TINA MAY made a return visit to Jazznights on Sunday 28th Oct at The Cherry Tree with The Roger Odell Jazznights Trio

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“Tina May remains the most expressive and technically gifted jazz singer on the UK scene.” Jazznights Tina May 28101230 ASo says Kenny Mathieson of The Scotsman and few would disagree as Tina has become the most popular singer on the UK jazz scene with a range of CDs to her credit including her stunning duets with Nikki Iles and her Live In Paris recording with her French band.

“Tina May is currently among the ‘hot property’ list of British jazz singers and she’s extremely versatile. She has a highly attractive voice and she certainly knows how to use it to full effect” Alan Crumpton.

” handles the classics as the gems they still are ” (The Guardian)

” Now considered the finest jazz vocalist ever produced by Britain ” (Chris Allen)

Jazz UK’s Pete Martin reviewing the Brecon Festival, remarked despite the parade of American jazz stars, ” the most lasting memory of the event will be of the late night concert by vocalist Tina May “.

Tina remains a regular performer at the top jazz and arts festivals as well as in broadcasts with the BBC Big Band. She has toured extensively across Europe and the Far East. In Jazznights Tina May   3 28101264addition, she has received numerous awards including a silver medal by The Worshipful Company of Musicians. In 1998 Tina was presented with the vocal jazz award at the BT Jazz Awards having topped the critics choice for several years prior to that. In addition, she has received an award Stateside for “Outstanding Services to Jazz Education.

Tina May made a very welcome return to Jazznights supported by the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio. Tina was a huge hit again with the audience who really appreciated her artistry with huge applause after each number.

The Jazznights Trio with vocals from Larraine Odell were:
Roger Odell Drums
As 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 Jazznights Roger Odell 2 28101288basis to this day.
Musically, his first love was always straight-ahead contemporary jazz, and in the past he has played with many of the great names on the UK scene including Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Dick Morrissey, Terry Smith, Joe Harriott and countless others. He produced his own CD “The Blue Window” by Beatifik, which featured top UK saxophonist Mornington Locket, and was released to great critical acclaim. Roger is the author of three technical articles which appeared in the international magazine Modern Drummer, and is an Endorsee Artist for Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drums, Vic Firth Sticks and Hardcases.
Chris Ingham – PianoJazznights Chris Ingham 28101207 (1)
Chris trained as a drama teacher at Warwick University before succumbing to the music, heplayed guitar in misunderstood art ‘n’ bcombo The Locomotives and was pianist/vocalist in the Flanagan Ingham Quartet who released two albums (Zanzibar and Textile Lunch) and were described by The Observer as ‘one of Britain’s most original bands’. He is jazz piano and jazz voice tutor at Anglia Ruskin University.
Jazznights Steve Cook  28101221 (2)Steve Cook – Double Bass
Steve has a wonderful rounded tone with great clarity. He has played with Mike Westbrook, Mike Kilpatrick’s Duke Ellington Orchestra, Barbara Thompson, Soft Machine, Seventh Wave and Gil Evans big band at Ronnie Scott’s.
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 & Jazznights Larraine Odell 28101205 (2)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”

Our Master of Ceremonies this evening was the Jazznights stalwart –  the articulate Donald Muir.

Larraine Odell opened her first set with:
1. You Stepped Out of a Dream (1940) from the show Ziegfield Girl with Music by Nacio Herb Brown and Lyrics from Gus Kahn. (Nat “King” Cole’s version from 1949 with Pete Rugolo’s Orchestra brought the tune back to public attention following Glenn Miller’s 1940 recording). This was sung at a medium tempo with a solo from Chris Ingham which was followed by:
2. Cole Porter’s 1936 I’ve Got You Under My Skin opened with a slowish Latin rhythm accentuated by Roger Odell using the mallets. Interestingly Charlie Parker’s recording from 1954 began with a Latin introduction although Larraine and Roger’s version maintained this rhythm throughout.
Jazznights Larraine Odell 281012293. In 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. This was sung tonight with an unusual very swinging rhythm. A great arrangement from Roger Odell.
4. I Got Lost in His Arms is a song from the 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun, written by Irving Berlin. It was performed by Ethel Merman in the original production of the musical. This version was a beautifully slow and melodic interpretation with sympathetic support from Steve Cook on the bass.
5. 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 an up- tempo rate with solos from Chris Ingham and Steve Cook. A great conclusion to a very fine set from Larraine.

Tina May opened her first set with:
6. Irving Berlin’s Cheek to Cheek from the RKO motion picture Top Hat in 1935 was sung as Jazznights Tina May   3 28101264an up-tempo number introducing Chris Ingham, Starve Cook and Roger Odell with trades between Roger and Tina. A ‘blinding’ start from Tina.
7. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes) (1947). Composer Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prevert created one of the songs for Les Portes De La Nuit by setting a Prevert poem to music, “Les Feuilles Mortes.” In 1949 Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics for the tune changing the original French title to Jazznights Tina May 28101214“Autumn Leaves.” A very original from Tina again bring in al the band as soloists with scat trades between Tina and Roger’s drums.
8. Let’s Get Lost is perhaps the definitive Chet Baker tune. It’s a perfect examples of the cool and breezy West Coast sound. Tina’s version was a rousing and exciting rather than ‘romantic’
9.Chega de Saudade the English version is “No More Blues” which is considered in some quarters as the first Bossa nova song. Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim with lyrics from Vinícius de Moraes. This version had a driving rhythm from Roger and Chris and vocal’s to match from Tina.

Jazznights Geoff Harriman 28101219 (1)Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and a bottle of wine 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 Geoff Harriman and his harmonica playing:
10. Walter Gross’s Tenderly.
11. Beloved – Daahoud (music by Clifford Brown and lyrics by Meredith d’Ambrosio) was featured on Tina’s albumI Never Told You”. A lovely medium tempo number.
12. I’m Glad There Is You (In This World of Ordinary People) (1941) Words and Music Jimmy Dorsey, Paul Madeira & Jazznights Tina May 28101227 APaul Mertz was superbly sung at a slow to medium tempo.
13. From Tina’s Tina May Sings Piaf album we had J’Attendrai/Au Revoir – sung superbly at a slow walking pace. No wonder Tina’s album Piaf album was so popular.
14. You Go to My Head (1938) Music by J. Fred Coots and Lyrics from Haven Gillespie. This featured a very different version with an up-tempo rhythm supported by Roger and Chris.
15. You’ve Changed (1942) Music Carl Fischer and Lyrics from Bill William Carey. This was beautifully sung in the vein of the original Billie Holiday recording but of course with Tina’s inimitable touches
George Gershwin’s 1935 Summertime with Lyrics Jazznights Tina May & Larraine 28101244 (4) Afrom DuBose Heyward. In September of 1936 Billie Holiday’s recording of “Summertime” went onto the charts and rose to number twelve. This number was a great contrast from the Billie Holiday style in which Tina invited Larraine Odell back to the stage for a duet. This was a stunning performance from both which really wooed the audience and was a superb finale of an evening to remember.

On Sunday 11th Nov Jazznights has ALAN BARNES (saxes)
Over the years Alan has won many British Jazz awards in alto, baritone, clarinet and arranging categories and in 2001 and 2006 Alan received the prestigious BBC Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year award. As well as fronting many diverse bands of his own, Alan is much sought after as a sideman in a number of other UK and USA projects.

This will be very popular – book now for this gig. Reservations on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com

Admission £8. Music 8pm-10.30pm.
Check www.jazz-nights.com for details, future gigs and location & map.

CAMERON PIERRE (gtr) visits Jazznights – Blog & Pictures – with the Jazznights Trio supported with vocals from Larraine Odell Sunday 14th Oct 2012

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Most famously known as the guitarist with Courtney Pine with whom he regularly records and tours, Cameron also has recorded a number of CDs under his own name the most recent being “Radio Jumbo”, a mix of French Antillean rhythms and influences fused against a backdrop of jazz interpretation. George Benson/Wes Mongomery stylings.

Jazznights Cameron Pierre 141012 (105)“The playing is as suave, urbane and stylish as one of Miles Davis’s Italian suits.”
BBC Music Magazine, (Barry Witherden)

“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 Pursglove

Cameron made a fantastic return to Jazznights playing with the Jazznights Trio. The Trio were:

Russ Morgan – Drums
Russ studied with Trevor Tomkins and trained at the Royal Academy of music in London (‘93-‘95). As well as playing in ‘Rip Rap’ Russ is a member of Pete Oxley’s English fusion group JazznightsRuss Morgan 141012 (12)‘Curious Paradise’, and Christian Garrick’s contemporary jazz quintet ‘Jutta’s party band’. Hewas a founder member of the British contemporary jazz group ‘Short Stories’, the post bop and song outfit ‘the Flanagan-Ingham quartet’, and the experimental ‘drum & bass’ groove piano trio ‘Vincent’. Russ has gigged extensively on the British jazz scene, and toured and recorded around the UK and Europe. He has played with Martin Speake, Julian Siegel, Julian Arguelles, Gilad Atzmon, Stan Sultzman, Bobby Wellins and Spike Robinson (sax), Steve Waterman (trmp) John Parricelli, Phil Robson and Mick Hansen (guitar), Dave Gordon, Gordon Beck, Gary Husband, Richard Busiakiewicz, Chris Ingham and Kate Williams (piano), Bill Le Sage, Roger Beaujolais and Jim Hart (vibes),and Jacqui Dankworth, Mishka Adams, Laura Zakian and Bob monkhouse (!!!!) Russ Morgan was depping for Roger Odell who was due to play with Shakatak at Fleetwood in Lancashire.
Simon Brown – Piano
Simon is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging Jazznights Simon Brown 141012 (6)skills. He is always in demand to play many gigs throughout East Anglia when he is not playing at Jazznights or with his own trio, quartet and quintet.
Simon’s piano playing has long been the sound accompaniment of first choice for nationally and internationally known jazz stars appearing at Jazznights as well as Norfolk’s two leading jazz venues, the Lakeside Jazz Club at Lyng and The Green Man at Rackheath. He is also an accomplished soloist in his own right, blending vivacity and creative attack with often gentle lyricism. His influences are Oscar Peterson, Nat “King” Cole and Bill Evans.
Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass
Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 141012 (12)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 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 5 string double bass with the extra C string.
Larraine Odell – Vocals
Beginning her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout Jazznights Larraine Odell 141012 (35)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 ‘jazzsensibility’ with every phrase”

Larraine Odell’s set was quite short to give more time for Cameron Pierre. Time being the operative word as time featured in all of Larraine’s songs:
Time After Time (1947) with Music by Jule Styne and Lyrics from Sammy Cahn. Frank Sinatra may well have popularised this tune but Larraine gave a superb medium tempo interpretation of this song
Some Other Time – a tune from the 1944 Leonard Bernstein musical On The Town. This was a sensitive andante version of this great number with sympathetic support from Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Russ Morgan
Jazznights Larraine Odell   3 141012 (2)I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (1939) from Rodgers & Hart. This song was introduced by Benny Goodman, with vocalist Louise Tobin, on the Columbia label in 1939. A lovely finale to a short set.

A wonderful first set from Cameron Pierre include some great interpretations of jazz standards including:
Thelonius Monk’s Straight No Chaser, having been used to hearing trumpet, alto tenor etc versions of this great Monk standard it was very refreshing to hear Cameron’s artistry on his Peerless Renaissance electric guitar. Jazznights Cameron Pierre 141012 (41)
Four On Six – one of Wes Montgomery’s most famous compositions which was introduced on the 1960 album ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery!
In contrast we had Antonio Carlos Jobim’s How Insensitive “Insensatez” (usually translated to “How Insensitive” in English, is a bossa nova jazz standard composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, loosely based on Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude No.4.

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and a bottle of wine 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 local 15 year old Harry Greene playing tenor sax on two numbers: Soul Station and Sugar. Harry also plays guitar which he left behind tonight.

Cameron Pierre’s second set included:
Jazznights Cameron Pierre 141012 (50)Matt Dennis’s Angel Eyes which was also recorded by Herb Ellis with Oscar Petersen in 1954 and Kenny Burrell. A great lyrical number from Cameron.
Mo’ Better Blues from the1990 drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and Spike Lee, who also directed. It follows a period in the life of a fictional jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (played by Washington) as a series of bad decisions result in his jeopardizing both his relationships and his playing career.
John Klenner’s 1931 Just Friends was popularised by Pat Martino the Italian-American jazz guitarist. Although originally written as a ballad it is now more often played as a more up-tempo number as did Cameron this evening.
Road Song is from an album entitled Road Song by guitarist Wes Montgomery with Herbie Hancock, released in 1968. It was his final recording before his death in 1968 and it reached number one in the Billboard Jazz Albums listings for that year.
Jimmy Van Heusen’s 1944 Like Someone in Love is well known jazz standard which the writer has previously mainly associated with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – but after tonight it will be Cameron Pierre.

A lasting impression is certainly those left hand fingers literally flying up and down those frets with immaculate accuracy. A true master of the guitar and we look forward, hopefully to his return. Considering the huge venues that he plays in Courtney Pine, he was so at home with the Jazznights Trio in this relatively small club.

Some very interesting reading – a Cameron Pierre interview with J Wiley from 2009 – see http://cbmr-webapps.colum.edu/omeka/archive/files/9eb3bdecada085dc422eb1f57dc27c9d.pdf

The next Jazznights gig is on Sunday 28th October and features TINA MAY. “Tina May remains the most expressive and technically gifted jazz singer on the UK scene.”Jazznights Tina May 060211 (37)

Reservations on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com.

8.00 – 10.30pm Admission £8 at The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, CO10 7BY
“Brilliant atmosphere – the Village Vanguard of the Essex/Suffolk border!”

Check www.jazz-nights.com for details including location, map and future gigs.