Allison Neale on Alto Flute with Jazznights Trio: Roger Odell, Simon Brown with vocals from Larraine Odell at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 13th May 2018

American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity.

As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth ‘Generations‘ Band and the “Back to Basie’ Orchestra. She frequently tours the UK with her current Quartet, which also features acclaimed jazz pianist Leon Greening, bassist Julian Bury and drummer Steve Brown and has two CDs to her name ‘Melody Express’ with guitarist Dave Cliff and ‘Blue Concept’ with trumpeter Gary Kavanagh , both on 33 Records. Her latest CD ” I Wished on the Moon ” due for release in January 2015 on the Trio Records label and features the quartet as well as Milt Jackson influenced vibraphonist Nat Steele.

“ Allison Neale plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges” Dave Gelly , The Observer

“ A talent to savour” Peter Vacher Jazz UK

Allison Neale playing with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

The Jazznights Trio were:

Roger Odell

Simon Brown

Bernie Hodgkins

Larraine Odell

Larraine Odell singing with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

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  Geoff Harriman his harmonica

On Sunday 27th May we will have the pleasure of Emily Dankworth  singing for us at Jazznights – The Bell Hotel, Clare

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. Bonus: Alec will be on bass! “Flawless pitch with a lovely lyrical expression in her voice”. Tina May.

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


The Jaznights blog and pictures is now at
http://jazz-nights.blogspot.co.uk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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

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Harry Greene (tenor sax) at Jazznights with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Joe Taylor with vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel Clare. 30th April 2018

Harry Greene first played at Jazznights in the sitting in spot at the age of 9 and he returns at the age of 20 as a featured special guest for this Jazznights gig.

 

Harry Greene with Steve Laws at Jazznights aged 9

 

 

Harry Greene at Jazznights aged 20

 

 

The Jazznights Trio: Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Joe Taylor playing with Harry Greene

 

“‘m a 20 year-old saxophonist and guitarist, currently based in London. Since picking up the sax and guitar at age 7, I’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with a wide range of international artists, such as Bellowhead, UK sax legend Pete King and Sugarhill Gangmember Skip McDonald. Performing at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, London Olympic Park as well as opportunities to perform with world class bands such as Derek Nash’s Protect the Beat and the Simon Bates Big Band, conducted by renowned composer Howard Blake.

I’m currently studying full-time on the jazz course at London’s Royal Academy of Music, as well as playing and writing for a wide range of different bands and projects including my own jazz/funk trio, big band work and an array of funk/soul bands, including MD’ing for ex-Drifter Maurice Cannon. I also play baritone sax/guitar in London-based West African/funk fusion band ‘Afrik Bawantu,’ led by Ghanaian percussion master Afla Sackey. Performance highlights with this band include performing at the 50th anniversary celebration of the BBC World Service, as well as many festivals around the UK and Europe. We’re currently putting the finishing touches to the second album, ‘It’s Not Easy.’
I’m currently guitarist for the the Ashton Jones Project, a hard-working, high-energy funk band for which I’m co-writing and arranging the debut album.
Pianist/producer Chris Ingham has also involved me as a guest on his latest quartet project, celebrating the music of Dudley Moore. The 16-track album, ‘Dudley’ has received critical acclaim from the Guardian and the Observer among others, and our show at Pizza Express, Soho went down a storm.
I’m very excited to be a member of a hard-bop quintet, the ‘Barford-Stoneman Organ Quintet,’ showcasing the music of Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Eddie Harris among others. We’re very much looking forward to supporting Liane Carroll, Claire Martin and Clare Teal and the Ella Fitzgerald centenary celebration at St John Smith’s Square as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Ex-Suzi Quatro guitarist and Cockney Rebel member Robbie Gladwell has also involved me in his band for many years, performing at a huge variety of venues across the UK as well as an annual 3-night charity event in aid of Cancer Research UK. It was when I first started playing with Robbie I had the opportunity to sign an endorsing artists contract with German amplifier company Hughes&Kettner.

I also work with a wide range of jazz/pop/soul function bands.”

The Jazznights Trio were:

Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Joe Taylor
With vocals from Larraine Odell
Larraine Odell with the Jazznights Trio
Harry with the Jazznights Trio

Sunday 13th May 2018 – ED JONES (sax)
will be at Jazznights

An award winning Uk jazz saxophonist/composer who has been based in London for over 25 years. He works in the UK and internationally with a wide range of his own projects and collaborations, and has over 70 published works as a composer and discographic credits on over 150 recordings.

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


The Jaznights blog and pictures is now at
http://jazz-nights.blogspot.co.uk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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

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Atila at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Larraine Odell at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 15th April 2018

Atila at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Larraine Odell at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 15th April 2018

Atila is an established Jazz singer from the UK. Sartorially stylish and musically classy, his interpretations of the American Songbook are internationally renowned, taking influence from early Frank SinatraI was very impressed with his singing, he has a real feel for the lyric Sir Michael Parkinson.
Atila started his professional career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra with whom he performed with Benny Golson on the Norwegian Sun Jazz Cruise and was featured on the album ‘Something Old, Something New’ (NYJCD023). He has recorded many times since, Including ‘How do you keep the music playing’ in collaboration with Evan Jolly, ‘Hello Young Lovers’ produced by Rupert Christie, ‘Your’s Tonight’ EP produced by Tommy Laurence featuring some of Atila’s lyrics, and most recently ‘King for a Day’, a tribute to the Nat Cole Trio.
Atila has toured extensively with the legendary Buddy Greco, jointly appearing on BBC radio 2 with the John Wilson Big Band at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Buddy said, I was knocked out by Atila. He has the voice and the class to show the world what great music is all about. He has given sold out shows at Ronnie Scott’s, The Hippodrome Casino London and The Stable Wavendon, and was invited to America to sing ‘The Nelson Riddle Story’ by the Nelson Riddle Foundation.
Atila has a busy and varied career in private events and commercial performances, including the 2014 Qatar Choice awards, Dermot O’Leary’s wedding party and the Turkish International Film Festival 2013. He has appeared on ‘The Alan Titchmarsh Show’ ITV, ‘Stepping Out’ ITV, and sung for the 2012 Emirates television advertising campaign, amongst others. I could sit and listen to you all day Pete Waterman.
Larraine Odell opening the first setThe Jazznights Trio were

Roger Odell

Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins

Larraine Odell singing with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

Following the Jazznights raffle of three jazz cds we had our traditional sitting in spot where local musicians can have the opportunity to sit in with the resident band. Tonight we had Geoff Harriman with his harmonica and Brian Stapley on drums playing All Of Me which was followed by Sara Hawkes on vocals together with Martin Guy on drums singing and playing It Might As Well Be Spring.

Sunday 29th April 2018 – HARRY GREENE (saxes & gtr) will be playing at Jazznights

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Harry is a 20 year-old saxophonist and guitarist currently based in London. Since picking up the sax and guitar at age 7 he was sitting in at Jazznights soon after! He is currently studying full-time on the jazz course at London’s Royal Academy of Music, as well as playing and writing for a wide range of different bands.

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


The Jaznights blog and pictures is now at
http://jazz-nights.blogspot.co.uk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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

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Chris Rand with the Jazznights Trio: Roger Odell, Bernie Hodgkins and Dan Banks at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 1st April 2018






London based Saxophonist Chris Rand grew up on the south coast of Dorset. He moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music. Chris quickly became one of the UK’s top saxophone side men playing and recording throughout the world with many of UK’s top Jazz and Blues artists.
Dan Banks, Bernie Hodgkins, Chris Rand & Roger Odell

Chris has performed with the Rolling Stones Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, and has performed as guest artist with George Porter Jr (The Meters) and Guitarists Mick Taylor and Chris Jagger. Chris has also performed together with guitarist Elliot Randall (Steely

 

Dan, Blues Brothers) as well as Sax player Davey Payne (Ian Dury and the Blockheads). Chris has also been part of the Bad Manners crew, performing at

festivals in the UK, Spain and Russia. He is also been a part of the Ben Waters Band for many years, and most recently, Chris has been working with British blues band Nine Below Zero, where he made his first appearance this year with the band at Glastonbury Festival.

In 2014 Chris formed his own quartet “The Chris Rand Quartet” as a vehicle for his own compositions. January 2016 will see the world wide release of his Debut CD

“Gathering” (Dot Time Records DT9047). The CD features a series of original compositions influenced by all the various styles Chris has been inspired from over the years. Guesting with Chris on “Gathering” is Derek Nash, Dave Green and Ben Waters!

Bernie Hodgkins, Chris Rand and Roger Odell

Some of the venues Chris has performed at include Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Boarderline, Bulls Head Jazz Club and 100 Club. In addition Chris has performed at festivals including London Jazz, Camp Bestival, Larma Tree, Swanage Jazz, Colne Blues, Ealing Blues, Ray Davis’ Meltdown Festival, Chilfest and Wychwood festival.

Chris played with the Jazznights Trio who were

Roger Odell
Bernie Hodgkins
Dan Banks

Sunday 14h April – Atila (vocals) will be at Jazznight

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Atila started his professional career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and he is now an established Jazz singer in the UK. Sartorially stylish and musically classy, his interpretations of the American Songbook take influence from early Frank Sinatra. “I was very impressed with his singing, he has a real feel for the lyric” Sir Michael Parkinson.
2018

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


The Jaznights blog and pictures is now at 
http://jazz-nights.blogspot.co.uk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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

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Pete Neighbour at Jazznights the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 18th March 2018 with Roger Odell, Ted Beament and Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine Odell and “sitters in” Geoff Harriman and Carol Bleiker

From relatively humble beginnings growing up in East London music has enabled Pete Neighbour to travel and perform extensively. Concert and guest  appearances on land

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have taken him all over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. In more recent years he has carved a niche for himself being one of very few jazz musicians to reach a wider audience by performing as a Headline Guest Entertainer on luxury cruise ships; thus enabling him to travel to some far flung corners of the world… Japan, Iceland, The Falkland Islands (some six times!) and even Antarctica to name a few. His act, when on cruise ships, focuses particularly on the ‘swing era’. The music and stories from that era never fail to ensure an enthralling evening’s entertainment.
His love of jazz was nurtured from an early age and the complexities of improvisation became a challenge to be conquered… a challenge which excites him as much today as it did in those formative

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years. He is also still very much involved with corporate work, private functions, jazz festivals, master classes and recordings. Awards and accolades range from winning ‘most promising saxophonist’ at age 18 at a competition in London organised by ‘Jazz Journal’ magazine to being recently awarded the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award by the six star luxury cruise line ‘Silversea’, with whom Pete has had a long and successful relationship. He is constantly in demand in a variety of settings and has performed at private parties for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House as well as at house parties for Sir Michael Caine and Mick Jagger. He is repeatedly in attendance at many high profile corporate and show business events. His performances have included venues as diverse as The Royal Festival Hall in London, The Lincoln Center in New York, functions for the New York Historical Society, corporate events on board the ‘Orient Express’, parties at the Cannes Film Festival, in French Chateaux, The House of Lords in London, and Scottish Baronial castles.
Over the years he has performed with many great names from both the British and American jazz scenes ranging, stylistically from Al Casey (who performed regularly

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with ‘Fats’ Waller) to modern jazz names such as John Critchenson and the late Martin Drew.  He is proud to have played regularly alongside such musical luminaries as Warren Vache, Doc Cheatham, Wild Bill Davidson, Max Kaminsky, Scott Hamilton, George Chisolm, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilk. He has appeared as a guest artiste or leading his own band in jazz clubs in many cities from his native London to Paris, New York, New Orleans, Zurich, Rome, Singapore and Sydney…and many places in between.
When spending time at his adopted home in South Carolina he enjoys being involved in t
he local thriving music scene. He is particularly grateful to Doctor Gordon (Dick) Goodwin, Emitrius Professor of composition at the University of South Carolina, who has written several arrangements for Pete. Furthermore, Pete has recorded and performed on numerous occasions with South Carolina saxophonist and bandleader Skipp Pearson. Skipp has been recognized by the State of South Carolina as its official “Ambassador of Jazz”.
There are currently three albums available under the leadership of Pete Neighbour. The latest, “Back in the Neighbourhood” was recorded, as the title suggests, back in London in September of 2014. It was released in early 2015 to very favorable reviews. It features some old friends of Pete and who are some of the finest players currently performing on the British and European jazz scene. Two other albums, “Friends & Neighbour” and “It’s Alright With Me” are also available – see the ‘CD’ page for sound clips and details on how to purchase. Downloads are also available via iTunes, amazon.com and cdbaby.com.

Pete played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell – Drums

Ted Beament – Piano

Bernie Hodgkins – Electric Bass

& vocals from Larraine Odell

 

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 Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year and Geoff Harriman playing Gentle Rain on his Harmonica.

 

Carol Bleiker and Geoff Harriman

Ted Beament, Bernie Hodgkins, Roger Odell and Pete Neighbour

CHRIS RAND (sax) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 1st April 2018

London based Saxophonist Chris Rand grew up on the south coast of Dorset. He moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and quickly became one of the UK’s top saxophone side men playing and recording throughout the world with many of UK’s top Jazz and Blues artists. “A self-confessed rock ‘n’ roller who flirts with jazz” Jazzwise.

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

The Jaznights blog and pictures is now at http://jazz-nights.blogspot.co.uk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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

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Andy Panayi at Jazznights on Sunday 18th February 2018 at The Bell Hotel, Clare with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Steve Cook with vocals from Larraine Odell

Andy Panayi is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician, skilled in performance, composition 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.

Jazznights Andy Panayi 180218 (69)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 Jazznights Andy Panayi 180218 (55)Orchestra at the Barbican.

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.

Jazznights Andy Panayi 180218 (101)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.

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.

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Simon Brown, Steve Cook Andy Panayi and Roger Odell

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Larraine Odell

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 But Not For Me and Geoff Harriman playing Georgia On My Mind on his Harmonica

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Sunday 4th March 2018 – MARTIN DOBSON (saxes, flt, clr) will be at Jazznights

Throughout a remarkable career, Martin has recorded with Eurythmics, Elkie Brooks, Cliff Richard amongst many others and toured with Marvin Gaye, Johnny Mathis, Supremes, Four Tops and the Temptations to name just a few. He has performed on countless TV and Film sessions and he now fronts his own band “Midnight Oil”.

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
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