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No better way to kick into 2014 than with the marvellous saxophonist Peter King. An absolute legend on the UK jazz scene he also has a peerless reputation throughout the world. Originally influenced by Charlie Parker and then inspired by John Coltrane, his playing today is the perfect blend of the two combined with his own originality.
PETER KING, in the words of one critic, “is the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today” (Dave Gelly, ‘The Giants Of Jazz’. He has been a major influence on the British Jazz scene ever since he played (at the age of eighteen!) the opening of Ronnie Scott’s Club,
Undoubtedly the finest jazz musician in the UK as these people will testify.
“I hear both Trane & Bird in his playing but he’s better than either of them” Gene Lees.
Peter King will be returning to Jazznights on Sunday 12th June 2011 to play with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio and vocalist Larraine Odell
“World’s great altoist – my man!” Nat Adderley.
“A wonderful musician…master of his instrument” Elvin Jones.
“One of the best musicians in the world” Lalo Schifrin. We would add: a world class musician
What more can one say other than this world class musician gave an unforgettable amazing two sets 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 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 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.
Simon Brown – Piano
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, 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.
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 & 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 opened the first set with:
Night and Day is a popular song by Cole Porter. It was written for the 1932 musical play Gay Divorce. It is perhaps Porter’s most popular contribution to the Great American Songbook and has been recorded by dozens of jazz artists
Equinox is a minor blues jazz standard by the great American jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane. These Lyrics were written by Chris Caswell and is known by the alternative name of A Long Way To Go.
Some Other Time written by Leonard Bernstein from the Musical On The Town.
Dick Powell introduced I Only Have Eyes For You in the 1934 motion picture Dames, scored by Oscar-winning songwriters, composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin sung superbly by Larraine with an up-tempo rhythm.
Peter King then joined the trio for his first set which included the following extended versions:
Speak Low (1943) is a popular song composed by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Ogden Nash. It was introduced by Mary Martin and Kenny Baker in the Broadway musical One Touch of Venus and is now a jazz standard
Vernon Duke’s 1935 I Can’t Get Started .
Impressions is from a 1963 album of both live and studio recordings with the by John Coltrane.
Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s andbottle of Merlot 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 of Geoff Harriman on harmonica and Michael Mason on drums playing All Of You
The Jazznights Trio with Michae l Mason replacing Roger Odell then played Alice in Wonderland which is the theme song composed by Sammy Fain for the Walt Disney 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland.
Peter King then returned with the trio including Roger Odell to play:
Cole Porter’s Just One Of Those Things.
Gene De Paul and Don Raye’s Star Eyes (It’s undoubtedly due to Charlie Parker that “Star Eyes” became a jazz standard.
Pursuance from A Love Supreme is a studio album recorded by John Coltrane’s quartet in December 1964 and released by Impulse! Records in February 1965. It is generally considered to be among one of Coltrane’s greatest works.
Johnny Green’s Body and Soul Out of all the hit recordings of Body and Soul, Coleman Hawkins’ is one the best remembered but after tonight it is now Peter King
Yes or No from Wayne Shorter’s album JuJu which was his fifth album recorded and released on Blue Note in 1964
ZOE GILBY (voc) Sunday 19th January 2014
Zoë Gilby is a UK jazz vocalist and songwriter who has been making a real impression on the jazz scene today with influences that include Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Sheila Jordan and Roberta Gambarini. “An impressive performance from a sophisticated young singer. Her voice has real character. Powerfully sultry and expertly handled” Jazz Journal International. She will be singing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio and vocalist Larraine Odell. You cannot miss this gig at The Cock Inn, 3, Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8PX
But book early – the last gig was a full house. All for £10.00 – see you there.
8pm start. Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information and future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com