Edison Herbert’s brilliant gig at Jazznights at The Cock Inn, Clare with the Roger Odell Trio and Harry Greene as guest on the tenor sax 15th March 2015

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Edison Herbert is an international musician with an accessible style with flowing rhythm and melodic lines who has toured England, Ireland, Spain, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and the USA. He is currently spending his time promoting his new album the ‘My favourite Tunes‘ project, performing, teaching and writing new work.

Jazznights Edison Herbert  150315 (49) A rare find on today’s jazz scene, a fine soulful expressive guitarist Edison Herbert produces a very distinctive sound with stylish delivery. He is a masterful jazz improviser whose music falls between classical jazz, gospel, R&B and soulful and funk edged jazz. Born in Leeds Edison began playing the piano at an early age and furthered his classical piano studies at Yorkshire College of Music. Whilst doing so he began teaching himself to play the guitar and performed in various bands at church with small gospel groups and choirs both on piano and guitar. He studied at the Yorkshire College of Music and later was awarded a scholarship to study at The Guildhall School of music and Drama.
After being seen performing with the Guildhall Big Band alongside Randy Brecker at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club Edison was asked to join the Jazz Warriors. He went on to MD and write arrangements for the Olivier Award nominated West End hot show “Unforgettable”.Jazznights Edison Herbert 150315 (37)
He performed Motown hits in the musical ‘The Grapevine’ and has varied his experiences by composing music for the BBC Radio 4 drama ‘Spell Number Seven’ and performing on Top Of The Pops. He has TV and was part of the big band that performed ‘Clarke
Peters’ Snakeskips Johnson. Worked with Gwen Dickie

Edison is an international musician who has toured England, Ireland, Spain, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and the USA. He is currently spending his time promoting his new album the ‘My favourite tunes‘ project, performing, teaching and writing new work.

Jazznights Roger Odell 150315 (18)Edison Herbert 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 Jazznights Simon Brown 150315 (20)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
Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 150315 (17)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.

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

As Edison was delayed on his journey the opening set featured Jazznights Trio 150315 (17)the Roger Odell Jazznights trio to play:
I’m Old Fashioned (1942) Music by Jerome Kern.
Alice in Wonderland is the theme song composed by Sammy Fain for the Walt Disney 1951 animated film Alice in Wonderland.
My One and Only Love is a popular song with music written by Guy Wood and lyrics by Robert Mellin.
Harry Greene on his tenor sax then joined the band to play:
Jazznights Harry Greene 150315 (31)Hank Mobley’s Greasin’ Easy.

Edison Herbert then joined the trio to play:
Antonio Carlos Jobim’s 1967 Wave.
Duke Ellington’s 1935 In A Sentimental Mood.
Sonny Rollins 1954 Doxy. It first appeared on the 1957 Miles Davis album Bags’ Groove

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 Harry Greene with his tenor sax.

Edison Herbert the returned to play the second set and invited Harry Greene to play the first and last number of the set. Tunes played included:
Sugar, also known as That Sugar Baby o’ Mine, is a popular jazz standard by Maceo Jazznights Edison Herbert   Jazznights Trio 150315 (43)Pinkard, his wife Edna Alexander and Sidney D. Mitchell.
There Is No Greater Love is a 1936 jazz standard composed by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Marty Symes. It was the last hit song for Jones’s orchestra before the bandleader turned the orchestra over to Woody Herman.
Softly As in a Morning Sunrise (1928) by Sigmund Romberg Artie Shaw’s 1938 recording of “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise” is the first noteworthy jazz version.
You Don’t Know What Love Is, a popular song of the Great American Songbook, written by Don Raye.
Jazznights Edison Herbert   Harry Greene   Jazznights Trio 150315 (54) Fungii Mama from 1964. Composed by Blue Mitchell from the album The Thing To Do.
East Train written by Edison Herbet give a nod to Ellington’s Take The A Train from Edi8son Herbert’s al;bum My Favourite Tunes.
Tenor Madness is a jazz album by Sonny Rollins. It is most notable for its title track, the only known recording featuring both Rollins and John Coltrane. Edison Herbert invited Harry Greene with his tenor sax to join him and the band which provided a wonderful and powerful finale for this master class in guitar jazz.

ART THEMEN (sax) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 29th March 2015.Jazznights Art Theman 050910 (12a)
During a particularly fruitful association with Stan Tracey Art also accompanied numerous visiting US jazzmen, including Al Haig, Red Rodney, George Coleman and Nat Adderley. That he has achieved his present high standing in the jazz world while at the same time  pursuing his career as a consultant surgeon, is testimony to his remarkable gifts.

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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