Snowboy, Kevin Flanagan, Roger Odell’s Jazznights Trio and vocals from Larraine Odell, what a stunning night at The Cock Inn, Clare! Blog & Pictures from the gig.

Snowboy and the Latin Section are Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz performers and recording artists, led by multi-percussionist Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and for his Jazznights Jazznights Snowboy & Kevin Flanagan 231114 (44)session Snowboy is featured mainly on conga drums. He has performed with Lisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse, Simply Red, Airto Moreira, Deodato et al.

Percussionist Snowboy has been one of the main cornerstones for the British and European Latin Jazz scene for around 25 years with his powerful band called SNOWBOY AND THE LATIN SECTION. The band is literally comprised of a ‘Dream Team’ of the finest Jazz and Latin musicians based in the U.K. His band has recently been described as “one of the top Latin Jazz acts in the World. Jazznights Snowboy & Kevin Flanagan 231114 (119)Snowboy did 88 European gigs in 1992 and has since played all over the world from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, Turkey to Scandinavia to Ireland and now Clare in Suffolk.

Altogether, so far Snowboy has had 20 singles and 15 albums released on various labels ranging from POLYDOR, BIG LIFE, ACID JAZZ, UBIQUITY/CU-BOP (a label that specializes in Afro Cuban Jazz) and CHILLI FUNK. In 2009, his latest album, COMMUNICATION, was released on FREESTYLE RECORDS.

He is without doubt, the country’s best known Latin percussionist and his band is probably Europe’s most travelled Latin Jazz act. He sees himself in the future as just to continue to spread his brand of exciting Afro Cuban Jazz around the furthest reaches of the planet.

Dr Kevin Flanagan comes from Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. He initially studied music and Jazznights  Kevin Flanagan 231114 (119)philosophy at the University of New Hampshire, and was part of Antares, a free improvisatory group that toured the New England through the mid-70s to early 80s. During this period he was also involved in jazz, blues, and popular music, both recording and performing. He settled in the UK in the mid-80s, and worked on the London jazz and pop scene, playing and recording with members of Pink Floyd, Ben E. King, the Sex Pistols, Paul Weller, Boo Hewerdine, Jools Holland, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Portishead, and many others. By the late 1980s he was primarily involved with jazz, playing with his own group or with musicians such as Dick Morrissey, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Gerard Precenser, Don Weller, Dave Cliff, Mark Edwards, Adrian Utley, and the Tommy Chase quartet around the festivals of the UK and Europe, including festivals in Brecon, Edinburgh, Soho, and Bath in this country; and festivals in Milan, Paris, the North Sea festival, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and others. He has put out two successful CDs with Chris Ingham as the Flanagan-Ingham Quartet, and, collaborating with Dave Gordon in the quartet Jazznights  Kevin Flanagan 231114 (118)Riprap, has released three CDs and performed an on-going a series of gigs around the UK in venues like the Royal Festival Hall and at various festivals. He is also arranging and performing for Chris Ingham’s Rebop project.

As a graduate of Goldsmith’s University, he specialized in analysis and post-1945 music. This was followed by an MA in composition at Anglia Ruskin University with Richard Hoadley, which resulted in the first SPNM commissioned performance of Like Miles by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the commission for Mode for Joe II, was performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. His PhD in composition was with the composer Martin Butler at Sussex University, and is collaborating with composer/pianist Dave Gordon and poet Malcolm Guite in the Riprap spoken text series with series of poets from the US and UK; Gary Snyder, Gerry Nicosia, Chuck Perkins, Ruth Padel, Grevel Lindop, and Gwnyeth Lewis. Tonight Kevin excelled  on the tenor sax to play with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell Drums
Jazznights Roger Odell 231114 (6)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 – Electric 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 231114 (61)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, eorge Chisholm, Pete Jacobson, John Etheridge, Kenny Baker, Allan Skidmore, Dave O’Higgins and many others.
Simon Brown – Piano
Jazznights Simon Brown 231114 (2)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 231114 (33)
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 to sing:
Too Close for Comfort (1956) with Words and Music by Jerrold L Bock, Lawrence Holofcener &  George Weiss. A memorable 1956 duet of the song featured Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams, although the 1958 recordings by Davis and Frank Sinatra are the best-known versions of the song.
Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees introduced The Thrill is Gone on the Victor label Jazznights Larraine Odell 231114 (36)in 1931. Music     Ray Henderson and Lyrics by Lew Brown. Larraine’s version was with an arrangement by Roger Odell with a distinctive Latin beat.
The 1938 The Masquerade Is Over by Allie Wrubel and Herb Magidson (who also wrote Gone With The Wind in 1937) was a very sensitive rendition from Larraine.
Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny  Mercer’s 1941 Skylark which  appeared on the pop chart four times. The first recording was by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra featuring vocalist Ray Eberle, and it rose to number seven.
I Only Have Eyes for You is a popular romantic love song and now a jazz standard by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written in 1934 for the film Dames. Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Hank Mobley,  and Coleman Hawkins amongst many others have all recorded this. This was an up-tempo number from Larraine and the band was a great finale to the first set

Snowboy and kevin Flanagan then joined the band to play extended versions including:Jazznights Snowboy & Kevin Flanagan 231114 (56)
I’ll Remember April which is a popular jazz standard with music written by Gene de Paul. It made its debut in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy Ride ‘Em Cowboy! and has since been recorded virtually everyone in the jazz top 100. This was a storming opening from Snowboy and Kevin and the whole band who at once reached a superb accord with all producing a stunning opening with great applause for the full house crowd.
Michael Brecker’s Midnight Voyager written by Joey Calderrazzo the pianist who played on Brecker’s recording from his 1996 album Tales From The Hudson. This  together with all the other numbers showed great originality and improvisation for all members of tht quintet.
Birks’ Works is an album by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie recorded in 1957 and released on the Verve label.[1] The original album featured 10 tracks and was reissued as Birks Works: The Verve Big Band Sessions, a 2 CD compilation featuring unreleased tracks, alternate takes and tracks from Gillespie’s previous 1956 albums Dizzy in Greece and World Statesman.

Jazznights Will Jarmin 231114 (85)Following the Jazznights raffle of 2 jazz cd’s and a bottle of wine we 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 Will Jarmin who  started playing drums at the age of 12 in 2001, since then he has played in numerous local bands and achieved grade 8 on the drum kit. on the first number and was asked to stay on through the second one.

Snowboy and Kevin Flanagan then returned for the second set which included:
Nostalgia In Times Square was featured in the album of the same name, the 20-piece Mingus Big Band is an all-star unit comprised of mostly younger musicians.
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Richard Rodger’s 1937 My Funny Valentine played with a Latin rhythm, this is a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms but is now of course firmly in the jazz library. Chet Baker and Miles Davis went a long way portray as a jazz standard.
A great swing Bossa rhythm gave a new look to Burton Lane’s Old Devil Moon a superb styling accentuated by the improvisations of the quintet.
Page One was the debut release by American jazz tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. It features some of Henderson’s most appreciated pieces such as Recorda Me.

This last and final number was met with huge applause which truly showed the respect and thanks for this gig, another Jazznights gig to remember.

Sunday 7th December 2014 – JULIET KELLY (vocals) BBC LIVE RECORDING!
BBC Radio Suffolk will record this evenings gig for broadcast on Stephen Foster’s programme at Christmas time. “Every now and then a new voice with a fresh attitude arrives on the jazz scene – that voice is here within the soul of Juliet Kelly”. DR COURTNEY PINE C.B.E. “Sweet, sexy and seductive… an absolute pleasure to listen to” IAN CARR.

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 go to www.jazz-nights.com

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SNOWBOY (percussion) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 23rd November 2014 to play with the Jazz Nights Trio at the Cock Inn, Clare.

Snowboy and the Latin Section are Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz performers and recording artists, led by multi-percussionist Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and for his Jazznights session Snowboy is featured mainly on conga drums with the resident trio. He has performed with SnowboyLisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse, Simply Red, Airto Moreira, Deodato et al.

Percussionist Snowboy has been one of the main cornerstones for the British and European Latin Jazz scene for around 25 years with his powerful band called SNOWBOY AND THE LATIN SECTION. The band is literally comprised of a ‘Dream Team’ of the finest Jazz and Latin musicians based in the U.K. His band has recently been described as “one of the top Latin Jazz acts in the World, alongside Eddie Palmieri and Bobby Sanabria” by leading expert in Afro Latin Music, Professor Robert Farris-Thompson of Yale University.

Although a prolific DJ since the late 1970?s, in early 1983, Snowboy went on to take lessons from top Brazilian/Cuban percussion expert ROBIN JONES, and, after teaming up with many musicians, he established himself as a band leader and in-demand session musician. He has released 15 albums and 20 singles and has performed with his band all over the world from Greece to Australia, Hong Kong to Ireland, Singapore to Scandinavia, the USA, Japan, Canada, Turkey, all over Europe and many more countries besides,

The Goldmine was CHRIS HILL’S residency and it was voted the UK’s No. 1 club for 12 years and was Snowboy’s grounding in Jazz, Funk and Soul. After doing 24 of these Wednesday events over the years, he found his collection was getting more biased towards the Latin Fusion that was prominent in the clubs in the late 70?s/early 80?s and Snowboy got interested in making all the ‘exotic’ sounds on these records (particularly by Brazilian percussionist AIRTO). So after working a summer season as a prestigious ‘Redcoat’ at a Butlins holiday centre in 1982, with his bonus, the day he returned he went and bought his first set of Congas.

After a year of trying to teach himself, Snowboy started having lessons studying Afro-Cuban Snowboy display.phpand Brazilian percussion with the UK’s grandfather of Latin music, ROBIN JONES, whom he met at a Samba night at London’s WAG Club run by the legendary Jazz Dance D.J. PAUL MURPHY.

Snowboy did 88 European gigs in 1992 and has since played all over the world from Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, Turkey to Scandinavia to Ireland.

Snowboy is a also producer, a re-mixer (check his re-mixes of LISA STANSFIELD, ROY HARGROVE, COLDCUT etc) and has played or recorded with artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Mick Hucknall, Mark Ronson, Basia, Mica Paris, Gibonni, Airto Moreira, Jon Lucien, James Taylor Quartet, Incognito, Flaco Jimenez, Big Boy Bloater , Mother Earth, Corduroy, Speedometer and many many more.

Altogether, so far Snowboy has had 20 singles and 15 albums released on various labels ranging from POLYDOR, BIG LIFE, ACID JAZZ, UBIQUITY/CU-BOP (a label that specializes in Afro Cuban Jazz) and CHILLI FUNK. In 2009, his latest album, COMMUNICATION, was released on FREESTYLE RECORDS.

As well as his latin jazz group, Snowboy is the band-leader of the all-star UK Funk big band, THE FANTASY FUNK BAND, and member of another Funk big band, THE SOUND STYLISTICS and co-formed a short-lived all-star UK Funk band called ‘THE PERCEPTIONS’, whose debut album “INTRODUCING …………THE PERCEPTIONS” is also on FREESTYLE RECORDS. Two of their singles feature none other than James Brown’s Trombonist, FRED WESLEY.

Snowboy 300x300Also a writer, Snowboy had a music history book published on the UK Jazz Dance scene called FROM JAZZ FUNK AND FUSION – THE HISTORY OF THE UK JAZZ DANCE SCENE. It was published in 2009 by Authorhouse/Chaser Publications. He is also a columnist and Jazz and Funk reviewer for the long-running and world-famous BLUES AND SOUL magazine.

He has recently been featured in the books SALSA-MUSICAL HEARTBEAT OF LATIN AMERICA by Sue Steward, DANCIN’ SALSA – SALSA HOTLINE JAPAN and is in the WHO’S WHO OF LATIN MUSIC. He will be soon featured in a new book on the history of MAMBO music.

He is without doubt, the country’s best known Latin percussionist and his band is probably Europe’s most travelled Latin Jazz act. He sees himself in the future as just to continue to spread his brand of exciting Afro Cuban Jazz around the furthest reaches of the planet.

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

NICHOLAS MEIER (gtr) returned to Jazznights on Sunday 9th November 2014 to great acclaim again

Since winning both the “Grand Prize of the Jury” and “Jazz Guitar Prize” at the Jazz A Juan Revelations 2006 Nicolas has gained an enviable reputation. “Meier’s technique is Jazznights Nicolas Meier 091114 (83)phenomenal. Dextrous and vigorous, favouring giddily-fast fingered, serpentine single note runs, it is musicianly in the best sense of the word” Chris May, All about Jazz

Meier began with the classical guitar when he was 11, having had ‘rhythm’ classes when he was six and having tried to learn the flute when he was nine. “I started with a cheap acoustic guitar, then after a year I switched to electric. I got a Weston electric guitar from my parents which got stolen on a trip to London a few years later. Every summer when school was out, I used to work [doing electrical jobs in the state hospital] to be able to buy either a new guitar or a new amp.”

Having gone to college in Fribourg and then a music conservatoire “where I had a fantastic open minded tutor and a great guitarist named Francis Coletta,” Meier secured a place at Berklee in Boston. “I was at Berklee College of Music for three years, which was perfect because it allowed me to play many more styles. While I was still focusing on jazz, I met so many musicians from different backgrounds and I always loved to hear their music. My first Jazznights Nicolas Meier 091114 (148)band at Berklee [which was the start of the Nicolas Meier Group], included a Brazilian drummer

Swiss guitar maestro Nicholas Meier, now resident in the UK, is a dazzling yet sensitive guitarist as happy with flamenco and Latin as he is in Western jazz. Nicolas has had a long association with saxophonist Gilad Atzmon

Nick Meier is a multi-genre guitarist who focuses his mainline of ambidextrous playing ability on the jazz and Latin circuit. As an award winning guitarist with classical tendencies, Meier’s ambience and ability shines through with sophisticated results.

Jazznights Roger Odell 091114 (28)Nicolas played with the Jazznights Trio who were:
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 091114 (59)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.
Jazznights Simon Brown 091114 (187)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 091114 (41)
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

Larraine Odell opened the first set singing:

It’s Easy to Remember (and so Hard to Forget) (1935) by Richard Rdgers and Lorenz Hart written for the 1935 film Mississippi starring Bing Crosby and W.C. Fields.It is now a jazz standard.
Bernice Petkere’s 1933 Close Your Eyes. It took twenty years this composition to find its way into the jazz repertoire. A 1956 session for Atlantic featured saxophonist Lee Konitz with an exceptional rhythm section: Jimmy Rowles, piano; Leroy Vinnegar, bass; and Shelly Manne Jazznights Larraine Odell 091114 (7)launched it on to the scene.
Cole Porter’s 1936 I’ve Got You Under My Skin number was introduced by Virginia Bruce in the 1936 MGM musical Born to Dance. Notable recordings include Stan Getz Quartet (1950) and Charlie Parker’s recording from 1954. Another great arrangement from Roger Odell.
Some Other Time, Music written by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Betty Comden, Adolph Green from the musical On The Town (1944)
East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) (1934) was first recorded by Hal Kemp for Brunswick Records. Since the 1950s the song has become a popular staple of many jazz musicians. Larraine’s up tempo version was a great finale for this lovely set.

Nicolas Meier then joined the Jazznights Trio to play extended versions of:

Sous le ciel de Paris (Under the Sky of Paris) from a 1951 French film. The song of the same name, later recorded by Édith Piaf and others, was written for this film by Hubert Giraud Jazznights Nicolas Meier 091114 (111)(music) and Jean Dréjac (lyrics). It was sung by Jean Bretonnière.
On Green Dolphin Street (originally entitled “Green Dolphin Street”) is a 1947 popular song composed by Bronisaw Kaper with lyrics by Ned Washington. The song, composed for the film Green Dolphin Street (which was based on a 1944 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Goudge), went on to become a great jazz standard after being recorded by Miles Davis in 1958 and followed by many others.
Yemin (The Pledge in Turkish) composed by Nicolas Meier and featured on album “Yüz”, released March 2007

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s and a bottle of wine we 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 Jean Faulkner singing The Look Of Love and Geoff Harriman playing his harmonica playing Bésame Mucho.

Jazznights Jean Faulkner 091114 (137)                   Jazznights Geoff Harriman 091114 (147)

Nicolas Meier then re-joined the Jazznights Trio for the second set to play:
“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 Jazznights Stuart Pringle 091114 (177)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.
Brazil which was originally performed and written by Geoff Muldaur on guitar for the 1985 soundtrack for the film of the same name directed by Terry Gilliam.
Stuart Pringle then replaced Roger Odell on drums for a couple of numbers, Stuart being the third person taking up a “sitting in” spot.

This Masquerade from 1976 written by Leon Russell – notably recorded by George Benson but also by many others. This was a stunning performance by Nicolas Meier as well as the superb musicians in the Jazznights band.
The Nearness of You  (1937)written by Hoagy Carmichael which was introduced by the 1940 Glen Miller orchestra.
Morgan Lewis’s 1940 How High The Moon was a superb up-tempo number and a wonderful version to sadly, bring to a close an outstanding evening of modern jazz which was loudly applauded by a full house crowd at The Cock Inn.

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SNOWBOY (percussion) will be appearing at Jazznights on Sunday 23rd November 2014
Snowboy and the Latin Section are Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz performers and recording artists, led by multi-percussionist Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and for his Jazznights session Snowboy is featured mainly on conga drums with the resident trio. He has performed with Lisa Stansfield, Imelda May, Amy Winehouse, Simply Red, Airto Moreira, Deodato et al.

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