Martin Dobson gave us a great night of ‘chilled out’ instrumental jazz (with a dash of pop, soul and funk) on Sunday 13th October 2013 at Jazznights


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Jazznights Martin Dobson 131013 (21)Martin is a Saxophonist /Flautist /Clarinettist with over 40 years of professional playing experience including: 23 years as a busy freelance player on the London scene. During his  career he has been called on to play for commercial recordings, adverts and television programmes and film, as well accompany many major artists including Shakatak in concert. He also composes and records for production music libraries and teaches music privately.

Martin started clarinet lessons at age twelve, but soon became more interested in playing guitar in a local rock group that he’d formed!, but later after having seen Georgie Fame and Zoot Money (early exponents of ‘British Rhythm and Blues’ at London’s famed ‘Flamingo Club’) performing locally, he persuaded his dad to buy Jazznights Martin Dobson 131013 (109)him a tenor sax.

His main Influences are B.B. King, Cannonball Adderley, James Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, Wilton Felder, Tom Scott, Pete Christlieb, King Curtis, Stan Getz, Paul Horn.

Over the years Martin has worked with some very talented musicians in all kinds of musical situations exposing him to a huge variety of musical styles. He’s currently kept busy writing and recording music for production music libraries and playing jazz gigs and functions in East Anglia with his band ‘Midnight Oil’.Weapons in his armoury include Tenor  Sax, Alto Sax, Soprano sax, Baritone Sax, Flute and Clarinet.

At Jazznights Martin employed his Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Soprano sax and Flute while playing with Roger Odell Jazznights Trio who were:

Jazznights Roger Odell 131013 (95)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. 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 – Electric Bass Inspired by an uncle, who played and recorded with Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 131013 (82)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 electric bass instead of his  5 string double bass with the extra C string.
Simon Brown – Piano
Simon’s piano playing has long been the sound Jazznights Simon Brown 131013 (96)accompaniment of first choice for nationally and 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.

Martin Dobson opened his first set with tunes which included:

Doxy an early composition by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. It first appeared on the 1954 Miles Davis album Bags’ Groove, and was performed Martin on tenor saxophone, Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke
Manhã de Carnaval (“Morning of Carnival”), is the title of the most popular song by Brazilian composer Luiz Bonfá. This was one of the first compositions identified with Bossa Nova to gain popularity outside Brazil. The song became a jazz standard popularly Jazznights Martin Dobson 131013 (105) known as Black Orpheus.which was played on the soprano sax.
Unusually played in Jazz Clubs we had Thieves In The Temple popularised by Prince’s twelfth album Graffiti Bridge, the soundtrack to the movie Graffiti Bridge.
Miles Davis’s All Blues from the very famous album Kind Of Blue.
Grover Washington’s (one of the founders of the smooth jazz-pop style) One Night played on alto.
Appropriate to the conditions out side the door we had Joseph Kosma’s Autumn Leaves with Martin’s soprano sax.
Sugar is an album and the title song by jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine played tonight of course with Martin on tenor sax.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and bottle of Cabernet 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 Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man. Followed by Harry Greene on tenor sax playing Horace Silver’s Song For My Father in E minor.

Jazznights Geoff Harriman 131013 (116) Jazznights Harry Grene 131013 (83)

Jazznights Martin Dobson 131013 (50)Martin Dobson then returned for the second set which included the following numbers:

Killer Joe is a tune written by saxophonist Benny Golson in 1959 and is from the album of the same name. This has become a commonly played Golson tune and is now a jazz standard.
Stolen Moments is a jazz standard composed by Oliver Nelson in 1961. It is a sixteen-bar piece (in an eight-six-two pattern), though the solos are on a conventional minor key 12-bar blues structure. The piece first appeared as “The Stolen Moment” on the 1960 album Trane Whistle by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, which was  largely written and co-arranged by Oliver Nelson.
Harlem Nocturne which is a jazz standard written by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers in 1939. The song was adopted by bandleader Randy Brooks the next year as his theme song. Jazznights Martin Dobson 131013 (80)There Will Never Be Another You (1942) composed by Harry Warren. After Woody Herman’s initial recording of this tune in 1942, it dropped out of sight until being picked up again vibraphonist Lionel Hampton’s big band in 1950. That same year, talented saxophonist Sonny Stitt would record a version on tenor sax.
The 1944 Moonlight in Vermont by Karl Suessdorf. Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz recorded his initial foray on this tune with talented guitarist Johnny Smith in 1952.
Put It Where You want it played by the Crusaders, later known as the Jazz Crusaders  and  tonight was a fantastic version by Martin Dobson with the Jazznights Trio and what a great finale for this superb evening of funky jazz.

A great evening of jazz versions of jazz classics and soul played with a very funky influence.

Ben Cox001On Sunday 27th October Jazznights features – BEN COX (vocals)
As a result of a high recommendation from Emily Dankworth the young jazz singer Ben  Cox makes his debut at Jazznights. He is currently studying jazz voice at the Guildhall and along with Emily he is a member of the amazing six part close-harmony A Cappella group ‘Vive’. Male UK jazz singers have been few and far between until recently – that’s about to change!

Come along for this gig.
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.

For further information and future gigs (which includes
ALAN SKIDMORE (sax, GEORGIA MANCIO (voc), EMILY DANKWORTH (voc, ANITA WARDELL (voc), LOZ SPEYER (trp) and the wonderful PETER KING (alto sax) go to

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