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.

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