TRACKS at Jazz Nights gig on Sunday 28th August 2016. Tracks is the jazz-rock fusion band formed in the late 70’s which led on to the formation of Shakatak. Tracks features current Shakatak members Bill Sharpe (keys) and Roger Odell (drs) with ex-member Keith Winter (gtr) plus Martin Elliot (bs)

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In the mid-70s drummer Roger Odell was working with the band Northern Lights and his rhythm section partner was bassist Trevor Horn, who later formed Buggles (“Video Killed The Radio Star”) before becoming a producer and working for Seal, Simple Minds, Yes, etc.

Jazznights Tracks 180816 (104)Seeking more musically challenging material than the Top-Twenty hits and radio jingles they were playing with Northern Lights, Roger asked Trevor to join a band he intended forming to play the emerging jazz-rock fusion music of groups like Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Chick Corea’s Return To Forever and Weather Report.

Looking for a keyboard player and a guitarist, Roger found both in his home town of Bishop’s Stortford. Keith Winter was the prodigious guitar-playing son of Derek Winter, a local bandleader with whom Roger had played some years earlier. Bill Sharpe was known to Roger as a flautist/guitarist, but when his considerable keyboard skills were revealed he was the obvious choice to complete the group. Ex-CMU guitarist Ian Hamlett also became an occasional member.

After rehearsing enough material for a two hour performance, Tracks began what was to Jazznights Tracks 180816 (117)become a residency every Sunday lunchtime at Triad Arts Centre in Bishop’s Stortford, soon attracting an enthusiastic audience who would travel some distances to hear the band.

When Trevor left the band to become Musical Director of the Tina Charles Band (former lead vocalist with Northern Lights), his replacement was Martin Elliott, later to join Michael Nyman. Keith also joined Tina’s band, whilst still remaining as the guitarist with Tracks.

When Martin left the band his replacement was John Dover, who was the bassist in one of Roger’s first professional groups and later worked with Keith in the band Scoundrel.

Although starting with a repertoire based around the afore-mentioned groups, Tracks soon Jazznights Tracks 180816 (26)began to develop original material from within the group. Luckily, Bill was working as a Trainee Engineer for the BBC and was allowed to record groups during “training time”, so in November 1979 Tracks entered the studios at Maida Vale, London and recorded what was to become their Limited Edition 12″ Mini Album of which only 100 copies were produced.

These vinyl records sold out quickly at their Triad residency and because of their rarity they soon became “Collector’s Items”. In fact, on a recent trip to Bratislava, Slovakia, the bass playing promoter of a Shakatak concert there owned a cassette copy (of a copy, of a copy) of the original vinyl. The word had truly got around!

Resulting from session work in London, Bill, Keith & Roger were Invited to record some original material composed by Bill. This resulted in the first recordings of the band that with the later addition of George Anderson (bass guitar), Jill Saward & Jackie Rawe (vocals) became the original Shakatak line-up.

Tracks featured:

Roger Odell – Drums

I first began playing drums at about the age of 14 in a band that we formed at my school, Buckhurst Hill County High, and later I played in various dance bands in the Essex/Herts area. In my late teens I formed a modern jazz group and played regularly at The Greyhound in Harlow, and this led to my meeting up with jazz pianist Alan Gowen. The trio we subsequently formed with John Hosey on bass continued to play in the Harlow area, and as a rhythm section we accompanied most of the top names on the UK jazz scene. I also played in a student big band run by members of the John Dankworth Orchestra in London.

Jazznights Roger Odell 180816 (112)I turned fully professional in the 70’s with the Cambridge group C.M.U., touring throughout the UK and Europe and recording two albums for the Transatlantic label. These were called “Open Spaces”, and “Space Cabaret”, and have just been re-released on one CD on the See For Miles label- SEECD373. This group featured my wife Larraine as lead vocalist.

Towards the end of the 70’s I formed a jazz-rock band called Tracks with Trevor on bass, Bill Sharpe (keyboards) and Keith Winter (guitar). When Trevor left to form Buggles his replacement was Martin Elliot, now with Michael Nyman. Ian Hamlett, formerly of C.M.U., and bassist John Dover also played with Tracks. We recorded an EP which we released on “white label”, and sold at our regular Sunday lunch-time gig at Triad Arts Centre in Bishops Stortford. This is now available on CD.

As well as being a member of Shakatak, I free-lance in other situations and I also run my own bands, often featuring my wife Larraine as vocalist. Our son Jamie (Jimpster, Audiomontage, DJ, Re-mixer) is a keyboard playing Producer/Engineer rapidly making a name for himself with a variety of projects including The Bays, and we have a daughter, Maxine, who graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Culture, Communication and Media, and is now living and working in London. In late ’99, early ’00, I co-produced my own CD with Jamie, which features among others, Larraine and Jacqui Hicks on vocals, Mornington Lockett on saxes, Jamie on keyboards, Maxine on backing vocals, and myself on drums. The group is called Beatifik, and the CD is entitled “The Blue Window”.

Bill Sharpe – Keyboards

After graduating from Birmingham University with an honours degree in music, I started to work for the BBC as a studio manager. At the same time, I continued to play in bands as I did throughout my years at school. One of the bands was called “Tracks” which comprised of Roger Odell, Keith Winter and Trevor Horn.

1980, along with Keith and Roger and producer Nigel Wright, I formed Shakatak. We toured the UK extensively during the early eighties and signed with Polydor records. In 1982 we had Jazznights Bill Sharpe 180816 (154)our first top 20 hit with “Easier said than done”, one of the hits that I wrote for the band. Others include “Night Birds”,”Invitations”, “Dark is the Night”, “Down on the Street” and “Mr Manic and Sister Cool”.

In 1983, international success began for the band in Europe, America and particularly in Japan where “Night Birds” became one of the biggest selling international albums of all time.

As the band’s success continued through the 80’s, I released my first solo album “Famous People” in 1985. One song on the album featured Gary Numan. Called “Change your Mind” , it became a top 20 hit and also heralded the start of a successful collaboration with Gary under the name of “Sharpe and Numan”.
Apart from working with Gary , I also found time to write with and for other artists all over the world. From Yusuko Agawe in Japan to Annabella from “Bow Wow Wow” in the UK.

As the 90’s began , Shakatak and I found ourselves touring less and recording more due to the demand for recordings particularly in Japan. Our music was becoming very popular in America in the contemporary jazz market where they had two consecutive number 1 albums. Jazznights Bill Sharpe 180816 (97)
At this time, since the band’s schedule was less hectic, I found time to start writing music for television which has remained an interest to this day. In 1996, through my consultancy work for Technics keyboards, I met the great jazz musician Don Grusin and after spending time helping with the design and specs for some new Technics products in Japan, we became good friends. In 1997, I had the time and opportunity to record my second solo album and asked Don Grusin to co-produce the record with me in Los Angeles. This enabled me to work with some of my favourite American musicians including Alex Acuna, Paulinho da Costa, Abe Laboriel as well as the great soul singer Jeffrey Osborne.

The album is titled ‘State of the Heart” and has received critical acclaim worldwide. In the ensuing years, I have continued to record and tour with Shakatak and we have just released our latest album, “Emotionally Blue”, in 2007. There will be a new album later this year – look out for that! As far as my solo projects are concerned I recorded an album with Don Grusin called “Geography” which you can download from my http://www.billsharpe.com. we’ll be working on a new album this year so look out for that. I also recorded a solo piano album of shakatak songs.

Martin Elliott – Electric bass

I turned professional in December 1978 and since then I’ve been lucky enough to play for many great musicians and singers, plus I have travelled all over the world.

Over the past 30 years or so some of the jobs I’ve had include playing for: Michael Nyman, Gary Numan, Michael Ball, Shirley Bassey, Bucks Fizz, Petula Clark, The Nolans, Alice (Italy), Jazznights Martin Elliott 180816 (74)London Saxophonic, Franco Battiato(Italy), The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Soweto String Quartet, Sacha Distel, Ute Lemper, Matt Munro, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and many others, plus I’ve played in theatres for: “Grease”, “Cats”, “Les Miserables”, “Chess”, “Whistle Down The Wind”, “The Beautiful Game” and I’ve played many TV, radio, album (recently for John Barrowman and Will Martin) and film recording dates.

A couple of TV jobs that I’m most pleased to have done are: playing on the theme tune of “Blue Peter” (when it had a slapped Fender Jazz…I’m sure you remember that…) and playing my fretless on the show “Bottom” as part of the “Bum Notes”. During the late ’80s I played in the orchestra for “New Faces”, plus I regularly played in the house band for “Wogan”. I have also been involved as a co-producer with the Michael Nyman Band, for the piece “After Extra Time” and London Saxophonic, for the CD “An Eye for a Difference”.
In 1997 I had the unusual and privileged opportunity to perform a modern opera – “Dirty Tricks”, with music by Paul Barker – that was accompanied by solo bass guitar. I have also recorded a “concerto” for bass guitar written for me by the Spanish composer Chema Rivas.

Keith Winter – Guitar

A professional session player and gigging guitarist from the age of 19, Keith Winter went on to become a founder member of the 80’s jazz funk band Shakatak. The band achieved Jazznights Keith Winter 180816 (98)considerable chart success both here and abroad and toured extensively.

At the end of the 80’s, during an extended spell of nothing but recording, Keith felt the need to get out and play live again, returning to his early rockier roots with the band ‘Before The Storm’.

With Keith as the main composer along with singer Steve Scales, the band played some 200 gigs in and around the London area and was attracting record company interest when Keith fell ill with a very rare condition that considerably damaged his sensory nervous system and left him severely disabled and unable to play the guitar or even walk properly. The consultants were of the opinion that recovery was unlikely due to the extent of the damage, so some seriously nice guitars and amps got sold!

Jazznights Keith Winter 180816 (101)That seemed to be it!

But amazingly, 21 years later and against all the odds, Keith has now recovered and is back playing again. Initially he started playing guitar with his daughter Cara, a young pianist and singer songwriter (myspace.com/carawinter). He then formed an 8 piece band called ‘Have You Heard’ with local musicians to play a selection of Pat Metheny Group tunes and has got back together again with Steve Scales as ‘Another Storm’ (myspace.com/anotherstorm)  playing the tunes written back at the start of the 90’s, with new material and CD planned for 2011.

The icing on the cake as far as he is concerned is the return of ‘Tracks’.

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

This gig was a truly rare stunning blast from the past and they should reform much more often to play their unique blend of Jazz Rock Fusion. Tonight they played many great numbers including:

Jalna  An original Tracks number written by Roger Odell – meaning of the title is somewhat obscure!
Monday Jump Another song penned by Roger Odell – we leave to you the meaning of the song title!
Jazznights Tracks 180816 (131)Maiden Voyage Tracks interpretation of the famous composition by Herbie Hancock from his 1965 album Maiden Voyage
Queen Mab A Tracks tune based on A Tale Entwined in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Freeway written by Bill Sharpe
Freeway Play based on Bill’s original Freeway

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s Tracks then continued foe the second set numbers including:

Arjen’s Bag from John McLaughlin’s Extrapolation is the debut album by jazz guitarist John McLaughlin.
Dreams of E.B. Frankenstein composed by Ian Hamett one of the original guitarists of the Cambridge C.M.U. band
Down Wind from Cerberus
Jazznights Tracks 180816 (71)El Mar
by George Benson from the White Rabbit album.
Coast To  Coast written by Bill Sharpe another of tonight’s tunes from the original 1979 Tracks album.
Snoopy’s Search – 1:02 / Red Baron as featured on the the debut album by jazz fusion drummer Billy Cobham
Spain is an instrumental jazz fusion composition by jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. It is probably Corea’s most recognized piece, and some[who?] would consider it a modern jazz standard and what a great finale for this memorable gig.

Sunday 11th September 2016 – ANITA WARDELL (voc) will be at Jazz Nights.

With a career dating back to the 1990s, Anita has enjoyed more than two decades of success and last year she was pronounced Best Jazz Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards. She has made many critically acclaimed albums whilst commanding the respect of her peers and she has a brand new CD out now called “The Road” on the Specific Jazz label.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

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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Cameron Pierre with the Jazznights Trio at the Bell Hotel, Clare when he returned to play with the Jazznights Trio on Sunday 14th August 2015

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Born in London, Cameron Pierre was raised on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Like most of his peers, Cameron’s early musical influences were Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff,
Jazznights Cameron Pierre 140816 (214)and a host of artists from that era of popular Jamaican music, oh, and Stevie Wonder. At sixteen he taught himself to play the guitar, and it was within the reggae genre that he first established himself, working with Jamaican artists including Clint Eastwood & General Saint,  Barrington, Levy,  Al Campbell, Wayne Marshall,  Dennis Brown,  Tipa Ire,  Micheal Prophet et al.  Then came the slow discovery of George Benson and Charlie Christian, and through them, Wes Montgomery,  Miles Davis and Charlie Parker.  Since then Cameron has gone on to work with   Courtney Pine,  Pee Wee Ellis,  Orphy Robinson,  Alex Wilson,  Jazz Jamaica, Dennis Rollins,  Ormar  Puente,  Junior Walker,  Joe Cocker,  and numerous others.

As his own musical direction veered towards jazz,  he remained in demand on the Calypso,  and reggae circuit.  A stalwart of the British jazz scene since the 80s,  he was invited  by renowned British saxophonist Courtney Pine  to join his band and has since  become an Jazznights Cameron Pierre 140816 (113)integral part of the group both as a recording and live artist.

Alongside Courtney’s band, in 1994 Cameron formed ‘Creole’, a multi-cultural melange of musicians from Africa, Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean, enjoying wide critical acclaim for their performances at the Glastonbury and Womad Festivals. In 1997, Cameron released the first of his five solo albums, Friday Night, to wide critical acclaim. In 2003 he also released  The Other Side of Notting Hill, a body of work which was to help cement his reputation as a guitarist/composer par excellence.  As a follow up to the acclaimed 2007 release  “Pad up”  his most recent release, “Radio Jumbo”  his  6th studio cut,  sees Cameron teaming up with French virtuoso pianist Mario Canonge for his  second release on the Destin-e  Label.

“Though his approach is undeniably indebted to that of his two great heroes, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, but infused with a bounce and vitality that belongs only to him.   Touring with Courtney Pine’s award-winning band Cameron’s guitar style has dazzled Jazznights Cameron Pierre 140816 (122)many a jazz fan, and he has received glowing reviews from all over the world for his warm, dexterous sound and his self-deprecating and engaging stage presence”
BC Music Magazine, (Barry Witherden)

The playing is as suave, urbane and stylish as one of Miles Davis’s Italian suits.
‘Pierre lays down great slabs of chunky comping, pleasing riffs and fleet solos with consummate ease and great taste – a fine album by an artist at the top of his game.’  Jazzwise.

Very strong melodically.’  The Guardian.

‘Pierre’s powerful playing deserves centre stage.’  Mail on Sunday.

Pierre is resolutely his own man, drawing in references to Africa, his homeland Dominica and the British scene.’  Jazz Review

The results are thoroughly entertaining, infectiously swinging, intelligent and alert, at times tenderly sensitive at others exploiting the bluesy combination of organ and guitar with energy and power.’  Glyn Pursglo

Those comments were all well proven by Cameron  Pierre when he played a stunning gig at Jazz Nights with the Jazznights Trio who were this evening:

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.

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Peter Lemer – Keyboards

Peter Lemer is perhaps most famously associated with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia with whom he recorded many albums over a 30 year period but he has also worked with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Annette Peacock, Harry Beckett, Gilgamesh, Baker Gurvitz Army, Seventh Wave, Harry Beckett’s Joy Unlimited, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield Group, In Cahoots, and Miller/Baker/Lemer.  He recorded his own trio CD in Israel and he currently works in his own groups plus the Peter Lemer-Billy Thompson Quartet and Duo, Que Pasa and Pepi Lemer’s “back2front” with whom he co-produced their new CD.

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Alex Best – Drums

After achieving his music degree he  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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Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

Cameron Pierre opened the first set with some great extended versions of jazz standards which included:

There Will Never Be Another You is a popular song with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Mack Gordon for the Twentieth Century Fox musical Iceland (1942).
Doxy is an early composition by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. It first appeared on the 1957
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Miles Davis album Bags’ Groove, performed by Davis on trumpet, Rollins on tenor saxophone
Meditation (“Meditação” in Portuguese) is a tune composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonça and a popular jazz guitar number
There Is No Greater Love is a 1936 jazz standard composed by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Marty Symes. It was the last hit song for Jones’s orchestra before the bandleader turned the orchestra over to Woody Herman,

Following the Jazznights raffle of 3 jazz cd’s Cameron Pierre then returned to play:

As a jazz standard, I’ll Remember April  (Music by Gene De Paul) first appeared in a rather unlikely performance. Dick Foran introduced the song in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy Ride ‘Em Cowboy.

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Moanin’
is a jazz tune and album by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers recorded in 1958 for the Blue Note label. Composed by pianist Bobby Timmons.
Four On Six, a great jazz standard for the guitar composed by the American guitarist Wes Montgomery.
Victor Young and His Orchestra introduced Stella by Starlight in the 1944 Paramount film, The Uninvited, a ghost story.
Body and Soul  was written in New York City for the British actress and singer Gertrude Lawrence, who introduced it to London audiences in 1930. Louis Armstrong was the first jazz musician to record “Body and Soul”, in October 1930 and remains a firm jazz standard.
Straight, No Chaser is a jazz standard composed by Thelonious Monk. It was first recorded on Monk’s Blue Note Sessions in 1951. It has been recorded numerous times by Monk and others and is one of Monk’s most covered songs.

A superb evening of the masterful art of jazz guitar with accompaniment by some of East Anglia’s finest.

TRACKS will be appearing at the next Jazz Nights gig  on Sunday 28th August 2016


Tracks is the jazz-rock fusion band formed in the late 70’s which led on to the formation of Shakatak. Tracks features current Shakatak members Bill Sharpe (keys) and Roger Odell (drs) with ex-member Keith Winter (gtr) plus Martin Elliot (bs). For this Jazznights gig they will play an “acoustic” version of their repertoire.
THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

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


Emily Saunders amazing vocalist at Jazz Nights at the Bell Hotel, Clare on 31st July 2016 singing with the Jazznights Trio

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A Londoner, songwriter, composer, producer, radio presenter enjoying massive impact broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, JazzFM & XFM, along with radio stations around the world inc USA, Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Abu Dhabi, México. Her music also charts internationally on iTunes & Amazon.

Jazznights Emily Saunders 310716 (81)· “Absolutely brilliant”   Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio2

· “One for the jazz dance clubs” Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio6

· “Fast rising Brit Jazz Talent” Metro

· “The outrageously good Emily Saunders. An extraordinary talent” Chris Philips, JazzFM

· “Jazz album of the year so far” ★★★★    Independent

· “Next big thing” ★★★★       Evening Standard

· ‘Killer up-tempo tracks…. Highly recommended’ AllAboutJazz

The young British jazz chanteuse Emily Saunders burst onto the London scene in the early 2010s with her sultry Latin rhythms, classy song writing, and a remarkable ability for extended vocal improvisational technique that saw her widely praised by both niche and mainstream press. Born into a musical family — her grandmother was a classical pianist, her sister a composer, and her father a conductor and arranger — Saunders took to playing the piano and composing songs at an early age before developing a fascination with improvisation and going on to study jazz voice at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

During her teens and her time at college, she cultivated a catholic musical taste encompassing Jazznights Emily Saunders 310716 (80)everything from old-school soul and rock to reggae and ambient techno, but became particularly enamored of Brazilian jazz giants such as Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, and Airto Moreira, all of whom inspired her forays into composition.

After honing her craft she took to the stage with a band of skilled improvisers which featured some of the most highly regarded young names in U.K. jazz, including trumpeter Byron Wallen and pianist Bruno Heinen.

Critics judged Saunders fit to stand with her Brazilian heroes, raving not only about her skills as a composer and arranger, but primarily about her warm, mellow tones and remarkable vocalese improvisations, comparing her to the likes of Gretchen Parlato and Madeleine Peyroux.

From the biography by John D Buchanan

Her debut album, Cotton Skies, was released in July 2011.

Her latest album Outsiders Insiders was released in March 2015.

Emily Saunders illustrated her great expertise at the jazz art of vocalese to a delighted audience at Jazz Nights. She played with the Jazz Nights Trio who were tonight:

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.

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Alex Best – Drums

After achieving his music degree he  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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Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

Emily Saunders opened her first set with some superb renditions including:

Freddie Hubbard’s Birdlike. It’s a blues patterned after the blues that Charlie Parker liked to play (hence the name).
Afro Blue is a jazz standard composed by Mongo Santamaría, perhaps best known in its arrangement by John Coltrane.

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Dream composed by Emily and published on her 2011 album Cotton Skies.
All the Things You Are is a song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II.[
Wave” (also known as “Vou Te Contar” in Portuguese) is a bossa nova song written by Antônio 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..
Another self penned number by Emily Reflections from her Outsiders Insiders album.
Emily finished her first set with another song Daze from her Outsiders Insiders album.

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 and John Reeve-Butler with his fretless electric bass guitar playing Young At Heart

     Jazznights Carol Bleiker 030716 (109)       Jazznights John Reeve-Butler 030716 (110)Emily Saunders then re-joined the band for her second set which included:

Nature Boy is a song first recorded by American jazz singer Nat King Cole written in 1947 by eden ahbez.
Anthropology was tune written by Charlie Parker. It is a bebop head based on the chord changes of George Gershwin’s tune “I Got Rhythm”

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ou’re My Everything is a 1931 song with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Mort Dixon and Joe Young.
God Bless the Child” is a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog, Jr. in 1939. It was first recorded on May 9, 1941.
Four is a 1954 jazz standard composed by Eddie “cleanhead” Vinson and often mistakenly attributed to Miles Davis who recorded it 1956. This was a superb finale for this wonderful evening of jazz vocals and vocalese.

CAMERON PIERRE (guitar) will be at Jazz Nights on Sunday 14th August 2016

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Though his approach is undeniably indebted to that of his two great heroes, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, it is infused with a bounce and vitality that belongs only to him. Touring with Courtney Pine’s award-winning band Cameron’s guitar style has dazzled many a jazz fan, and he has received glowing reviews from all over the world.

 

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

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