TRACKS at Jazz Nights gig on Sunday 28th August 2016. Tracks is the jazz-rock fusion band formed in the late 70’s which led on to the formation of Shakatak. Tracks features current Shakatak members Bill Sharpe (keys) and Roger Odell (drs) with ex-member Keith Winter (gtr) plus Martin Elliot (bs)

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In the mid-70s drummer Roger Odell was working with the band Northern Lights and his rhythm section partner was bassist Trevor Horn, who later formed Buggles (“Video Killed The Radio Star”) before becoming a producer and working for Seal, Simple Minds, Yes, etc.

Jazznights Tracks 180816 (104)Seeking more musically challenging material than the Top-Twenty hits and radio jingles they were playing with Northern Lights, Roger asked Trevor to join a band he intended forming to play the emerging jazz-rock fusion music of groups like Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Chick Corea’s Return To Forever and Weather Report.

Looking for a keyboard player and a guitarist, Roger found both in his home town of Bishop’s Stortford. Keith Winter was the prodigious guitar-playing son of Derek Winter, a local bandleader with whom Roger had played some years earlier. Bill Sharpe was known to Roger as a flautist/guitarist, but when his considerable keyboard skills were revealed he was the obvious choice to complete the group. Ex-CMU guitarist Ian Hamlett also became an occasional member.

After rehearsing enough material for a two hour performance, Tracks began what was to Jazznights Tracks 180816 (117)become a residency every Sunday lunchtime at Triad Arts Centre in Bishop’s Stortford, soon attracting an enthusiastic audience who would travel some distances to hear the band.

When Trevor left the band to become Musical Director of the Tina Charles Band (former lead vocalist with Northern Lights), his replacement was Martin Elliott, later to join Michael Nyman. Keith also joined Tina’s band, whilst still remaining as the guitarist with Tracks.

When Martin left the band his replacement was John Dover, who was the bassist in one of Roger’s first professional groups and later worked with Keith in the band Scoundrel.

Although starting with a repertoire based around the afore-mentioned groups, Tracks soon Jazznights Tracks 180816 (26)began to develop original material from within the group. Luckily, Bill was working as a Trainee Engineer for the BBC and was allowed to record groups during “training time”, so in November 1979 Tracks entered the studios at Maida Vale, London and recorded what was to become their Limited Edition 12″ Mini Album of which only 100 copies were produced.

These vinyl records sold out quickly at their Triad residency and because of their rarity they soon became “Collector’s Items”. In fact, on a recent trip to Bratislava, Slovakia, the bass playing promoter of a Shakatak concert there owned a cassette copy (of a copy, of a copy) of the original vinyl. The word had truly got around!

Resulting from session work in London, Bill, Keith & Roger were Invited to record some original material composed by Bill. This resulted in the first recordings of the band that with the later addition of George Anderson (bass guitar), Jill Saward & Jackie Rawe (vocals) became the original Shakatak line-up.

Tracks featured:

Roger Odell – Drums

I first began playing drums at about the age of 14 in a band that we formed at my school, Buckhurst Hill County High, and later I played in various dance bands in the Essex/Herts area. In my late teens I formed a modern jazz group and played regularly at The Greyhound in Harlow, and this led to my meeting up with jazz pianist Alan Gowen. The trio we subsequently formed with John Hosey on bass continued to play in the Harlow area, and as a rhythm section we accompanied most of the top names on the UK jazz scene. I also played in a student big band run by members of the John Dankworth Orchestra in London.

Jazznights Roger Odell 180816 (112)I turned fully professional in the 70’s with the Cambridge group C.M.U., touring throughout the UK and Europe and recording two albums for the Transatlantic label. These were called “Open Spaces”, and “Space Cabaret”, and have just been re-released on one CD on the See For Miles label- SEECD373. This group featured my wife Larraine as lead vocalist.

Towards the end of the 70’s I formed a jazz-rock band called Tracks with Trevor on bass, Bill Sharpe (keyboards) and Keith Winter (guitar). When Trevor left to form Buggles his replacement was Martin Elliot, now with Michael Nyman. Ian Hamlett, formerly of C.M.U., and bassist John Dover also played with Tracks. We recorded an EP which we released on “white label”, and sold at our regular Sunday lunch-time gig at Triad Arts Centre in Bishops Stortford. This is now available on CD.

As well as being a member of Shakatak, I free-lance in other situations and I also run my own bands, often featuring my wife Larraine as vocalist. Our son Jamie (Jimpster, Audiomontage, DJ, Re-mixer) is a keyboard playing Producer/Engineer rapidly making a name for himself with a variety of projects including The Bays, and we have a daughter, Maxine, who graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Culture, Communication and Media, and is now living and working in London. In late ’99, early ’00, I co-produced my own CD with Jamie, which features among others, Larraine and Jacqui Hicks on vocals, Mornington Lockett on saxes, Jamie on keyboards, Maxine on backing vocals, and myself on drums. The group is called Beatifik, and the CD is entitled “The Blue Window”.

Bill Sharpe – Keyboards

After graduating from Birmingham University with an honours degree in music, I started to work for the BBC as a studio manager. At the same time, I continued to play in bands as I did throughout my years at school. One of the bands was called “Tracks” which comprised of Roger Odell, Keith Winter and Trevor Horn.

1980, along with Keith and Roger and producer Nigel Wright, I formed Shakatak. We toured the UK extensively during the early eighties and signed with Polydor records. In 1982 we had Jazznights Bill Sharpe 180816 (154)our first top 20 hit with “Easier said than done”, one of the hits that I wrote for the band. Others include “Night Birds”,”Invitations”, “Dark is the Night”, “Down on the Street” and “Mr Manic and Sister Cool”.

In 1983, international success began for the band in Europe, America and particularly in Japan where “Night Birds” became one of the biggest selling international albums of all time.

As the band’s success continued through the 80’s, I released my first solo album “Famous People” in 1985. One song on the album featured Gary Numan. Called “Change your Mind” , it became a top 20 hit and also heralded the start of a successful collaboration with Gary under the name of “Sharpe and Numan”.
Apart from working with Gary , I also found time to write with and for other artists all over the world. From Yusuko Agawe in Japan to Annabella from “Bow Wow Wow” in the UK.

As the 90’s began , Shakatak and I found ourselves touring less and recording more due to the demand for recordings particularly in Japan. Our music was becoming very popular in America in the contemporary jazz market where they had two consecutive number 1 albums. Jazznights Bill Sharpe 180816 (97)
At this time, since the band’s schedule was less hectic, I found time to start writing music for television which has remained an interest to this day. In 1996, through my consultancy work for Technics keyboards, I met the great jazz musician Don Grusin and after spending time helping with the design and specs for some new Technics products in Japan, we became good friends. In 1997, I had the time and opportunity to record my second solo album and asked Don Grusin to co-produce the record with me in Los Angeles. This enabled me to work with some of my favourite American musicians including Alex Acuna, Paulinho da Costa, Abe Laboriel as well as the great soul singer Jeffrey Osborne.

The album is titled ‘State of the Heart” and has received critical acclaim worldwide. In the ensuing years, I have continued to record and tour with Shakatak and we have just released our latest album, “Emotionally Blue”, in 2007. There will be a new album later this year – look out for that! As far as my solo projects are concerned I recorded an album with Don Grusin called “Geography” which you can download from my http://www.billsharpe.com. we’ll be working on a new album this year so look out for that. I also recorded a solo piano album of shakatak songs.

Martin Elliott – Electric bass

I turned professional in December 1978 and since then I’ve been lucky enough to play for many great musicians and singers, plus I have travelled all over the world.

Over the past 30 years or so some of the jobs I’ve had include playing for: Michael Nyman, Gary Numan, Michael Ball, Shirley Bassey, Bucks Fizz, Petula Clark, The Nolans, Alice (Italy), Jazznights Martin Elliott 180816 (74)London Saxophonic, Franco Battiato(Italy), The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Soweto String Quartet, Sacha Distel, Ute Lemper, Matt Munro, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and many others, plus I’ve played in theatres for: “Grease”, “Cats”, “Les Miserables”, “Chess”, “Whistle Down The Wind”, “The Beautiful Game” and I’ve played many TV, radio, album (recently for John Barrowman and Will Martin) and film recording dates.

A couple of TV jobs that I’m most pleased to have done are: playing on the theme tune of “Blue Peter” (when it had a slapped Fender Jazz…I’m sure you remember that…) and playing my fretless on the show “Bottom” as part of the “Bum Notes”. During the late ’80s I played in the orchestra for “New Faces”, plus I regularly played in the house band for “Wogan”. I have also been involved as a co-producer with the Michael Nyman Band, for the piece “After Extra Time” and London Saxophonic, for the CD “An Eye for a Difference”.
In 1997 I had the unusual and privileged opportunity to perform a modern opera – “Dirty Tricks”, with music by Paul Barker – that was accompanied by solo bass guitar. I have also recorded a “concerto” for bass guitar written for me by the Spanish composer Chema Rivas.

Keith Winter – Guitar

A professional session player and gigging guitarist from the age of 19, Keith Winter went on to become a founder member of the 80’s jazz funk band Shakatak. The band achieved Jazznights Keith Winter 180816 (98)considerable chart success both here and abroad and toured extensively.

At the end of the 80’s, during an extended spell of nothing but recording, Keith felt the need to get out and play live again, returning to his early rockier roots with the band ‘Before The Storm’.

With Keith as the main composer along with singer Steve Scales, the band played some 200 gigs in and around the London area and was attracting record company interest when Keith fell ill with a very rare condition that considerably damaged his sensory nervous system and left him severely disabled and unable to play the guitar or even walk properly. The consultants were of the opinion that recovery was unlikely due to the extent of the damage, so some seriously nice guitars and amps got sold!

Jazznights Keith Winter 180816 (101)That seemed to be it!

But amazingly, 21 years later and against all the odds, Keith has now recovered and is back playing again. Initially he started playing guitar with his daughter Cara, a young pianist and singer songwriter (myspace.com/carawinter). He then formed an 8 piece band called ‘Have You Heard’ with local musicians to play a selection of Pat Metheny Group tunes and has got back together again with Steve Scales as ‘Another Storm’ (myspace.com/anotherstorm)  playing the tunes written back at the start of the 90’s, with new material and CD planned for 2011.

The icing on the cake as far as he is concerned is the return of ‘Tracks’.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

This gig was a truly rare stunning blast from the past and they should reform much more often to play their unique blend of Jazz Rock Fusion. Tonight they played many great numbers including:

Jalna  An original Tracks number written by Roger Odell – meaning of the title is somewhat obscure!
Monday Jump Another song penned by Roger Odell – we leave to you the meaning of the song title!
Jazznights Tracks 180816 (131)Maiden Voyage Tracks interpretation of the famous composition by Herbie Hancock from his 1965 album Maiden Voyage
Queen Mab A Tracks tune based on A Tale Entwined in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Freeway written by Bill Sharpe
Freeway Play based on Bill’s original Freeway

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s Tracks then continued foe the second set numbers including:

Arjen’s Bag from John McLaughlin’s Extrapolation is the debut album by jazz guitarist John McLaughlin.
Dreams of E.B. Frankenstein composed by Ian Hamett one of the original guitarists of the Cambridge C.M.U. band
Down Wind from Cerberus
Jazznights Tracks 180816 (71)El Mar
by George Benson from the White Rabbit album.
Coast To  Coast written by Bill Sharpe another of tonight’s tunes from the original 1979 Tracks album.
Snoopy’s Search – 1:02 / Red Baron as featured on the the debut album by jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham
Spain is an instrumental jazz fusion composition by jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. It is probably Corea’s most recognized piece, and some[who?] would consider it a modern jazz standard and what a great finale for this memorable gig.

Sunday 11th September 2016 – ANITA WARDELL (voc) will be at Jazz Nights.

With a career dating back to the 1990s, Anita has enjoyed more than two decades of success and last year she was pronounced Best Jazz Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards. She has made many critically acclaimed albums whilst commanding the respect of her peers and she has a brand new CD out now called “The Road” on the Specific Jazz label.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com


Cameron Pierre with the Jazznights Trio at the Bell Hotel, Clare when he returned to play with the Jazznights Trio on Sunday 14th August 2015

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Born in London, Cameron Pierre was raised on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Like most of his peers, Cameron’s early musical influences were Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff,
Jazznights Cameron Pierre 140816 (214)and a host of artists from that era of popular Jamaican music, oh, and Stevie Wonder. At sixteen he taught himself to play the guitar, and it was within the reggae genre that he first established himself, working with Jamaican artists including Clint Eastwood & General Saint,  Barrington, Levy,  Al Campbell, Wayne Marshall,  Dennis Brown,  Tipa Ire,  Micheal Prophet et al.  Then came the slow discovery of George Benson and Charlie Christian, and through them, Wes Montgomery,  Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.  Since then Cameron has gone on to work with   Courtney Pine,  Pee Wee Ellis,  Orphy Robinson,  Alex Wilson,  Jazz Jamaica, Dennis Rollins,  Ormar  Puente,  Junior Walker,  Joe Cocker,  and numerous others.

As his own musical direction veered towards jazz,  he remained in demand on the Calypso,  and reggae circuit.  A stalwart of the British jazz scene since the 80s,  he was invited  by renowned British saxophonist Courtney Pine  to join his band and has since  become an Jazznights Cameron Pierre 140816 (113)integral part of the group both as a recording and live artist.

Alongside Courtney’s band, in 1994 Cameron formed ‘Creole’, a multi-cultural melange of musicians from Africa, Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean, enjoying wide critical acclaim for their performances at the Glastonbury and Womad Festivals. In 1997, Cameron released the first of his five solo albums, Friday Night, to wide critical acclaim. In 2003 he also released  The Other Side of Notting Hill, a body of work which was to help cement his reputation as a guitarist/composer par excellence.  As a follow up to the acclaimed 2007 release  “Pad up”  his most recent release, “Radio Jumbo”  his  6th studio cut,  sees Cameron teaming up with French virtuoso pianist Mario Canonge for his  second release on the Destin-e  Label.

“Though his approach is undeniably indebted to that of his two great heroes, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, but infused with a bounce and vitality that belongs only to him.   Touring with Courtney Pine’s award-winning band Cameron’s guitar style has dazzled Jazznights Cameron Pierre 140816 (122)many a jazz fan, and he has received glowing reviews from all over the world for his warm, dexterous sound and his self-deprecating and engaging stage presence”
BC Music Magazine, (Barry Witherden)

The playing is as suave, urbane and stylish as one of Miles Davis’s Italian suits.
‘Pierre lays down great slabs of chunky comping, pleasing riffs and fleet solos with consummate ease and great taste – a fine album by an artist at the top of his game.’  Jazzwise.

Very strong melodically.’  The Guardian.

‘Pierre’s powerful playing deserves centre stage.’  Mail on Sunday.

Pierre is resolutely his own man, drawing in references to Africa, his homeland Dominica and the British scene.’  Jazz Review

The results are thoroughly entertaining, infectiously swinging, intelligent and alert, at times tenderly sensitive at others exploiting the bluesy combination of organ and guitar with energy and power.’  Glyn Pursglo

Those comments were all well proven by Cameron  Pierre when he played a stunning gig at Jazz Nights with the Jazznights Trio who were this evening:

Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass

Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and  honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording   studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.

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Peter Lemer – Keyboards

Peter Lemer is perhaps most famously associated with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia with whom he recorded many albums over a 30 year period but he has also worked with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Annette Peacock, Harry Beckett, Gilgamesh, Baker Gurvitz Army, Seventh Wave, Harry Beckett’s Joy Unlimited, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield Group, In Cahoots, and Miller/Baker/Lemer.  He recorded his own trio CD in Israel and he currently works in his own groups plus the Peter Lemer-Billy Thompson Quartet and Duo, Que Pasa and Pepi Lemer’s “back2front” with whom he co-produced their new CD.

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Alex Best – Drums

After achieving his music degree he  has become an in demand drummer for many artists in a variety of genres. His vast performance experience includes TV work, European & UK tours, numerous albums and session recordings, live radio broadcasts and music video, along with appearances in theatres, clubs, festivals and on various stages all over the UK.

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Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

Cameron Pierre opened the first set with some great extended versions of jazz standards which included:

There Will Never Be Another You is a popular song with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Mack Gordon for the Twentieth Century Fox musical Iceland (1942).
Doxy is an early composition by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. It first appeared on the 1957
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Miles Davis album Bags’ Groove, performed by Davis on trumpet, Rollins on tenor saxophone
Meditation (“Meditação” in Portuguese) is a tune composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonça and a popular jazz guitar number
There Is No Greater Love is a 1936 jazz standard composed by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Marty Symes. It was the last hit song for Jones’s orchestra before the bandleader turned the orchestra over to Woody Herman,

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s Cameron Pierre then returned to play:

As a jazz standard, I’ll Remember April  (Music by Gene De Paul) first appeared in a rather unlikely performance. Dick Foran introduced the song in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy Ride ‘Em Cowboy.

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Moanin’
is a jazz tune and album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers recorded in 1958 for the Blue Note label. Composed by pianist Bobby Timmons.
Four On Six, a great jazz standard for the guitar composed by the American guitarist Wes Montgomery.
Victor Young and His Orchestra introduced Stella by Starlight in the 1944 Paramount film, The Uninvited, a ghost story.
Body and Soul  was written in New York City for the British actress and singer Gertrude Lawrence, who introduced it to London audiences in 1930. Louis Armstrong was the first jazz musician to record “Body and Soul”, in October 1930 and remains a firm jazz standard.
Straight, No Chaser is a jazz standard composed by Thelonious Monk. It was first recorded on Monk’s Blue Note Sessions in 1951. It has been recorded numerous times by Monk and others and is one of Monk’s most covered songs.

A superb evening of the masterful art of jazz guitar with accompaniment by some of East Anglia’s finest.

TRACKS will be appearing at the next Jazz Nights gig  on Sunday 28th August 2016


Tracks is the jazz-rock fusion band formed in the late 70’s which led on to the formation of Shakatak. Tracks features current Shakatak members Bill Sharpe (keys) and Roger Odell (drs) with ex-member Keith Winter (gtr) plus Martin Elliot (bs). For this Jazznights gig they will play an “acoustic” version of their repertoire.
THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com


Emily Saunders amazing vocalist at Jazz Nights at the Bell Hotel, Clare on 31st July 2016 singing with the Jazznights Trio

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A Londoner, songwriter, composer, producer, radio presenter enjoying massive impact broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, JazzFM & XFM, along with radio stations around the world inc USA, Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Abu Dhabi, México. Her music also charts internationally on iTunes & Amazon.

Jazznights Emily Saunders 310716 (81)· “Absolutely brilliant”   Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio2

· “One for the jazz dance clubs” Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio6

· “Fast rising Brit Jazz Talent” Metro

· “The outrageously good Emily Saunders. An extraordinary talent” Chris Philips, JazzFM

· “Jazz album of the year so far” ★★★★    Independent

· “Next big thing” ★★★★       Evening Standard

· ‘Killer up-tempo tracks…. Highly recommended’ AllAboutJazz

The young British jazz chanteuse Emily Saunders burst onto the London scene in the early 2010s with her sultry Latin rhythms, classy song writing, and a remarkable ability for extended vocal improvisational technique that saw her widely praised by both niche and mainstream press. Born into a musical family — her grandmother was a classical pianist, her sister a composer, and her father a conductor and arranger — Saunders took to playing the piano and composing songs at an early age before developing a fascination with improvisation and going on to study jazz voice at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

During her teens and her time at college, she cultivated a catholic musical taste encompassing Jazznights Emily Saunders 310716 (80)everything from old-school soul and rock to reggae and ambient techno, but became particularly enamored of Brazilian jazz giants such as Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, and Airto Moreira, all of whom inspired her forays into composition.

After honing her craft she took to the stage with a band of skilled improvisers which featured some of the most highly regarded young names in U.K. jazz, including trumpeter Byron Wallen and pianist Bruno Heinen.

Critics judged Saunders fit to stand with her Brazilian heroes, raving not only about her skills as a composer and arranger, but primarily about her warm, mellow tones and remarkable vocalese improvisations, comparing her to the likes of Gretchen Parlato and Madeleine Peyroux.

From the biography by John D Buchanan

Her debut album, Cotton Skies, was released in July 2011.

Her latest album Outsiders Insiders was released in March 2015.

Emily Saunders illustrated her great expertise at the jazz art of vocalese to a delighted audience at Jazz Nights. She played with the Jazz Nights Trio who were tonight:

Simon Brown – Piano
Leading UK Jazz innovator and musical entrepreneur Simon Brown is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. His bands include the  quintet Beyond Cantaloupe featuring the music of Herbie Hancock, as well a the very popular Simon Brown Trio and Quartet.  He is also a stalwart of the Jazznights Trio with Roger Odell and Bernie Hodgkins.

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Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass

Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and  honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording   studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.

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Alex Best – Drums

After achieving his music degree he  has become an in demand drummer for many artists in a variety of genres. His vast performance experience includes TV work, European & UK tours, numerous albums and session recordings, live radio broadcasts and music video, along with appearances in theatres, clubs, festivals and on various stages all over the UK.

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Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

Emily Saunders opened her first set with some superb renditions including:

Freddie Hubbard’s Birdlike. It’s a blues patterned after the blues that Charlie Parker liked to play (hence the name).
Afro Blue is a jazz standard composed by Mongo Santamaría, perhaps best known in its arrangement by John Coltrane.

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Dream composed by Emily and published on her 2011 album Cotton Skies.
All the Things You Are is a song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II.[
Wave” (also known as “Vou Te Contar” in Portuguese) is a bossa nova song written by Antônio Carlos Jobim. Recorded as an instrumental on his 1967 album of the same name, its English lyrics were written by Jobim himself later that year..
Another self penned number by Emily Reflections from her Outsiders Insiders album.
Emily finished her first set with another song Daze from her Outsiders Insiders album.

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s  we had the traditional Jazznights sitting in spot which is open to all musicians who have an  opportunity to play  with the band. Tonight we had the pleasure of vocalist Carol Bleiker and John Reeve-Butler with his fretless electric bass guitar playing Young At Heart

     Jazznights Carol Bleiker 030716 (109)       Jazznights John Reeve-Butler 030716 (110)Emily Saunders then re-joined the band for her second set which included:

Nature Boy is a song first recorded by American jazz singer Nat King Cole written in 1947 by eden ahbez.
Anthropology was tune written by Charlie Parker. It is a bebop head based on the chord changes of George Gershwin’s tune “I Got Rhythm”

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ou’re My Everything is a 1931 song with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Mort Dixon and Joe Young.
God Bless the Child” is a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. in 1939. It was first recorded on May 9, 1941.
Four is a 1954 jazz standard composed by Eddie “cleanhead” Vinson and often mistakenly attributed to Miles Davis who recorded it 1956. This was a superb finale for this wonderful evening of jazz vocals and vocalese.

CAMERON PIERRE (guitar) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 14th August 2016

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Though his approach is undeniably indebted to that of his two great heroes, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, it is infused with a bounce and vitality that belongs only to him. Touring with Courtney Pine’s award-winning band Cameron’s guitar style has dazzled many a jazz fan, and he has received glowing reviews from all over the world.

 

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com


Mick Hanson made a very welcome return to Jazz Nights to play with the Roger Odell Trio at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 13th July 2016

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Jazznights Mick Hanson 170716 (58)Formerly from the local area, Mick moved on to establish himself as one of the major players on the UK jazz guitar scene with his duo performances with Dave Newton and in the trio Organic Matters. His forte is hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with a contemporaryJazznights Mick Hanson 170716 (42) Blue Note school approach.

Mick Hanson is one of the UK’s leading exponents of jazz guitar. His unique style is a masterful fusion of his early blues roots with the honest swinging jazz of the 50’s and 60’s. Mick has worked and recorded with many of the worlds best known performers including Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Dick Morrissey, Brian Dee, Gordon Beck and Dave Newton, and recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a leader.

“Fantastic” is a litotes for his beautiful style and tone left the Jazz Nights crowd in no doubt that this was a night to remember.

From Mick’s last visit to Jazz Nights “This was a superb finale to a fantastic evening from Mick Hanson and the Roger Odell Jazz Nights Trio.”

Mick played with the Jazz Nights Trio who were:

Roger Odell – Drums

Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and the forerunner band Tracks. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.

Peter Lemer – Keyboards

Peter studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He remained a fixture of In Cahoots – he can be heard on Parallel (1996), Out Of The Blue (2001), – as well as playing one-off gigs with old friends Steve Cook (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), recording an album with them in Israel

 

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Bernie Hodgkins – Electric Bass

Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and  honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording   studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.

Larraine Odell – Vocals

Larraine began her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall. Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s

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Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

Larraine Odell opened the first set with some great Jazz standards which included:

Lullaby Of Birdland is a tune written by George Shearing in 1952 in honour of Charlie Parker and “Birdland” the jazz club named after him. Lyrics were written by George David Weiss.


Dindi
(Portuguese which sounds like Gin-Gee in English) is a song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Aloysio de Oliveira. English lyrics were added by Ray Gilbert. It is a world famous bossa nova standard.

Artie Shaw;s lovely tune – Moonray


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Close Enough for Love
” was the theme song from the 1979 film “Agatha” starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave. The song has since become a jazz standard. It was composed by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Paul Williams.

I Only Have Eyes for You
” is a popular romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written in 1934 for the film Dames where it was introduced by Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.

Mick Hanson the joined the trio to play extended improvised versions of:

Mick opened with a superb solo version of The Things We Did Last Summer” is a popular song from 1946. The words were written by Sammy Cahn, with the composition by Jule Styne.

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Days of Wine and Roses
” is a popular song, from the 1962 movie of the same name.
The music was written by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

As a tribute to James Stanley Hall (Jim Hall) (December 4, 1930 – December 10, 2013) who was  an American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger. Mick Hanson wrote Jim’s Hall of Fame.

Willard Robison wrote Old Folks a lovely plaintive tune played sensitively and beautifully by Mick Hanson. This was requested by Larraine Odell who had heard Mick play this previously.

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s we had the traditional Jazznights sitting in spot which is open to all musicians who have an  opportunity to play  with the band. Tonight we had the pleasure of vocalist Carol Bleiker singing Stars Fell On Alabama and Geoff Harriman playing Lullaby Of Birdland on his harmonica.

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Mick Hanson
then returned to play with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio numbers that included.

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Another Mick Hanson composition Cahn But Not Forgotten (not “Gone but Not Forgotten”
A tribute to Steve Cahn an American jazz guitarist. He is the son of lyricist Sammy Cahn.

How Little we know
, recorded famously by Frank Sinatra and written by written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer for the 1944 film To Have and Have Not,.

Body and Soul
is a popular song and jazz standard written in 1930 with lyrics by Edward Heyman,Robert Sour and Frank Eyton; and music by Johnny Green.

It Ain’t Necessarily So
This song comes from the Gershwin brothers’ 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. Ira Gershwin’s bible-doubting lyrics are sung by the sleazy dope-dealing character Sportin’ Life.

A superb blues medley based on Things Ain’t What They Used to Be a 1942 jazz standard with music by Mercer Ellington and lyrics by Ted Persons. Jazz musician and historian Chris Tyle argues that most likely Mercer Ellington came up with the melody and his father then arranged the song for the band. The song is most often played as an instrumental.

This was an outstanding finale to a truly wonderful gig of jazz on the guitar

Sun 31 Jul – EMILY SAUNDERS (voc) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 31st July 2016

Emily Saunders Live

A skilful, rhythmically inventive vocalist, Emily balances her virtuosity and adventurous musicianship of the highest order with a catchy pop sensibility that sees her breathy voice dance around infectious melodies that worm their way into your brain and stay there. “Fast rising Brit Jazz Talent” – Metro. “Next big thing” – Evening Standard

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk.

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com

Andy Panyai returned to Jazz Nights at the Bell Hotel, Clare to play with the Roger Odell Jazz Nights Trio with vocals from Larraine Odell on Sunday 3rd July 2016

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Andy Panayi is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician, skilled in performance, composition Jazznights Andy Panyai 030716 (61)and arranging.

He plays all the flutes and all the saxophones and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He also writes commissioned works and compositions & arrangements for his own ensembles.

Andy has performed and recorded with singers like Shirley Bassey, Jessye Norman, Paul McCartney, Patty Austin to name a few. He has also worked alongside or supported Abdulla Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Freddie Hubbard, Louis Belson Octet and Big Band, Ed Thigpen, Phil Woods, Roy Hargrove, Ronnie Scott, Billy Cobham, Indo-Jazz Fusions run by Johnny Mayer, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttelton, Pepper Adams, the BBC Big Band with many guests, the Vale of Glamorgan Contemporary Music Festival, the Moscow City Ballet, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English National Ballet and many more. He was recently a guest player with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra at the Barbican.Jazznights Andy Panyai 030716 (65)

He’s also worked alongside or supported Abdulla Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Louie Bellson Octet & Big Band, Ed Thigpen, Jiggs Whigham, Billy Cobham, Indo-Jazz Fusions run by Johnny Mayer, Vale of Glamorgan Contemporary Music Festival, RPO, BBC Concert Orchestra, LSSO, The Moscow City Ballet, Ronnie Scott & his Side-men, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Pepper Adams, Kenny Baker, Ted Heath/ Don Lusher Big Band, BBC Radio Big Band, Bert Kaemphert Orchestra, Stan Tracey Big Band -Septet – Octet, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, The John & Alec Dankworth Generation Big Band, Humphrey Lyttelton and many more.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) & Trinity College London Exam Boards: Andy works as a consultant/composer/arranger for the ABRSM & Trinity College London specialising in developing the Jazz & Classical syllabuses for future examinations. He is a professor at The Royal College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Jazznights Andy Panyai 030716 (86)Andy has received The Marty Paich Arranging Award, The John Dankworth Soloist Award, The Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal and the British Jazz Awards for his Jazz Flute performances.

Andy works with the examination boards, the ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall helping to set syllabus music for the grades. He has been awarded the Marty Paich Arranging Award, the John Dankworth Soloist Award, the Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal and the British Jazz Award for Jazz Flute.

With a pedigree such as that it could only turn out to be stupe4ndous gig – and of course it was!

Andy Panayi played with the Jazz Nights Trio who were:

Roger Odell – Drums

Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and the forerunner band Tracks. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.

Peter Lemer – Keyboards

Peter studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He remained a fixture of In Cahoots – he can be heard on Parallel (1996), Out Of The Blue (2001), – as well as playing one-off gigs with old friends Steve Cook (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), recording an album with them in Israel

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Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass

Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and  honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording   studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.

Larraine Odell – Vocals

Larraine began her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall. Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s

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Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

Larraine Odell opened the first set with some great jazz standards including:

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Weaver of Dreams by Don Gronick and is an album by guitarist Kenny Burrell recorded in 1960 and 1961.
Make This City Ours by the Brazilian troubadour Milton Nascimento
Whisper Not” is a composition by Benny Golson
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You is a 1932 song recorded by Bing Crosby. The music was composed by Victor Young, with lyrics written by Ned Washington and Bing Crosby.

Andy Panayi then joined the band to play extended versions of:

Jazznights Andy Panyai   Jazz Nights Trio 030716 (186)Bye Bye Blackbird is a song published in 1926 by the American composer Ray Henderson.  It is considered a popular jazz standard and was first recorded by Sam Lanin’s Dance Orchestra in March 1926.

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Shadow Waltz
was written by Harry Warren (born Salvatore Antonio Guaragna in 1933.
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To is a popular song written by Cole Porter for the 1943 film Something to Shout About.

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s (one of which was donated by Andy Panayi)  we had the traditional Jazznights sitting in spot which is open to all musicians who have an  opportunity to play  with the band. Tonight we had the pleasure of vocalist Carol Bleiker and John Reeve-Butler with his electric bass guitar playing Make Someone Happy a song from the musical Do Re Mi. John Reeve Butler then continued with Andy Panayi to play Peter Lemer’s composition of Another Day another Holler

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Andy Panayi the continued with the band to continue his extended versions of:

Cole Porter’s Ev’rything I Love (1941)
Meditation” (“Meditação” in Portuguese) is a song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonça.
In Your Own Sweet Way is a 1955 jazz standard, and one of the most famous compositions of Dave Brubeck. It was written around 1952.

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Andy then invited Larraine Odell to the stage to join him with a great rendition of Skylark is an American popular song with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1941.

Andy Panayi then played I Want to Be Happy is a song with music by Vincent Youmans for the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette. We were all very happy except for the fact that this was his last number of this marvellous gig, we cannot wait another 8 years for Andy’s return to Jazz Nights.

Mick Hanson (guitar) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 17th July 2016, he is formerly from the local area, Mick moved on to establish himself as one of the major players on the UK jazz guitar scene with his duo performances with Dave Newton and in the trio Organic Matters. His forte is hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with a contemporary Blue Note school approach.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk.

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com


JAZZ NIGHTS at the Bures Music Festival with NICOLAS MEIER, EMILY DANKWORTH & LARRAINE ODELL Thursday 7th July 2016

  • Date: Thu, Jul 07, 2016
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Venue: St Mary’s Church
  • Location: Bures Church CO8 5AA

NICOLAS – In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original guitarists drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mixed with jazz. He is also a member of the Jeff Beck Band with whom he tours world wide. EMILY – Given Emily’s musical heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth as well as niece to Jacqui Dankworth and daughter to Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that she has her forte in music. LARRAINE – A co-organiser of the Jazz Festival with husband and Shakatak drummer Roger Odell with whom she also performs at Jazznights at The Bell, Clare.

Nick Meier

Nicolas Meier
With the Jazznights Trio

In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s most original guitarists drawing on a love of Turkish, eastern, flamenco and tango music all mixed with jazz. He is also a member of the Jeff Beck Band with whom he tours worldwide.

https://www.facebook.com/NicolasMeierMusic/info

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Emily Dankworth

With the Jazznights Trio

“Emily’s voice is forged from the DNA of Jazz royalty… No surprise that it is gorgeous, smooth, lush… shall I go on?” Ralph Salmins.

Emily collaborates with some of England’s top musicians. With a rich musical upbringing and heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth, niece to Jacqui Dankworth and daughter to Alec Dankworth – her unique singing style lends itself perfectly to jazz, Latin and lyrical melodies.

http://www.emilydankworth.com/

 

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Larraine Odell
With the Jazznights Trio

“Larraine shows a range and soulfulness that simply cannot be taught.” Kenneth Pearson, Jazzmanonline

Larraine Odell began her career with the group CMU and has since performed with Jimpster at Ronnie Scott’s Club, with pianist Steve Lodder, and at numerous jazz festivals. Larraine’s CD ‘Portrait’ attracted excellent reviews as did her performance on ‘The Blue Window’ by Beatifik.

The Jazznights Trio is formed of Roger Odell, founder member and drummer with Shakatak, Bernie Hodgkins on bass and Simon Brown, a regular pianist at Jazznights and player in residence at the Norwich Jazz Club.


Sun 03 Jul – ANDY PANAYI (saxes & flts) will be at Jazz Nights, the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 3rd July 2016

Andy plays all the flutes and all the saxophones and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He has performed or recorded with many singers such as Cleo Laine, Jessye Norman, Paul McCartney, Salena Jones, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame, Zoot Money, Elaine Delmar, Madeline Bell & Patty Austin to name a few.

MICK HANSON (gtr) will be at Jazz Nights, the Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 17th July 2016

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Formerly from the local area, Mick moved on to establish himself as one of the major players on the UK jazz guitar scene with his duo performances with Dave Newton and in the trio Organic Matters. His forte is hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with a contemporary Blue Note school approach.

 

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk.

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

For this gig only – Non-regulars can reserve seating by email to Norman –pettitt95@btinternet.com. Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com

MARTIN SPEAKE (sax) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 19th June 2016 to play with the Jazz Nights Trio at the Bell Hotel, Clare

Martin has developed a personal ​musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz with ​individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and ​profound. “one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.’ Thomas Conrad – Jazz Times

“Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.” – Encyclopedia of Popular Music

“Speake’s playing can be as enigmatic as his writing. The lyricism and subtlety of both his written and improvised melodies sometimes unfold so gradually that one needs to take a
mental step back to absorb it all”. John Kelman All About Jazz

Citing Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker, Warne Marsh, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Steve ​Coleman, Rabi Abou Khalil, and Paul Motian as major influences, Martin has developed a personal ​musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz with ​individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and ​profound.

Born in Barnet, North London in 1958, Martin was inspired to take up the saxophone at the age ​of 16. From 1977-81, he studied Classical Saxophone at Trinity College of Music, where he was awarded the prestigious Dame Ruth Railton prize for woodwind playing. He first came to public attention as a founder member of the award winning Saxophone Quartet ‘Itchy Fingers’ during the height of the UK’s so called ‘80’s Jazz Revival’ when a host of young musicians including Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, Django Bates, Iain Ballamy and the big bands of the Jazz Warriors and Loose Tubes were acclaimed as the leaders of an emerging generation of UK jazz talent.

With Itchy Fingers, Martin toured Europe, South America, Africa, Britain and the USA, and recorded two albums. In 1988, he left the group to develop his own projects, and establish himself as a composer and improvisor.

His studies at Canada’s renowned Banff Centre for the Arts in 1990, under the artistic direction of Steve Coleman, and alongside peers that included keyboard players Andy Milne and Ethan Iverson, and trumpeter Ralph Alessi, proved to be pivotal and catalytic in Martin’s subsequent development as a creative musician.

​He started his own record label Pumpkin in 2007. The first release was a duo with free improvising drummer Mark Sanders and in 2008 Generations with Barry Green, Jeff Williams and Dave Green.

​Current projects being developed include a saxophone quartet with Phil Bancroft, Martin Hathaway and Tony Kofi and a trio with Canadian musicians Duncan Hopkins and Anthony Michelli.

​​Martin is a committed, inspiring, and sought after jazz educator and currently teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Royal Academy of Music in London, and on numerous international Jazz summer courses.

“Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.” – Encyclopedia of Popular Music

“An alto saxophonist who sounds only like himself.”
Dave Gelly – The Observer

“A saxophonist with an unusual turn of phrase, a persuasively gentle sound and jazz allegiances that don’t follow the usual Coltranesque paths but veer instead toward the fifties Cool School, Martin Speake is not just a distinctive improviser but a striking composer too. Superficially, Speake can sometimes seem cool to the point of chilliness – but like his original inspirations, the heat is all in the logic and integrity of the lines, the balance of mind and heart.”
John Fordham – The Guardian

“One of the most original and interesting contemporary jazz saxophonists on the British scene. Speake has an offbeat melodic sense, a fine gentle tone and a strong technique.”
Linton Chiswick – Time Out

Martin Speake will be playing with:

Simon Brown – Piano

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Leading UK Jazz innovator and musical entrepreneur Simon Brown is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. His bands include the  quintet Beyond Cantaloupe featuring the music of Herbie Hancock, as well a the very popular Simon Brown Trio and Quartet.  He is also a stalwart of the Jazznights Trio with Roger Odell and Bernie Hodgkins.

 

 

 

Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass

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Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and  honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording   studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.

 


George Double – Drums

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A national finalist in the Daily Telegraph’s Young Jazz 1989, George read Music at the University of Nottingham. West End and touring credits include Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Sinatra, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Anything Goes, Chicago Annie Get Your Gun, La Cage aux Folles and Godspell. Freelance credits include work for EMI, Polygram, London and Talkin’ Loud records, Kym Mazelle, Claire Sweeney, Matthew Herbert, The Memphis Belle Swing  Orchestra, and the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra,

 

 

Unfortunately there will be no further report or photographs of this gig due to circumstances outside our control

Sunday 3rd July 2016 – ANDY PANAYI (saxes & flts)

  Andy plays all the flutes and all the saxophones and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He has performed or recorded with many singers such as Cleo Laine, Jessye Norman, Paul McCartney, Salena Jones, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame, Zoot Money, Elaine Delmar, Madeline Bell & Patty Austin to name a few.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk.

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

For this gig only – Non-regulars can reserve seating by email to Norman –pettitt95@btinternet.com. Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com

Unfortunately there will be no further report or photographs of this gig due to circumstances outside our control