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Martin Shaw kicks off Fleet Jazz Club new year

After hosting big names such as Steve Waterman Big Band and Jacqui Dankworth, Fleet Jazz Club welcomes Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw

One year since its inception, Fleet Jazz Club keeps putting on performances from some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians on the third Tuesday of every month, in an intimate setting at the Harlington Centre in Fleet.

Since the club started in January 2013, it has developed an enthusiastic and growing membership, with some memorable performances through the year, including sold out gala evenings with the Steve Waterman Big Band in the Autumn, and top vocalist Jacqui Dankworth rounding off the year in December.

The Club's first gig of the New Year is on January 21, with trumpeter and flugelhorn player Martin Shaw, regarded as one of the top jazz soloists in the country.

He plays in an extraordinary range of settings from big band to quartet, cutting edge jazz to contemporary pop and funk.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and Berklee College of Music in Boston, and professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Martin has worked with most of the leading jazz artists of the last 30 years including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland, the BBC Big Band and the Michelle Legrand Jazz Orchestra.

Along with session and TV work Martin still finds time to perform with classical ensembles and in West End shows and to complete the circle has also recorded with some of the biggest rock and pop acts including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole and so on. A stunning musician at the top of his game.

The season continues with a lineup of guests that reads like a veritable who's who of British jazz including alto sax Tony Woods on February 18, trombone Mark Nightingale on March 18 and a gala evening with the Gareth Lockrane Big Band on May 20.

Tickets are £10, and the music starts at 8pm (doors 7.15pm). More information on the club and the upcoming gigs are available on the club's website: www.fleetjazz.org.uk .

 
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