Trudy Kerr at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 215th November 2018 singing with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins with additional vocals from Larraine Odell

Trudy Kerr is renowned as one of the UK’s finest jazz vocalists. Mojo Magazine says of her singing “Trudy Kerr is the genuine article – She is a Joy!” All About Jazz has described her as “100% real jazz musician with fluid phrasing and a mellifluous, warm and sensuous tone.”

Born in Australia, Trudy moved to the UK in the early 1990’s to pursue a career in Jazz. She got her big break when Ronnie Scott asked her to perform at his Club and Trudy’s career grew from there. She has performed at many major venues and festivals in the UK as well as engagements in Europe, her homeland Australia and the Far East.

Trudy Kerr

To date Trudy has released ten albums on the Jazzizit Record Label (The Rhythm of Life 2012, Reunion 2010, Like Minds 2009, Deja Vu 2007, Jazz for Juniors 2006, Cloudburst 2005, My Old Flame 2001, Day Dream 2000, Trudy 1998 and Sweet Surprise 1997) and has collaborated both live and in the studio with world class musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Jan Lundgren, Georgie Fame, Bob Dorough, Michael Garrick, Acker Bilk, Jamie Cullum, Geoff Gascoyne (her husband), Tom Cawley, Seb de Krom, Jim Mullen plus many more.

To celebrate her extensive discography reaching double figures, Jazzizit Records have just put the finishing touches to a Trudy Kerr Compilation called Contemplation. It consists of fifteen tracks of some of Kerr’s greatest recorded moments and will be available for a Christmas release.

On a live performance you’ll hear “her highly skilled nimble voice” (Steve Rubie, 606 Club, Chelsea, London) deliver a diverse repertoire that could include compositions by Chick Corea, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Fats Waller, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim and of course the Great American Songbook standards.

She is fast becoming a prolific lyricist having penned many vocalese (putting words to instrumental solos). Her performance of vocalese has been described by Jazzwise Magazine as “stunning and virtuosic with machine-gun fire delivery of the melodic line.” Trudy’s recent album with Geoff Gascoyne, The Rhythm of Life, was also full of exciting new repertoire penned by the husband and wife team. Jamie Cullum describing the songs as “new standards of today”.

As well as performing an eclectic mix of music on her gigs, she also performs an outstanding set celebrating the music of Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan with her regular trio, Tom Cawley (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and Sebastian de Krom (drums), alongside two of the UK’s finest musicians, Dick Pearce (trumpet) and Derek Nash (tenor saxophone).

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Trudy Kerr and Roger Odell
Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Additional vocals from Larraine Odell
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 drums playing with the band
Brian Stapley
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Trudy Kerr and Roger Odell

Sunday 9th December 2018 – JOSEPHINE DAVIES (sax) will be at Jazznights

Josephine has an unusual background as a jazz musician, having initially trained in classical flute and piano. She then studied alto saxophone at the Guildhall School in London, but then switched her instrument to tenor sax. “A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist” All About Jazz. “…confident, fluent and imaginative” The Jazzman.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, 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

The Jazznights blog and pictures is now at  https://moreopinions.wordpress.com

Pictures from past gigs can also be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dancerd/

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Lee Gibson at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Steve Cook and vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare Sunday 12th November 2018


‘World-class British jazz singers are a rare breed at the moment, but Lee Gibson is certainly one of them. She continues to go from strength to strength, both on record and in person. While Cassandra Wilson leads the female vocal field in America, Lee Gibson has comparable status in Britain.’ (Manchester Evening News)

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Lee Gibson is a ‘jazz vocal sensation’ (The Independent). A nationally and internationally acclaimed singer who has delighted critics and fans alike with her wonderful voice, innate sense of swing and dynamic stage presence. ‘She is that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship.’ (Time Out).

‘Subtle…sensuous…joyful…musical’ (The Stage). A superb, charismatic performer with a reputation for excellence that pulls in the crowds, her live appearances regularly set venue attendance records. ‘Soaring, meticulous vocals….the perfect jazz voice, truly playing it like an instrument (Blackpool Evening Gazette).

She has featured in over 1,000 broadcasts on BBC Radio including ‘live’ broadcasts with the BBC Big Band (with whom she has also appeared in concert on many occasions) and the BBC Concert Orchestra on ‘Friday Night is Music Night’.

Lee has appeared at The Barbican, The Purcell Room, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Fairfields Hall, Ronnie Scotts, seven seasons at Pizza on the Park, the 606 Club, The Spice of Life and at all the major jazz venues throughout the UK and Europe.

Festival appearances in the UK and Ireland include Appleby, Ealing, London, Birmingham, Wigan, Marlborough, Edinburgh, Dundee, Newbury, Bude, Derry, Cork, Preston, Swanage, the Isle of Man, Dartmouth and Swansea. In 2016, Lee appeared at festivals in Llandeilo and Abergavenny.

Lee has a long association with leading UK jazz independent record label Spotlite Records which has seen the release of three solo albums ‘Songs of Time and Place’, ‘Linger Awhile’ and ‘Here’s to Love’. All have received universal critical acclaim. She will be looking to return to the studio in 2018 to record a new CD.

Her many film and television credits include ‘Victor Victoria’, ‘Privates on Parade’, ‘The Great Muppet Movie’, ‘An American Tail’, ‘Willow’, ‘Yentl’, ‘The Two Ronnies’, ‘The Morecambe and Wise Show’, ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘Barrymore’, ‘The Benny Hill Show’ and 7 Royal Variety Shows.

‘As far as I am concerned there can never be too much Lee Gibson…she lights up any song with her musicality.’ (The Observer) ‘She is, without doubt, the best jazz singer this country has produced in the last 40 years.’ (Digby Fairweather) 

Simon Brown, Steve Cook, Lee Gibson and Roger Odell

Lee Gibson sang with 

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Steve Cook

Additional vocals from Larraine Odell


Larraine Odell
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 our faourite harmonica player Geoff Harriman
Geoff Harriman
Simon Brown, Steve Cook, Lee Gibson and Roger Odell

Sunday 9th December 2018 Jazznights welcomes Josephine Davies (saxophone)

Josephine has an unusual background as a jazz musician, having initially trained in classical flute and piano. She then studied alto saxophone at the Guildhall School in London, but then switched her instrument to tenor sax. “A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist” All About Jazz. “…confident, fluent and imaginative” The Jazzman.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, 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

The Jazznights blog and pictures is now at  https://moreopinions.wordpress.com

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dancerd

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com