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Jazz Musings: August

This month the highly rated Kevin Fitzsimmons make his first Fleece Jazz appearance at  the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel on the Suffolk/Essex border. Kevin is a London born singer, bandleader, lyricist & songwriter with a self-produced album Show Me The Way released to considerable critical acclaim. He’s enjoyed many sell out shows at Ronnie Scott’s and at venues nationwide. Kevin’s quartet also appeared in E4′s Made In Chelsea. He plays all the top London jazz clubs, including The 606, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho and has several festival appearances under his belt including Cheltenham Jazz Festival. He’s also sung at Birdland Jazz Club in Manhattan. His distinctive vocals been used by global brands (like Louis Vuitton, Hermes) and corporations for campaigns in New York, Far East, Europe, London, as well as for TV and radio commercials – including a TV advert with Hollywood film star Naomi Watts.  A natural lyricist (& artist/cartoonist), he also writes in collaboration with musicians, most notably the Jools Holland saxophonist Derek Nash. In addition, and running separately to his career on the UK jazz scene, Kevin also fronts a touring Big Band theatre concert alongside the Pete Long Orchestra (‘Sinatra Sequins & Swing (The Capitol Years Live!’) based on Sinatra’s supreme era on the Capitol label. Catch him at Fleece Jazz on Friday, August 14.

The magnificent Gilad Atzmon has become a regular visitor to East Anglia in a number of guises and he’s back in our neck of the woods soon to perform in Norwich. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Gilad tours extensively around the world.   His albums, of which he has recorded 15 to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East. As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt as well as The Waterboys and in 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd, featuring on their album The Endless River. He’ll be joined by the Orient House Ensemble at the Norwich Arts Centre on Wednesday, September 6. They will take to the stage for the ultimate interpretation of one of the greatest jazz musicians – John Coltrane. Later in the year Gilad brings the show to the Ipswich Jazz Club.