SIMON SPILLETT’s phenomenal gig at Jazznights, The Cock Inn, Clare 26th October 2014 – blog and pictures

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“I have heard no-one in years who compares to tenorist Simon Spillett, a miraculous player who sounds like a reincarnation of Tubby Hayes but with his own personality. Catch him wherever he is. Astounding!”
Jazznights Simon Spillett 261014 (150)JOHN MARTIN – THE JAZZ RAG

“He’s stood old head and young shoulders above many of his contemporaries as a live performer for several years. Five stars for knowing how to play jazz when so many of his generation think they can but can’t.”
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“This is saxophone playing of the highest order. Consistency of tone throughout the range of the tenor, the infallible note production irrespective of tempo and the ability to think a long way ahead so there are no loose ends to Simon’s improvising. “
ALUN MORGAN – JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL

And so it was this evening. Simon played with the superb Jazznights Trio who were:

Graeme Culham – Drums
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 was at 17 with country stars Miki & Griff, he then went on to work on the ‘Wheatley’ circuit backing TV artists Jazznights Graeme Culham 261014 (64)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. During this time Graeme was invited to talk about his drumming and big band on BBC and Local Radio.
Diversity is the name of the game and the various Jazz styles have not been an exception to the rule. This included a residency at the ‘Caza Bar’, Switzerland run by British trumpeter Bob Wallis, alongside traditional jazz musicians Mac White, Alan Bradley and Chez Chesterman. At the end of this stint he was asked to guest with the ‘Original Hallelujah Stompers’ at the ‘Jazzhaus’  in Freiburg, West Germany.
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”.
Simon Brown – Piano
Simon is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging Jazznights Simon Brown 261014 (190)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.
Simon runs his own trio, quartet and Quintet Beyond Cantaloupe.
Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass
Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 261014 (149)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.
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.

Our M.C. for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James.

Simon Spillett then joined the band for the first set of the evening to play:

1. A great opener from Simon – Nobody Else But Me, sometimes called “Nobody Else But Jazznights Simon Spillett 261014 (164)You”, is a 1946 jazz standard composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1946 Broadway revival of the musical Showboat.
2. The Serpent composed by Tubby Hayes which he dedicated to the former Flamingo Club compare Bix Curtis.
3. I Thought About You (1939) composed by Jimmjy Van Heusen was played as a dedication to the wonderful clarinettist Vic Ash who very sadly passed away recently. Vic played in Frank Sinatra’s band all over Europe & the U.K.
4. Opus Ocean 1951 was one of several compositions given to Tubby Hayes by Clark Terry. It was on a CD recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London 1964-1965.
5. Simon the played his bFlat soprano sax on “The Kodak Song” Someday My Prince Will Come written by Frank E Churchill for the Walt Disney film Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. (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.
6. Back to the tenor sax for Sonny Rollins’s 12 bar blues Sonnymoon For Two which he unusually played with Ornette Coleman who happened to be standing in the wings. Originally Jazznights Simon Spillett   Jazznights Trio 261014 (74)recorded by Rollins on his 1957 album A Night At Thre Village Vanguard in New York.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 2 jazz cd’s and bottle of wine Simon Spillett
then resumed to play another stunning set:

7. Arthur Schwartz’s 1932 Alone Together from the Broadway musical, Flying Colors. The first jazz artist to record the song was Artie Shaw in 1939
Jazznights Simon Spillett   Jazznights Trio 261014 (72)8. This Is All I Ask (Beautiful Girls Walk a Little Slower) (1958)composed by Gordon Jenkins. Whilst there are many jazz renditions of this tune, Simon played and improvised the Tubby Hayes version from Tubby’s 1967 album For Members Only.
9. Sonny Rollins’s Oleo. After Miles Davis’ initial recording with tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins in 1954, he continued to keep Rollins’ composition in his repertoire. (A live recording of Davis’ group in 1958 from the Plaza Hotel Jazznights Simon Spillett 261014 (73)in New York features stellar work from John Coltrane (tenor sax), Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (alto sax), and Bill Evans (piano) in addition to Davis’ opening statement.)
10. Jimmy Van Heusen’s 1944 Like Someone In Love. Too many great recordings of this tune to mention but Stan Getz, John Coltrane and Art Farmer are certainly amongst them. If only we could have a CD of this session! But there is still no substitute for a superb live performance from a master of the jazz tenor saxophone like Simon Spillett.
11. J J Johnson’s (one of the first trombonists to embrace bebop music) Lament now a firm jazz standard.
12. And to finish – Ray Noble’s Cherokee (Indian Love Song) somehow that title disappears into the distance as a result of the breakneck speed that is usually used. Tonight was no exception which highlighted the  the outstanding individual talents of Simon Spillett.

Jazznights Simon Spillett 261014 (199)The writer cannot write all those phrases and words that proper reviewers use but this performance by Simon was phenomenal and outstanding. Simon first visited Jazznights in 2005 and we are certain that 2014 will not be his last. Coupled with the superb Jazznights Trio fully complimented each other and the enjoyment of all the musicians was very clear to see.

It must be mentioned that Simon Spillett’s new book providing an overview of Tubby Hayes short but influential career and his impact on on fellow British jazzmen is planned to be published in March 2015. This has taken 11 years in the research and writing and must be on any British jazz fans future buy list.

NICOLAS MEIER (gtr) will be at Jazznights, The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 9th November 2014.
Currently a member of the Jeff Beck Band and touring world-wide, Nicolas grabs a night off to Jazznights Nicolas Meier 230613 (18)play at Jazznights. In just a few short years this Swiss guitarist has carved a reputation out as one of the most original guitarists drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mixed with 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  Juliet Kelly (vocals) – live BBC recording and Karen Sharp (saxes) go to www.jazz-nights.com

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SIMON SPILLETT (sax) will be returning to Jazz Nights, The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 26th to play with the Jazz Nights Trio and vocals from Larraine Odell

“I’m very proud to wear the label of jazz musician. It’s the greatest music in the world for me. I just want to play straight-ahead acoustic jazz. Four guys – me and a rhythm section – that’s what I do. Or a quintet, or whatever Bebop-based jazz, straight-ahead – it’s the thing I want to do and the thing I do best.” Simon Spillett, The Jazz Rag.

Jazznights Simon Spillett 060613 (37 B)Originally influenced by the great Tubby Hayes, Simon has since forged an original style which adds a contemporary touch to the grand tradition of modern jazz saxophone. A winner of the Britich Jazz Award for Tenor Saxophone in 2011 he had already won Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards for 2007 and his CD “Sienna Red” won the Jazz CD award in 2009 – Simon’s star has well and truly risen. “Those of us who have heard him…have been left blinking in disbelief…mastery of the tenor saxophone…absolute conviction of his playing is so impressive” DAVE GELLY, THE OBSERVER

“His sound is his own, as is his approach to phrasing…..he operates in the same high energy hard bop territory that Hayes did”
PETER VACHER – JAZZWISE May 2008 (Review of “Sienna Red”)

“I have heard no-one in years who compares to tenorist Simon Spillett, a miraculous player who sounds like a reincarnation of Tubby Hayes but with his own personality. Catch him Jazznights Simon Spillett 060613 (89)wherever he is. Astounding!”
JOHN MARTIN – THE JAZZ RAG

“He’s stood old head and young shoulders above many of his contemporaries as a live performer for several years. Five stars for knowing how to play jazz when so many of his generation think they can but can’t.”
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
 
“This is saxophone playing of the highest order. Consistency of tone throughout the range of the tenor, the infallible note production irrespective of tempo and the ability to think a long way ahead so there are no loose ends to Simon’s improvising. “
ALUN MORGAN – JAZZ JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL
 
“Such a terrific tenor player. I was astonished by what I heard. At times, it was like Tubby coming back!”.
TONY HALL, (Veteran club compere and DJ, Hall produced Tubby’s Hayes recordings for the legendary Tempo label from 1955 to 1959)

“Spellbound! That’s all I can say! I went to see one of the UK’s leading saxophonists tonight and it was a sheer delight. Simon Spillett hit town with all the force of a force gale. His dapper look was a throwback to the days of Tubby Hayes and Zoot Sims and his two sets went by in the blink of an eye, it was that captivating. Hard Bop was followed by smooth Cole Porter, with some Dexter Gordon thrown in to please all: the full range. Spending some time chatting to Simon it was refreshing to find him so open and honest and willing to give tips or advice if asked. He intends to visit us again…it would be foolish to miss this opportunity to see him.”
Chris Dunkley of Leicester Saxophone group, review of guest appearance at The Crumblin’ Cookie, Leicester, May 23rd 2013

Jazznights Simon Spillett 060613 (41)“An evening that positively bristled with high-octane, swinging jazz, executed with a fiery passion and proving that this is indeed the music he does best. An intersting mix of ballad/jazz standards was on the agenda, the music firmly rooted in the classic sound of British jazz in the 1950’s and 60’s. The opener Secret Love was taken at a breakneck pace and a lively rendition of In The Still Of The Night, which I am sure if Cole Porter had heard, he would have changed the title immediately – nothing still about it! – prompting Simon to say, ‘I don’t think we had many casualties.’ It wasn’t all fire and brimstone;  Simon proved he could do the sensitive with a lovely interpretation of Yesterday I Heard the Rain. This was an evening of unpretentious swinging jazz – four excellent musicians enjoying themselves every bit as much as the audience. The finale just had to be Ray Noble’s Cherokee, the stunning tempo leaving both audience and players quite breathless.”
http://www.stratfordjazz.org.uk review of guest appearance.

NOMINATED AGAIN IN THE TENOR SAXOPHONE CATEGORY OF THE 2014 BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS

With quotes such as these, what else is there to add? Simon is joined by the Jazz Nights Trio and our resident songbird Larraine Odell. This has, as in the past, is set to become a great evening of Jazz – all for £10.00
Be there! Book a seat on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com

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

BEN COX’s stunning gig at Jazznights, The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 12th October 2014 with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio. Log & Pictures.

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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 Jazznights Ben Cox 121014 (87)2014. Ben is also a member of the a cappella group Vive.

Ben Cox is currently studying jazz voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  His aim is to work professionally as a jazz musician.  He initially studied classical piano and trumpet, but he was also lead vocalist and trumpeter with the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra for several years.  His love of jazz and his wish to study the subject in depth led him to apply to study for a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz, with jazz voice as his principal study. Successful auditions led to offers from Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music, but he was delighted to accept the offer from Guildhall, which has given him the  opportunity to learn from, work and regularly perform with internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, including for example Wynton Marsalis, Ian Shaw, Todd Gordon, Jacqui Dankworth, Cleo Laine and Liane Carrol.

Since being at Guildhall Ben has been studying jazz voice with the renowned jazz singer and Jazznights Ben Cox 121014 (71)tutor Lee Gibson, enhanced by classical voice tuition with Linda Hutchison.  Ben is a Jazznights Ben Cox 271013 (170)member of the A Cappella group ‘Vive’, whose members are present or former students at Guildhall, and who recently performed to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe. Vive were the winners of the 2013 National Voice Festival and are appearing at the London Jazz  Festival in November 2013.

“I think it was the age of the voice in such a young man, more akin to Tony Bennett and Chet Baker, yet being sung by a twenty something ! Perfect execution, depth and tone, Catch him soon if you’re lucky enough.” Neil Hughes – The Cinnamon Club.

And we were lucky enough to hear yet again the stunning voice of Ben Cox who was singing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio and additional vocals from from the resident songbird Larraine Odell. The Jazznights Trio were:

Jazznights Roger Odell 121014 (163)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 Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 121014 (180)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.
Simon Brown – Piano
Jazznights Simon Brown 121014 (147)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 121014 (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 Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

The first set was opened by our resident songbird Larraine Odell
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
. This Rodgers and Hart song was introduced by Benny Goodman, with vocalist Louise Tobin, on the Columbia label on September 13, 1939.
Dindi (Portuguese pronunciation: [d?i~?d?i] – 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.
The Lamp Is Low which is a popular song of the 1930s. The music was written by Peter DeRose and Bert Shefter, adapted from Pavane pour une infante défunte, a piece by Maurice Jazznights Berie Hodgkins 121014 (183)Ravel. The lyrics were written by Mitchell Parish.
Autumn in New York (1934) Words and Music by Vernon Duke. Brought to notice by Frank Sinatra and Charlie Parker’s “with Strings” album.
Night and Day (1932) by Cole Porter forever associated with Frank Sinatra and has had great recordings from Bill Evans and Stan Getz.

Larraine’s lovely set was then followed by Ben Cox singing with thee trio which included:

I Thought About You (1939) with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics from Johnny Mercer. It was among the first tunes that lyricist Johnny Mercer collaborated on with composer Jimmy Van Heusen.
You Turned the Tables on Me is a popular song with music by Louis Alter and lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell, published in 1936.
Ray Noble’s 1934 The Very Thought of You has been recorded by Billie Holiday as well as Charlie Parker & many others.
Leonard Bernstein’s Lucky To Be Me popular versions of this song has to be led by Tony Jazznights Ben Cox   Jaznights Trio 121014 (141)Bennett and Bill Evans on a great collaboration.
Another Tony Bennett/Bill Evans classic – Some Other Time, another great improvised version from Ben.

Following the interval and the Jazznights raffle of 2 jazz cd’s and bottle of wine Ben Cox then resumed to play another stunning set singing:

This Happy Madness was written by Vinicius De Moraes, Gene Lees and Antonio Carlos Jobim and was popularised by Frank Sinatra.
My Foolish Heart (1949) from Victor Young & Ned Washington. Originally recorded by Gene Ammons in 1950, it came to fame in 1956 when vocalist Carmen McRae, pianist Andre Previn and bassist Ray Brown did versions followed by Harry “Sweets” Edison.
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, from his 1972 album One Man Dog. It was released as the lead single from the album.
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1940)is a British popular song written in 1939 with lyrics by Eric Maschwitz and music by Manning Sherwin. It has been sung by Frank Jazznights Ben Cox   Jaznights Trio 121014 (143)Sinatra, …….etc. etc. But still a beautiful song.
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning is a 1955 popular song composed by David Mann, with lyrics by Bob Hilliard. It was introduced as the title track of Frank Sinatra’s 1955 album In the Wee Small Hours.
Bing Crosby’s recording of Arthur Johnston & Johnny Burke’s Pennies From Heaven was featured on the radio show Your Hit Parade for over 13 weeks. It has been suggested that great recordings include those of Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra; Billie Holiday; J.J. Johnson; Sarah Vaughan; Dave Brubeck Quartet, Count Basie And His Orchestra and Lester Young
September in the Rain (1937). Interestingly Chicago-born cornetist Muggsy Spanier honed his skills as a youth in the Windy City in the 1920s. The simple, direct method of playing by cornetists Joe “King” Oliver and Louis Armstrong inspired Spanier and became his lifetime trademark.
A fantastic up-tempo version of Lionel Hampton’s Red Top gave rise to some great scat singing from Ben.
And what a finale, an astonishing and beautiful version of the Gershwin’s 1937 A Foggy Day
Every number was applauded with gusto for this evening of Ben Cox singing some great jazz vocals.

SIMON SPILLETT will be at Jazznights, The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 26th October 2014
“Those of us who have caught him live…have been left blinking in disbelief. It’s not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though that is, but the absolute conviction of Jazznights Simon Spillett 060613 (37 B)his playing that is so impressive” Dave Gelly, The Sunday Observer.
NOMINATED AGAIN IN THE TENOR SAXOPHONE CATEGORY OF THE 2014 BRITISH JAZZ AWARDS.
He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine’s Critic’s Choice CD of the Year (2009) and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007). Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums.

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

BEN COX (vocals) will be returning to Jazznights on Sunday 12th October 2014 with the Roger Odell Trio and additional vocals from Larraine Odell.

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 Jazznights Ben Cox 271013 (108)2014. Ben is also a member of the a cappella group Vive.

Ben Cox is currently studying jazz voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  His aim is to work professionally as a jazz musician.  He initially studied classical piano and trumpet, but he was also lead vocalist and trumpeter with the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra for several years.  His love of jazz and his wish to study the subject in depth led him to apply to study for a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz, with jazz voice as his principal study. Successful auditions led to offers from Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Trinity College of Music, but he was delighted to accept the offer from Guildhall, which has given him the  opportunity to learn from, work and regularly perform with internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, including for example Wynton Marsalis, Ian Shaw, Todd Gordon, Jacqui Dankworth, Cleo Laine and Liane Carrol.

Since being at Guildhall Ben has been studying jazz voice with the renowned jazz singer and tutor Lee Gibson, enhanced by classical voice tuition with Linda Hutchison.  Ben is a Jazznights Ben Cox 271013 (170)member of the A Cappella group ‘Vive’, whose members are present or former students at Guildhall, and who recently performed to great acclaim at the Jazznights Ben Cox 271013 (100)Edinburgh Fringe. Vive were the winners of the 2013 National Voice Festival and are appearing at the London Jazz  Festival in November 2013.

“I think it was the age of the voice in such a young man, more akin to Tony Bennett and Chet Baker, yet being sung by a twenty something ! Perfect execution, depth and tone, Catch him soon if you’re lucky enough.” Neil Hughes – The Cinnamon Club.

And we are lucky enough to hear yet again the stunning voice of Ben Cox. He will be singing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio and additional vocals from from the resident songbird Larraine Odell

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