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August at Fleece Jazz

You discover world class Jazz every Friday at the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, and August is no exception.

On August 10th, Fletch’s Brew will storm the stage. The band’s style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bop, reggae and rock.S

In 2010, drumming tour-de-force Mark Fletcher founded Fletch’s Brew, a band which blurs the boundaries of musical styles and surpasses preconceived notions of jazz. Whether playing original compositions or new arrangements from across the jazz canon, their style floats seamlessly between the idioms of fusion, funk, bebop, reggae and rock. Mark is a remarkably talented and muscular drummer, capable of subtlety but never better than when leading an all-guns-blazing charge.

Freddie Gavita is an award-winning British trumpeter and composer who has cemented his place as a leading light on the British jazz scene. Freddie leads his own superb quartet who visited us back in June. Once described as “a cross between Kenny Wheeler and Freddie Hubbard”, he has also played with, among others, Peter Erskine, Joe Locke, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Tim Garland, Gregory Porter and Dionne Warwick.

Ross Stanley is a regular at Fleece Jazz and an outstanding talent on the Hammond organ. He is always in high demand, playing with Guy Barker, Lianne Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins, Clark Tracey, as well as being a regular member of the Jim Mullen Organ Trio, the Mark McKnight Organ Quartet and the Jacqui Dankworth band.

Laurence Cottle has been the bassist of choice for some of the biggest names in the entertainment business over a career stretching back thirty years. His remarkable and varied career has spanned gigs with top jazz players – Jim Mullen, Django Bates, Gary Husband, Jason Rebello – as well as some of the biggest names in rock and pop – Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Brian Eno, Tom Jones and Van Morrison.

Georgia Mancio Quartet head over to the venue on August 24th. Georgia Mancio is an award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist and one of the Europe’s most original, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists; and will be at

Her unfailing integrity, emotional commitment and ever-evolving imagination, produces music of beauty and bite whether classic jazz, Latin or modern song repertoire or her own bold new writing.

British pianist/composer Kate Williams playing is full of graceful storytelling themes and up-tempo swing, delicate piano breaks glowing with a Bill Evans hue, bebop horn solos over nimble walking grooves. She is a member of Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Moves, and has performed with many other leading UK artists including Tina May, Henry Lowther, and Jim Mullen.

Steve Watts studied classical bass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, leaving as soon as he discovered Jazz. Since then he has played with Mark Copeland, Julian Arguelles and many other top Jazz artists. Steve is currently Professor of Bass at the Royal Academy of Music and back at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama.

Known as “the powerhouse”, the much -in-demand drummer, Dave Ohm has played, toured and recorded with amongst others, Benny Golson, Mornington Lockett, Dave Newton, Claire Martin, Pete King and is a regular member of the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars.

Note: For both gigs tickets are £18. Doors at 7.30pm, gig starts 8.00pm, 2 sets, ends approx 11.00pm. The venue has ample parking and is fully accessible (Contact 01787 211865 for more information). See the website for directions to the venue, as a satnav can get you lost! 

For tickets call the Box Office on 01787 211865 / visit www.fleecejazz.org.uk / On the door (cash or cheque only).