Mick Hanson made a very welcome return to Jazz Nights to play with the Roger Odell Trio at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 13th July 2016

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Jazznights Mick Hanson 170716 (58)Formerly from the local area, Mick moved on to establish himself as one of the major players on the UK jazz guitar scene with his duo performances with Dave Newton and in the trio Organic Matters. His forte is hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with a contemporaryJazznights Mick Hanson 170716 (42) Blue Note school approach.

Mick Hanson is one of the UK’s leading exponents of jazz guitar. His unique style is a masterful fusion of his early blues roots with the honest swinging jazz of the 50’s and 60’s. Mick has worked and recorded with many of the worlds best known performers including Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Dick Morrissey, Brian Dee, Gordon Beck and Dave Newton, and recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a leader.

“Fantastic” is a litotes for his beautiful style and tone left the Jazz Nights crowd in no doubt that this was a night to remember.

From Mick’s last visit to Jazz Nights “This was a superb finale to a fantastic evening from Mick Hanson and the Roger Odell Jazz Nights Trio.”

Mick played with the Jazz Nights 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.

Peter Lemer – Keyboards

Peter studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He remained a fixture of In Cahoots – he can be heard on Parallel (1996), Out Of The Blue (2001), – as well as playing one-off gigs with old friends Steve Cook (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), recording an album with them in Israel


     Jazznights Roger Odell 170716 (31)        Jazznights Peter Lemer 170716 (100)

Bernie Hodgkins – Electric 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 Nernie Hodgkins 170716 (34)        Jazznights Larraine Odell 170716 (15)  

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

Larraine Odell opened the first set with some great Jazz standards which included:

Lullaby Of Birdland is a tune written by George Shearing in 1952 in honour of Charlie Parker and “Birdland” the jazz club named after him. Lyrics were written by George David Weiss.

(Portuguese which sounds like Gin-Gee in English) is a song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Aloysio de Oliveira. English lyrics were added by Ray Gilbert. It is a world famous bossa nova standard.

Artie Shaw;s lovely tune – Moonray

Jazznights Larraine Odell 170716 (14)
Close Enough for Love
” was the theme song from the 1979 film “Agatha” starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave. The song has since become a jazz standard. It was composed by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Paul Williams.

I Only Have Eyes for You
” is a popular romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written in 1934 for the film Dames where it was introduced by Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.

Mick Hanson the joined the trio to play extended improvised versions of:

Mick opened with a superb solo version of The Things We Did Last Summer” is a popular song from 1946. The words were written by Sammy Cahn, with the composition by Jule Styne.

Jazznights Mick Hanson   Roger Odell Jazznights Trio170716 (106)


Jazznights Mick Hanson   Roger Odell Jazznights Trio170716 (103)

Days of Wine and Roses
” is a popular song, from the 1962 movie of the same name.
The music was written by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

As a tribute to James Stanley Hall (Jim Hall) (December 4, 1930 – December 10, 2013) who was  an American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger. Mick Hanson wrote Jim’s Hall of Fame.

Willard Robison wrote Old Folks a lovely plaintive tune played sensitively and beautifully by Mick Hanson. This was requested by Larraine Odell who had heard Mick play this previously.

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 the pleasure of vocalist Carol Bleiker singing Stars Fell On Alabama and Geoff Harriman playing Lullaby Of Birdland on his harmonica.

   Jazznights Carol Bleiker 170716 (80)      Jazznights Geoff Harriman 170716 (69)

Mick Hanson
then returned to play with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio numbers that included.

Jazznights Mick Hanson   Roger Odell Jazznights Trio170716 (104)
Another Mick Hanson composition Cahn But Not Forgotten (not “Gone but Not Forgotten”
A tribute to Steve Cahn an American jazz guitarist. He is the son of lyricist Sammy Cahn.

How Little we know
, recorded famously by Frank Sinatra and written by written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer for the 1944 film To Have and Have Not,.

Body and Soul
is a popular song and jazz standard written in 1930 with lyrics by Edward Heyman,Robert Sour and Frank Eyton; and music by Johnny Green.

It Ain’t Necessarily So
This song comes from the Gershwin brothers’ 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. Ira Gershwin’s bible-doubting lyrics are sung by the sleazy dope-dealing character Sportin’ Life.

A superb blues medley based on Things Ain’t What They Used to Be a 1942 jazz standard with music by Mercer Ellington and lyrics by Ted Persons. Jazz musician and historian Chris Tyle argues that most likely Mercer Ellington came up with the melody and his father then arranged the song for the band. The song is most often played as an instrumental.

This was an outstanding finale to a truly wonderful gig of jazz on the guitar

Sun 31 Jul – EMILY SAUNDERS (voc) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 31st July 2016

Emily Saunders Live

A skilful, rhythmically inventive vocalist, Emily balances her virtuosity and adventurous musicianship of the highest order with a catchy pop sensibility that sees her breathy voice dance around infectious melodies that worm their way into your brain and stay there. “Fast rising Brit Jazz Talent” – Metro. “Next big thing” – Evening Standard

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.

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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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