
James Pearson Trio

James PearsonJames is one of Europe’s most versatile and in-demand musicians. As a composer, arranger and pianist he is equally at home playing jazz, popular or classical music. His jazz piano style is well rooted in the great jazz pianists of the 20th century, with plenty of his own invention and often eccentric character evident. The trio is completed by Jeremy Brown (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums). “I believe he shows signs of true greatness in the making” Sir John Dankworth

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Friday, 15 September 8.30, Ticket 12
Renato D’Aiello Quartet

Renato, Phil, Keith, NicolaRenato is a superlative saxophonist, described as a walking music box, with a tone reminiscent of Hank Mobley and articulation that has a touch of Dexter Gordon about it. His playing is mature and adventurous and powered by a first class technique that effortlessly projects his brilliant flowing ideas, while his control of tone in the ballads is simply delicious. Renato is accompanied by Phil Lee (guitar), Nicola Muresu (bass) and the remarkable Keith Copeland (drums).

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Friday, 22 September 8.30, Ticket 16
Tina May

Tina May Always Tina MayOne of the brightest jazz singing stars on the scene today who cemented her Jazz Diva reputation by recording, in New York, classics of the American songbook with pianist Ray Bryant, the veteran accompanist of Ella, Billie and Betty Carter and a fan of Tina’s since they first met in Paris in 1997 and who knows a good voice when he hears one! Accompanying Tina tonight are three stars in their own right, Nikki Iles (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums).

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Friday, 29 September 8.30, Ticket 12
Pat Crumly Quartet

Pat Crumly Nick WeldonOxford born Pat Crumly started playing in the rhythm and blues field when he first turned professional working with The Animals, Zoot Money, Chris Farlowe and many other well known names from the sixties. He is now recognised as one of the country’s leading hard bop saxophonists. Pat was also one of Ronnie Scott’s favourite players. The quartet is completed by Nick Weldon (piano), Tim Wells (bass) and Mark Fletcher (drums).

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