Christian Brewer was the special guest at Jazz Nights, the Bell Hotel, Clare 20th November 2016 playing with the Roger Odell Trio and vocals from Larraine Odell

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Christian Brewer is the kind of mainstream-to-postbop alto saxophonist who’s easy to take for granted on the UK jazz scene. He’s almost as agile and fluently expressive as the Charlie Parker disciple Phil Woods on fast pieces, and his ballad playing echoes the raw-nerve Jazznights Christian Brewer 201116 (206)soulfulness of the late Art Pepper, but these are neither fashionable nor revolutionary qualities and Brewer deserves wider acclaim for his mastery of them than he’s generally received in Britain. He was active on the Spanish jazz scene in the 1990s, worked with Julian Joseph and the Mondesir brothers early in his career, and has performed more recently with trumpeter Damon Brown and bassist Geoff Gascoyne. With his 2006 album, Seesaw, he reaffirmed old allegiances to classic jazz traditions, but he has many more strings to his bow, including work with Rico Rodriguez, Push and Paul Weller.

Christian is one of the most lyrical and soulful alto players to have emerged from the UK in recent years. Loved for his melodic playing and pure tone, he has risen to prominence on the British jazz scene. He is now a regular at London’s prestigious Ronnie Scots and both he and his band are in great demand.Jazznights Christian Brewer 201116 (82)

His musical roots besides jazz also include funk and groove orientated music. This has lead to commercial work with reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez, Push, Paul Weller, Ottis Grand and the Ragga Twins amongst many others. This diversity has enriched his musical outlook and is evident in his style of playing and composing, whilst never compromising the authenticity of the jazz.
Christian studied at Leeds and The Guildhall School of Music. However, the defining musical inspiration came from playing alongside Julian Joseph and the Mondesir brothers at Ian Carr’s jazz London fusion orchestra.

He has performed in Europe’s top clubs and festivals. With pianist Chano Dominguez and bass player Francisco Bosē he played in most of Spain’s international festivals (1989 – 91) including Seville, Malaga, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Ceuta (North Africa). The group they formed, ‘Decoy’, also performed in Café Central in Madrid and recorded for television (Jazz Entre Jazznights Christian Brewer 201116 (190)Amigos) and radio. In Spain he also collaborated with tenor saxophonists Dave Schnitter (ex Art Blakey), Jorge Pardo and Antonio Mesa; and played extensively with guitarist Tito Alcodo.

In the UK Christian has worked predominantly with trumpet player Damon Brown, touring England, Scotland and Italy. He has featured on two of Damon’s CDs (see below) and performed at Barcelona’s ‘Jamboree’. With top bass player Geoff Gascoine’s sextet he played extensively and has worked alongside the cream of the jazz scene such as Winston Clifford, Sebastian de Krom, Carl Orr, Jim Mullen and John Donaldson.

Christian Brewer played with the Jazznights 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.

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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Steve Cook – Double Bass

Steve has a wonderful rounded tone with great clarity. In the 1960s and 70s Steve Cookplayed with many leading jazz artists including Don Rendell, Art Themen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Alan Skidmore, Pete Jacobsen, Michael Garrick and numerous others.  He was in several of Barbara Thompson’s bands including the Quintet, Jubiaba and Paraphernalia. He may occasionally be seen with the Harmony in Harlem band and the Cambridge Sinfonietta.  He has also had a 35-year career as a professional software engineer.

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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Larraine Odell opened the first set of the evening singing some great classics which included:

Alone Together is a timeless tune written by Arthur Schwartz with lyrics by Howard Dietz. It was written for the 1932 Broadway musical “Flying Colors”. The first jazz recording of this tune was done by Artie Shaw in 1939.
Jazznights Larraine Odell 201116 (238)Once I Loved (O Amor em Paz) is a bossa nova jazz standard composed in 1960 by Antônio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes. Words in English were later added by Ray GilbertIn 1954 the Erroll Garner Trio introduced the instrumental Misty. A year later Johnny Burke penned the lyrics, creating the song we know today. “Misty” remained relatively unknown until Johnny Mathis popularized the vocal version with his million-selling recording in 1959.

Christian Brewer then joined the band to play extended versions of:

Like Someone In Love is a tune written by Jimmy Van Heusen in 1944 for the film “Belle of Yukon”. It has since become a popular jazz standard. The melody to this tune is absolutely Jazznights Christian Brewer 201116 (71)beautiful and Jimmy Van Heusen yet again proves to be a remarkable composer.
An up-tempo version of Old Devil Moon is a popular song composed by Burton Lane, with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg for the 1947 musical Finian’s Rainbow. It was introduced by Ella Logan and Donald Richards.
Triste” (meaning “Sad” in English) is a bossa nova song composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, who also wrote lyrics for it in both English and Portuguese. Jobim wrote the song in late 1966 while staying at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles, as he waited for Frank Sinatra to return from a holiday in Barbados so they could begin recording their album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim (1967

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 Carol Bleiker singing Cry Me A River and Colin Holden on flugelhorn playing Autumn In New York

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Christian Brewer then returned to play:

Ev’rything I Love (1941) with words and music by Cole Porter.
Desafinado, a Portuguese word (usually rendered into English as “Out of Tune“, or as “Off Key“), is the title of a bossa nova song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Groovin’ High is an influential 1945 song by jazz composer and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. The song was a bebop mainstay that became a jazz standard,[1] one of Gillespie’s best known hits. This was played in E flat.
Jazznights Christian Brewer 201116 (92)You’ve Changed is a popular tune written by Bill Carey and Carl Fischer in 1941. It has been covered by many bands and players including Dexter Gordon, Harry James, Billie Holiday etc.
And a great finale with the Cedar Walton classic Bolivia from the Eastern Rebellion  album by pianist Cedar Walton which was recorded in late 1975

“One of the most exciting alto players I’ve heard in a long time” A quote from Tony Hall and “Phenomenal” from Dave Gelly. The whole audience at Jazz Nights would echo these quotes and we would all ask Christian to return a lot sooner than the six years since his last visit to Jazz Nights.

ESTELLE KOKOT (vocals) will return to Jazz Nights on Sunday 4th December 2016

Estelle returned to London after touring South Africa between February 2014 and January 2015 introducing the music of Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford to a new audience. She recorded The Sound of You album in November 2014 with Chico Freeman on saxophones, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Kevin Gibson on drums in Cape Town.

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


Jazz Nights Luca Luciano at Jazz Nights, the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 23rd October 2016 with The Roger Odell Trio and vocals from Larraine Odell

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Internationally recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, praised by Musical Opinion (UK’s oldest classical music magazine) for his “constantly beautiful tone”, he starts his career at a very young age and has since “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine.

Jazznights Luca Luciano 231016 (101)His work has been described as “romantic, soulful and technically superb” and, with a repertoire that embraces more than two centuries of Western music, Luca is considered one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Luciano has presented new works (either his compositions or music especially written/arranged for him) and rarely played music at some of the most established venues of the UK, Europe and America. He is mainly active as a solo artist presenting original projects via concerts/recitals and his experience includes TV and radio performances, master-classes and lecture-recitals, five solo albums, orchestra and chamber music.

Described as “the new voice of the clarinet” on the front page of De Klarinet Magazine, internationally recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, Luca starts his career at the young age of twelve debuting at one of the most established halls of his home town Naples and appears on television nationwide live aged twenty-one. Praised by the International Clarinet Association for “the full range of his abilities”, he receives a master’s degree from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), is awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, he has since “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”. Luca has been introduced by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s Jazznights Luca Luciano 231016 (47)leading exponent of jazz clarinet” and his repertoire also embraces Catelnuovo-Tedesco, Brahms, Messiaen, Schumann, Cage along with rarely performed music by living composers and recordings of music by Stravinsky, Luciano Berio and Poulenc.

A D’Addario/Rico Artist and a former clarinet professor at the Leeds College of Music (UK), Luciano is one of the few specialists of classical, jazz and contemporary music at HE level and has held the only existing position of jazz-clarinet lecturer in the UK for several years. His areas of research include extended techniques and new compositions for solo clarinet also presented during his master-classes and lecture-recitals (in the UK, Europe and South America) and regularly premiered at St Martin in the Fields in London, Cambridge University and overseas. Over the past decade, Luca has found himself increasingly in demand as a soloist and has pursued a career as a solo artist touring extensively the UK and overseas and focusing primarily on his own music performing at venues as diverse as: the South Bank Centre, Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Birmingham University), Edinburgh Festival, European Clarinet Festival in Belgium, St James Piccadilly, the King’s Hall, Glasgow University, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Politeama Theatre Naples, Jazznights Luca Luciano 231016 (96)American Cathedral in Paris.
Aside from his renowned solo clarinet work, Luca has appeared on TV programs nationwide (RTE Ireland, SKY Brazil, RAI Television Italy), collaborated with orchestras also as a soloist (Italy, Republic of Ireland, Brazil) and with chamber music ensembles (also recording live for BBC Radio 3 at the Royal Festival Hall).

As a recording artist, Luciano’s solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continent gaining him appearances on the front page of music magazines. He has been interviewed by the press, on TV and on radio with broadcasts nationwide including the BBC Radio and whole radio programs in the US on contemporary music dedicated to his work. In particular, his last releases, featuring music part of his research, have been praised by some of the major publications on clarinet such as The Clarinet Journal (USA/worldwide), Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine (UK), Rohrblatt (Germany), De Klarinet (The Netherlands/Belgium).

Luca Luciano was playing with the Roger Odell 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 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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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

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

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

My Romance is a popular song, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, written for Billy Rose’s musical, Jumbo (1935). In the 1962 movie version of Jumbo, Doris Day performed the song.

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Softly As in a Morning Sunrise
(1928)
Sigmund Romberg wrote the music and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the words for this composition for the musical New Moon, which premiered in New York at the Imperial Theatre. Yhis was an up-tempo number arranged by Roger Odell.
I Could Write a Book is a show tune from the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey (1940), where it was introduced by Gene Kelly and Leila Ernst.
Isn’t It a Pity?. is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, written for the 1933 musical Pardon My English. It was introduced by George Givot and Josephine Huston.
I Thought About You is a 1939 popular song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was one of three collaborations Van Heusen and Mercer wrote for the then recently established Mercer-Morris publishing company. This had a superb opening solo by Steve Cook on the double bass.

Luca Luciano the joined the Jazz Nights Trio to play extended versions of tunes including:

All Blues written by Miles Davis. It was recorded on April, 22, 1959, during the second
session of his Kind of Blue album, still one of the best-selling jazz albums of all times.
Four is a 1954 jazz standard composed by the American jazz saxophonist Eddie “Cleanhead” Jazznights Luca Luciano   Trio 231016 (105)Vinson and mistakenly attributed to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. It was first recorded in 1954 by Miles Davis and released in 1956 on his album Blue Haze.
On Green Dolphin Street” (originally entitled “Green Dolphin Street”) is a 1947 song composed by Bronislaw Kaper with lyrics by Ned Washington. The song, composed for the film Green Dolphin Street (which was based on a 1944 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Goudge), went on to become a jazz standard after being recorded by Miles Davis in 1958

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 Colin Holden on trumpet playing Benny Golson’s Blues March and Geoff Harriman playing All Of Me on his harmonica.

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Luca Luciano the re-joined the Trio to play:

Extended version of Blues by Charlie Parker.
St. Thomas is among the most recognizable instrumentals in the repertoire of American Jazz Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Although Rollins is commonly credited as its composer, the tune is based on the traditional English song “The Lincolnshire Poacher”. By way of the folk process, “The Lincolnshire Poacher” evolved into a nursery song in the Virgin Islands, which Rollins’ mother sang to him when he was a child.
Donna Lee is a bebop jazz standard originally attributed to Charlie Parker, although Miles Davis also claimed authorship. Written in A-flat, it is based on the chord changes of the jazz standard “(Back Home Again in) Indiana”
Saxophonist John Coltrane composed Naima for his first wife, Juanita Austin, whose nickname was Naima or Nita. They were married in 1955.
Jazznights Luca Luciano   Trio 231016 (107)500 Hundred Miles High  written by Chick Corea from his Light As A Feather album from 1973.
How High The Moon and Ornithology medley gave an outstanding finale to this master class of the jazz clarinet. It is eight years since Luca last visited Jazz Nights and we are sure it will not be as long next time

Stan Sulzmann will be at Jazz-Nights on Sunday 6th November 2016
A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Gil Evans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier, Gwilym Simcock and many others as well as having a prolific output as a bandleader. “It simply doesn’t get any better than this” John Kelman.

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


Jazz-Nights gigs at the Bell Hotel, Clare in Suffolk CO10 8NN

The writer is listing forthcoming Jazz-Nights gigs  at the Bell Hotel Clare as I may not be able to post the normal blog for all the gigs.

This has been taken from http://www.jazz-nights.com/index.php as at Tuesday 4th October 2016 and can be visited at any time. As you will be aware that due to unforeseen circumstances details of gigs can change at any time.

The artists listed below will generally be accompanied by the Roger Odell Trio with Vocals from Larraine Odell.

Gig Diary

Sun 09 Oct – RENATO D’AIELLO (sax)

Born in Naples 1959. Renato started his professional career playing with the Giovanni Tommaso big band and then he received a full tuition scolarship from Berklee college of Boston. International tours followed with Tony Scott, Art Farmer and Renato toured Japan with Yoshida Masahiro trio. “Renato is a superlative saxophonist”. Ian Carr.

Sun 23 Oct – LUCA LUCIANO (clt)

“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer based in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” – The Musician. A former clarinet professor in the UK and as a recording artist his solo albums have received much critical acclaim.

Sun 06 Nov – STAN SULZMANN (sax)

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Gil Evans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier, Gwilym Simcock and many others as well as having a prolific output as a bandleader. “It simply doesn’t get any better than this” John Kelman.

Sun 20 Nov – CHRISTIAN BREWER (sax)

Christian Brewer is a well known jazz saxophonist/composer/educator and he has been a leading voice on the alto saxophone for over 20 years having played at top clubs and festivals worldwide with Peter King (UK), Bob Martin (USA), Dmitry Baevsky (Russia), Tito Alcedo (Spain), Yutaka Shiina (Japan), Jos Matchel (Holland) amongst many.

Sun 04 Dec – ESTELLE KOKOT (voc)

Estelle returned to London after touring South Africa between February 2014 and January 2015 introducing the music of Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford to a new audience. She recorded The Sound of You album in November 2014 with Chico Freeman on saxophones, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Kevin Gibson on drums in Cape Town.

Sun 18 Dec – TENOR MADNESS (saxes)

A real battle of the saxes with two of the finest tenor players in the UK going head to head on some classic jazz standards. Both Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling run their own quartets with whom they have recorded great CDs. A fantastic night of straight ahead jazz and a brilliant way to finish an amazing year at The Bell.

Sun 01 Jan – ALAN BARNES (saxes)

One of the most popular jazz musicians in the UK and a winner of numerous awards. “Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago – hard, urban post-bop – but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz”. John L. Walters – The Guardian.

Sun 15 Jan – ADAM GLASSER (harm)

Award-winning Jazz harmonica and keyboard player Adam Glasser grew up in South Africa and is currently London-based. He won the 2010 SAMA Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and his recent album Mzansi was also nominated Best Jazz Album at the 2012 SAMA Awards. He pays tribute to the recently departed Toots Thielemans.

Sun 29 Jan – MATT WATES (sax)

“A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist” Dave Gelly – Observer. “A performer of boundless ability” Ken Rattenbury – Crescendo. “The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic” Duncan Lamont. “An incredibly talented musician and composer” John Dankworth . “Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon” Dave Gelly – Observer.

Sun 12 Feb – MARK NIGHTINGALE (trb)

Mark is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians. He performs in several groups and bands including his own Quintet and Big Band, The Sound of J&K, and The Andy Panayi Quartet. “Mark Nightingale is one of the most sensational musicians this country has ever produced”. Humphrey Lyttelton.

Sun 26 Feb – JACQUI HICKS (voc)

Having sung with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on a regular basis in 1992 Jacqui joined and toured the world with jazz funk band Shakatak. She has recorded a number of CDs with her own quartet and she is the featured singer on both Beatifik CDs and on The Boaters Project CD. Jacqui is a highly skilled singer with charm and intelligence.

Sun 12 Mar – ROBERT FOWLER (sax)

Since leaving the Pasadena Roof Orchestra Robert has worked with many bands and has also released his own CD “Front and Centre” which demonstrates the strong influence of some of the greats of the classic jazz era – Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. He has also been working and touring with Bryan Ferry on his recent album As Time Goes By.

Sun 09 Apr – NIC MEIER (gtr)

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 and drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mixed with jazz he has developed his own unique sound. He was sensational at last year’s Bures Festival Jazz Night after touring with Jeff Beck.

Sun 23 Apr – KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (voc)

Kevin has performed at jazz venues throughout the UK and at top London clubs including Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club & the Pizza Express Jazz Club. His fresh-sounding renditions of jazz standards and iconic pop tunes has garnered him critical acclaim and fans far and wide. “….his voice is an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble” Jazz FM.

Sun 21 May – MORNINGTON LOCKETT (sax)

A very special night! When Ronnie Scott expanded his band he could have chosen any saxophonist in the world. He chose Mornington! As a very exciting extra, tonight’s rhythm section also features the ex-Ronnie Scott pianist John Critchinson and the ubiquitous bassist Dave Green who has played with everyone. Drummer Roger Odell will do his best to keep up!

Sun 04 Jun – CRISSY LEE QUARTET

Crissy is widely acclaimed as being the UK’s and Europe’s finest female drummer. Born in Colchester, Essex her career has seen Crissy travel the globe, appearing on numerous TV programmes and bringing the rich rewards of sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest celebrities. The quartet has recorded a new CD “My Favourite Things”.

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


The wonderful Anita Wardell returned to Jazz Nights at The Bell Hotel, Clare to sing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio on Sunday 11th September 2016

Anita’s singing was exciting and breath-taking. She is noted for her mesmerizing and captivating vocal improvisations and vocalese lyrics to instrumental solos. She is a musician who uses the voice as her instrument, displaying precision and agility, mixed with heartfelt emotion.

Jazznights Anita Wardell 110916 (99)Anita received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006 and Anita has been voted Best Vocalist in the 2013 British Jazz Awards. Baffling though they often are, this year’s BBC jazz awards got something right by handing this singer a Best of Jazz Award “for performing in a classic jazz style”. Though seldom heard on BBC airwaves, Anita Wardell is an exceptional talent. Whereas most singers bluff their way through wordless bars without 

making any sense, Australia-reared, Guildford-born Anita is a true seat-singer. She thinks like a trumpeter or saxophonist, creating shapely lines to suit the song’s chord structure.

A rich, expressive and agile voice allows Wardell to excel not only with the great ballad standards, which she sings with remarkable expressiveness, but also with bop classics. The guru of contemporary jazz singers, Mark Murphy, has extolled the quality of her bop singing, stating that it is ‘always so clear and accurate in its linearism’. Wardell also makes considerable use of scat singing in her programming and while many young singers launch into scat with only a faint notion of its strengths and limitations, she is an exceptionally gifted user of the form.

Born in Guildford, UK, Anita moved to Australia with her family as a child. Anita’s formative years were spent soaking up the Rodgers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter classics. She also explored her father’s collection of big band albums by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and many more.

During her teens, she started to get to Jazznights Anita Wardell 110916 (95)grips with the complexities of modern Jazz when she discovered Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. At the same time she learned her vocal craft from greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Mark Murphy, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson.

After attending secondary School she completed her degree in Music at the Adelaide University. In 1990, Anita relocated back to the UK where she studied at the Guildhall school of music and drama.

Anita’s recording career began in 1995 with her CD,Why do you Cry? featuring pianist Liam Noble.

In 1998 she released Straight Ahead with international star pianist Jason Rebello. Japan’s most popular jazz publication, Swing Journal, gave its endorsement, writing, “she’s the real thing who can fluently scat and vocalese!”

Her longstanding musical relationship with pianist Robin Aspland started with the release of Until The Stars Fade in 2001 also featuring the exciting US drummer Gene Calderazzo and Jeremy Brown on bass. Jazzwise Magazine called her “energetic and inventive” while The Guardian proclaimed her “a model of the Jazz singer’s art”, highlighting her clarity, improvisational skills and emotional resonance.

In 2004 she teamed up with tenor saxophonist, Benn Clatworthy, and recorded If You Never Jazznights Anita Wardell 110916 (177)Come to Me.

Anita received the prestigious BBC Jazz Award for Best of Jazz category in 2006. In the same year she was signed to Proper Records and recorded Noted (2006) and Kinda Blue (2008).

Her latest album, The Road, was released in summer 2013. In the same year she won the Best Vocalist category in the British Jazz Awards and in 2014 Anita was nominated in the 2014 British Jazz awards.

Over the past four years, Anita has travelled extensively, performing and leading jazz vocal masterclasses in USA, Europe and Australia.

A rich, expressive and agile voice allows Wardell to excel not only with the great ballad standards, which she sings with remarkable expressiveness, but also with bop classics. The guru of contemporary jazz singers, Mark Murphy, has extolled the quality of her bop singing, stating that it is ‘always so clear and accurate in its linearism’. Wardell also makes considerable use of scat singing in her programming and while many young singers launch into scat with only a faint notion of its strengths and limitations, she is an exceptionally gifted user of the form.

Anita was singing with the the Jazznights 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.

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.

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

The Masquerade Is Over (1938) with Music by Allie Wrubel and Lyrics from Herb Magidson.
Burt Bacharach and Hal David composed The Look Of Love in 1967 which appeared in the 1967 spoof James Bond film Casino Royale. In 2008, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame
Jazznights Larraine Odell 110916 (62)Night and Day is a popular song by Cole Porter. It was written for the 1932 musical play Gay Divorce. It is perhaps Porter’s most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook and has been recorded by dozens of artists.
Then Ill Be Tired Of You written by Arthur Schwartz and E Y Harburg (who also wrote the lyrics for Somewhere Over The Rainbow) in 1934 and was recorded by Fats Waller. A great finale to Larraine’s set.

Anita Wardell then joined the trio songs which included extended versions of:

Anita’s version of (You’d Be So) Easy to Love, a popular song written by Cole Porter for the musical Anything Goes in 1934.
Somewhere In The Hills (Favela) written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
This Is All Ways as sung by Chet baker, this name may not correct as some of the lyrics Jazznights Anita Wardell 110916 (100)includes “This is a good way” – any help would be appreciated!
My Shining Hour is a song composed by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was written for the 1943 film The Sky’s the Limit.

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s (including one that was donated by Anita Wardell)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 jazz and blues singer Sara Hawkes who was prompted by Anita, singing Skylark. We all hoped to see Sara again in the future.
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Anita Wardell the re-joined the band to sing:

What a Little Moonlight Can Do is a popular song written by Harry M. Woods in 1934. It was famously recorded by Billie Holiday. Betty Carter’s version inspired Anita to sing this song.
Jazznights Anita Wardell 110916 (132)Another song recorded by Billie Holiday I Can’t Believe That You’re in Love with Me is a 1926 song composed by Jimmy McHugh, with lyrics by Clarence Gaskill.[
Don’t Explain was written by jazz singer Billie Holiday and songwriter Arthur Herzog, Jr. who also collaborated with her on “God Bless the Child” Anita’s vocalese version was inspired Dexter Gordon’s 1962 recording.
All of You” is a song written by Cole Porter and published in 1954. The jazz pianist Bill Evans featured the song on his live 1961 album Sunday at the Village Vanguard. It has also been performed by Miles Davis(such as on ‘Round About Midnight and his 1964 live recording Four and More),
Jazznights Anita Wardell 110916 (97)I’ll Be Seeing You is a popular song, with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal.]Published in 1938.
Farmer’s Market is tune and an album of the same name by trumpeter Art Farmer, featuring performances recorded in 1956 and released on the New Jazz label. This was treated as a fast be-pop number and a stunning finale to Anita’s gig.

Anita Wardell is truly a stunning artist with a completely unique style and presentation, we can only look forward to her returning to Jazz Nights.

PAUL HIGGS (trp) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 25th September 2016

“Shades Of Miles” – Paul presents an evening of tunes by trumpet legend Miles Davis playing well known favourites and less familiar treasures. His subtle and sensitive style combined with an exquisite tone and virtuoso skill perfectly match Miles’ work. “Paul Higgs displays a gorgeous tone and unflagging inspiration” Digby Fairweather – BBC.

 

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


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.

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