ART THEMEN (sax) at Jazznights, The Cock Inn, Clare on Sunday 29th April 2015 with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio and vocals from Larraine Odell. Blog, pictures and play list.

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What an amazing night from the one of the truly great saxophonists on the UK jazz scene. Art started playing with Stan Tracey in 1974 and he has since played with all of Tracey’s groups, touring with him all over the world as well as around the UK. He has also played Jazznights Art Theman 290315 (179) and toured with musicians such as Nat Adderley, Ian Carr, George Coleman, and Al Haig.  He is famously an ex-orthopaedic surgeon!

What an amazing night from the one of the truly great saxophonists on the UK jazz scene. Art started playing with Stan Tracey in 1974 and he has since played with all of Tracey’s groups, touring with him all over the world as well as around the UK. He has also played and toured with musicians such as Nat Adderley, Ian Carr, George Coleman, and Al Haig.  He is famously an ex-orthopaedic surgeon!

In 1974 he entered on what was to be one of his central musical relationships when he Jazznights Art Theman 290315 (93)started playing with Stan Tracey. He has played with all of Tracey’s groups, touring with him all over the world as well as around the UK. He has also played and toured with musicians such as Nat Adderley, Ian Carr, George Coleman, and Al Haig.

In 1995 he formed a quartet with pianist John Critchinson.
His style originally owed much to the influence of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, but later influences included such disparate saxophonists as Coleman Hawkins, Evan Parker,  and the “sheets of sound” John Coltrane.

Art has also played with US stars, including Al Haig. Simon Spillett calls Art “Doctor Jazz”, in a recent Jazz Journal. Now retired from his other career, as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, he can please jazz audiences even more with consummate playing of tenor and soprano sax, flute and clarinet.

Art Themen was playing with the Jazznights Trio with Vocals from Larraine Odell:

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.

         Jazznights Roger Odell 290315 (153)                  Jazznights Simon Brown 290315 (161)

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

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. 

        Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 290315 (172)             Jazznights Larraine Odell 290315 (49)

Larraine Odell opened the first set of the evening singing:

Jazznights Larraine Odell 290315 (59) Burton Lane and Yip Harburg’s 1946 Old Devil Moon was a great opener for tonight’s gig.
That’s All is a 1952 song written by Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes. It has been covered by many jazz and blues artists including Larraine Odell.
Artie Shaw’s Moonray from 1936.
A Time for Love (1966) Music by Johnny Mandel and lyrics from Paul Francis Webster.
The Touch of Your Lips” is a romantic ballad written by Ray Noble in 1936. The original version of the song, which has become a standard, was by Al Bowlly.

Art Themen with his tenor sax then joined the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio to play:Jazznights Art Theman 290315 (95)
Cole Porter’s 1941 Ev’rything I Love.
Quizás, quizás, quizás
The English lyrics “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
were written by Joe Davis and was a popular song by Doris Day. This was a great version played as a tango.
Funk in a deep freeze by Horace Silver but sometimes credited to Hank Mobley who also recorded it. Art played this on both the tenor and soprano sax (not at the same time!)

Jazznights Geoff Harriman 290315 (130)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 Geoff Harriman on harmonica playing Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons’s 1931 All of Me.

Art Themen the joined the band for the second set which included:
The Groove Merchant (1968) Composed by Jerome Richardson and Thad Jones – played with a shuffle beat.
Baubles, Bangles and Beads (1953) Words and Music by Chet Forrest, Robert Craig Wright and Alexander Borodin
Little Sunflower is a tune written by the great trumpeter Freddie Hubbard off of his 1967 album “Backlash”.Jazznights Art Theman 290315 (110)
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (1955) is a popular song with lyrics by Fran Landesman, set to music by Tommy Wolf. The title is a jazz rendition of the opening line  of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, “April is the cruellest month”
A blues in Eb, a great medium for the band Art to excel.
No Mo’ by Sonny Rollins with a leaning to I Got Rhythm! What a great finale and treat for the full house audience who thoroughly enjoyed and applauded Art and the band  the Jazznights Trio.

Alison NealeSun 12 Apr – ALLISON NEALE (sax)

“…Allison is a young saxophonist of rare ability…she immediately demonstrates a touch  and understanding of jazz soloing…the performances simply carries you to a world of lightness and satisfaction” Melody Express Review. “…plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges” Dave Gelly – The Observer.

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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