Pete Neighbour at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Ted Beament and Bernie Hodgkins and vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare 24th March 2019

From relatively humble beginnings growing up in East London music has enabled Pete Neighbour to travel and perform extensively. Concert and guest  appearances on land have taken him all over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. In more recent years he has carved a niche for himself being one of very few jazz musicians to reach a wider audience by performing as a Headline Guest Entertainer on luxury cruise ships; thus enabling him to travel to some far flung corners of the world… Japan, Iceland, The Falkland Islands (some six times!) and even Antarctica to name a few. His act, when on cruise ships, focuses particularly on the ‘swing era’. The music and stories from that era never fail to ensure an enthralling evening’s entertainment.

Pete Neighbour

His love of jazz was nurtured from an early age and the complexities of improvisation became a challenge to be conquered… a challenge which excites him as much today as it did in those formative years. 

He is also still very much involved with corporate work, private functions, jazz festivals, master classes and recordings. Awards and accolades range from winning ‘most promising saxophonist’ at age 18 at a competition in London organised by ‘Jazz Journal’ magazine to being recently awarded the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award by the six star luxury cruise line ‘Silversea’, with whom Pete has had a long and successful relationship. He is constantly in demand in a variety of settings and has performed at private parties for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House as well as at house parties for Sir Michael Caine and Mick Jagger. He is repeatedly in attendance at many high profile corporate and showbusiness events. His performances have included venues as diverse as The Royal Festival Hall in London, The Lincoln Centre in New York, functions for the New York Historical Society, corporate events on board the ‘Orient Express’, parties at the Cannes Film Festival, in French Chateaux, The House of Lords in London, and Scottish Baronial castles.

Over the years he has performed with many great names from both the British and American jazz scenes ranging, stylistically from Al Casey (who performed regularly with ‘Fats’ Waller) to modern jazz names such as John Critchenson and the late Martin Drew.  He is proud to have played regularly alongside such musical luminaries as Warren Vache, Doc Cheatham, Wild Bill Davidson, Max Kaminsky, Scott Hamilton, George Chisolm, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilk. He has appeared as a guest artiste or leading his own band in jazz clubs in many cities from his native London to Paris, New York, New Orleans, Zurich, Rome, Singapore and Sydney…and many places in between.

Pete Neighbour

Pete is proud to an official endorser of the Conn-Selmer product. He plays Selmer instruments exclusively. His primary clarinet for performances and studio work is a relatively new Selmer Saint Louis. He is also the proud owner of two late model Selmer Mk VI saxophones; alto and tenor.

When spending time at his adopted home in South Carolina he enjoys being involved in the local thriving music scene. He is particularly grateful to Doctor Gordon (Dick) Goodwin, Emitrius Professor of composition at the University of South Carolina, who has written several arrangements for Pete. Furthermore, Pete has recorded and performed on numerous occasions with South Carolina saxophonist and bandleader Skipp Pearson. Skipp has been recognized by the State of South Carolina as its official “Ambassador of Jazz”.

Ted Beament, Bernie Hodgkins, Pete Neighbour and Roger Odell

There are currently three albums available under the leadership of Pete Neighbour. The latest, “Back in the Neighbourhood” was recorded, as the title suggests, back in London in September of 2014. It was released in early 2015 to very favourable reviews. It features some old friends of Pete and who are some of the finest players currently performing on the British and European jazz scene. Two other albums, “Friends & Neighbour” and “It’s Alright With Me” are also availble – see the ‘CD’ page for sound clips and details on how to purchase. Downloads are also availble via iTunes, amazon.com and cdbaby.com.

With his hectic travel and touring schedule, Pete’s time at home in  South Carolina is precious; it is invariably spent in the company of his wife, Vickie, catching up with friends and eating fine food (usually cooked by Vickie…) and drinking fine wines (usually chosen by Pete!)

Pete Neighbour played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell
Ted Beament
Bernie Hodgkins

With 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 Geoff Harrriman playing his harmonica and vocals from Carol Bleiker:
Geoff Harriman
Carl Bleiker

Ted Beament, Bernie Hodgins, Pete Neighbour and Roger Odell

Jazznights will have Hannah Horton (sax) at Jazznights (sax) on Sunday 7th April 2019

A natural born improviser from an early age, Hannah has played the saxophone since before high school days. As a youngster she attended the prestigious Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in her teens became a lead member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Now her hallmark velvet tone and versatility are attracting growing audience

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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Jo Harrop at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins at The Bell Hotel, Clare Sunday 10th March 2019 with vocals from Larraine Odell

A talented singer inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Jo Harrop performs a beautiful, straight-ahead set of timeless jazz standards. Already highly experienced she includes performances at the likes of the Jazz Cafe, Royal Albert Hall, the Sage Gateshead, Pizza Express, St. Martins In The Fields and Zedel and has been featured on Courtney Pines’ Radio 2 show ‘Jazz Crusade’, Jazz FM and BBC Radio London.

Jo Harrop

She began her career as a singer/songwriter, writing and recording a song for Acoustic Alchemy’s album “Radio Contact” and as a backing vocalist, worked with internationally renowned artists including Leanne Rimes, Neil Diamond and Enrique Iglesias! Her numerous current projects include ‘Fever’, a celebration of jazz diva Peggy Lee and a big band tribute to Anita O’Day. For this 606 performance Jo will be surrounded by a phenomenally talented band, including special guest, rising star tenor saxophonist and composer, Alex Hitchcock. The lineup is completed by Jo’s handpicked trio, including the beautifully melodic Harry Sankey on guitar, winner of the Musicians’ Company’s “Young Jazz Musician Award” 2017 Will Barry on piano and up-and-coming talent Joe Downard (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) on bass. Promises to be a wonderful evening for anyone who likes their jazz hip, swinging and heartfelt.

Jo Harrop with Roger Odell

“This girl was born to sing jazz!” Blues & Soul; “A singing sensation… her voice is amazing…a class act” BeBop Spoken Here; “Excellent tone and great stage presence” Marlbank; “Alex Hitchcock….undoubtedly one of the stars of the future” Jazz FM

Jo Harrop was singing with the Jazznights Trio who were: Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins

Additional vocals from Jazznights resident song bird Larraine Odell

Bernie Hodgkins, Jo Harrop and Roger 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 Geoff Harrriman playing his harmonica with Brian Stapley on drums
Bernie Hodgkins, Geoff Harriman and Brian Stapley
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Jo Harrop and Roger Odell

Sun 24 Mar – PETE NEIGHBOUR (clt)

Sunday 24th March 2019 Pete Neighbour will be at Jazznights

Pete Neighbour is a highly respected clarinet & sax player, originally from London and now based in the USA. He travels extensively performing in his own inimitable style of swing era jazz but for the 21st Century. He performs regularly, worldwide, in a variety of settings with concert and guest appearances all over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

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/