Simon Bates (tenor sax & clarinet) at Jazznights, The Cock Inn in Clare on Sunday 2nd February 2014 playing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio, Larraine Odell and special Guest Harry Greene

Renowned for his awesome technique and versatility, Simon is as at home leading bands on TV shows as he is in a local jazz club – the reason that the Royal Marines asked him to Jazznights Simon Bates 020214 (132)become their Professor of Saxophone!

Playing all musical genres, Simon has performed around the world in a wide variety of settings from the Q.E.2. and Eiffel Tower to Ronnie Scott’s and the Albert Hall. He is also a  respected band leader having led the 9 piece band on the Johnny Vaughan Tonight Show and many other TV bands. He has been Musical Director for many well known artists including Bette Midler, Rick Astley and Richard Shelton.

Well known as a performer in many different musical genres, Simon has featured as a guest soloist with large ensembles including the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, the Jazznights Simon Bates 020214 (144)
National Youth Jazz Orchestra and The Royal Marines

Simon is recognised as one of the country’s leading jazz saxophonists and appears  regularly at respected UK venues including Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe, 606 Club, The Bull’s Head and the finest jazz clubs and festivals worldwide. He performs regularly with many of the jazz world’s biggest stars including John Dankworth, Jamie Cullum, Peter Erskine, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, John Etheridge, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, Nigel Hitchcock, Simply Swing, Dave O Higgins and Sax Appeal.

Simon was be playing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio and vocalist Larraine Odell who were:

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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 Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 020214 (23)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 Jazznights Simon Brown 020214 (26)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 Jazznights Larraine Odell 020214 (161)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 Odell opened the first set with
Jazznights Larraine Odell   Trio 020214 (25)1. The 1935 It’s Easy to Remember (and so Hard to Forget) written by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Lorenz Hart.
2. I’ll Close My Eyes (1945) Music from William Gordon Reid and Lyrics by Buddy Kaye.
3. Weaver of Dreams written by Jack Elliott and Victor young and is an album and the title number by guitarist Kenny Burrell first recorded in 1960.
4. Blame It on My Youth (1934) written by Oscar Levant with lyrics by Edward Heyman

Simon Bates then joined the trio to continue the first set with:
5. Killer Joe, a jazz standard composed by Benny Golson in 1959 – a rousing great intro to Simon’s first set.
2. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise is number with music by Sigmund Romberg from the 1928 operetta The New Moon but is now very much a jazz standard but this version Jazznights Simon Bates   Trio 20214 (70) was played more like a car crash than the name suggests!
3. Emily  is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Johnny Mandel, It was the title song to the 1964 film The Americanization of Emily, where it was introduced by Julie Andrews. It has since been recorded by numerous artists, notably Bill Evans.
4. Sister Sadie is another jazz standard written in 1959 by Horace Silver, and first recorded for his 1959 Blue Note album, Blowin’ the Blues Away.

5. Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and 2 bottles of wine we Jazznights Geoff Harriman 020214 (95) 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 playing Duke Ellington and Bob Russell’s 1940 Warm Valley.
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This was followed by the 16 year old BBC Jazz musician of the year semi finalist Harry Greene who played with Simon Bates in Simon’s own composition And All Because (featured on Simon’s album of the same title. Jazznights Simon Bates   Harry Greene 020214 (103)
7. Sugar is an album and the title song by jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine played tonight of course by Simon Bates and Harry Greene both on tenor sax.
8. Jeep Is Jumpin’ (1938) AKA Jeep Is Jumping  written by  Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges and celebrated on the notable recording by Ben Webster – again played by Simon & Harry
9. Simon then invited Larraine Odell back to join them for a great version of Skylark lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1941. Additionally, the song is believed to have inspired a long-running Buick car of the same name that was produced from 1953 to 1998.
Jazznights Simon Bates   Larraine Odell 020214 (158) 10. Harry Greene was then invited back to join Simon Bates for the final two numbers of the evening:
Song for My Father is from a 1965 album by The Horace Silver Quintet, released on the Blue Note label in 1965. The album was inspired by a trip that Silver had made to Brazil.
11. Tenor Madness which is from the jazz album by Sonny Rollins. It is most notable for its title track, the only known recording featuring both Rollins and John Coltrane. This was an ideal finale with our own two tenor players – Simon Bates & Harry Greene. What a finale – blistering is an understatement it was a sensational performance as was the whole evening. Simon has certainly made his mark over the years and we are going to hear a great deal of Harry in the future.

ESTELLE KOKOT (vocals) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 16th February 2014Estelle-Kokot-reflection
“Within a few notes you know you’ve hit a jackpot with Estelle Kokot…an indefinably mature combination of meticulously well-chosen notes and a voice to strip you down bare and trembling. With enviable grace and confidence she balances her voice and her piano work and displays her musical wares with such panache you could hear a crotchet fall”.  Gisele Turner – JazzEye.

This will be a great gig at The Cock Inn, 3, Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8PX

But book early –  All for £10.00
8pm start. Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or by email at info@jazz-nights.com  

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

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ZOE GILBY (vocals) gave us a fabulous evening at Jazznights on Sunday 19th Jan 2014 at The Cock Inn, Clare, Suffolk.

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“An impressive performance from a sophisticated young singer. Her voice has real character. Powerfully sultry and expertly handled” Jazz Journal International.

Jazznights Zoe Gilby 190114 (127) “A wide vocal range, warm timbre and clear diction which she uses skilfully to unveil her  moods. It’s clear that she’s already found her own voice.”
All About Jazz, USA

Her influences are many and include Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Sheila Jordan and Roberta Gambarini. For her original pieces Zoë finds much of her creative inspiration from songwriters as diverse as Bob Dylan to David Frishberg.
Zoe is well deserving of the respect that she has been receiving from many leading jazz instrumentalists and publications. She has received touring support from Jazz Services and has performed with some of the UK top jazz musicians, including Louis Stewart, Jim Mullen Organ Trio, Dave Newton, Alan Barnes and Tony Faulkner.

In Jan 2007, Zoë recorded her debut album ‘Now That I am Real‘ with arrangements by the renowned drummer Tony Faulkner. This album has received radio play from Courtney Pine’s Jazz Crusade on BBC Radio 2, Spain,  UK, Australia, U.S.A, Belgium, and France and Jazznights Zoe Gilby 190114 (132)from BBC Radio Ulster in Northern Ireland

In December 2013 “Twelve Stories” was released, a powerful collection of songs with a  strong narrative, delivered with a commanding mix of musical sophistication and dramatic edge. The original material composed by Zoë Gilby, her husband and Double Bassist Andy Champion and Guitarist Mark Williams, is an engaging repertoire of story telling and atmosphere. The contemporary covers are an adventurous blend from Kate Bush to Pink Floyd and the sensitive treatment to a couple of jazz standards, completes this particular “story-book” and she performed many of the numbers at Jazznights with the Roger Odell Trio who were:

Roger Odell Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak Jazznights Roger Odell 190114 (17) 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 Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 190114 (153)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 Jazznights Simon Brown 190114 (159) 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.

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Larraine Odell – vocals
Beginning her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded Jazznights Larraine Odell 190114 (40)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.

Jazznights Larraine Odell   Trio 190114 (46) Larraine Odell opened the first set with:
1. Arthur Altman and Jack Lawrence’s 1940 All or Nothing At All
2. Green Dolphin Street
(originally entitled “Green Dolphin Street”) is a 1947 popular song composed by Bronislaw Kaper.
3. Don’t go to Strangers – music by Arthur Kent with David A Mann and Lyrics from Redd Evans.
4. Love Is Here to Stay which was the last song George Gershwin composed, lyrics were by Ira Gershwin.

Zoë Gilby then joined the trio with her first set which included:
5. Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)  is often considered to be the first recorded bossa nova song composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim although Zoe did sing it in English not Portuguese. Jazznights Zoe Gilby   Jaznights Trio 190114 (66)
6. Just Squeeze Me (But Don’t Tease Me) (1941) AKA  Just Squeeze Me or Squeeze Me with Music by Duke Ellington and Lyrics from Lee Gaines.
7. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s 1940 It Never Entered My Mind.
8. Time After Time
(1947) by Jule Styne with lyrics by Sammy Cahn. This was sung beautifully in the inimitable Chet Baker style.
9. A bossa nova version of the Cole Porter 1930 Love For Sale.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and bottle of wine Zoë Gilby then re-joined the Jazznights Trio for the second set which included:

Jazznights Zoe Gilby   Jazznights Trio 190114 (134)10. Travelin’ Blues, which debuted as an instrumental on the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s album Time In, then appearing again on their collaborative live album with Carmen McRae, with lyrics by Iola Brubeck.
11. Your Words  written by Zoë Gilby which featured on Zoe’s album Looking Glass
12. Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster’s Secret Love sung as two versions, the first in  the slow Doris Day style followed by a more up-tempo version in the Carmen McRae style truly showing Zoe’s great versatility.
13. Caravan which is the well known jazz standard composed by Juan Tizol and first performed by Duke Ellington in 1936. Irving Mills wrote the lyrics. Barney Bigard  and His Jazzopaters first introduced “Caravan” on the Variety label in December, 1936.Jazznights Zoe Gilby 190114 (3)
14. In It Together another composition by Zoe Gilby which is featured on her latest CD Twelve Stories.
15. Halfway to Heaven by the American artist Mary Jo Mundy featured on her 2007 album of the same name.
16. In 1943 Duke Ellington and His Orchestra introduced Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me with featured vocalist Al Hibbler. The record became a best-selling rhythm and blues hit and appeared on the R&B charts in early 1944, climbing all the way to number one where it would stay for eight weeks.
17. Centerpiece is a 1958 jazz standard, usually performed in a swing style but tonight was played as a 12 bar blues which was a great finale featuring all the band.

This was a fantastic gig and as Zoe and the trio obviously enjoyed playing with each other we are sure we will see Zoe back at Jazznights in due course. Zoë has been making a real impression on the jazz scene today and we shall all hear much more from her in the future.

SIMON BATES (saxes) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 2nd Feb at The Cock Inn, Clare.
He is in great demand on the session scene – his playing features on countless adverts, simon bates 2 film scores, theme tunes and recordings – Simon is one of the country’s leading saxophonists and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe, 606 Club, the Bull’s Head and the finest jazz clubs and festivals worldwide. “Wonderful playing. You stole the show!” John Dankworth.

Simon will be playing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio and vocalist Larraine Odell. You should not miss this gig at The Cock Inn, 3, Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8PX

But book early –  All for £10.00 – see you there.
8pm start. Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or by email at info@jazz-nights.com  

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