Sarah Ellen Hughes at Jazznights, The Bell, Clare on Sunday 4th Sept with The Roger Odell Jazznights Trio

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Sarah broke on to the London jazz scene whilst spending three years as the principal vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and she has been championed by both Claire Martin and Ian Shaw. Sarah has just released her first Jazznights Sarah Ellen Hughes 040911 (31)album "Darning The Dream". "Delightful work" Evening Standard.
Award-winning vocalist Sarah Ellen Hughes has established herself as a notable presence on the London jazz scene and beyond.

Championed by distinguished vocalists Claire Martin and Ian Shaw, Sarah’s first album “Darning the Dream” was released in 2010, to critical acclaim. The recording features some of the UK’s finest musicians including Jim Hart and Dave O’Higgins, plus two duets with Ian Shaw. It was selected as UK Jazz Radio’s “CD of the month” for a record three months running.

JazznightsTrio 040911 (52)Tonight Sarah was singing with the Roger Odell Trio following an opening set by the Jazznights song bird – Larraine Odell. The band tonight were:Jazznights Roger Odell 040911 (9)
Roger Odell Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.
Mick Hutton – Double Bass
Mick Hutton has been active on the British jazz scene for over thirty years and has appeared alongside an extremely diverse Jazznights Mick Hutton 040911 (55)range of musicians including Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Wheeler, Bill Bruford, Nigel Kennedy, Gary Husband and Lee Konitz. Unable to play double-bass for six years after an accident that broke a ligament in his left hand, Mick has returned to the instrument after surgery and some time spent learning a new left-hand technique, which showed off his great use of chords on the double bass.
Mal Maddock – piano
A new face to Jazznights but what a revelation – it was as though he had played with the rest of the band for years. Well known in the London scene as a session Jazznights Mal Maddock 040911 (5)musician and freelance work for freelance and session
Larraine Odell – Vocals
Beginning 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, RFH, Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s.Larraine possesses a unique smouldering tonal quality and a subtle jazz phrasing style that has elicited great praise from two of her own vocal mentors, Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan. “A sensitive Jazznights Larraine Odell 040911 (38)singer who exudes a fine-honed jazz sensibility with every phrase”

The playlist for the first set which featured Larraine Odell and the trio was:
1. was the 1949 Early Autumn by Ralph J Burns and Woody Herman with lyrics from Johnny Mercer and was a huge hit for Woody Herman in 1949. This was sung at amedium tempo with an arrangement by Roger Odell. A fitting song for the weather today which did seem to be the introduction to Autumn.
2. Once I Loved (Amor em Paz) a Bossa Nova by Antônio Carlos Jobim with LyricsJazznights Larraine Odell 040911 (34) by Vinicius De Moraes and Ray Gilbert the song was accentuated by Roger’s ferruled brush and mallet to provide that authentic Jobim style.
3.The 1946 Old Devil Moon with music by Burton Lane and Lyrics from Yip Harburg followed (“Some popular songs have evolved from lyrics that were thrown out and replaced by other lyrics. This is one example,  it was originally written for Lena Horne with the title ‘This Is Where I Came In’.) A lovely up tempo number which also featured all the members of the trio including Mal Maddock using the sustained electric piano mode.
4. A lovely slow interpretation of What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life (1969) – Music by Michel Jean Legrand and Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
5. Mad About the Boy the popular song with words and music by actor and playwright Sir Noël Coward ended a lovely set from Larraine. (The song deals with the theme of unrequited love for a film star, and while it was written to be sung by female characters, Coward also wrote a version which contained references to the then risqué topic of homosexual love. It was introduced in the 1932 revue Words and Music by Joyce Barbour, Steffi Duna, Norah Howard and Doris Hare.)

Jazznights Sarah Ellen Hughes 040911 (38)6. Sarah Ellen Hughes opened her first set with A Beautiful Friendship by Donald Kahn and Stanley Styne which was sung with a slow intro leading to an-up tempo number featuring Sarah’s scat singing as well as musically introducing all members of the band.
7.  Sarah’s second number was Corcovado (known in English as "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars") and is a bossa nova song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Although the English lyrics were written by Gene Lees, this was sung in Portuguese. The title refers to the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Apparently Sarah entered a a competition in Lithuania and after being give a few tips from a Portuguese competitor she went on to win the competition! This was beautifully sung and a real pleasure to hear it in the original language.
8. Next was the ballad Darning The Dream – the title number from Sarah’s first album. Although written by Sarah, it was based on an original tune from Dexter GordonJazznights Sarah Ellen Hughes 040911 (42)

9. A song from her next album followed: Cole Porter’s 1938 Get Out Of Town. Following a 16 bar intro from Mal Maddock Sarah sang this at a very up tempo rate after a contrasting slow beginning
10. 1929 Honeysuckle Rose with Music by Fats Waller and Lyrics by Andy Raza
(Although the lyrics were considered quite racy at the time, they are actually quite sweet.). This was another arrangement by Sarah at a medium tempo but featured a lovely repartee between the voice and the bass of Mick Hutton. A great ending to the first set by Sarah.

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz CDs and a bottle of Pinot Grigio we had
11. Tadd Dameron’s On A Misty Night with lyrics by Georgie Fame. This is again on her next album and no doubt will include the same interlude from Misty as we had this evening.
Jazznights Sarah Ellen Hughes 040911 (49)12. The Story So Far is the name of the new album to be released on the 12th of this month. Written by Dave O’Higgins with lyrics by Sarah. Included some great 4 bar trades between Sarah and Roger Odell on the drums.
13. The 1947 ballad Autumn Leaves by Johnny Mercer followed with a beautifully sung slow intro and a unique and sensitive arrangement.
14. On the Sunny Side of the Street (1930) with Music by Jimmy McHugh and Lyrics by Dorothy Fields feature as a very swinging duet between Sarah and Mick Hutton on bass.
15. As featured on Sarah’s first album – Gershwin’s the 1930 But Not For Me (Ginger Rogers introduced an Alvin Theatre audience to “But Not for Me” during the first performance of Girl Crazy on October 14, 1930) with an up-tempo arrangement by Sarah
16. An up-tempo waltz My Favourite Things (1959) with music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II from her up coming album
17. The 1924 Gershwin’s Oh, Lady Be Good! was played in a very up-tempo manner with some wonderful interplay and trades between Sarah and Roger.Jazznights Sarah Ellen Hughes 040911 (48)
18. The 1958 Centrepiece by Harry Edison and Jon Hendricks , a blues in F, ended this great evenings show fro Sarah and the Trio it also highlighted Mick Hutton’s use of chords on the double bass

Thank you Sarah,  the Jazznights Trio and Larraine Odell for a lovely evening of the best in Jazz.

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