EMILY DANKWORTH (vocals) at Jazznights with the Roger Odell Trio on Sunday 31st March2013

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Given her musical background – granddaughter of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, and daughter of Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that Emily has her forte in music. As a solo singer she has performed at the Barbican, The Stables Theatre and the Vortex jazz club amongst others. “Emily has a lovely, natural quality to her voice that has an alluring purity” Jazznights Emily Dankworth 310313 (32)Phil Robson.

“Emily’s voice is forged from the DNA of Jazz royalty… No surprise that it is Gorgeous, smooth, lush…shall I go on?” Ralph Salmins.

“Emily has a lovely, natural quality to her voice that has an alluring purity, I look forward to seeing where she goes with this musically.” Phil Robson.

“Emily Dankworth… flawless pitch with a lovely lyrical expression in her voice. One to watch!” Tina May

“Emily Dankworth has a beautifully pure, ringing voice, particularly appropriate for the traditional love song,”

She began her vocal training with Diana Kiverstein at the age of 7 and later performed in venues such as The Royal Albert Hal! and St. Marks Basilica in Venice.   During this period she discovered her talent as a drummer and studied with Dave Webster both in his Big Band and Salsa bond where she became familiar with the Latin rhythms that she loves to express in her music today.Jazznights Emily Dankworth 310313 (25)

She regularly performs with Alec Dankworth’s Spanish Accents (singing in Castellano) and features on his album in which “Emily’s contribution to the album works beautifully on the simply Spanish folk tunes” – Bosho Records.   In her career now as a solo singer she has performed at the Barbican, The Stables Theatre, The Vortex Jazz club, The Pizza on the Park, Warwick Arts Centre and Winchester Cathedral and tonight she was at Jazznights.

Following comments such as those above we were of course expecting a great evening but it turned out to be an absolute joy listening to the beautiful and so natural tones of Emily Dankworth which was followed by rapturous applause from the full house that was lucky enough to be there.

Our MCs for the evening were Donald Muir and Gareth Williams-James

Emily was singing with the Roger Odell Jazznights trio with vocal support from the resident songbird – Larraine Odell. The band were:

Jazznights Toger Odell 310313 (89 A)Roger Odell Drums
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 Hodgkins – 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,Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family.Their influence led him to become a respected bass player behind Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 310313 (89 B)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.
Mal Maddock – Keyboard
Mal has had a musical career spanning almost 30 years, You can hear his Keyboard playing on many albums & TV shows Jazznights Mal Maddock 310313 (102)Featuring the following artists: Ray Charles, James Brown, Lionel Ritchie, Joe Cocker, Hue & Cry, Curtis Steigers, Lulu, Will Young, Sister Sledge, Elaine Paige, The Nolans, Sarah Brightman, Boy George, Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins, The Roly Poly’s,  Michael Ball, Shirley Bassey, Beverly Craven, James Morrison,The Feeling, McFly, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. He is Well known in the London scene as a session musician and he is tonight making a welcome return to Jazznights
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 Jazznights Larraine Odell 310313 (88)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”

Larraine opened the first set of the evening which included the following:
1. Misty In 1954 the Erroll Garner Trio introduced the instrumental “Misty.” A year later Johnny Burke penned the lyrics, creating the song we know today. which was sung tonight  at a medium tempo with solos from Mal Maddock and Bernie Hodgkins.
2. Out of This World (1944) from Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. Another medium tempo number but with a Bossa Nova rhythm, Mal switching to electric piano mode.
3. Nacio Herb Brown and Gus Kahn’s 1940 You Stepped Out of a Dream – originally from Jazznights Larraine Odell   3 310313 (122)the musical Ziegfeld Girl, a quicker rhytym with an original arrangement from Roger Odell.
4. Don’t Go to Strangers (1954) with lyrics by Redd Evans and music from Arthur Kent and David A Mann – a very sensitive ballad from Larraine
5. Larraine’s last number was an up-tempo of Cole Porter’s 1932 Night and Day – great finale.

Emily Dankworth then joined the trio for her first set singing:

6. Black Orpheus (Manhã de Carnaval” “Morning of Carnival”), is probably the most popular song by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá and lyricist Antônio Maria. Sung at a medium tempo in both Portuguese and English.
7. Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke’s 1944 It Could Happen to You – sung in the vein Jazznights Emily Dankworth   3 310313 (74)of Chet Baker’s number from his 1956 album of the same name.
8. A personal favourite: Afro Blue – Always remembered as John Coltrane’s arrangement and recording with Elvin Jones of Mongo Santamaría’s composition. A really great song from Emily with the Elvin Jones support from Roger Odell.
9. Art Tatum’s 1954 Blues In B Flat ended Emily’s first set introducing and showing her scat singing ability.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and a bottle of wine Emily Dankworth returned with:

Jazznights Emily Dankworth 310313 (7)10. Live To Dream with a Latin rhythm and sung partly in Portuguese and part in English at at a medium  tempo
11. All the Things You Are from Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II (According to jazz critic Gary Giddins, in his Village Voice article “Jazz Makes Peace with Jerome Kern,” Charlie Parker secured the place of “All the Things You Are” as a jazz standard in 1947)
12. Body and Soul has to be one of the best liked/known jazz standards out there.
“Although Armstrong recorded “Body in Soul” in 1930 and Benny Goodman in 1935, it was really Coleman Hawkins’ 1939 treatment that made the tune the standard it is today.”
This was an absolutely superb rendition which all the trio so sympathetically played and supported Emily. Wish I had a recording!
13. The Gershwin’s 1930 But Not For Me (Ginger Rogers introduced this song during the first performance of Girl Crazy on October 14, 1930.) Emily sung this in a very swinging vocalise style similar to Georgie Fame’s version of this Chet Baker number.
14. Rodger and Hart’s 1935 My Romance  was another swinging version in an up-tempo 3/4 time with Bernie making good use of his extra C string on his Double Bass.Jazznights Emily Dankworth 310313 (31)

15. Next we had an up-tempo ‘Fun Scat’ number arranged by Emily of one of Freddie Greens interpretations echoing Freddie’s well know swinging rhythm guitar styles. All the band enjoyed the free style of the number in their solos and Emily’s trades with Roger.

16, Suggested by Mal Maddock we were treated to a sensitive version of the Bossa Nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim in Corcovado AKA “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”

17. An up-tempo Samba followed giving Emily a show case of this Brazilian musical genre -The rhythm being accentuated by the ferruled brushes of Roger Odell illustrating his would class percussion abilities.
1Jazznights Emily Dankworth 310313 (9)8. An excellent finale (sadly, as we all wanted more) from Emily was the jazz standard Take The “A” Train. Often thought of as Duke Ellington’s as it became his signature tune but words and music were by Billy Strayhorn in 1941.

To quote Ray Salmins “Emily’s voice is forged from the DNA of Jazz royalty… No surprise that it is Gorgeous, smooth, lush…shall I go on?” We can only endorse this fully and we look forward to seeing her again in the future – Roger – Take Note! Emily really had the ability to engage the whole trio in the sprit of an exceptional evening of Jazz.

On Sunday 14th Apr Jazznights has MICK HANSON on guitar. Formerly from the local area, Mick moved on to establish himself as one of the major players on the UK jazz guitar scene with his duo performances with Dave Newton and in the trio Organic Matters. His forte is hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with a contemporary Blue Note school approach. Think Wes Montgomery/Kenny Burell/Grant Green.

Reserve your table seating on 01787 237653 or email.  Pay on the night.
Food available and can be served before or during the performance.

Jazznights presents the best in modern jazz at:
The Function Suite, The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, CO10 7BY.
Tel: 01787 237263       Admission £8.         Doors 7.30pm.       Music 8.00-10.30pm.

For further information go to http://www.jazz-nights.com


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KAREN SHARP (tenor sax) makes a fabulous return to Jazznights with the Roger Odell Trio at The Cherry Tree on Sunday 17th March 2013

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Karen Sharp made a very welcome return to Jazznights and a great addition to the Jazznights Trio for this evening was Ted Beament on piano. Ted Jazznights Karen Sharp 170313 (11)and Karen were of course regular members of the Humphrey Lyttleton band for many years.

With the release of her most recent CD “Spirit” Karen is now firmly established on the UK scene with her own quartet and her performances as part of “The Tokyo Trio” with Tina May & Nikki Iles. “Her sound is warm and full, her improvised lines bold and clear” Dave Gelly – The Observer. “An extraordinary talent” Phil Collins – BBC Radio 2.

Karen took up the tenor saxophone whilst studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. A friend introduced her to a recording of Dexter Gordon and she was instantly hooked, quickly joining the college jazz band and finding regular work in a busy soul band based in Liverpool. Since relocating to London in 1999 Karen has become a busy freelance Jazznights Karen Sharp 170313 (21 a)musician working alongside many top class British and American musicians such as Scott Hamilton, Sir John Dankworth, Cleo laine, Danny Moss, Alan Barnes, Barbara Lea, Dick Sudhalter, Mark Nightingale and Ellyn Rucker

Now a well-established player on the scene, Award wining saxophonist Karen Sharp’s powerful, swinging, melodic saxophone style has graced an impressive array of fine bands. Her cv includes work with the likes of US stars Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Bucky Pizzerelli and Dick Sudhalter as well as many of the finest UK musicians such as Sir John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Mark Nightingale, Jacqui Dankworth and Clare Teal.

Phil Collins remarked on a BBC Radio 2 show “….an extraordinary talent.” – IMHO quite a litotes as she is a superb master of the tenor saxophone and as mentioned, at the top of the tree in U.K. jazz. Tonight proved how true this statement was.

Jazznights Roger Odell 170313 (121 RO) (3)Karen was playing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell Drums
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 Hodgkins – Double Bass Inspired by an uncle, who played and recorded with Django Reinhart and Stephane Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 170313 (121)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.
Jazznights Ted Beament 170313 (135)Ted Beament is one of the finest pianists that Britain has to offer. As well as being a great band player, Ted is equally at home performing as an innovative soloist or providing an excellent accompaniment for any vocalist. He was a stalwart of the outstanding Humphrey Lyttleton Band since 1995 but has also played alongside many fine soloists; Spike Robinson, Al Cohn, Don Rendell to name but a few. Born in Basingstoke during the war years, he now lives on the outskirts of Harlow, Essex, and although he has performed world-wide, he manages to maintain his superb musicianship around Britain and on the London jazz
Larraine Odell – Vocals
Beginning her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two Jazznights Larraine Odell 170313 (120)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”

Larraine Odell opening set included:
1. A Weaver of Dreams with music by Victor Young and Words by Jack Elliott (popularly performed by by Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly). This was a lovely rendition by Larraine at a medium tempo featuring both Ted Beament Bernie Hodgkins
2. The Gentle Rain composed by Luiz Bonfa  was sung and played with a very gentle Boss Nova rhythm.
3. The 1956 Too Close for Comfort  (with Words and Music by Jerrold L Bock, Lawrence Holofcener and George Weiss – It was written in 1956 as part of the score for the Broadway Jazznights Larraine Odell 170313 (126)musical Mr Wonderful starring Sammy Davis, Jr. followed as a medium-tempo very swinging vocal innovatively supported by Ted Beament and Bernie Hodgkins.
4. But Beautiful (1947) with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics from Johnny Burke. Bing Crosby introduced “But Beautiful” in the fifth “Road” film that he made with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour (Tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was the first jazz player to record this tune in 1947.) The title was echoed by the way that Larraine sung this song a very slow beautiful version.
5. You Go to My Head (1938) by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie was a great up-tempo ending to Larraine’s set for the evening.

Karen Sharp then joined us with her tenor sax and gave a stunning first set which included:
6. Neil Hefti’s composition which was played at a medium tempo and was the ideal foil for Jazznights Karen Sharp 170313 (5)the introductory solos from Karen, Ted and Bernie.
7. Bright Moments – the 1973 album of the same name fro the multi instrumentalist Roland Kirk followed at a medium tempo leading into a blazing up-tempo version.
8. From Karen’s Brandy & Beer album with Robert Fowler we had a superb slow tempo version of My Old Flame.
9. Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s The Song Is You from 1932 was not played as the original romantic melody but at a blistering up-tempo number with contributions from all including trades with Roger Odell. Sadly, the last number of Karen’s first set which had us all wanting more from her beautifully played tenor saxophone and the complimentary piano from Ted Beament.

Jazznights Karen Sharp 170313 (25 A)Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and a bottle of wine Karen Sharp returned with:
10. Whisper Not. Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Benny Golson wrote this in 1956 when he was with Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band. It caught on immediately with jazz musicians, and several instrumentalists recorded the tune and tonight gave a lovely sensitive slow version.
11. Summer serenade written by Benny Carter and is the title track of an album by Benny Carter released in October 1998. Karen played this last week at a concert “A Tribute to Benny Carter” with Warren Vache in Baden Switzerland. Tonight she played it for Jazznights as an exiting up-tempo number.
12 In total contrast Karen played a beautifully sublime version of the 1940 Rodgers and Hart ballad It Never Entered My Mind .
13. Another contrastingly played tune was Cole Porter’s Get Out Of Town a melodic medium tempo number illustrating Karen’s flexibility of interpretation.

14. Jerome Kern’s All The Things You Are was played with many variations – it did make for exciting listening though!
15. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most  (mostly associated with the lyric writer Frances Landesman but the music was composed by Thomas J Wolf). This very lovely and popular tune was given a very sensitive interpretation by Karen. Jazznights Karen Sharp 170313 (68)
16. This was sadly Karen’s last number for this great evening of a jazz master class. An up-tempo wonderfully blazing version of Charlie Parker’s  1947 Scrapple from the Apple which all the band enjoyed with great verve on their solos and the trades between Bernie on the bass and Roger with the power drumming.

All the quotations of the past such as “an extraordinary talent.”  “she is a superb master of the tenor saxophone” “Her sound is warm and full, her improvised lines bold and clear” “at the top of the tree in uk jazz.” all proved so tjrue and was endorsed fully by the full house at the club. This was Karen’s third visit to Jazznights and it will not be her last.

On Sunday the 31st March Jazznights has EMILY DANKWORTH on vocals. Given her musical background – granddaughter of Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, and daughter of Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that Emily has her forte in music. As a solo singer she has performed at the Barbican, The Stables Theatre and the Vortex jazz club amongst others. “Emily has a lovely, natural quality to her voice that has an alluring purity” Phil Robson.

Reserve your table seating on 01787 237653 or email.  Pay on the night.

Jazznights presents the best in modern jazz at:
The Function Suite, The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, CO10 7BY.
Tel: 01787 237263       Admission £8.         Doors 7.30pm.       Music 8.00-10.30pm.
Food available and can be served before or during the performance.

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