The wonderful swinging Lee Gibson was the special guest at Jazznights hosted at the Bell Hotel, Clare, Suffolk. The resident Roger Odell trio was backing Lee and consisted of Roger (in his bebop hat) on drums , Simon Brown on Keys and Bernie Hodgkins on double bass. The first set opened with the resident songbird Larraine Odell followed by Lee Gibson
After the highlight of the night – the Jazznights raffle was presented by Donald Muir and Steve Laws with prizes of two CD’s: Ella Fitzgerald and a Jazz Essex album as well as a bottle of red wine. The regular sitting in spot included vocals by Karen Davies, a great Summertime on Harmonica by Geoff Harriman as well as Steve Laws on soprano sax playing Kenny Dorham’s Blue Bossa.
Lee Gibson returned with the final set sing way past the official closing time but of course there were no complaints. Great versions of Herb Ellis’s Detour Ahead, Michael King’s That’s When I Miss You The Most and Ella’s That Old Black Magic
A few quotes:
‘She is, without doubt, the best jazz singer this country has produced in the last 40 years.’ Digby Fairweather
‘She is that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship…. an immaculate set. ‘TIME OUT – LONDON’
‘The star of the currently excellent London jazz singing scene.’ Bruce Crowther ‘JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL’
‘One of the treasures of British jazz, Lee Gibson gave a performance that was as enjoyable as it was musically immaculate. Lee quickly captured the audience’s attention with a combination of creative flair, an innate sense of swing, a highly effective microphone technique and a winning stage presence.’ Chris Lee ‘MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS’
‘As far as I am concerned there can never be too much Lee Gibson…whether she is singing with the BBC Big Band or Holland’s vast Metropole Orchestra, or with a simple jazz trio, she lights up any song with her musicality.’ Dave Gelly ‘THE OBSERVER’
Have another great night at Jazznights
Warm up at The Bell, Market Hill, Clare CO10 8NN with the swinging vocalist Lee Gibson and the Roger Odell Trio. A Sitting-in spot open to all as usual. Music 8-10.30pm. £7/£4 students. If required, food can be ordered at the bar and served at your table.
For further details go to www.jazz-nights.com