Jazz Nights Luca Luciano at Jazz Nights, the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 23rd October 2016 with The Roger Odell Trio and vocals from Larraine Odell

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Internationally recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, praised by Musical Opinion (UK’s oldest classical music magazine) for his “constantly beautiful tone”, he starts his career at a very young age and has since “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine.

Jazznights Luca Luciano 231016 (101)His work has been described as “romantic, soulful and technically superb” and, with a repertoire that embraces more than two centuries of Western music, Luca is considered one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Luciano has presented new works (either his compositions or music especially written/arranged for him) and rarely played music at some of the most established venues of the UK, Europe and America. He is mainly active as a solo artist presenting original projects via concerts/recitals and his experience includes TV and radio performances, master-classes and lecture-recitals, five solo albums, orchestra and chamber music.

Described as “the new voice of the clarinet” on the front page of De Klarinet Magazine, internationally recognized for his ground-breaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, Luca starts his career at the young age of twelve debuting at one of the most established halls of his home town Naples and appears on television nationwide live aged twenty-one. Praised by the International Clarinet Association for “the full range of his abilities”, he receives a master’s degree from the Conservatoire of Salerno (Italy), is awarded the Fellow status at the Higher Education Academy (UK) and, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, he has since “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”. Luca has been introduced by the BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s Jazznights Luca Luciano 231016 (47)leading exponent of jazz clarinet” and his repertoire also embraces Catelnuovo-Tedesco, Brahms, Messiaen, Schumann, Cage along with rarely performed music by living composers and recordings of music by Stravinsky, Luciano Berio and Poulenc.

A D’Addario/Rico Artist and a former clarinet professor at the Leeds College of Music (UK), Luciano is one of the few specialists of classical, jazz and contemporary music at HE level and has held the only existing position of jazz-clarinet lecturer in the UK for several years. His areas of research include extended techniques and new compositions for solo clarinet also presented during his master-classes and lecture-recitals (in the UK, Europe and South America) and regularly premiered at St Martin in the Fields in London, Cambridge University and overseas. Over the past decade, Luca has found himself increasingly in demand as a soloist and has pursued a career as a solo artist touring extensively the UK and overseas and focusing primarily on his own music performing at venues as diverse as: the South Bank Centre, Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Birmingham University), Edinburgh Festival, European Clarinet Festival in Belgium, St James Piccadilly, the King’s Hall, Glasgow University, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Politeama Theatre Naples, Jazznights Luca Luciano 231016 (96)American Cathedral in Paris.
Aside from his renowned solo clarinet work, Luca has appeared on TV programs nationwide (RTE Ireland, SKY Brazil, RAI Television Italy), collaborated with orchestras also as a soloist (Italy, Republic of Ireland, Brazil) and with chamber music ensembles (also recording live for BBC Radio 3 at the Royal Festival Hall).

As a recording artist, Luciano’s solo albums have received much critical acclaim in three continent gaining him appearances on the front page of music magazines. He has been interviewed by the press, on TV and on radio with broadcasts nationwide including the BBC Radio and whole radio programs in the US on contemporary music dedicated to his work. In particular, his last releases, featuring music part of his research, have been praised by some of the major publications on clarinet such as The Clarinet Journal (USA/worldwide), Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine (UK), Rohrblatt (Germany), De Klarinet (The Netherlands/Belgium).

Luca Luciano was playing with the Roger Odell 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 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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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

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

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

My Romance is a popular song, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, written for Billy Rose’s musical, Jumbo (1935). In the 1962 movie version of Jumbo, Doris Day performed the song.

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Softly As in a Morning Sunrise
Sigmund Romberg wrote the music and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the words for this composition for the musical New Moon, which premiered in New York at the Imperial Theatre. Yhis was an up-tempo number arranged by Roger Odell.
I Could Write a Book is a show tune from the 1940 Rodgers and Hart musical Pal Joey (1940), where it was introduced by Gene Kelly and Leila Ernst.
Isn’t It a Pity?. is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, written for the 1933 musical Pardon My English. It was introduced by George Givot and Josephine Huston.
I Thought About You is a 1939 popular song composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was one of three collaborations Van Heusen and Mercer wrote for the then recently established Mercer-Morris publishing company. This had a superb opening solo by Steve Cook on the double bass.

Luca Luciano the joined the Jazz Nights Trio to play extended versions of tunes including:

All Blues written by Miles Davis. It was recorded on April, 22, 1959, during the second
session of his Kind of Blue album, still one of the best-selling jazz albums of all times.
Four is a 1954 jazz standard composed by the American jazz saxophonist Eddie “Cleanhead” Jazznights Luca Luciano   Trio 231016 (105)Vinson and mistakenly attributed to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. It was first recorded in 1954 by Miles Davis and released in 1956 on his album Blue Haze.
On Green Dolphin Street” (originally entitled “Green Dolphin Street”) is a 1947 song composed by Bronislaw Kaper with lyrics by Ned Washington. The song, composed for the film Green Dolphin Street (which was based on a 1944 novel of the same name by Elizabeth Goudge), went on to become a jazz standard after being recorded by Miles Davis in 1958

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 Colin Holden on trumpet playing Benny Golson’s Blues March and Geoff Harriman playing All Of Me on his harmonica.

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Luca Luciano the re-joined the Trio to play:

Extended version of Blues by Charlie Parker.
St. Thomas is among the most recognizable instrumentals in the repertoire of American Jazz Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Although Rollins is commonly credited as its composer, the tune is based on the traditional English song “The Lincolnshire Poacher”. By way of the folk process, “The Lincolnshire Poacher” evolved into a nursery song in the Virgin Islands, which Rollins’ mother sang to him when he was a child.
Donna Lee is a bebop jazz standard originally attributed to Charlie Parker, although Miles Davis also claimed authorship. Written in A-flat, it is based on the chord changes of the jazz standard “(Back Home Again in) Indiana”
Saxophonist John Coltrane composed Naima for his first wife, Juanita Austin, whose nickname was Naima or Nita. They were married in 1955.
Jazznights Luca Luciano   Trio 231016 (107)500 Hundred Miles High  written by Chick Corea from his Light As A Feather album from 1973.
How High The Moon and Ornithology medley gave an outstanding finale to this master class of the jazz clarinet. It is eight years since Luca last visited Jazz Nights and we are sure it will not be as long next time

Stan Sulzmann will be at Jazz-Nights on Sunday 6th November 2016
A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Gil Evans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier, Gwilym Simcock and many others as well as having a prolific output as a bandleader. “It simply doesn’t get any better than this” John Kelman.

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

Jazz-Nights gigs at the Bell Hotel, Clare in Suffolk CO10 8NN

The writer is listing forthcoming Jazz-Nights gigs  at the Bell Hotel Clare as I may not be able to post the normal blog for all the gigs.

This has been taken from http://www.jazz-nights.com/index.php as at Tuesday 4th October 2016 and can be visited at any time. As you will be aware that due to unforeseen circumstances details of gigs can change at any time.

The artists listed below will generally be accompanied by the Roger Odell Trio with Vocals from Larraine Odell.

Gig Diary

Sun 09 Oct – RENATO D’AIELLO (sax)

Born in Naples 1959. Renato started his professional career playing with the Giovanni Tommaso big band and then he received a full tuition scolarship from Berklee college of Boston. International tours followed with Tony Scott, Art Farmer and Renato toured Japan with Yoshida Masahiro trio. “Renato is a superlative saxophonist”. Ian Carr.

Sun 23 Oct – LUCA LUCIANO (clt)

“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer based in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” – The Musician. A former clarinet professor in the UK and as a recording artist his solo albums have received much critical acclaim.

Sun 06 Nov – STAN SULZMANN (sax)

A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Gil Evans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier, Gwilym Simcock and many others as well as having a prolific output as a bandleader. “It simply doesn’t get any better than this” John Kelman.

Sun 20 Nov – CHRISTIAN BREWER (sax)

Christian Brewer is a well known jazz saxophonist/composer/educator and he has been a leading voice on the alto saxophone for over 20 years having played at top clubs and festivals worldwide with Peter King (UK), Bob Martin (USA), Dmitry Baevsky (Russia), Tito Alcedo (Spain), Yutaka Shiina (Japan), Jos Matchel (Holland) amongst many.

Sun 04 Dec – ESTELLE KOKOT (voc)

Estelle returned to London after touring South Africa between February 2014 and January 2015 introducing the music of Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford to a new audience. She recorded The Sound of You album in November 2014 with Chico Freeman on saxophones, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Kevin Gibson on drums in Cape Town.

Sun 18 Dec – TENOR MADNESS (saxes)

A real battle of the saxes with two of the finest tenor players in the UK going head to head on some classic jazz standards. Both Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling run their own quartets with whom they have recorded great CDs. A fantastic night of straight ahead jazz and a brilliant way to finish an amazing year at The Bell.

Sun 01 Jan – ALAN BARNES (saxes)

One of the most popular jazz musicians in the UK and a winner of numerous awards. “Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago – hard, urban post-bop – but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz”. John L. Walters – The Guardian.

Sun 15 Jan – ADAM GLASSER (harm)

Award-winning Jazz harmonica and keyboard player Adam Glasser grew up in South Africa and is currently London-based. He won the 2010 SAMA Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and his recent album Mzansi was also nominated Best Jazz Album at the 2012 SAMA Awards. He pays tribute to the recently departed Toots Thielemans.

Sun 29 Jan – MATT WATES (sax)

“A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist” Dave Gelly – Observer. “A performer of boundless ability” Ken Rattenbury – Crescendo. “The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic” Duncan Lamont. “An incredibly talented musician and composer” John Dankworth . “Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon” Dave Gelly – Observer.

Sun 12 Feb – MARK NIGHTINGALE (trb)

Mark is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians. He performs in several groups and bands including his own Quintet and Big Band, The Sound of J&K, and The Andy Panayi Quartet. “Mark Nightingale is one of the most sensational musicians this country has ever produced”. Humphrey Lyttelton.

Sun 26 Feb – JACQUI HICKS (voc)

Having sung with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on a regular basis in 1992 Jacqui joined and toured the world with jazz funk band Shakatak. She has recorded a number of CDs with her own quartet and she is the featured singer on both Beatifik CDs and on The Boaters Project CD. Jacqui is a highly skilled singer with charm and intelligence.

Sun 12 Mar – ROBERT FOWLER (sax)

Since leaving the Pasadena Roof Orchestra Robert has worked with many bands and has also released his own CD “Front and Centre” which demonstrates the strong influence of some of the greats of the classic jazz era – Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. He has also been working and touring with Bryan Ferry on his recent album As Time Goes By.

Sun 09 Apr – NIC MEIER (gtr)

In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original guitarists and drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mixed with jazz he has developed his own unique sound. He was sensational at last year’s Bures Festival Jazz Night after touring with Jeff Beck.

Sun 23 Apr – KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (voc)

Kevin has performed at jazz venues throughout the UK and at top London clubs including Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club & the Pizza Express Jazz Club. His fresh-sounding renditions of jazz standards and iconic pop tunes has garnered him critical acclaim and fans far and wide. “….his voice is an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble” Jazz FM.


A very special night! When Ronnie Scott expanded his band he could have chosen any saxophonist in the world. He chose Mornington! As a very exciting extra, tonight’s rhythm section also features the ex-Ronnie Scott pianist John Critchinson and the ubiquitous bassist Dave Green who has played with everyone. Drummer Roger Odell will do his best to keep up!


Crissy is widely acclaimed as being the UK’s and Europe’s finest female drummer. Born in Colchester, Essex her career has seen Crissy travel the globe, appearing on numerous TV programmes and bringing the rich rewards of sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest celebrities. The quartet has recorded a new CD “My Favourite Things”.

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