KEVIN FLANAGAN & SIMON HURLEY with the Jazznights Trio at Jazznights at The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 2nd August 2015

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Note move to The Tudor Room, ground floor at The Bell for this session!

Jazznights Kevin Flanagan  020815 (92)Kevin Flanagan (soprano and tenor saxophones)
Kevin comes from Lowell, Mass. USA. After dropping out of high school, he co-founded the group Antares, an improv and jazz-based cooperative which toured New England and the UK in the mid-70’s to early 80’s. During this period he was also involved in blues and popular music, both performing and recording. He settled in the UK in the mid-80’s and worked on the London jazz and pop scene, playing and recording with Ben E. King, B.B.King, Paul Weller, and members of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols and Portishead, as well as various West African High Life and salsa groups. He gradually became primarily involved in jazz, playing with his own group and the Tommy Chase Quartet at festivals in the UK such as Glastonbury, Brecon, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Brighton and festivals in Europe in Milan, Paris, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and the North Sea Jazz Festival. He spent much of the 90’s collaborating with Chris Ingham in FIQ, releasing two highly acclaimed CD’s, Zanzibar and Textile Lunch. A graduate of Goldsmiths University, with a post graduate degree in composition from ARU (where he lectures), he later studied composition at the University of Sussex with Martin Butler, and has had works commissioned and performed by orchestras in London and Cambridge. Kevin is also a leading member of Rebop.

Simon Hurley Guitar

Simon first picked up the guitar 23 years ago and, after having been self-taught, decided to embark upon his first formal musical education in 2006. In 2010 he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Colchester Institute, also being awarded the Centre Prize for Music. It was here that he began to study jazz under the tutelage of session guitarist Andy Jazznights Simon Hurley 020815 (18)Watson, a relationship that has now developed into the Watson/Hurley Jazz Guitar Duo.
He has also had the pleasure of playing alongside such jazz artists as Martin Shaw, Brandon Allen, Josh Kemp, Simon Allen, Martin Speake (ECM records), Nigel Price (Woodville records), Osian Roberts, Steve Fishwick (Hard Bop Records),Quentin Collins, Roger Beaujolais and Mick Hutton (ECM records). Simon divides his times between teaching, recording, accompanying and performing in and around the Essex area. In another life he has also been the 5-string banjo player and singer in the Bluegrass quintet The Ragged String Band with many high profile appearances to their name including the Maverick Festival, Camp Bestival and Harvest at Jimmy’s Farm (supporting Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran).

The Jazznights Trio were:

Jazznights Simon Brown 020815 (6)Simon Brown –Piano

Leading UK Jazz innovator and musical entrepreneur Simon Brown 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, as well a the very popular Simon Brown Trio and Quartet.  He is also a stalwart of the Jazznights Trio with Roger Odell and Bernie Hodgkins.


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Bernie Hodgkins – 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


Alex Best – Drums

(Alex was standing in for Roger Odell who was in a 4 night residency with Shakatak at the Jazznights Alex Best 020815 (69)Pizza Jazz Club in Dean Street, London)
After achieving his music degree and studying with the likes of Troy Miller (Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse), Trevor Tomkins, Craig Blundell and Ash Soan (Adele, Cee Lo Green, Robbie Williams), Alex has become an in demand drummer for many artists in a variety of genres. His vast performance experience includes TV work, European & UK tours, numerous albums and session recordings, live radio broadcasts and music video, along with appearances in theatres, clubs, festivals and on various stages all over the UK.

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A stunning gig from Kevin Flanagan, Simon Hurley and the jazznights trio playing extended compositions from Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Nat Adderley, Ray Bryant, McCoy Tyner amongst many others, it was a gig we were all privileged to attend.

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Sunday 16th August 2015 Jazznights welcomes- BRANDON ALLEN (sax)

First bursting on to the UK jazz scene with the Clark Tracey Quintet, Brandon became a regular member of the Kyle Eastwood Band, the Paloma Faith Band, Sax Appeal and a host of other groups. “Brandon Allen is arguably the most exciting tenor saxophonist in Britain today … emotional, soaked in the blues tradition”. Tony Hall – Jazzwise. He has toured throughout Australia, The Philippines, Japan, Singapore, China, South Korea, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Scotland, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia, Austria, Norway, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Bahrain, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at  Jazznights,  Clare, Suffolk,

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