Gilad Atzmon Stunning saxophonist and Raconteur returned to Jazznights, The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 14th February 2016 with the Roger Odell Trio and Larraine Odell

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Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at Jazznights Gilad Atzmon 140216 (78)the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world.   His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albums  to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
In 2000 Gilad  founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging ethical awareness. Gilad is a popular political analyst and is often guesting on Television and Radio stations around the world such as RT, Press TV, BBC and many more.

Over the years Gilad Atzmon’s music has moved increasingly toward a cultural hybrid. As a bandleader and reed player he has been amazing his listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, Jazznights Gilad Atzmon 140216 (55)sometimes ironical manner. Influenced by Coltrane’s powerful approach on the sax, Gilad’s live performances are simply breathtaking and overwhelming.

“Atzmon’s fluid lyricism is in full flow on songbook classics and worldly originals. But as sweet romance morphs to modernist uncertainty, the bittersweet balance and rich emotional palette equally impress.” Financial Times ***** March 2009

“A formidable improvisational array…a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height…” The Guardian.

“The best musician living in the world today” Robert Wyatt

“Gilad Atzmon, the expat Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist, combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence”  The Guardian ****

“One of the finest alto players around, Gilad pays his respects to Bird …It’s striking how similar Gilad’s sweet, open-throated sound is to Parker’s, but as you’d expect from the fiery philosopher-turned-Blockhead, this is no tribute album.” BBC Music Magazine March 2009

Jazznights Gilad Atzmon 140216 (64)“A formidable improvisational array…a local jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height…”-John Fordham, The Guardian

“…Atzmon is an astonishing musician.”
John Lewis, Metro, September 07

“Atzmon is surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz…” The Times

“Atzmon is a loose cannon: a larger than life figure with an almost overpowering musical personality… it’s as perfect a jazz marriage as you could wish for” Phil Jonson, Independent on Sunday

“Audiences are clearly bowled over with Atzmon’s whirlwind approach … dynamic, charismatic and … exasperating!”-Brian Blain, Jazz UK

“His flow of ideas and coherent marshalling of them makes for solos that are as exhilarating as they are impassioned  fantastiK” The Herald Sunday Tribune

All of this was found to be so true at Jazznights with the gelling of the Trio and Gilad which left the audience utterly enthralled.

Gilad played with the Roger Odell 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
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.

Jazznights Roger Odell 140216 (20)     Jazznights Simon Brown 140216 (68)

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.

Larraine Odell – Vocals

Larraine began 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 140216 (79)      Jazznights Larraine Odell 140216 (19)

Larraine Odell opened the first set with some great jazz vocals including:
Jazznights Larraine Odell   Jazznights Trio140216 (25)Artie Shaw’s Moonray
Nothing Will Be As It Was by Flora Purin
My Funny Valentine is a show tune from the 1937 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart it was after all Valentines Day
Let’s Fall in Love is a song written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler for the film of the same title and published in 1933

Gilad Atzmon then joined the trio for extended versions of:
What Is This Thing Called Love? is a 1929 popular song written by Cole Porter, p;ayed on the alto sax
Jazznights Gilad Atzmon with the Roger Odell Trio 140216 (82)My One and Only Love played on his “big black thing” the baritone clarinet, a popular song with music written by Guy Wood.
Alone Together [Joint Mortgage] Alone Together” is a timeless tune and jazz standard written by Arthur Schwartz – played on the alto sax. The first jazz recording of this tune was done by Artie Shaw in 1939.

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 his harmonica and Jose Canha on the double bass playing All Of Me
Carol Bleicker
then sang Moonlight In Vermont and was joined by Jose Canha on the bass as well as Gilad Atzmon on the alto.

Jazznights Carol Bliker, Eugene Gilad Atzmon 140216 (53)

Gilad Atzmon then returned for his second set with his alto sax, clarinet and baritone Jazznights Gilad Atzmon with the Roger Odell Trio 140216 (83)clarinet playing:
The wartime song A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square. The song has become a standard, being recorded by Frank Sinatra in London in June 1962.
Jazznights Gilad Atzmon with the Roger Odell Trio 140216 (87)All the Things You Are was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the Broadway musical “Very Warm for Me,” which debuted in 1939.
Although Ellington is credited for the music of In a Sentimental Mood, Toby Hardwick Jazznights Gilad Atzmon with the Roger Odell Trio 140216 (85)should be recognized beyond his introductory performance. However this version was very much Gilad’s – a positive joy.
Cherokee is a tune written by Ray Noble originally intended for an “Indian Suite”.  This tune was heavily adopted by bebopers such as Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown and remains to be a popular jam session tune but this great Jazznights finale was certainly Gilad’s played to a funky beat laid down by Roger Odell.

What a stunning night!

AG Promo 1ALEX GARNETT (sax) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 28th February 2016
Alex Garnett has been one of the leading saxophonists in the UK and Mainland Europe for over two decades, being instantly recognized by his dark, husky sound. He can be seen at his weekly late-night residency at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho every Monday and Tuesday while not touring.

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

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com


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Trudy Kerr at Jazznights with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio & Larraine Odell at the Bell Hotel, Clare Sunday 31st January 2016

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Trudy Kerr is renowned as one of the UK’s finest jazz vocalists. Mojo Magazine says of her singing “Trudy Kerr is the genuine article – She is a Joy!” All About Jazz has described her as “100% real jazz musician with fluid phrasing and a mellifluous, warm and sensuous tone.”

Jazznights Trudy Kerr 310116 (30)Born in Australia, Trudy moved to the UK in the early 1990’s to pursue a career in Jazz. She got her big break when Ronnie Scott asked her to perform at his Club and Trudy’s career grew from there. She has performed at many major venues and festivals in the UK as well as engagements in Europe, her homeland Australia and the Far East.

To date Trudy has released ten albums on the Jazzizit Record Label (The Rhythm of Life 2012, Reunion 2010, Like Minds 2009, Deja Vu 2007, Jazz for Juniors 2006, Cloudburst 2005, My Old Flame 2001, Day Dream 2000, Trudy 1998 and Sweet Surprise 1997) and has collaborated both live and in the studio with world class musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Jan Lundgren, Georgie Fame, Bob Dorough, Michael Garrick, Acker Bilk, Jamie Cullum, Geoff Gascoyne (her husband), Tom Cawley, Seb de Krom, Jim Mullen plus many more.

Trudy is currently working on an original song project with pianist Andrea Vicari and hopes to release the album in the summer of next year.

She is fast becoming a prolific lyricist having penned many vocalese (putting words to instrumental solos). Her performance of vocalese has been described by Jazzwise Magazine as “stunning and virtuosic with machine-gun fire delivery of the melodic line.” Trudy’s recent Jazznights Trudy Kerr 310116 (39)album with Geoff Gascoyne, The Rhythm of Life, was also full of exciting new repertoire penned by the husband and wife team. Jamie Cullum describing the songs as “new standards of today”.

She is also a very successful vocal coach holding teaching posts at Trinity Laban, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chichester University and London Centre of Contemporary Music where she coaches the up and coming vocal stars of tomorrow in various genres.

As well as performing an eclectic mix of music on her gigs, she also performs an outstanding set celebrating the music of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan with her regular trio, Tom Cawley (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastian de Krom (drums), alongside two of the UK’s finest musicians, Dick Pearce (trumpet) and Derek Nash (tenor saxophone).

Additionally, she has developed a Children’s Show called Jazz for Juniors and has toured schools, festivals and venues around the UK.

She gave a wonderful evening of jazz at Jazz nights with the Roger Odell 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
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.

       Jazznights Roger Odell 310116 (37)         Jazznights Simon Brown 310116 (13)

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.

Larraine Odell – Vocals

Larraine began 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 310116 (4)          Jazznights Larraine Odell 310116 (26)

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

Larraine Odell opened the first set including:
The Touch of Your Lips With an arrangement by Roger Odell 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.
Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise is a song with music by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Jazznights Larraine Odell   Jazznights Trio 310116 (34)Hammerstein II from the 1928 operetta The New Moon.
In a Sentimental Mood is a jazz composition by Duke Ellington which is also performed as a song. Ellington composed the piece in 1935 and recorded it with his orchestra the same year. Lyrics were later written for the tune by Manny Kurtz.
Speak Low (1943) is a popular song composed by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Ogden Nash. It was introduced by Mary Martin and Kenny Baker in the Broadway musical One Touch of Venus (1943) This was another great arrangement by Roger Odell.
Night and Day is a popular song by Cole Porter. It was written for the 1932 musical play Gay Divorce. Another jazz standard.

Trudy Kerr then joined the band to sing a very memorable set which included lovely extended versions of:

Jazznights Trudy Kerr   Jazznights Trio 310116 (33)Joy Spring is a tune written by the great trumpeter Clifford Brown. First released as a 10″ vinyl in December 1954.
Wave (also known as “Vou Te Contar” in Portuguese) is a bossa nova song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Recorded as an instrumental on his 1967 album of the same name, its English lyrics were written by Jobim himself later that year.
Thomas “Fats” Waller and His Rhythm introduced Jitterbug Waltz on their March 16, 1942, RCA Victor recording date. It was inspired by some piano exercises that Waller’s son Maurice Jazznights Trudy Kerr   Jazznights Trio 310116 (35)had been practicing on the piano.
This set concluded with a wonderful version God Bless the Child, a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. in 1939. Holiday’s version of the song was honoured with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1976

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 John Reeve-Butler [fretless electric guitar) playing If I Were A Bell.

Trudy Kerr then re-joined the trio to sing:

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On a Clear Day You Can See Forever is a musical with music by Burton Lane and a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner based loosely on Berkeley Square, written in 1929 by John L. Balderston.
Jazznights Trudy Kerr   Jazznights Trio 310116 (39)Summer Samba (also known as So Nice or its original Portuguese title, “Samba de Verão”) is a 1964 bossa nova song by Brazilian composer Marcos Valle, with English-language lyrics by Norman Gimbel; the original Portuguese lyrics came from Paulo Sérgio Valle, brother to the composer.
But Not for Me is a popular song, composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was written for their musical Girl Crazy (1930
You Taught My Heart To Sing – lyrics by Dianne Reeves.
I Thought About You is a 1939 popular song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
The Shaker Song.
Alfie is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David to promote the 1966 film Alfie. The song was a major hit for Cilla Black (UK) and Dionne Warwick (US).
Cloudburst recorded by Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross 1959

GILAD ATZMON (saxes) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 14th February 2016
Jazznights Gilad Atzmon 070713 (47)“A formidable improvisational array…a local jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height…” – John Fordham, The Guardian. “Best Musician living in the world today” – Robert Wyatt, The Guardian. “…Atzmon is an astonishing musician.” John Lewis, Metro. “A larger than life figure” – Phil Jonson, Independent on Sunday.

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

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

Reserve seating on 01787 237653 or email info@jazz-nights.com
Pay on the night.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com