Martin Shaw (trumpet) at Jazznights, Bell Hotel, Clare with the Roger Odell Trio & Larraine Odell Sunday 25th October 2015

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Jazznights Martin Shaw 251015 (126)MARTIN SHAW has worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band. Along with session and TV work he has recorded and toured  extensively with Sting, Jamiroquai & Natalie Cole. A stunning musician! Sun.

Martin studied classical trumpet and Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating after three years with a GRSM Hons degree and an LRAM. In 1989 Martin was invited to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, before returning to London to finish his studies at the Guildhall School of Music with a one-year postgraduate course in jazz and studio music.Jazznights Martin Shaw 251015 (45)

Over the last 12 years, Martin has worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band, currently led by trombonist Jiggs Whigham. Along with  session and TV work Martin still finds time to perform with classical ensembles and in West End shows. Martin has recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies.

Martin Shaw played with the Roger Odell Trio who were:

Jazznights Roger Odell 251015 (60)Roger Odell Drums
As one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak, Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he continues to do on a regular basis to this day.
Musically, his first love was always straight-ahead contemporary jazz and he has played  with most of the great names on the UK jazz scene.He recently produced his own critically acclaimed CD “The Blue Window” by Beatifik, which featured top UK saxophonist Mornington Lockett. Jacqui Hicks and Larraine and a new Beatifik album is due to be  released in November
Roger is the author of three technical articles which appeared in the international magazine Modern Drummer, and is an Endorsee Artist for Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Hardcases

Peter Lemer – Keyboards
is an English jazz musician. He has worked with the Pete Lemer Quintet, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Annette Peacock, Harry Beckett, Gilgamesh, Baker Gurvitz Army, Seventh Wave, Harry Beckett’s Joy Unlimited, Pierre Jazznights Emily Dankworth 020314 (114)Moerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield Group, In Cahoots, Miller/Baker/Lemer. He currently works with In Cahoots, Peter Lemer Trio/Quartet, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, and Jazznights Peter Lemer 251015 (162)the Peter Lemer-Billy Thompson  Quartet and Duo. Peter made his recording debut as a   leader (Local Colour) in 1996, the band by then including Jon Hiseman, John Surman, George Khan and Tony Reeves. A year in New York followed, which included extensive jamming, gigging and study. Coaches included famed jazz pianists Jaki Byard and Paul Bley and Double Bass guru David Walters. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music and included Tommy Rajnaand Sven Weber among his classical coaches. In 1969, he worked with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. In the last few years, Lemer has remained a fixture of In Cahoots – he can be heard on Parallel (1996), Out Of The Blue (2001), All That (2003) and Conspiracy Theories (2006), most of which also feature his writing – as well as playing one-off gigs with old friends Steve Cook (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), recording an album with them in Israel.

Steve Cook – Double Bass
Steve has a wonderful rounded tone with great clarity. In the 1960s and 70s Steve Cook played with many leading jazz artists including Don Rendell, Art Themen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Alan Skidmore, Pete Jacobsen, Michael Garrick and numerous others.  He was in several of Barbara Thompson’s bands including the Quintet, Jubiaba and Paraphernalia.  He Jazznights Steve Cook 251015 (109) toured and recorded with progressive rock bands CMU, Gilgamesh, Seventh Wave, Mirage and Soft Machine.   He worked at Ronnie Scott’s with Mark Murphy and Gil Evans.  He spent several years touring and recording with the Mike Westbrook orchestra, appearing on three albums.  He’s done dance bands, pit bands, and film and TV soundtracks.  Recently Steve has played salsa with the Spanish Harlow Orchestra, Latin jazz with Que Pasa, and recorded albums with folk and world musicians Wes McGhee, Janie Romer and Ravi.  He may occasionally be seen with the Harmony in Harlem band and the Cambridge Sinfonietta.  He has also had a 35-year career as a professional software engineer.

Larraine Odell – VocalsJazznights Larraine Odell 251015 (39)
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.

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

Larraine Odell opened the first set with some great versions of Jazz standards including Misty, Alone Together, Meditation, I thought About You and It Never Entered My Mind.

Jazznights Larraine Odell 251015 (40)

Martin Shaw then joined the Trio to play some stunning extended versions of some great tunes which included Stella By Starlight, Once I Had a Secret Love (played on the flugelhorn) and a wonderful version of Caravan.

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Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s 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 and Michael Mason substituting Roger Odell on drums playing Gentle Rain

       Jazznights Geofgf Harriman 251015 (89)         Jazznights Michael Mason 251015 (95)

Martin Shaw then re-joined the Jazznights Trio and was joined the Hannah Horton on the tenor saxophone for a couple of numbers.

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Hannah will be featured on her own Jazznights gig early next year playing both the tenor and baritone saxophones.

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This set included Keith Jarrett’s Memories Of Tomorrow, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, St Thomas,, Lover Man, My Romance and Moon Alley.
This was a stunning set from an acclaimed master musician and was his first visit to Jazznights but we were all absolutely sure that it would not be his last!

On Sunday 8th November – STEWART CURTIS (sax & flt)
will return to JazznightsJazznights Stewart Curtis 270512 (24)

As the leader and main soloist with K-Groove, a band that fuses Klezmer and Arabic melodies with modern dance grooves, Stewart brings to his jazz performances something of this eclectic mix. “This guy is good! Like Artie Shaw before him he’s taken a traditional idiom through a new perspective” Folk Roots.


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