CARLOS LOPEZ-REAL (saxophone) made a welcome return to Jazznights at The Cherry Tree on Sunday 21st July 2013

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After Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music, Carlos then studied with David Liebman in New York. For the pasJazznights Carlos Lopez-Real 210713 (32)t 7 years he has been professor of contemporary jazz and rhythm studies at the Guildhall and has led workshops up and down the country. “Carlos plays with a sound that comes from his Jazznights Carlos Lopez-Real 210713 (11)soul”. Dave Liebman.

His current bands are Mandorla, featuring guitarist Justin Quinn, a quartet with young singer Fini Bearman, and a new duo collaboration with singer Brigitte Beraha involving live looping and live sound processing. In addition to jazz, his Jazznights writing Jazznights Carlos Lopez-Real 210713 (49)is influenced by classical composers such as Steve Reich and John Adams, the singer Bjork and North Indian improvised music.

Jazznights Carlos Lopez-Real 210713 (48)As the founder of e17 jazz, the East London-based collective spawned out of both F-IRE and LOOP associations, Carlos is one of the leading lights among the new wave of young British jazz musicians as an in-demand saxophonist and composer.
Carlos has over 15 years teaching experience in various settings. Currently he teaches contemporary jazz and rhythm studies at the Guildhall School of Music. In the past he has taught at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He also teaches jazz saxophone at the Purcell school and is a regular tutor on various jazz summer schools.

At his last visit to Jazznights the gig finished with shouts of More, More and so it turned out again tonight.

Carlos played with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and Jazznights Roger Odell 210713 (114)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. 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. Roger is the author of three technical articles which appeared in the international magazine Modern Drummer.
Simon Brown – Piano
Simon’s piano playing has long been the sound accompaniment of first choice for nationally Jazznights Simon Brown 210713 (84)nd internationally known jazz stars appearing at Jazznights as well as Norfolk’s two leading jazz venues, 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. Since graduating from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 1990, Simon has worked as a performer, teacher of piano and music arranger and regularly appears at the most popular jazz clubs in East Anglia. His involvement in Blues, Jazz and Jazz-Funk combos have led to appearances at many jazz festivals and has shared the billing with the likes of Jools Holland, The James Taylor Quartet, Stacey Kent and Bobby Wellins apart from his regular performances as a primary member of the Jazznights Roger Odell Trio.
Steve Cook – Double BassJazznights Steve Cook 210713 (102)
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 Waveand Gil Evans big band at Ronnie Scott’s.
Larraine Odell – vocals
Beginning her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded twoalbums, 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.” She has since appeared at Ronnie Scott’s Club as a member of the group Jimpster, at the Boxford Fleece with pianist Steve Lodder, most of the other jazz clubs in the region, and at the Aldeburgh, Layer Marney and Southwold Jazz Festivals.

Larraine Odell opened the first set which included the following:
1. Rodgers & Hart’s 1935 It’s Easy to Remember (and so Hard to Forget) – a very nice medium tempo tune to set the scene.
2. It Could Happen to You (1944) with Music by Jimmy Van Heusen and Lyrics from Johnny Burke. Jazznights Larraine Odell   3 210713 (91)Another great standard featuring both Simon Brown and Steve Cook on the double bass.

3. The 1956 Just In Time followed. Once you’ve heard Frank Sinatra’s 1958 version of this Broadway show tune it’s hard to imagine it not swinging and Larraine and the band certainly carried on the tradition with a great interlude of just Larraine and Steve Cook.
4. The 1945 I’ll Close My Eyes from William Gordon Reid with Lyrics by Buddy Kaye followed up.
5. Larraine’s final number for the evening was Bewitched (1941) AKA Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered  from Rodgers and Hart provided a great finale for the first part of this set.

Carlos Lopez-Real the joined the trio for his first set. It is worth remembering that when Carlos first visited at the original venue at Ridgewell some 11 year ago, Carlos joined the trio in the sitting in spot!. Carlos opened his first set on alto with:

6. Time on My Hands is the title of a studio album by jazz guitarist John Scofield. It was recorded in 1989 and released by Blue Note in 1990. Carlos played this slow to medium tempo featuring Simon Brown, Steve Cook and 4 bar trades between Carlos & Roger Odell
7. Carlos the switched to the soprano for The Loop by a British composer from the distinctive 1980’s style of jazz again laying down that very melodic style of his at a medium tempo.
8. Carlos completed his first set with a South African pianist’s tune called Joy in an invigorating up tempo fashion. How did that first set go o quickly! Jazznights Carlos Lopez-Real 210713 (77)

9. Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and 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 pleasure of local musician Geoff Harriman on his chromatic harmonica playing Sway.

10.  With Carlos playing the soprano, the second set commenced with Ralph Towner’s (American multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and bandleader. He plays the twelve-string guitar, classical guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion and trumpet)
This is from the Diary album recorded in 1973. Again a tune from Carlos that is not in the standard jazz repertoire and makes such  a great change.
11. After saying that we had a typical jazz standard Softly As in a Morning Sunrise composed by Sigmund Romberg in 1928 and played at a medium tempo featuring both Simon Brown and Steve Cook.
12. Nothing special  written by British jazz pianist Jason Rebello which was recorded on the Next Time Around album in 1999 (Rebello has collaborated with Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis amongst many others.) Yet another new tune to the Jazznights Carlos Lopez-Real 210713 (57)writer celebrating British jazz composers.
13. Alfredo written by John Parricelli for his son. He is a British (of Italaian extraction) jazz guitarist, appearing and recording mainly in the United Kingdom. Parricelli began his career as a guitarist in 1982 and was one of the founding members of the British big band Loose Tubes, with whom he recorded three albums. Another great number not often played and featured solos from Simon Brown and Steve Cook.
14. Bolivia is perhaps Cedar Walton’s best known composition. He came to prominence as a member of drummer Art Blakey’s band before establishing a long career as a bandleader and composer. This was to be an up tempo finale but they still managed to squeeze another number in:
15. Blues-ette by American trombonist Curtis Fuller although made quite famous by Toots Thielemans was enjoyed by all the band but unfortunately had to be limited by time restrictions.

A fantastic evening of quite innovative and melodic improvisations which we are sure we will be able to enjoy again in the future.

THE CHERRY TREE JAZZ FESTIVAL will be here on Sunday 4th August 2013
The fabulous TINA MAY headlines the evening session which runs from 7pm until 10.30pm. Admission £12.

The brilliant multi-saxophonist DEREK NASH headlines the afternoon session running from 2pm to 6pm. Admission £12.

All day admission only £20.  Food available throughout.

Advance reservation on 01787 237653 or email

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