Ed Jones one of the UK’s most distinctive saxophonists visits Jazz Nights at The Bell, Market Hill, Clare on Sunday 22nd May to play with The Roger Odell Trio.

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Ed Jones has been based in London for over 20 years. He works in the UK and internationally with a wide range of his own projects and collaborations

Jazznights Ed Jones 220516 (99)He formed his first group “Ed Jones Quartet” in 1987 featuring Geoff Williams:piano,Rob Statham:Bass,and Winston Clifford:Drums.They were the first band to play at the old Jazz Cafe on Newington Green. A regular performer on the emerging Acid Jazz scene at clubs such as The Wag and Dingwalls, he was signed by Giles Peterson and recorded his first album ”The Homecoming” (Acid Jazz, 1989).

In 1991 he formed a new quartet with Jonathon Gee:piano,Wayne Batchelor: Double Bass and Braian Abrahams:Drums.They recorded “Pipers Tales” in 1991 which saw the light of day (ASC, 1995). Between 1995-2004 his main on going ‘solo’ project was a quintet (featuring Byron Wallen: Trpt,Jonathan Gee:Piano,Geoff Gascoyne:Double Bass,Winston Clifford:Drums) with which he has recorded ”Out Here” (ASC, 1997).In 1997 Finnish Trumpeter Mika Myllari joined the band for the first of many collaborations and recorded “Seven Moments” (ASC 2002).
His 5th album “A view from the…” featuring the ed/ge project was released in spring 2004.This was a Hip/Hop/Beats/ Big Band collaboration with programmer/producer Geoff Wilkinson of US3.

In 2004 he was commissioned by Southern Arts to write a composition for woodwinds/piano/beats/electronics inspired by the work of the English artist Francis Bacon Jazznights Ed Jones 220516 (66)entitled “Triptych (3 accidents)” This was released as part of the Digital Directions album and will be remixed and re-released as part of his next solo recording 2010.
In 2005 he formed Killer Shrimp (co-led) with Trumpeter Damon Brown. The group recorded the highly acclaimed Sincerely Whatever (33 records)in 2006 mixing dance genres and electronica with acoustic jazz. The cd was top of many critics best of list that year and was nominated for Jazz cd of the year 2007 parliamentary jazz awards. The group were awarded Best Jazz Ensemble 2007 at the same awards.

He has made musical connections in many countries particularly in Japan where he tours regularly and runs two projects; EJQ (a jazz quartet), and Quasimodo, an electric project featuring the legendary Paul Jackson (Headhunters) on bass. In 2005 he was commissioned by the British Council to compose and perform 1000 Plateaus based on the writings of Gilles Deleuze as part of the Expo in Japan.In the same year he toured Japan performing a tribute to Miles Davis (which featured dj’s and vj’s from japan with Quasimodo).In 2010 he co-led an Anglo-Japanese project Tokyo-London Connection with Yutaka Shiina (Piano)and Damon Brown(trumpet)

In Scandinavia he has been collaborating for many years with Finnish trumpeter/composer Mika Myllari on a number of projects including the 10-piece ensemble Burn (for which the Jazznights Ed Jones 220516 (85)BBC/Jazz on 3/Bath Festival commissioned) as well as the evolving orchestral/beats project Dark Ages. He has also recorded and toured with the Danish/Swedish/Uk Trio Stekpanna,and is currently featured in a new project of Finnish Vocalist Reija Lang:BURN OUT MAMAThey recorded an album this year and its just been released entitled OUT OF OFFICE

His experience as a sideman reflects his diverse interests. Over the past decade he has performed with U.S jazz musicians George Benson, Dianne Reeves, Charles Earland, Horace Silver, Clifford Jarvis and Dr Lonnie Smith. In the UK he has appeared with Dick Heckstall-Smith, John Stevens, District Six, Evan Parker, Jason Rebello, Orphey Robinson,Claire Martin, Don Weller, Byron Wallen, Tim Richard’s Great Spirit, Damon Brown, Monk Liberation Front ,Jonathon Gee

As a session musician he has worked with amongst others Chaka Khan, D’Angelo, Herbie Hancock (Headhunters),Omar, Aswad, Tina Turner, Caleen Anderson, Alison Moyet, Philip Bailey, Bootsy Collins, Kid Creole,Mori Kante.

Ed Jones played 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.

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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.

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

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

Larraine Odell opened the first set to sing some great jazz standards including:

I Didn’t Know What Time It Was is a popular song. The music was written by Richard Rodgers and the lyrics by Lorenz Hart for the musical Too Many Girls (1939).
Jazznights Larraine Odell with the Jazznights Trio220516 (58)Cole Porter’s I Concentrate On You from  the 1940 film Broadway Melody.
Eternally is a song with music by Charles Chaplin, and words by the English lyricists Geoff Parsons and John Turner.
Crazy He Calls Me is a song with lyrics by Bob Russell & music by Carl Sigman.
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise is a tune written by Sigmund Romberg with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It was written for the 1928 operetta “The New Moon.

Ed Jones then joined the Jazznights Trio to play extended versions of Ed’s favourite jazz tunes which included:
Jazznights Ed Jones   Roger Odell Jazznights Trio 220516 (126)Bye Bye Blackbird which is a song published in 1926 by the American composer Ray Henderson. It  was first recorded by Sam Lanin’s Dance Orchestra in March 1926.
On Green Dolphin Street (originally entitled “Green Dolphin Street”) is a 1947 popular song and jazz standard composed by Bronisław Kaper .
My One And Only Love was originally composed by Guy Warren in 1947. In 1952, Robert Mellin wrote a new title and lyrics for the song, and it was republished that year as “My One and Only Love”. When Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1953.

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 playing Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered on his harmonica. 

Ed Jones then re-joined the band to play:

Stella By Starlight is arguably one of the most popular jazz standards of all time. It was Jazznights Ed Jones   Roger Odell Jazznights Trio 220516 (130)written by Victor Young and was featured in the 1944 film “The Uninvited”
My Ideal is a tune written by Richard Whiting, Leo Robin and Newell Chase. This a beautiful ballad that has been performed and recorded by some of the greatest in jazz.
How Deep Is the Ocean  is a popular song written by Irving Berlin in 1932, and can be heard in the background of the 1933 film The Life of Jimmy Dolan. The song was introduced by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra.
Body and Soul is a popular tune written in 1930 by Johnny Green.
This is one of the most commonly played jazz ballads of all time.
Jazznights Ed Jones   Roger Odell Jazznights Trio 220516 (128)Recorda-Me (Remember Me) composed by Joe Henderson the American jazz tenor saxophonist.
Sonnymoon for two is a 12 bar blues written by the great jazz tenor man Sonny Rollins, featured on his album “A Night At The Village Vanguard from 1999 (this album was one of the prizes in the Jazznights raffle this evening)

What a fantastic finale to this wonderful evening of jazz from one of the UK’s finest masters of the tenor sax. This gig was thoroughly enjoyed by the trio as much as the audience.

Sunday 5th June 2015 – NIGEL PRICE (gtr) will be at Jazz Nights

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Nigel is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today with a blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording that has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences. He is also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s where he has played over 400 times.

 

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. 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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Josh Kemp returns to Jazz Nights to play with the Simon Brown Trio at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 8th May 2016

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Jazznights Josh Kemp 080516 (20)Sounding equally impressive playing within the jazz standards tradition and also presenting his own original compositions, Saxophonist and Composer Josh Kemp has completed major UK tours in 2014 and in 2015, gaining many plaudits along the way for his fluid improvising style and attractive compositions.

With a playing style combining melodic inventiveness, a rich tone and a lyrical style of improvisation, Josh is a regular performer at Jazz Clubs and Festivals across the UK, with recent performances including Ronnie Scott’s and the London Jazz Festival.

Josh Kemp is an acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer known for his melodic inventiveness, warm tone and a heartfelt and lyrical approach to improvisation.

Josh has a sound that is lyrical and melodic, whether playing standards or more contemporary Jazznights Josh Kemp 080516 (54)material. “…a lovely round sound….really a player to watch….he will grow into a musician of great individuality.” Alan Barnes. “mature, fully realized jazz of a high order, and a pleasure to hear.” Ian Carr.

“wonderfully rich toned tenorist Josh Kemp with a laconic, subtle, highly nuanced and original sound” – Time out

“Josh’s lyrical and melodic saxophone style reflects a wide knowledge of jazz from the tender tone of Ben Webster and Stan Getz to the probing thoughtfulness of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter”

Josh has performed at jazz venues around the UK, including Peterborough Jazz Club, Cambridge Modern Jazz Club, The Bull’s Head, Barnes, Jazz in the Round, The National Portrait Gallery and National Theatre Foyer, the 606 club, Ronnie Scotts in London and at Jazznights. He has played with NYJO, and the Combustible Alarms big band, and was chosen by making Music and the Arts Council Developing Young Artist Programme 2006. Josh is also active in jazz education, directing the Cambridge Youth Jazz Orchestra and coaching at workshops and courses.

Jazznights Josh Kemp 080516 (58)Josh will be on tour in November playing material from his newly recorded CD ‘Rare Groove’ with a new ensemble, featuring Steve Fishwick on Trumpet, Mike Gorman on the Hammond B3 Organ and Chris Higginbottom/Tim Giles on Drums.

28th Oct, Walthamstow, e17 jazz@Gnome House
2nd Nov, Bexley Jazz Club, The Kings Head
5th Nov, Cambridge, Hot Numbers
6th Nov, Cambridge, Jazz@John’s
8th Nov, Croydon, The Oval Tavern
11th Nov, Sheffield, Jazz@The Lescar
12th Nov, Manchester, Matt&Phreds
15th Nov, Teignmouth, Teignmouth Jazz Festival
15th Nov, Ilminster, Ilminster Arts Centre
16th Nov, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Jazz Society
23rd Nov, Bedford, Bedford Arms
29th Nov, Cambridge, Cambridge Jazz Festival

Josh was playing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

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.

Jose Cana – Double Bass

In 2005 he began classical study under Miguel Leiria. He later enrolled at Escola de Jazz do Barreiro (Barreiro’s Jazz School) where he became a teacher 3 years later. Also in 2008 he get into ESML attending the Jazz Music college course. After completing this and before moving to the UK, his work was mainly focused on popular music and world music fusion. Now in the UK he has been working as a jazz double bassist accompanying various artists from the London, Essex and Suffolk Jazz scene. He  continues working with artists and composers from Portugal in studio and as a live session player.   

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Alex Best – Drums

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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Josh Kemp opened the first set with the Simon Brown Trio to play extended versions of some great jazz classics including:

Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood.

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A great combination which included Thelonius Monks Ornithology and Morgan Lewis’s How High The Moon.
The Shadow Of Your Smile
written by Johnny Mandel but played in a 3/4 waltz time.
Bags’ Groove is a jazz composition by Milt Jackson . It was first recorded by the Milt Jackson in 1952.

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It’s Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget)
written by Richard Rodgers in 1935.
A wonderful ending to the first set Lester Young’s Lester Leaps In  leading in to Oleo a hard bop composition by Sonny Rollins.

Following the Jazznights raffle of three jazz cd’s Josh Kemp returned to play the second set which included:

Brooks Bowman’s East Of The Sun (and West Of The Moon).
From the Abbot & Costello’s 1941 film You Don’t Know What Love Is written by Gene de Paul.
A stunning combination of  the 1925 Sweet Georgia Brown and Thelonius Monk’s 1951 Straight, No Chaser. Josh featured this on his latest CD Rare Groove as Stirred Not Shaken.

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Blame It on My Youth
is a jazz tune written by Oscar Levant and Edward Heyman in 1934.
Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Triste played in the original Bossa Nova form.
Although it was now May Josh and the band played another Gene de Paul composition I’ll Remember April.

Reluctantly this was the final number of this beautiful and melodic gig. This was Josh’s third visit to Jazz Nights and we are sure that Roger and Larraine will ensure that he returns again in the future. They both missed this great gig as they were both at a wedding.

Sunday 22nd May 2016 – ED JONES (sax) will be at Jazz Nights

“A formidable saxophonist… he’s an improviser to his fingertips, a player of forceful imagination, and one of the UK’s most distinctive saxophonists.” John Fordham, The Guardian. “The Vigorous, sometimes downright volcanic tenor sound of Ed Jones has long been one of the great live delights of British Jazz”. Chris Parker, Jazzwise.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. 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