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Chris is regarded by many as one of the best of the new generation of jazz guitarists in the UK. His career so far has seen him working with Dame Cleo Laine, Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland and many more and his playing has graced iconic spaces such as Abbey Road, Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall and beyond.
Chris Allard is a freelance guitarist based in London. He has performed at major festivals and prestigious venues around the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Nuremberg Festival, Hackney Empire, the O2 London, Midem Festival Cannes, Maison Musique Torino Italy, The Queen 101Elizabeth Hall, Brighton Dome, Edinburgh Festival, Duoro Jazz Festival Portugal, The Royal Festival Hall.
Ovation guitar prize winner in 2000, Chris was also awarded a classical guitar by the Barbarolli Foundation 2002, and was finalist in the Gibson Guitar Competition at Montreux Jazz Festival 2004, also receiving a guitar. Chris studied jazz and classical guitar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and Malmo Conservatoire, Sweden.
Chris has worked with Jacqui Dankworth, Russell Watson, Tim Garland, John Helliwell (Supertramp), Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O’Higgins, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Carleen Anderson, Paul Roberts (The Stranglers), Jamie Cullum, Mike Walker, Dylan Howe, Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd), Steve Furst, Kate Dimbleby, Madeline Bell, Gwilym Simcock, the BBC Big Band, Charlie Wood, Ken Peplowski, James Morrison to name but a few. and playing with the Roger Odell Trio at Jazznights.
Chris played with the Jazznights Trio who were:
Roger Odell – Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and the forerunner band Tracks. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.
Simon Brown – Piano
Simon is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. His bands include the quintet Beyond Cantaloupe featuring the music of Herbie Hancock, the Simon Brown Trio and Quartet.
Bernie Hodgkins – 5 String Double Bass
Bernie grew up in a Jazz-oriented family and has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording studios, he is equally at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.
With additional vocals from
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, Royal Festival Hall. Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s.
Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James
Larraine Odell opened the first set with the following:
A swing version of Ray Noble’s 1936 The Touch Of Your Lips
Mad About the Boy is a popular song with words and music by actor and playwright Sir Noël Coward.
Mooonray written by Arthur Quenzer, Artie Shaw, Nat Madison. First release by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra – Vocal Refrain by Helen Forrest (1939)
Don’t Go to Strangers (1954) Music Arthur Kent & David A Mann, Lyrics by Redd Evans This was Etta Jones’ first album for the independent jazz label Prestige when it was released in 1960.
Get Out of Town is a 1938 popular song written by Cole Porter, for his musical Leave It to Me!, where it was introduced by Tamara Drasin.
Chris Allard then joined the trio to play:
You Stepped Out of a Dream (1940)by Nacio Herb Brown. from the Ziegfeld Girl which was one of the biggest film hits of 1941.
Antonio Carlos Jobim’s 1967 Triste which means “sad” in English and was included in Jobim’s hit 1967 record “Wave.
Nature Boy 1948. Nat “King” Cole introduced this unusual tune, based on a Yiddish song “Schwieg Mein Hertz” (Be Still My Heart), in 1948.
Henry Mancini’s 1962 Days of Wine and Roses one of the favourite tunes of Wes Montgomery and was recorded by him in 1963 on Boss Guitar.
Following the Jazznights raffle of a jazz cd, a Japanese t-shirt presented to Roger Odell on a tour to Japan with Shakatak 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 Stuart Pringle on drums and Geoff Harriman on Harmonica playing All Of Me. Stuart stayed on drums to play with Janice Oliver who sang Them There Eyes (1930)Words and Music by Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber and William G Tracey.
Chris Allard then re-joined the Jazznights Trio to play extended versions of:
The 1943 My Shining hour by JHarold Arlen. Notable recordings include John Coltrane on his Coltrane jazz Album.
Harry Warren and Joseph Young’s 1931 You’re My Everything.
Prelude to a Kiss is a 1938 song composed by Duke Ellington.
Solar jazz composition attributed to Miles Davis on the studio album Walkin’ (1954) and now considered a modern jazz standard.
Grand Lament from Chris Allard’s own album Jupiter Island published in 2013 a collection of masterfully executed and brilliantly composed original tunes.
The End of A Beautiful Friendship by Donald Kahn and Stanley Styne often remembered by the Nat King Cole recording.
For a great finale we had a compilation of many well known blues.
It has been said:
“One of this country’s finest guitarists”
“Chris Allard … Europe’s leading exponent of the great Pat Metheny”
Pendulum Jazz Orchestra
Jazz in London
And so it all proved to be another great night from Jazznights, thanks to Roger and Larraine Odell.
JO FOOKS (sax) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 1st February 2015
Having won ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’ Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London and at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship. Famously a member of the late Humphrey Lyttelton’s Band, her mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Simms.
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.
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