JANET SEIDEL & LARRAINE ODELL (vocals) at Jazznights on Sunday 28th September 2014 with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio. Blog & Pictures

Jazznights Janet Seidel 280914 (53)“With her intimate style and great feel for the lyrics, Seidel is one of those vocalists who is as much a story teller as she is a singer. The way she goes about handling the music comes off as a blend of Blossom Dearie and Doris Day with a nod to Julie London, although she is somewhat jazzier than the latter two. David Nathan – All About Jazz.

Based in Sydney, Australia, vocalist / pianist Janet Seidel is a seasoned live performer and has 18 CDs to her name. All recorded in Australia, the CDs cover some stylistic ground from easy listening, Lounge, cabaret and Jazz content.
With 18 CDs to her name she has covered quite some ground stylistically and several were nominated for awards. All have been well reviewed all over the world. Janet’s groups have toured Australia several Jazznights Janet Seidel 280914 (56)times and played most important Jazz Festivals around the country. Internationally she has toured to other countries including UK, USA, Europe, the Middle East and many South East Asian countries.
Much of 2011-2012 was spent living the UK working all over Great Britain and also in Europe, and including sell out shows in venues as well known as Ronnie Scott’s.

“This lady is amazing – such pure clean vocals!” Cabaret Hotline (New York).
A stunning, wonderful swinging vocalist which all at Jazznights thoroughly enjoyed.

Janet was singing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell Drums
Jazznights Roger Odell 280914 (50)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 Bernie Hodgkins 280914 (17)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 Simon Brown 280914 (20)Simon Brown – Piano
Simon is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. He is always in demand to play many gigs throughout East Anglia when he is not playing at Jazznights or with his own trio, quartet and quintet.
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, the Lakeside Jazz Club at Lyng and The Green Man at Rackheath. 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.
With additional vocals from
Larraine Odell – vocalsJazznights Larraine Odell 280914 (43)
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.

The first set was opened by our resident songbird Larraine Odell followed by Janet Seidel both singing with one of the best jazz trios in East Anglia – the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio.

Jazznights Larraine Odell 280914 (46) Jazznights Janet Seidel 280914 (49)
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Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and bottle of wine Janet Seidel returned to finish off the evening of a great celebration of jazz vocalising.

Jazznights Ben Cox 271013 (108)BEN COX (voc) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 12th October 2014
Rising star Ben Cox is a singer who brings a fresh, unique sound to the Jazz scene. Fast gaining a reputation for his mesmerising tone and captivating delivery, he is steeped in the history of the song. Debut album This Waiting Game produced by Ian Shaw will be released in 2014. Ben is also a member of the a cappella group Vive.

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), Simon Spillett (sax) and Juliet Kelly (vocals) – live BBC recording and Karen Sharp (saxes) go to www.jazz-nights.com

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JANET SEIDEL (vocals) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 28th September 2014 with the Jazznights Trio

“With her intimate style and great feel for the lyrics, Seidel is one of those vocalists who is as much a story teller as she is a singer. The way she goes about janet-seidelhandling the music comes off as a blend of Blossom Dearie and Doris Day with a nod to Julie London, although she is somewhat jazzier than the latter two. David Nathan – All About Jazz.

Based in Sydney, Australia, vocalist / pianist Janet Seidel is a seasoned live performer and has 18 CDs to her name. All recorded in Australia, the CDs cover some stylistic ground from easy listening, Lounge, cabaret and Jazz content.
With 18 CDs to her name she has covered quite some ground stylistically and several were nominated for awards. All have been well reviewed all over the world. Janet’s groups have toured Australia several times and played most important Jazz Festivals around the country. Internationally she has toured to other countries including UK, USA, Europe, the Middle East and many South East Asian countries.
Much of 2011-2012 was spent living the UK working all over Great Britain and also in Europe, Janet Seidel 2and including sell out shows in venues as well known as Ronnie Scotts.

Janet Seidel has been described as being a “virtual institution” in her country. She is currently a music teacher at Sydney Girls High School.

“I had heard so much about this delightful jazz star from Australia, but I was still not prepared for this awesome performance. I have never been so thrilled by a performer since Barb Jungr – this lady is amazing – such pure clean vocals!” Cabaret Hotline (New York)

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), Simon Spillett (sax) and Juliet Kelly (vocals) – live BBC recording and Karen Sharp (saxes) go to www.jazz-nights.com

JOSH KEMP (sax) played superbly at Jazznights at The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 14 September 2014. Blog, Pictures & Playlist.

Josh Kemp is an acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer known for his melodic inventiveness, warm tone and a heartfelt and lyrical approach to improvisation.

Jazznights Josh Kemp 140914 (68)Josh has a sound that is lyrical and melodic, whether playing standards or more contemporary material. “…a lovely round sound….really a player to watch….he will grow into a musician of great individuality.” Alan Barnes. “mature, fully realized jazz of a high order, and a pleasure to hear.” Ian Carr.

“wonderfully rich toned tenorist Josh Kemp with a laconic, subtle, highly nuanced and original sound” – Time out

“Josh’s lyrical and melodic saxophone style reflects a wide knowledge of jazz from the tender tone of Ben Webster and Stan Getz to the probing thoughtfulness of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter”

Josh has performed at jazz venues around the UK, including Peterborough Jazz Club, Cambridge Modern Jazz Club, The Bull’s Head, Barnes, Jazz in the Round, The National Portrait Gallery and National Theatre Foyer, the 606 club, Ronnie Scotts in London and at Jazznights. He has played with NYJO, and the Combustible Alarms big band, and was chosen by making Music and the Arts Council Developing Young Artist Programme 2006. Josh is also active in jazz education, directing the Cambridge Youth Jazz Orchestra and coaching at workshops and courses.

Josh was playing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Peter Lemer – Keyboards
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, Pierre Jazznights Emily Dankworth 020314 (114)Moerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield 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 Jazznights Peter Lemer 140914 (104)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. Coaches included famed jazz pianists Jaki Byard and Paul Bley and Double Bass guru David Walters. 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.
Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass
Inspired by an uncle, who played and recorded with Django Reinhart and Stephane Grappelli Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 140914 (29)and 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.
Marek Dorcik – Drums
Marek started playing drums at the age of 13 and a year later was accepted to a classical Jazznights Marek Dorcik 140914 (110)conservatoire in his home town of Zilina, Slovakia, where he studied drums and percussion. After graduating with distinction, having gained experience in jazz, rock, pop and classical groups, he worked as a professional drummer on luxury cruise ships.Marek moved to Manchester in 2006 and immediately found his place on the North West music scene.
Marek recently performed at the Taipei International Jazz Festival in Taiwan with Dan Whieldon, winner of the 2009 Nottingham solo jazz piano competition. He also plays with the European Union Trio, The Brownfield Byrne Quintet and the Moss Projrct as wewll as leading his own quartet – The Marek Dorcik Quartet and Quintet.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Marek continues to teach throughout Manchester and Cheshire.
With additional vocals from
Jazznights Larraine Odell 140914 (40)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 Odell opened the first set with some great versions of:
Beautiful Love (1931) A popular jazz waltz with Music composed by Wayne King, Egbert Van Alstyne and Victor Young with Lyrics by Haven Gillespie.
The Bossa Nova The Gentle Rain by Luiz Bonfa which has previously been recorded by Jazznights Larraine Odell 140914 (39)Astrud Gilberto, Diana Krall, Barbara Streisand to name but a few.
I Could Write a Book is a show tune from the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey (1940), where it was introduced by Gene Kelly and Leila Ernst.
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You is a 1932 song recorded by Bing Crosby. The music, which has become a jazz standard was composed by Victor Young, with lyrics written by Ned Washington and Bing Crosby. The song is a jazz and pop standard recorded by many different artists.

Josh Kemp then joined the Jazznights to conclude the first set playing:

Things Ain’t What They Used to Be is a 1942 jazz standard with music by Mercer Ellington and lyrics by Ted Persons. (In 1941 there was a strike against the American Society Jazznights Josh Kemp 140914 (83)of Composers, Authors and Publishers, of which Duke Ellington was a member. Because of the strike he could not air his songs on the radio. Instead, he used songs written by his son Mercer and pianist Billy Strayhorn.)
Triste is a bossa nova written by the great Brazilian musician and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Triste which means “sad” in English.
Blame It on My Youth is a jazz standard written by Oscar Levant and Edward Heyman in 1934. Oscar Levant once characterized his composition as a minor standard.
Shaken not Stirred a tune which Josh wrote this afternoon! It combined the themes of Sweet Georgia Brown and Thelonius Monk’s Straight No Chaser hence the title. The combination was great and all the band thoroughly enjoyed playing this incorporating their own improvisations.Jazznights Josh Kemp 140914 (56)

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and bottle of wine Josh Kemp returned for the second set to play extended versions of:

Angel Of The North another self penned composition by Josh.
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (1942) by Cole Porter. The influential pianist Bud Powell’s 1953 performance of Cole Porter’s tune is a languid, slow ballad rendition. That same year, vocalist Helen Merrill, accompanied by stellar trumpeter Clifford Brown, did the tune at a swinging medium tempo, which seems to have set the pace for the tune on subsequent renditions.
The 1953 My One and Only Love by Guy Wood and Robert Mellin. Tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura came to prominence with Gene Krupa’s Orchestra. His 1953 recording of this seems to be the first recording with instrumental jazz treatment.
Salt Peanuts is a bebop tune reportedly composed by Dizzy Gillespie in 1943, credited Jazznights Josh Kemp 140914 (69)“with the collaboration of” bebop drummer Kenny Clarke. It is also cited as Charlie Parker’s. was most famously recorded by Dizzy Gillespie and His All-Stars on May 11, 1945.
All or Nothing at All is a song composed in 1939 by Arthur Altman, with lyrics by Jack Lawrence.
Frank Sinatra’s 1939 recording of the song became a huge hit in 1943,
The More I See You is a popular song written by Harry Warren, with lyrics by Mack Gordon. Many have recorded this but a personal favourite has always been Chet Baker

Another great jazz gig from Larraine & Roger  Odell for Jazznights. This was Josh’s third visit and we look forward to his fourth Jazznights visit.janet-seidel

JANET SEIDEL (voc) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 28th September 2014
“With her intimate style and great feel for the lyrics, Seidel is one of those vocalists who is as much a story teller as she is a singer. The way she goes about handling the music comes off as a blend of Blossom Dearie and Doris Day with a nod to Julie London, although she is somewhat jazzier than the latter two. David Nathan – All About Jazz

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), Simon Spillett (sax) and Juliet Kelly (vocals) – live BBC recording and Karen Sharp (saxes) go to www.jazz-nights.com

JOSH KEMP (sax) will be returning to Jazznights at The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 14 September 2014. With the Jazznights Trio and vocals from Larraine Odell

Josh Kemp is an acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer known for his melodic inventiveness, warm tone and a heartfelt and lyrical approach to improvisation. His latest album “Tone Poetry” featuring Tim Lapthorn on Piano and Mick Hutton on Bass was released Jazznights Josh Kemp 030313 (37)in January 2014. ‘Josh Kemp is setting his stamp on 2014’ JazzUK Magazine.

After winning the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Band of the Year he played with NYJO before recording a number of CDs with the Quartet. “…a lovely round sound…a player to watch” Alan Barnes.After reading Philosophy at University College Oxford, Josh won scholarships to study jazz at London´s Guildhall and Trinity College of music. He has performed widely at jazz venues around the UK, he has worked with NYJO and was chosen for the Arts Council Developing Young Artists Programme in 2006. He is active in jazz education directing the Cambridge Youth Jazz Orchestra and coaching at workshops and courses. Josh came to jazz at the early age of nine. In his teens his quartet ‘Bop Art’ won the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Band of the Year. After reading Philosophy at University College, Oxford, Josh won scholarships to study jazz at London’s Guildhall and Trinity College of Music.

Josh has a sound that is lyrical and melodic, whether playing standards or more contemporary material. “…a lovely round sound….really a player to watch….he will grow into a musician of great individuality.” Alan Barnes. “mature, fully realized jazz of a high order, and a pleasure to hear.” Ian Carr.

“wonderfully rich toned tenorist Josh Kemp with a laconic, subtle, highly nuanced and original sound” – Time out

“Josh’s lyrical and melodic saxophone style reflects a wide knowledge of jazz from the tender tone of Ben Webster and Stan Getz to the probing thoughtfulness of John Coltrane and Wayne Jazznights Josh Kemp 030313 (16)Shorter”

Josh has performed at jazz venues around the UK, including Peterborough Jazz Club, Cambridge Modern Jazz Club, The Bull’s Head, Barnes, Jazz in the Round, The National Portrait Gallery and National Theatre Foyer, the 606 club and Ronnie Scotts in London. He has played with NYJO, and the Combustible Alarms big band, and was chosen by making Music and the Arts Council Developing Young Artist Programme 2006. Josh is also active in jazz education, directing the Cambridge Youth Jazz Orchestra and coaching at workshops and courses

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

TIM WHITEHEAD’s (saxes) outstanding gig at Jazznights, the Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 31st August 2014. Blog & pictures

Jazznights Tim Whitehead 310814 (72)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 – “EnglishPeople” 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 – and so it proved at Jazznights.

Tim was playing with the Jazznights Trio who were:
Roger Odell DrumsJazznights Roger Odell 310814 (138)
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
Peter Lemer – Keyboards
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, Pierre Jazznights Emily Dankworth 020314 (114)Moerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield Group, In Cahoots, Miller/Baker/Lemer. He currently works Jazznights Peter Lemer 310814 (59)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. Coaches included famed jazz pianists Jaki Byard and Paul Bley and Double Bass guru David Walters. 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.
Steve Cook – Double Bass
Steve has a wonderful rounded tone with great clarity. In the 1960s and 70s Steve Cook played with many leading jazz artists including Don Rendell, Art Themen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Alan Skidmore, Pete Jacobsen, Michael Garrick and numerous others.  He was in Jazznights Steve Cook 310814 (36)several of Barbara Thompson’s bands including the Quintet, Jubiaba and Paraphernalia.  He toured and recorded with progressive rock bands CMU, Gilgamesh, Seventh Wave, Mirage and Soft Machine.   He worked at Ronnie Scott’s with Mark Murphy and Gil Evans.  He spent several years touring and recording with the Mike Westbrook orchestra, appearing on three albums.  He’s done dance bands, pit bands, and film and TV soundtracks.  Recently Steve has played salsa with the Spanish Harlow Orchestra, Latin jazz with Que Pasa, and recorded albums with folk and world musicians Wes McGhee, Janie Romer and Ravi.  He may occasionally be seen with the Harmony in Harlem band and the Cambridge Sinfonietta.  He has also had a 35-year career as a professional software engineer.
With additional vocals from
Jazznights Larraine Odell 310814 (60)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 Odell opened the first set with:
Alone Together is a song composed by Arthur Schwartz with lyrics by Howard Dietz. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Flying Colors in 1932 by Jean Sargent. The first jazz artist to record the song was Artie Shaw in 1939Jazznights Larraine Odell 310814 (56)
I’ll Close My Eyes is a song with words and music originally written by the English songwriter and bandleader Billy Reid and published in 1945.[1] It is usually performed in a later version with different words by the American songwriter Buddy Kaye to Reid’s original music. It has become a jazz standard.
Like Someone in Love was introduced in the movie Belle of the Yukon by Dinah Shore. Music    by Jimmy Van Heusen and Lyrics from Johnny Burke
Composer Victor Young wrote My Foolish Heart as the title piece for the film My Foolish Heart for which he also wrote the score. Long-time collaborator Ned Washington wrote the lyrics.

Tim Whitehead then joined the Jazznights Trio to play extended versions of:
The Way You Looked Tonight was composed by Victor Young and the lyric was written by Ned Washington. Billy Eckstein’s version became a million seller, spending 19 weeks on the charts and peaking at number six. Billie Holiday came up with a classic vocal version of “The Way You Look Tonight” in 1936
Jazznights Tim Whitehead with the Jazznights Trio 310814 (180)Anna Maria composed by Wayne Shorter, considered one of modern jazz’s most influential saxophonists (Anna Maria
was Wayne Shorter’s wife’s sister)
Somewhere (1956), Music    composed by Leonard Bernstein from Westside Story
While most of the songs in West Side Story have achieved a good measure of popularity, three have become classics of the American musical theatre and have been recorded separately or together numerous times: “Maria,” “Tonight,” and this one, “Somewhere. This was a great tool for Tim’s superb interpretation and improvisation.Jazznights Tim Whitehead with the Jazznights Trio 310814 (189)

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of jazz cd’s and bottle of wine:

Tim Whitehead returned to play with the Jazznights Trio for his second set which included:
His luscious sounding bass clarinet (Tim bought this from the legendry Tommy Whittle), for You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To  a popular song and jazz standard written by Cole Porter for the 1943 film Something to Shout About. There has been several notable recordings including those by Coleman Hawkins/Ben Webster/Oscar Peterson/Dizzy Gillespie and Chet Baker.
Invitation (1952) written by Bronislau Kaper was played using Tim’s tenor saxophone.  John Coltrane’s 1958 recording that is to Jazznights Tim Whitehead 310814 (78)great extent responsible for the composition’s jazz standard status.
Returning to the tenor sax Tim played Hoagy Carmichael’s 1937 The Nearness of You. The biggest selling 1938 version was recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
The set sadly ended with Bobby Timmons 1959 tune Moanin’ which forever will be associated Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. This was Blakey’s first album for Blue Note in several years. This extended version was an outstanding rendition by Tim Whitehead and the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio. The only sad note that all the audience would have wished for another couple of hours by these fine musicians.

JOSH KEMP (sax) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 14th September 2014Jazznights Josh Kemp 030313 (47)
Josh Kemp is an acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer known for his melodic inventiveness, warm tone and a heartfelt and lyrical approach to improvisation. His latest album “Tone Poetry” featuring Tim Lapthorn on Piano and Mick Hutton on Bass was released in January 2014. ‘Josh Kemp is setting his stamp on 2014’ JazzUK Magazine.

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