Chris Allard at Jazznights with the Roger Odell Trio Peter Lemer, José Canha and vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare Sunday 21st January 2018

Jazznights Chris Allard 210118 (84)Chris Allard has performed/recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie Wood, Gwyneth Herbert, Dave O’Higgins, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Omar Kamal, Jamie Cullum, Mike Walker, Dylan Howe, Steve Furst, Gwilym Simcock, the Jazznights Chris Allard 210118 (137)BBC Big Band, Steve Waterman to name a few.

He also leads his own group, which has performed at festivals and respected venues in the UK and Europe including the International Guitar Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Bonington Theatre, Maison Musique Torino Italy, the Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London, has had press and radio-play as far afield as Portugal and Los Angeles and received critical acclaim including four stars in Guitarist.
Invisible Landscape was released in July 2016 on independent label Perdido Records, with a launch gig at Pizza Express Dean St in London. Chris’s fourth album as a bandleader, it received excellent reviews; praised for impeccable performances, and a distinctive melodic gift.

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‘a non-cliched linear improviser of great originality and talent…an excellent recording of modern music full of variety, intensity and interest.’ Jazzviews
‘In an age of instant downloads and short attention spans, ‘Invisible Landscape’ is a brave album built on artistic integrity, framed by Allard’s inventive musical vision and realized by the band’s technical and improvisational excellence’ ★★★★ Get Ready to Rock
Amongst other current projects Chris performs with Palestinian singer Omar Kamal; with recent performances at televised concerts with the Lebanese Symphony Orchestra and big band in Lebanon, and concerts in Jordan and Bahrain. He continues to play regularly with Charlie Wood, appearing on his recently recorded new album, to be released in 2018, as well as performing in various other groups such as the Fugata Quintet and the brand new contemporary tango group Almagro Ensemble led by John Turville.
Previous recent tours include arena tours with Il Divo in 2016 and 2014; including the O2 Arena in London. Throughout 2015 Chris toured with multi-platinum singer Russell Watson, the biggest selling UK classical artist of all time, with more than 80 sell-out concerts. Chris was playing classical, steel-string acoustic and electric guitars, as well as electric bass and mandolin. Also in 2014 Chris toured with Brit Award winning trumpeter Alison Balsom, venues including the Royal Albert Hall.

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Roger Odell and Peter Lemer

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José Canha and Larraine Odell

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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 Brian Stapley on the drums

Sunday 4th February 2018 – LUCA LUCIANO (clt) will be at Jazznights

“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer who now makes his home in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” – The Musician. Described by BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponent of jazz clarinet”.

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
Pay on the night.

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