FNUK ft. Jason Rebello, Paul & Jeremy Stacey
All-star line-up of friends playing their favourite fusion from Metheny, Holdsworth, Weather Report and more!
We are totally stoked to welcome this incredible band with some big names in the line-up to Worcester to play one of their rare gigs for us at The Marrs Bar!
FNUK evolved out of the Bournemouth jazz scene in the late 2000s and the band aims to perform three or four gigs a year, taking on challenging music that the members have fun preparing and playing. In this gig the group go back to their musical roots to perform an evening of classic jazz fusion as well as some contemporary compositions. Expect renditions of Metheny, Holdsworth, Weather Report and the like, but take a look at this incredible line-up!
Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, Jason Rebello released his debut album A Clearer View in 1990, produced by Wayne Shorter. He went on to release three more solo albums collaborating with Jocelyn Brown, Tony Remy, Cleveland Watkiss, Joy Rose and Maxi Jazz among many others. Following the untimely death of piano legend Kenny Kirkland, who was playing in Sting's band since Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting invited Jason to take his seat with the band in 1998, going on to record three albums and tour with Sting, including the live recorded All This Time concert at Sting's home in Tuscany on the night of September 11, 2001. Sting introduced Jason to guitar legend Jeff Beck, who was looking for a keyboard player to follow Jan Hammer. Jason was recruited and toured with Jeff Beck for 6 years. In 2013 Jason released Anything But Look featuring Omar, Will Downing, Jacob Collier, Joy Rose, Pino Palladino, Troy Miller, Paul Stacey, Jeremy Stacey, Miles Bould, George Rebello and Xantone Black. His solo piano CD Held on Edition Records won best new CD in the 2016 British Jazz Awards. More recent projects include Duology last year with long-time friend and collaborator saxophonist Tim Garland.
Jeremy Stacey started learning piano at an early age but later switched to drums, playing the London jazz clubs by night while studying acting. He played drums on a number of Jason's albums, was a member of The Lemon Trees with Guy Chambers, worked extensively with Sheryl Crow and was a member of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. He joined King Crimson in 2016 on drums, keyboards and backing vocals and toured most recently with them on Japan last year. Jeremy's versatility has kept him busy throughout, working with well-known and varied artists including Neil Diamond, Tal Wilkenfeld, Steven Wilson, Madeleine Peyroux, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Wendy & Lisa, Amy Winehouse, Tina Turner, Tori Amos, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nene Cherry, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Waterboys, World Party, Aztec Camera, Gerard Presencer, Laurence Cottle, Tim Garland and Kenny Wheeler - believe me the list is much longer!
Paul Stacey is Jeremy's twin brother - a guitarist, producer and actor. Like his brother he started learning piano and later switched to guitar. Equally as versatile, Paul has worked extensively with Oasis and Noel Gallagher, Black Crowes, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Madonna, Omar, Jamie Cullum, KT Tunstall, Beverly Knight, Eddie Reader, Elkie Brookes, Swing Out Sister, Robbie Williams, Brian McFadden, Wayne Krantz, Dave Binney, Jamie Murray, Laurence Cottle, David Preston, Jason Rebello, Pino Palladino, Tommy Smith, Mornington Locket, Mark Fletcher, Gary Husband, Rob Malarkey, Clare Martin, Georie Fame, Ian Shaw, Steve Topping, Iain Ballamy, Jim Mullen, Bobby Wellins and Kenny Wheeler. As an actor he has appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sliding Doors, Macbeth at the Royal National Theatre, A Family Affair with Cheek by Jowl, Inspector Morse, Mysterioso and Men Behaving Badly.
Pete Case is a Bournemouth-based musician who began playing piano at the age of four. He befriended and played with Jeremy and Paul Stacey when they were teenagers and they all linked up with bassist Pat Davey many years ago to work in a band called Zen. In the mid-1980s Pete had a three-year spell working as a professional musician in London before completing his PhD and pursuing a career in the academic world (he currently leads research teams in the field of applied global health and has professorships at universities in Bristol, North Queensland and Singapore). Paul, Jeremy and Pete also met a teenage Jason Rebello and they became lifelong friends. Similarly, Pete met a teenage Tim Fulker when they both played in the Taverners Big Band, again in the 1980s. Pat, Tim and Pete formed FNUK in late 2000s and have been performing with the band since then.
Pat Davey has played bass guitar for over 45 years, covering many genres and touring in the UK and worldwide with various artists. In his early days he worked with The Tom Robinson Band and performed in The Blues Brothers in The West End. More recently he has been touring with Paul Young, Jim Cregan, Kenney Jones & Robert Hart and Terry Reid. Other artists hes worked with include Rumer, Mike Rutherford, Rod Stewart & Ronnie Wood, Midge Ure, Jim Mullen, Mornington Lockett, Zoot Money and Mo Pleasure & The HHH Horns. Pat was also Musical Supervisor/MD for All Or Nothing The Musical about the life and times of 60s iconic band The Small Faces.
Tim Fulker is originally from Bournemouth and learned to play piano and violin from an early age, before taking up the clarinet aged 10. This led to a natural progression on to the saxophone at 17. After studying Music at London University, Tim went on to form the award-winning street jazz band Street Level, playing, amongst other venues, Cannes Film Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and London's Waldorf Hotel. After a brief stay in London, where he recorded with Paul Hardcastle, Tony Hadley, and Dominic Miller, Tim moved to Ireland where he became part of the Cork music scene, getting to perform regularly at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Highlights include playing with Louis Stewart and Spike Robinson. In 1998, Tim embarked on a 15-year sea voyage, spending many years as Musical Director on the QE2 liner, where he wrote and performed many arrangements for stars of Broadway and West End Musicals. Returning to terra firma, he joined Bournemouth funksters Groovemeister, whilst also touring Europe as lead alto sax with the Vegas based Definitive Rat Pack. Tim has also gigged with Sax Appeal. A founder member of FNUK, he considers this current project as his musical peak.
This is a rare opportunity to see these exceptional musicians play together up close and personal in a proper old-school music venue. What are you waiting for - hit that Tickets button!