Karen Sharp at Jazznights 4th January 2014 at The Cock Inn, Clare with the Roger Odell Trio, Ted Beament and Larraine Odell. Playlist, blog & Pictures

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KAREN SHARP (sax) made a welcome return with the Roger Odell Trio to Jazznights at The Jazznights Karen Sharp 040115 (21) Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 4th January 2015

With the release of her most recent CD “Spirit” Karen is now firmly established on the UK scene with her own quartet and her performances as part of “The Tokyo Trio” with Tina May & Nikki Iles. “Her sound is warm and full, her improvised lines bold and clear” Dave Gelly – The Observer. “An extraordinary talent” Phil Collins – BBC Radio 2.
In March 2004 Karen began a three-year stint in Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, which took her to venues and festivals across the UK and into Europe playing alongside Joe Temperley, Stacey Kent, Acker Bilk and the great blues singer Elkie Brooks. During this time Karen was also working hard to establish her own quintet with which she produced three albums and played at top jazz venues in the UK. In 2006 Karen played at the Ginza Festival, Tokyo, with British singer Tina May and pianist Nikki Iles, and she appeared at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2007, with US trumpet star Jeremy Pelt and South African singer Esther Miller.

Now a well-established player on the scene, Award wining saxophonist Karen Sharp’s Jazznights Karen Sharp 040115 (50)powerful, swinging, melodic saxophone style has graced an impressive array of fine bands.  Her cv includes work with the likes of US stars Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Bucky Pizzerelli and Dick Sudhalter as well as many of the finest UK musicians such as Sir John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Mark Nightingale, Jacqui Dankworth and Clare Teal.

Twice winner of the British Jazz Awards in the Saxophone category. Phil Collins remarked on a BBC Radio 2 show “….an extraordinary talent.” – IMHO quite a litotes as she is a sperb master of the tenor saxophone and as mentioned, at the top of the tree in UK jazz. And what a spectacular evening it proved to be.

Karen played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Jazznights Roger Odell 040115 (8)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.

Ted Beament – Piano
Ted is one of the UK’s most revered pianists. He was with Jazznights Ted Beament 040115 (58)Humphrey Lyttelton’s band for many years and before that with George Melly. He’s played with just about every name on the UK scene and many visiting American jazz stars too

For many years he did gigs with his own trio and with other freelance groups, reaching a point when many top international musicians were happy to have him supporting them. He is also a superb and sensitive accompanist.

Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 040115 (4) 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 fromJazznights Larraine Odell 040115 (15)
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. 

Larraine Odell opened the first set with the following:
Weaver of Dreams is an album by guitarist Kenny Burrell recorded in 1960 and 1961
Jazznights Larraine Odell   Jazznights Trio 040115 (17)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.
In 1940 Glenn Miller and His Orchestra introduced The Nearness of You with Music by  Hoagy Carmichael and Lyrics from Ned Washington.
Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer’s 1941 Skylark. The first recording was by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.
Burton Lane and Yip Harburg’s 1946 Old Devil Moon was an up=tempo version which provided a great finale for Larraine’s set.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

Karen Sharp with her tenor sax then joined the band to play:Jazznights Karen Sharp   Jazznights Trio 040115 (71)
Allie Wrubel’s 1937 Gone With The Wind after the publication of Margaret Mitchell’s book of the same name.
Bright Moments is from a live album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk in 1973.
Tadd Dameron was one of the most influential composer/arrangers of the bebop era and wrote If You Could See Me Now in 1946 amongst many others Followed by a great Charlie Parker classic.

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 Consuelo Velazquez’s 1941 Besame Mucho played by Geoff Harriman on harmonica and Michael Mason on drums. Roger then invited Michael to continue playing in the next two tunes with Karen.

Jazznights Michael Mason 040115 (51) Jazznights Geoff Harriman 28101219 (1)

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.
Tom Harrell has been widely admired for his skills both as a player and composer and Karen played the 1989 Sail Away.
Whisper Not is a composition by Benny Golson. Golson’s account of writing the piece is that “I wrote it in Boston at George Wein’s Storyville club when I was with Dizzy Jazznights Karen Sharp   Jazznights Trio 040115 (69) Gillespie’s big band in 20 minutes.
But Beautiful is a popular song with music written by Jimmy Van Heusen, (the lyrics by Johnny Burke.) The song was published in 1947.
(The End of) A Beautiful Friendship by Donald Kahn and Stanley Styne.
As a stunning end to the evening Karen Sharp played an exciting series of various blues.

ON Sun 18 Jan JAZZNIGHTS WELCOMES CHRIS ALLARD (guitar)

Chris is regarded by many as one of the best of new generation of jazz musicians in the UK; a wonderful guitar player and composer. His career so far has seen him working with the likes of Cleo Laine, Gwilym Simcock, Tim Garland and many more; his playing has graced iconic spaces such as Abbey Road, Ronnie Scott’s, Royal Festival Hall and beyond.

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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