TIM WHITEHEAD (saxes) at Jazznights, the Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 31st August 2014 with the Jazznights Trio and Larraine Odell

First gaining recognition as a member of the ground-breaking band Loose Tubes, Tim continued to develop his own music, recording for Spotlite Records and Editions EG – “English TIM Whitehead 01People” and “Decision” with his own bands. “There are many fine tenor players on the current British scene but Tim Whitehead is undoubtedly one of the best we have” Peter Lund – Crescendo.

“Whitehead has a highly personal, always gorgeous sound on tenor and an infinite vocabulary – in a country of fine saxophonists he is one of the finest.” Peter Bacon, Jazz CD of the Week, Birmingham Post

“There are many fine tenor players on the current British scene but Tim Whitehead is undoubtedly one of the best we have” Peter Lund – Crescendo

‘For my money, the finest tenor player in Britain today” Andy Hamilton – Jazz Review

‘Whitehead more than justified his growing reputation as one of Britain’s most thoughtful composers and improvisers.’
Chris Parker – The Times

‘Whitehead is one of the most creative, exciting and passionate saxophonists in Europe and also one of the finest small-group composers’. Ian Carr – A Rough Guide

‘Tim Whitehead is one of the finest contemporary British saxists, at least the equal of better-known players like Andy Sheppard and Courtney Pine.’ Andy Hamilton – Jazz on CD

In the 80’s he was a member of the ground-breaking big band Loose Tubes, and continued to develop his own music, recording for Spotlite Records and Editions EG – English People (1983) Tim Whiteheadand Decision (1987) with his own bands, featuring at different times John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen. In the 90’s he recorded Authentic and Silence Between Waves, on Ronnie Scott’s Jazz House Label with Dave Barry, Pete Jacobsen and Arnie Somogyi, and received The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as several other commissions during this period. In 1999 Tim released Personal Standards, an album of soul and pop tunes arranged for jazz quartet, which received widespread interest and critical praise including Jazz Album of the Year in the BBC Music Magazine, and led to an educational project at Trinity College of Music under the same title.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at  Jazznights, The Cock Inn, 3, Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8PX

Admission £10. Doors open 7.30pm. Music 8.00-10.30pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

For further information on future gigs which will feature Ben Cox (vocals), Josh Kemp (sax), Simon Spillett (sax) and Juliet Kelly (vocals) – live BBC recording and Karen Sharp (saxes) go to www.jazz-nights.com

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DAVE O’HIGGINS (sax) with the Jazznights Trio and Larraine Odell at The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 17th August 2014. Blog, Playlist and photographs

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As well as running his own quartet Dave is a member of the “official” legacy band Brubeck’s Play Brubeck, with whom he tours the world. “A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, Jazznights Dave O'Higgins 170814 (82)beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide.
Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave has worked with the likes of Cleo Lane & John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. The winner of a multitude of awards, he has produced 9 albums to date of his own work and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. Currently he is working with his own terrific quartet, a storming 10 piece band (the “Biggish” Band) for which he also writes and arranges, an organ based “groove” band (“Organic Grooves”) and with one of New York’s leading sax players, Eric Alexander in a classic two sax “hard bop” quintet performing on both sides of the Atlantic. Dave is also a respected Jazz educator associated with Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town. The music is a mixture of jazz standards and great originals and is powerful yet always lyrical and accessible. A brilliant gig – and so it proved again at Jazznights.

“…exceptional fluency. ..one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer
“….virtuoso jazz/fusion saxophonist” Time Out
“….world class player” BBC Music Magazine
“…Dazzling” Guardian.

Dave O’Higgins played with the Jazznights Trio who were:
Graeme Culham At the age of 14 Graeme won the title of ‘Junior Genius’ on Thames Television’s ‘Nationwide’, performing with a Youth Jazz Orchestra. During this time he studied piano with John Baker from the BBC Radiophonic workshop. His first professional engagement Jazznights Graeme Culham 170814 (30)was at 17 with country stars Miki & Griff, he then went on to work on the ‘Wheatley’ circuit backing TV artists such as Mike Reid and Freddie Star.
Jazz is Graeme’s real love in music and for some years he played with the Ray Ward Trio in his home county of Essex. During which time he recorded and produced two albums with the Trio and performed at various jazz clubs, Edinburgh Festival and the Royal Festival Hall. In the 1980’s he formed the ‘Graeme Culham Big Band’, playing the music of Buddy Rich and Count Basie as well as featuring original compositions. The band recorded its first album in 1986. Graeme has performed with jazz artists such as Eddie Thompson, Pete Jacobsen, Slim Gaillard, Buddy Tate, Kenny Ball, Art Farmer, Don Rendell to name a few and the late Ronnie Scott who was quoted as saying that “Graeme was one of the best jazz drummers he has worked with”
Graeme was deputising for Roger Odell who was away playing with Shakatak in Mexico.
Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass
Inspired by an uncle, who played and recorded with Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 170814 (59)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.
Touring in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists honed his skills and added to his prodigious repertoire. Supports to players like John Scofield, and singers such as Annie Ross always proved inspirational and served to reinforce his enduring love affair with jazz.
Spending much of his time in the recording studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player, as is testified by his work with Don Rendell, Jack Parnell, George Chisholm, Pete Jacobson, John Etheridge, Kenny Baker, Allan Skidmore, Dave O’Higgins and many others.
Peter Lemer – Keyboards
Peter Lemer is an English jazz musician. He has worked with the Pete Lemer Quintet, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Annette Peacock, Harry Beckett, Gilgamesh, Baker Gurvitz Army, Seventh Wave, Harry Beckett’s Joy Unlimited, PierreMoerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield Jazznights Geoff Harriman 170814 (155)Group, In Cahoots, Miller/Baker/Lemer. He currently works with In Cahoots, Peter Lemer Trio/Quartet, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, and the Peter Lemer-Billy Thompson  Quartet and Duo. Peter made his recording debut as a leader (Local Colour) in 1996, the band by then including Jon Hiseman, John Surman, George Khan and Tony Reeves. A year in New York followed, which included extensive jamming, gigging and study. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music and included Tommy Rajnaand Sven Weber among his classical coaches. In 1969, he worked with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. In the last few years, Lemer has remained a fixture of In Cahoots – he can be heard on Parallel (1996), Out Of The Blue (2001), All That (2003) and Conspiracy Theories (2006), most of which also feature his writing – as well as playing one-off gigs with old friends Steve Cook (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), recording an album with them in Israel.
With additional vocals from
Larraine Odell – vocals
Jazznights Larraine Odell 170814 (50)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.

Our MC for the evening was Gareth Williams-James

Larraine Odell opened the first set with the following:
Weaver of Dreams is an album by guitarist Kenny Burrell recorded in 1960 and 1961 and Jazznights Larraine Odell 170814 (47)originally released on the Columbia label. The album features Burrell’s vocal talents as well as his guitar playing.
The film Broadway Melody of 1940 introduced I Concentrate on You with words and music by Cole Porter.
The ballad Another Spring was written by Angelo Badalamenti john Clifford.
Love Is Here to Stay is a popular song and a jazz standard. The music was written by George Gershwin, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin, for the 1938 movie The Goldwyn Follies.

Dave O’Higgins then joined the jazznights Trio to play:
Jazznights Dave O'Higgins 170814 (149)Days of Wine and Roses is a popular song, from the 1962 movie of the same name and was written by Henry Mancini in 1962.
The Shadow of Your Smile, also known as “Love Theme from The Sandpiper”, is a popular  and jazz standard. The music was written by Johnny Mandel in 1965.
Remarkably, You Don’t Know What Love Is and “I’ll Remember April,” two of the top jazz standards, were both written for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello films by Gene De Paul and Don Raye and published in 1941. Jazznights Dave O'Higgins 170814 (179)
Blue Monk (1954) by Thelonious Monk was the pianist’s favourite composition, according to Laurent de Wilde in “Monk”, and he recorded it often.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and bottle of wine we had the Jazznights 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 Duke Ellington and Bob Russell’s Warm Valley

Dave O’Higgins
then returned for his second set to play:

Nica’s Dream is a jazz standard composed by Horace Silver, named for Pannonica de Jazznights Dave O'Higgins 170814 (119)Koenigswarter (nee Rothschild who was a leading patron of bebop music including Thelonius Monk & Charlie Parker) The song has been recorded by The Jazz Messengers as well as many other artists.
“The photographers song” Someday My Prince Will Come is a popular song from Walt Disney’s 1937 animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was written by Larry Morey. Although Miles Davis is usually given credit for introducing this Disney movie piece into the jazz repertoire, another trumpeter, Donald Byrd, was one of the first to record it in 1957.
While in London, Hollywood songwriter/conductor Johnny Green wrote Body and Soul for Gertrude Lawrence. Jack Hylton & His Orchestra recorded the ballad first in Britain, but it was Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra (Jack Fulton, vocal) who popularized it. This was played unusually in the key of D flat.
Yardbird Suite” is a bebop standard composed by Charlie Parker in 1946. Yardbird Suite’ perhaps Parker’s most lyrical composition, and one for which he also wrote a lyric (he called the vocal version ‘What Price Love?’)”
A stunning finale from Dave which was an absolute delight and thoroughly enjoyed by another Jazznights full house.
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Do not miss TIM WHITEHEAD (sax) who will be at Jazznights on Sunday 31st August 2014
‘It is his overall approach…that distinguishes Whitehead from many contemporaries. Sticking more closely to the tune’s melody than is customary these days, he succeeds in drawing unaffectedly on all his stylistic influences – from Soul and Funk through mainstream Jazz to Coltrane-like rhapsodising…’ Chris Parker – The Times.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at  Jazznights, The Cock Inn, 3, Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8PX

Admission £10. Doors open 7.30pm. Music 8.00-10.30pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

For further information on future gigs which will feature Ben Cox (vocals), Josh Kemp (sax), Simon Spillett (sax) and Juliet Kelly (vocals) – live BBC recording and Karen Sharp (saxes) go to www.jazz-nights.com

DAVE O’HIGGINS (sax) will be at Jazznights, The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 17th August 2014 and will be playing with be Peter Lemer (piano), Bernie Hodgkins (bass) and Graeme Culham (drums) and vocals from Larraine Odell.

As well as running his own quartet Dave is a member of the “official” legacy band Brubecks Dave O'Higgins 3Play Brubeck, with whom he tours the world. “A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide.
 
Undoubtedly one of this country’s finest modern jazz sax players, Dave has worked with the likes of Cleo Lane & John Dankworth, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Jimmy Smith and Annie Lennox. The winner of a multitude of awards, he has produced 9 albums to date of his own work and appeared on numerous sessions and festivals around the world. Currently he is working with his own terrific quartet, a storming 10 piece band (the “Biggish” Band) for which he also writes and arranges, an organ based “groove” band (“Organic Grooves”) and with one of New York’s leading sax players, Eric Alexander in a classic two sax “hard bop” quintet performing on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to all that he includes playing, writing and recording work with the “Jazzcotech Dancers” and has been touring the world with his Norwegian/Swedish collaboration. Dave is also a respected Jazz educator associated with Leeds College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Universities of Natal and Cape Town. The music is a Dave O'Higgins 4mixture of jazz standards and great originals and is powerful yet always lyrical and accessible. A brilliant gig.

“…exceptional fluency. ..one of Britain’s finest musicians” Observer
“….virtuoso jazz/fusion saxophonist” Time Out
“….world class player” BBC Music Magazine
“…Dazzling” Guardian.

Three new CDs recorded at JVG’s (our home recording studio) have been released this year. 2014 has been a very productive year, including four thoroughly enjoyable shows with the Brubeck’s Play Brubeck in Dizzy’s the Lincoln Centre in New York. Another thrill for Dave was to play alongside one of his favorite tenor players, Phil Dwyer (from Canada) at the 606 Club. Phil was on a business trip promoting his excellent Seawind Horns saxophones.

He was Winner, British Jazz Awards “BEST TENOR SAX” 1995 & 1997 and Best Band Nominee, BBC Jazz Awards 2001 and 2002

And now playing at Jazznights, Clare next Sunday

Reservations on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com 

Admission £10. Music 8pm-10.30pm.

See www.jazz-nights.com for further details including location & map and future gigs.

CHRISTINE TOBIN and PHIL ROBSON at Jazznights at The Cock Inn, 3, Clare on Sunday 3rd August 2014 with the Jazznights Trio & Larraine Odell. Blog, playlist and pictures.

Jazznights Christine Tobin & Phil Robson 030814 (70)Christine Tobin’s sound is rich, authentic and deeply expressive and was described by the Guardian as “Tobin’s 24 carat voice” while praising her both for the poetry of her compositions and her golden voice. Much of her repertoire is self-penned and Tobin has received many accolades for her skills as a writer and arranger. Romantic and radical, Christine is a musical free spirit who blurs the lines to create her own unique style that is streetwise and eclectic. In 2008 she was named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards.Jazznights Christine Tobin & Phil Robson 030814 (72)

Phil Robson is a guitarist/composer based in London , UK . He is internationally regarded as a highly versatile and creative player who appears in all kinds of diverse settings.
Winner of:
1997 -BT Best soloist of the year award
1998 Perrier Young Jazz award for the best instrumentalist of the year.
Winner of ‘Best Jazz Musician Of The Year’ in the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Christine and Phil joined Larraine Odell and the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio who were:
Jazznights Larraine Odell 030814 (53)Roger Odell Drums
As one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak, Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.
Musically, his first love was always straight-ahead contemporary jazz and he has played with most of the great names on the UK jazz scene.He recently produced his own critically acclaimed CD “The Blue Window” by Beatifik, which featured top UK saxophonist Mornington Lockett. Jacqui Hicks and Larraine.
Roger is the author of three technical articles which appeared in the international magazine Modern Drummer, and is an Endorsee Artist for Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Hardcases
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, Jazznights Larraine Odell 030814 (35)Dickie Valentine and Dennis Lotus, in the early stages of his career.
Touring in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists honed his skills and added to his prodigious repertoire. Supports to players like John Scofield, and singers such as Annie Ross always proved inspirational and served to reinforce his enduring love affair with jazz.
Spending much of his time in the recording studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player, as is testified by his work with Don Rendell, Jack Parnell, George Chisholm, Pete Jacobson, John Etheridge, Kenny Baker, Allan Skidmore, Dave O’Higgins and many others.
Jazznights Larraine Odell 030814 (58)Simon Brown – Piano
A regular pianist at Jazznights for a number of years Simon is also in the resident rhythm section for the Norwich Jazz Club at The Cottage, Thorpe St. Andrew.
Originally influenced by the great Nat King Cole he has now developed a style which references all of the major modern pianists including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, et al.
As well as being a first choice pianist for many singers, Simon also ns various bands of his own including the latest venture Beyond Cantaloupe, featuring his arrangements of the music of Herbie Hancock.
With additional vocals from:
Larraine Odell – vocals
Beginning her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two Jazznights Larraine Odell 030814 (7)albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including thePurcell Room, RFH. She has since appeared at Ronnie Scott’s Club as a member of the group Jimpster and at most of the jazz clubs in the region. Jazz Festival appearances include Bures, Aldeburgh, Layer Marney and Southwold. Larraine’s CD entitled “Portrait” attracted excellent reviews as did her performance on “The Blue Window” CD by Beatifik. She also appeared on Jimpster’s “Messages From The Hub” and is represented on the “Jazz In Essex – Vol 2″ CD.
“I love Larraine’s voice…she has something special” Chrissie Murray – Ronnie Scott’s House Magazine. “Larraine shows a range and soulfulness that simply cannot be taught” – Kenneth Pearson – Jazzmanonline.

Our MC for the evening was Gareth Williams-James

Larraine Odell opened the first set with:
It’s Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget) is a popular song written by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Lorenz Hart, published in 1935, written for the 1935 film Mississippi
Estate is an Italian song written in 1960 by Bruno Martino (music) and Bruno Brighetti Jazznights Larraine Odell 030814 (3)(lyrics). A minor hit in Italy when released, it eventually became a worldwide jazz standard largely through its interpretation by João Gilberto. The title refers to summer.
All or Nothing At All (1940) Words and Music by    Arthur Altman and Jack Lawrence
Isn’t It a Pity? is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, written for the 1933 musical Pardon My English.
You Stepped Out of a Dream (1940) Music by Nacio Herb Brown and Lyrics from Gus Kahn from the spectacular Ziegfeld Girl which was one of the biggest film hits of 1941. The song was a modest hit for Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.

The band then retired to the bar while Christine Tobin & Phil Robson sang and played as a duo for a number of songs including Leonard Cohen compositions from her new album A Thousand Kisses Deep:

Dance Me to the End of Love is a 1984 song by Leonard Cohen. It was first performed by Cohen on his 1984 album Various Positions. It has since been recorded by various artists, and has been described as “trembling on the brink of becoming a standard”
Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye from the album Songs Of Leonard Cohen (1967
A Thousand Kisses Deep, from Christine Tobin’s new album of the same name featuring Jazznights Christine Tobin & Phil Robson 030814 (71)all Cohen material
God Bless the Child is a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. in 1939. It was first recorded on May 9, 1941 which was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1976.
Returning to Leonard Cohen, Christine and Phil finished the first stunning set with You Know Who I Am from the album Live Songs: Leonard Cohen.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and a bottle of wine the Christine and Phil returned with the Jazznights Trio for the second set which included the following:

I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (1939) Music by Richard Rodgers and Lyrics from Lorenz Hart. This Rodgers and Hart song was introduced by Benny Goodman, with vocalist “Louise Tobin”, on the Columbia label on September 13, 1939.
Meditation (“Meditação” in Portuguese) is a song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonça and English lyrics by Norman Gimbel.
I’m Old Fashioned is a 1942 song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Johnny Mercer. A 1954 session by a group called the “Boston All-Stars” featured Charlie Parker-inspired alto saxophonist playing this number.
Jazznights Christine Tobin & Phil Robson 030814 (69)Alfie was song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David to promote the 1966 film Alfie. The song was a major hit for Cilla Black (UK) and Dionne Warwick (US).
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free is a gospel/jazz song written by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas, well known for the recording by Nina Simone in 1967 on her Silk & Soul.
Jay Bolotin’s Go Down Easy
Old Devil Moon
(1946) Music from Burton Lane and Lyrics by Yip Harburg
Dindi (in Portuguese – which sounds like Gin-Gee in English) is a song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Aloysio de Oliveira. English lyrics were added by Ray Gilbert. It is a world famous bossa nova standard. Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote this piece especially for the Brazilian singer Sylvia Telles, whose nickname was Dindi.

A wonderful evening fully enjoyed by a full house.

Dave O'HigginsDAVE O’HIGGINS (sax) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 17th August with the Jazznights Trio.
As well as running his own quartet Dave is a member of the “official” legacy band Brubecks Play Brubeck, with whom he tours the world. “A stunning player in the neo-bop vein, with an apparently effortless flow of coherent ideas, beautiful time and a highly developed harmonic sense.” Jazz Guide.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at  Jazznights, The Cock Inn, 3, Callis Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8PX

Admission £10. Doors open 7.30pm. Music 8.00-10.30pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

For further information on future gigs which will feature Tim Whitehead (sax), Ben Cox (vocals), Juliet Kelly (vocals) – live BBC recording and Karen Sharp (saxes) go to www.jazz-nights.com