Nick Page Made a fantastic return to Jazznights Sunday 18th August – one of the the UK’s finest guitarists with the Roger Odell Jazznights trio.

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Jazznights Nick Page 180813 (148)“Nick Page is without doubt the most underrated Jazz Guitarist in the UK. An undiscovered gem of the British Jazz scene.He is extremely talented, versatile and inspirational. I love working with Nick”. Alan Skidmore. “Nick Page is amazing – every note is perfect”. Gilad Atzmon. “He’s World Class”. Just Jazz Guitar – New York.

This great guitarist makes a welcome return to The Bell. “Nick Page is without doubt the most underrated Jazz Guitarist in the UK – an undiscovered gem of the British Jazz scene. He is extremely talented, versatile and inspirational” – Alan Skidmore.

“Kessel and Burrell would have relished his inventive lines” – Jazzwise.Jazznights Nick Page 180813 (116)

He has worked with: Alan Skidmore (recorded a one hour ‘Tribute to ‘Trane’ for BBC Radio opposite the Ronnie Scott Quartet), Peter King (as special guest at the 606 Club), Gilad Atzmon, Martin Drew, Clark Tracey, Tommy Whittle, Don Rendell, Humphrey Lyttleton, Bruce Adams, Karen Sharp etc. etc

“Nick Page is without doubt the most underrated Jazz Guitarist in the UK.An undiscovered gem of the British Jazz scene.He is extremely talented,versatile and inspirational.I Love working with Nick”
Alan Skidmore

Nick page 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 180813 (34)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.

Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass Inspired by an uncle, who played and recorded with Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli in the legendary Quintet de Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 180813 (181)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.

Sam Edwards – Piano
Sam was born in London in 1970 to a musical family; his mother and sister both are professional musicians. Sam studied classical music at the Colchester institute for 2 years from 1986 where he attained grade 8 Piano, grade 8 theory of music and two ‘A’ levels (Theory and Practical) in music. Sam then graduated with a 1st in Jazz and Contemporary Jazznights Sam Edwards 180813 (175)music from the City of Leeds College of music in 1991. (1st study: Piano / Keyboards. 2nd study: Arranging). As a professional musician Sam has worked in many areas of the music industry, below are listed just some of his work credits as either a Keyboard player, Pianist, or Musical Director: Boney M, Brotherhood of Man, Eden Kane, George McRae, Jackie Graham, JTQ, Marty Wilde, Mike Berry, Odyssey, Paul Da Vinci, Rose Royce, The Commitments, The Contours, The Drifters, The Real Thing.Boney M, Brotherhood of Man, Eden Kane, George McRae, Jackie Graham, JTQ, Marty Wilde, Mike Berry, Odyssey, Paul Da Vinci, Rose Royce, The Commitments, The Contours, The Drifters, The Real Thing, Katy Setterfield tribute to Dusty Springfield, Sisters of Soul, Reach Out (Motown Show), The History of Motown, Sweet Home Chicago (Blues Brothers show), Tribute to the Carpenters and Marty Wilde and the Wildcats

Larraine Odell – vocals
Beginning her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded Jazznights Larraine Odell 180813 (165)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.

Our MC’s for the evening were Donald Muir and Gareth Williams-James.

Jazznights Larraine Odell 180813 (171)Larraine Odell gave a great opening set of five jazz standards which included Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz’s Alone Together, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer’s Skylark  and Cole Porter’s I Concentrate On You.

Nick Page then joined the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio for a very melodic yet exciting first set which included Cole Porter’s Easy to Love from the 1936 film Born to Dance, Harry Warren and Joseph Young’s 1931 You’re My Everything  and Jimmy Jazznights Nick Page 180813 (86)Van Heusen’s 1931 I Thought About You.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 4 jazz cd’s and bottle of Shiraz (in which the writer won a copy of Richard Fairhurst’s superb 1995 CD The Hungry Ants) Nick Page re-joined us for the second set.

Nick Page opened the second set with Dizzy Gillespie’s 1943 Woody’n You AKA Algo Bueno  (Woody’n You,’ dedicated to Woody Herman and one of Dizzy’s most Jazznights Nick Page 180813 (21)enduring compositions, undergirds pungent chromatic dissonance with a Latin rhythmic feeling” The Latin rhythm executed by Roger Odell on the drums. Isham Jones’s 1924 The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else) followed and other numbers included the Bossa Nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim in Corcovado AKA Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars,  The Nearness of You (Hoagy Carmichael 1937), I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free which is a gospel/jazz song written by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas, best known for the recording by Nina Simone in 1967 on her Silk & Soul album, Ira Gershwin’s I Loves You Porgy and Stuff Smith’s 1938 It’s Wonderful.

It really was a wonderful evening with the “versatile and inspirational” Nick Page playing with probably one of the best jazz trios in the East of England and we were all sure that Nick would be returning again in the future.

On Sunday 1st Sept Jazznights presents ROGER BEAUJOLAIS (vibes)
Probably the most well-known and popular of the UK’s jazz vibraphone players, Roger has established himself as a leader of his own bands, a sideman in many top UK groups and as a contributor to many bands associated with the Acid Jazz movement. Echos of all the great vibes players from Lionel Hampton through Milt Jackson to Gary Burton and beyond.

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.

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

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