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For 25 years, Fleece Jazz has been presenting the best in UK, European and world modern jazz weekly. The stars that have illuminated our stage are too numerous to relate, but they range from international stars such as Jamie Cullum, Clare Teal and Stan Tracey to many brilliant young musicians, the stars of the future.
To celebrate our anniversary, and the 1,200 gigs we have loved – we are presenting a Sunday afternoon of top UK jazz, at our home, the Stoke by Nayland Hotel.
We start off at 2pm with singer Georgia Mancio, of whom The Observer said “[Mancio] has everything covered – technical mastery, expressive range and a remarkable versatility”. She is joined by guitarist Chris Allard, noted by Jazzwise for delivering “Full-blooded solos…right on the money” , and Jamie Cullum believes that Chris is “One of the great guitarists in this country”.
Then at 3:30pm until about 6pm The Alec Dankworth All Star Quintet will delight us with two sets of music. This band is at the top of the jazz tree. Bassist Alec Dankworth who will lead the quintet, is famed for “elegant stability, big sound, sure beat, and thoughtful spontaneity” (John Fordham). Two starry and contrasting saxophonists, Alan Barnes and Dave O’Higgins form the front line. Joining Alec in the great rhythm are pianist Dave Newton and drummer Clark Tracey.
The gig will be held at the beautiful Stoke by Nayland Hotel on the 4th March. Parking is easy, and the hotel is completely accessible. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are £25, and are available by phoning 01787 21185, at We Got Tickets (www.wegottickets.com/fleecejazz) and at the door. For more information visit www.fleecejazz.org.uk.