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)
Jazznights Janet Seidel 280914 (67) Jazznights Janet Seidel 280914 (62)

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.

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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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