Martin Speake at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine odell on Sunday 5th August 2018

Leading British saxophonist, composer, and jazz educator Martin Speake celebrates his 60th birthday and the launch of his latest album, Intention (Ubuntu Music, 2018), with a UK tour, starting next month.

Martin Speake

Intention is a revival of his musical alliance with one of the most high-profile, exciting and innovative American jazz pianists, The Bad Plus’s Ethan Iverson who will be touring with Martin along with Fred Thomas (bass) and James Maddren (drums).

Citing Charlie Parker, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Rabih Abou Khalil amongst his major influences, Martin Speake has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz and an individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.

Martin Speake

A member of the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers in the 80s, he has recorded 18 albums as leader including the internationally acclaimed ECM release Change Of Heart with Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson and Mick Hutton.

Roger Odell, Martin Speake, Bernie Hodgkins and Simon Brown

Intention a quartet recording with Ethan Iverson, Fred Thomas and James Maddren, captures the breadth of his music within a selection of originals composed throughout his notable career revisited and reinterpreted alongside these three exceptional musicians.

Martin Speake played with:

Roger Odell

Simon Brown

Bernie Hodgkins

Larraine Odell

Roger Odell, Geoff Harriman, Bernie Hodgkins and Simon Brown

Following the Jazznights Raffle of three jazz CDs we have the sitting in spot which gives the opportunity for local musicians to sit in with the band. Tonight we had the plasure of Geoff Harriman playing his harmonica for two numbers.

Sunday 19th August 2018 Jazznights will have their special guest Liane Carroll (vocals and piano)

Nominated: Vocalist Of The Year 2016 – Jazz FM Awards 2016. Winner: Best British Jazz Vocalist – British Jazz Awards 2016. BASCA Gold Badge Award for Services to Music – 2016. “She seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer. “Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest” The Times. “Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz.” MOJO.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.


There is no bar so bring your own booze!  The Waggon & Horses is just across the road and the Village Local store nearby has a good selection of beer, wine, etc – open until 8pm.

Street car parking is available in Whitlock Drive opposite the venue. Please continue to support us through this temporary change!

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