JULIAN SIEGEL (sax) will be at Jazznights Sunday 5th Feb with the Roger Odell Trio and Larraine Odell

Already a past winner of the BBC Jazz award for Best Instrumentalist, Julian is again nominated for 2011. With the new CD "Urban Theme Park" and European tours with his own quartet and as a member of Partisans his reputation continues to grow internationally. "…lissom, free-wheeling saxophonist" John Fordham

Julian-Siegel-2He is an in-demand saxophonist on the UK and European Jazz scene who has worked with many of the top figures in the music. In 2007 he was awarded the BBC Jazz Award for Best Instrumentalist and he has just received the London Festival Fringe 2011 London Jazz Award.

He is currently touring a set of new music with the Julian Siegel Quartet featuring some of the most distinctive voices on the UK Scene, the pianist Liam Noble, bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo. The band released the album ‘Urban Theme Park’ in 2011 (Basho) to critical acclaim …… "there’s not a moment that doesn’t fizz with ingenuity and imagination" MOJO.

Julian has co-led the influential group Partisans with the in-demand guitarist Phil Robson for the last 15 years. The band have released three albums on Babel records, ‘Sourpuss’, ‘Max’ and ‘By Proxy’……"Intelligent, varied and often dazzling " London Evening Standard

He is a band member of:
Jason Yarde’s Acoustic Bombastic, Robert Mitchell’s Shorter Stories featuring Norma Winstone, Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, the John Taylor Big Band, JulianSiegel_playingClarinet_198x161_281Stan Sulzmann’s Big Band, Byron Wallen’s Octet, Colin Towns’ Mask Orchestra, Larry Bartley’s Septet, and Hans Koller New Memories Big Band, which has just recorded in December 2003 with soprano saxophone legend Steve Lacy.

He continues to play regularly with:
Django Bates’ Human Chain and Quiet Nights, most recently at the Venice Biennale Festival 2003, Umea Festival in Sweden,and the Sarajevo Jazz Festival 2004.He plays in the quartet of Dexter Gordon’s long time pianist Kirk Lightsey, the Jazz Jamaica Big Band, Mike Gibbs Band, Julian Arguelles Octet, Ingrid Laubrock Band, Dave Green Trio, Andrew Hill Anglo-American Big Band and toured in 2004 with Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal UK Big Band.

Julian has worked with:
Vocalists Beverley Knight, Joe Lee Wilson, Eddi Reader, Jacqueline Dankworth, Liz Wright, Juliet Roberts, ex-Count Basie vocalist Dennis Rowland, Keziah Jones, Liane Carroll, Cleo Laine, Terri Walker, Christine Tobin, Anita Wardell and punk rock legend Steve Ignorant (formerly of Crass).

julian1webOver the last decade reedsman Julian Siegel has managed to balance his output between the electrified Partisans combo and his own acoustic quartet. He’s done this in terms of artistic quality, touring frequency and a general accumulation of reputation. Working out of London, Siegel has established himself as one of the key players on the UK jazz scene, hanging on the edge between tradition and experimentation. Mastering much of the saxophone and clarinet families, Siegel carries an assurance that his works will always feature a captivating tonal spread.

At Jazznights, Julian will be playing with the Roger Odell Trio and our resident songbird Larraine Odell at The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, CO10 7BY. Reservations advised on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com . Admission £8. Music 8pm-10.30pm. Sitting-in spot open to all. Food is available before or during the performance. Check www.jazz-nights.com  for details including location & map.


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JOHN ETHERIDGE gig at Jazznights with the Roger Odell Trio and Larraine Odell on Sunday 22nd Jan 2012

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John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists in  the world". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as ‘eclectic’ as he refuses to accommodate or even Jazznights John Etheridge 220112 (28)acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine. John is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar and his willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them. He has played with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others. John’s ability as an outstanding composer is sometimes overlooked but he is often under pressure from Jazznights John Etheridge 220112 (29)audiences to feature more of his own material.

Tonight he was playing with the Roger Odell Jazznights trio and what a gig that was, the whole band thoroughly enjoyed playing with each other and this really came over through out the gig. The full house also gave rapturous applause in recognition of a unique and superb evening.

The band were:
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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. Apart from a great power drummer he is also a prestigious arranger.
Bernie HodgkinsElectric Bass. Inspired by an uncle, who played and recorded with Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli in the legendary Quintet de Hot Club of France, Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family. Their influence led him to Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 220112 (3)become a respected bass player behind such people as Matt Munroe, Dickie Valentine and Dennis Lotus, in the early stages of his career. Bernie is particularly acknowledged as being one of the few players to bring an authentic, driving jazz feel to both the double bass and the bass-guitar, and for his fluent and creative soloing. Tonight Bernie was playing his his electric  bass. guitar.
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A highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. He is always in demand to play many gigs with other bands when he is not playing with jazznights or his own trio, quartet and quintet at ‘Jazz at the Green Man’ in Rackheath, Norwich.
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 singer who exudes a fine-honed jazz sensibility with every phrase” Jazznights Larraine Odell 220112 (13)

Larraine Odell opened her first set with:
1. The Lamp Is Low (1939) is a song based on Ravel’s Pavanne (Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) written for solo piano by the French composer Maurice Ravel in 1899 when he was studying composition at the Conservatoire de Paris). Consequently the credits include music by Peter De Rose, Maurice Joseph Ravel and Bert A Shefter with lyrics from Mitchell Parish. Larraine sang this notable version at a medium tempo with solos from Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins.
2. The Thrill is gone (1931) with music by Ray Henderson and lyrics from Lew Brown. It has been recorded by Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton, Chet Baker, Julie London, and Stan Getz to name but a few. Larraine version was beautifully sung at a slow tempo and the arrangement was by Roger Odell.
3. Love For Sale – Cole Porter’s 1930 song has had many different interpretations through the years and tonight was no exception with another Roger Odell Jazznights Larraine Odell 220112 (8)arrangement played as a very swinging medium tempo, Roger using symbol
play rather than the sticks and brushes. Larraine gave an exemplary performance.
4. Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Mercer’s 1939 I Thought About You (was among the first tunes that lyricist Johnny Mercer collaborated on with composer Jimmy Van Heusen) ended Larraine’s shorter than usual set for the evening. Bernie Hodgkins gave an inspired solo intro to the number followed by Simon Brown  which ended with 8 bar trades between Roger and Bernie. This was another number illustrating Larraine’s great versatility as a jazz singer.

John Etheridge then joined the trio to open his first set with:
Jazznights John Etheridge 220112 (15)5. Jimmy Smith’s Sugar opened  at a medium tempo with John’s backing by Simon Brown on a Roland keyboard (Hammond Organ mode) rather than the piano which fitted superbly with Bernie’s electric bass and of course John’s Martyn Booth Signature electric guitar. A wonderful opening to the first set.
6. A very swinging We followed at a an up tempo rhythm in which John showed his great dexterity on the guitar bringing in all members of the band including very fast trades with Simon Brown. An astounding number
7. Ann Ronell’s well known 1932 Willow Weep For Me (Ann Ronell dedicated “Willow Weep for Me” to George Gershwin, the composer who helped her get herJazznights John Etheridge 220112 (13) start in the music industry) followed in a complete contrast to the last  number. This was played at a very bluesy slow tempo ably supported by all the Jazznights Trio.
8. Duke Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood was introduced by the Duke on April 30th, 1935 and has remained as a very popular standard jazz ballad ever since. Played tenderly and uniquely by John this was a superb ending to his first set.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle ( 3 jazz CD’s and a bottle of wine)  we had the traditional sitting in spot which is open to all musicians who have an  Jazznights Harry Green 220112 (20)opportunity to play with the Jazznights Trio. Tonight we had two of our local artistes at separate sitting in spots:
9.  Our local 14 year old Harry Greene  played his electric guitar with the trio to great appreciation by John Etheridge. Harry also plays acoustic guitaer as well as alto and tenor saxophones.

10. John Etheridge then returned to play two solo numbers:
One of Charles Mingus best known compositions the 1959 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat AKA Theme For Lester Young. Mingus wrote it as an elegy for saxophonist Lester Young, who had died two months prior to the recording session. Very interesting to Jazznights John Etheridge 220112 (31)hear John’s variations on such a well known standard.
11. M’Sanduza is a South African composition which is featured  on his 2009 album John Etheridge Alone! Live which of course is a solo album by John. Full of intricate but yet melodic African melodies featuring both his plectrum and finger picking styles.

12. The second sitting in spot featured Hannah Horton on the tenor Jazznights Hannah Horton 220112 (26)saxophone. She leads her own quartet playing both tenor and baritone and can be seen at many clubs in the local; area. Tonight she played Pat Metheny’s James with John Etheridge. A lovely medium tempo arrangement blending the two of them seamlessly – although it is not the first time that Hannah has played with John.

13. John then continued his set with the trio playing a very bluesy version of Rodgers & Hart’s 1934 Blue Moon.Jazznights John Etheridge 220112 (38)
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Next we had a superbly melodic rendition of a well known standard – what was that name again?  which was splendidly played and supported by Simon on the Roland, Bernie on the bass and Roger on the brushes.
15. An amazing finale featured a very fast presto  version of Caravan (which was composed by both Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol.

An evening to greatly appreciate a true master of his instrument. John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond Jazznights John Etheridge 220112 (30)and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists in the world" – that sums it up. "A virtuoso on acoustic and electric guitars." Time Out "World class fretwork" Guitarist Magazine. One can now appreciate how true those statements were.

For further details of Jazznights and future gigs (which include Alan Barnes, Simon Spillett, Lewis Wright, Art Theman, Trudy Kerr, Tina May and in two weeks time Julian Siegel (sax) Already a past winner of the BBC Jazz award for Best Instrumentalist, Julian is again nominated for 2011. Go to www.jazz-nights.com

Our new venue at The Cherry Tree Function Suite, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, CO10 7BY. Tel: 01787 237263 Admission £8. Doors 7.30pm. Music 8.00-10.30pm. Reserve your table seating on 01787 237653 or email.  Pay on the night.
Food available and can be served before or during the performance


Sandi Russell from the USA at Jazznights with the Roger Odell Trio and Larraine Odell – Sunday 8th January 2012

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A wonderful evening for the first Jazznights gig of 2012 at The Cherry Tree, Belchamp St Paul in Essex for the great USA diva Sandi Russell. A full house (make sure you book for future gigs) thoroughly enjoyed the jazz as well as the food and liquid refreshment  at The Cherry Tree.

As a native New Yorker, Sandi Russell has sung in many of Manhattan’s most prestigious clubs: Greene Street, Grand Finale, Reno Sweeney, The Ballroom, Sweet Rhythm and Mikell’s. She has worked with jazz luminaries such as Lionel Jazznights Sandi Russell 090112 (9)Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Ellis Larkins, Beaver Harris, Earl May, Don Pullen and Jean Toussaint. In London, Sandi Russell regularly performs with Dave Newton, Steve Brown and Andy Clyndert at Pizza Express and Pizza on the Park; she has also appeared at Ronnie Scott’s, the Riverside Studios, the Purcell Room and the Voice Box on the South Bank. Last night she sang with the Jazznights Roger Odell Trio to rapturous applause.

The band were:
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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. Apart from a great power drummer he is also a prestigious arranger.
Bernie Hodgkins5 String Double Bass Inspired by an uncle, who played and recorded with Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli in the legendary Quintet de Hot Club of France, Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 090112 (3)Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family. Their influence led him to become a respected bass player behind such people as Matt Munroe, Dickie Valentine and Dennis Lotus, in the early stages of his career. Bernie is particularly acknowledged as being one of the few players to bring an authentic, driving jazz feel to both the double bass and the bass-guitar, and for his fluent and creative soloing. Tonight Bernie was playing his his 5 string double  bass.
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A highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. He is always in demand to play many gigs with other bands when he is not
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 Jazznights Larraine Odell 090112 (4) Aunique 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 singer who exudes a fine-honed jazz sensibility with every phrase”

Larraine Odell, Jazznights resident songbird  opened the first set of the evening singing:
1. You Stepped Out of a Dream from 1940 – Music by Nacio Herb Brown and Lyrics from Gus Kahn. This was first introduced in the film Ziegfried Girl – one of the biggest film hits of 1941. Larraine gave a very swinging interpretation.
2. Cole Porter’s 1936 I’ve Got You Under My Skin followed. This quite an unusual song as it has no verse. It became a signature song for Frank Sinatra and, in 1956 was recorded by Peggy Lee on her famous Black Coffee album. Larraine’s  version had a lovely slow tempo with an excellent introduction from the drums of Roger Odell playing an African based rhythm with the mallets. Roger also arranged Jazznights Larraine Odell 090112 (4)the music – as he did with all Larraine’s songs.
3. The Lamp Is Low (1939) is a song based on Ravel’s Pavanne (Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) written for solo piano by the French composer Maurice Ravel in 1899 when he was studying composition at the Conservatoire de Paris). Consequently the credits include music by Peter De Rose, Maurice Joseph Ravel and Bert A Shefter with lyrics from Mitchell Parish. Larraine sang this notable version at a medium tempo.
4. The1955 Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Music by Thomas J Wolf Jr and Lyrics by Frances Landesman came next. This song was Frances’s exploration of T. S. Eliot’s "April is the cruellest month…" This was sung beautifully and sensitively by Larraine – another great arrangement by Roger Odell.
5. Cole Porter’s 1938 Get Out Of Town ended Larraine’s superb set with a great up- tempo finale.

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6. A very different version of the 1959 My Favourite Things by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. This was a very jazzy and unusual version which introduced Sandi’s excellent scat singing ability which went down a storm!
7.  Day Dream (1941) with music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and lyrics from John Latouche which was so contrasting as it was sung at a really slow tempo.
8. Devil May Care(Words and music by Bob Dorough and Terrell P Kirk JR).another unique Sandi Russell version of this well known Jazz standard
9. Ray Noble’s 1934 The Very Thought Of You (vocalist Al Bowlly first introduced Jazznights Sandi Russell 090112 (11)this tune in 1934) was a sang as a beautiful ballad by Sandi
10. Abbey Lincoln’s Throw It away. A very passionate interpretation of a lovely song which ended Sandi’s excellent first set.

Following the interval and the raffle ( 3 jazz CD’s and a bottle of wine)  we had the traditional sitting in spot which is open to all musicians who have an  opportunity to play with the Jazznights Trio. Tonight we had no less than three of our local artistes:
11. Terry Reed played a great medium to up-tempo version of George Shearing’s Lullaby Of Birdland on the piano.

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12. The very popular Geoff Harriman on harmonica playing a very fine version of the 1954 Erroll Garner number Misty

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13.  Thirdly We had that that superb tenor saxophonist Kevin Flanagan playing two numbers:
Isham Jones’s 1936 There Is No Greater Love played at an up-tempo version with power drumming from Roger Odell. The two work so well together as they are both regular members of Rebop.
14. Another standard followed with Alone Together . Kevin Flanagan can be seen again at Jazznights when Rebop feature on the 19th February at Jazznights.

Sandi Russell’s last set contained the following numbers:
15. Forget Him by Valerie Brown with a great intro from Roger with his mallets introduced Sandi followed by the rest of the band at a medium tempo.
16. A Hoagy Carmichael song Leave Me There at a slow tempo
17.Up-Tempo number by Thelonius Monk featuring Sand’s scat singing.
18.A very gentle and beautiful version of Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington’s 1937 The Nearness of You showing the Jazznights Sandi Russell 090112 (30)great versatility and mastery of Sand’s voice.
19, A great vocal version of Miles’ Davis’s All Blues at a medium tempo. All Blues and it certainly was!
20. There could not have a been a greater and fitting finale to Sandi’s evening at Jazznights than  an up-tempo vocal version of Ellington’s Take The A Train

A Quote: "Miss Russell gave an exuberant, even astonishing display of vocal pyrotechnics” We cannot add any greater accolad3e. A wonderful evening.

The next Jazznights session is on Sunday 22nd Jan with  JOHN ETHERIDGE (guitar). John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists in the world". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as ‘eclectic’. Stephane Grappelli to Soft Machine!!

For further details and future gigs go to http://www.jazz-nights.com