Martin Dobson – Midnight Oil at Jazznights – The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 16th June 2019 with Chrissy Lee, Bernie Hodgkins and Simon Brown

Martin Dobson started clarinet lessons at age twelve, but soon became more interested in playing guitar in a local rock group that he’d formed!, but later after having seen Georgie Fame and Zoot Money (early exponents of ‘British Rhythm and Blues’ at London’s famed ‘Flamingo Club’) performing locally, he persuaded his dad to buy him a tenor sax, then one afternoon a friend played him a record by the legendary American R&B saxplayer ‘King Curtis’ and he knew immediately that he wanted to play in that style.

Martin Dobson


Martin turned professional with a local group in the late sixties but they broke up after a few months, not wanting to have to have return to a ‘day gig’ he got practising and landed a job playing on a P&O cruise ship, after a year he took a residency with a ‘cover band’ at ‘Tiffany’s’ Derby before enrolling at Leeds College of Music . He left music college after 9 months for a summer season at ‘Butlins’ Skegness. Martin moved to London in 1973 for a six night a week residency playing tenor sax, baritone sax and flute with the Tony Evans Band at the Empire Ballroom Leicester Square, the band had regular BBC broadcasts and toured the UK and Europe backing artists such as Tom Jones and Gilbert O’Sullivan.

Martin Dobson


Next came a residency in the ‘house band’ at ‘Caesars Palace’ Luton backing singers, jugglers, comedians, ventriloquists, performing dogs and drag acts!… during that period he started to become a busy freelance player on the London scene,

Martin Dobson
Martin Dobson

Martin Dobson fronted Midnight Oil which included Chrissy Lee on drums (roger Odell was away with Shakatak in Japan) Bernie Hodgkins on electric bass Guitar and Simon Brown on keys,

Chrissy Lee
Bernie Hopdgkins
Simon Brown

Following the interval we had a raffle of three jazz CDs

Martin Dobson with Midnight Oil

On Sunday 30th June 2019 – TIM WHITEHEAD (sax) will be at Jazznights

Tim was famously a member of the ground-breaking band Loose Tubes. “Those of us who have caught him live have been left blinking in disbelief. It’s not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive.” Dave Gelly (The Observer/ BBC ).

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/
and at google photos at 
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Luca Luciano at Jazznights, The Bell, Clare with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and vocals from Larraine Odell on Sunday 2nd June 2019

“Masterful Clarinet! Luca Luciano is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances”
(The Musician magazine, 2008)

Luca Luciano

“Such a virtuoso musical performance and such joyful uplifting music I just couldn’t resist it” (Tom Robinson, BBC Radio, 2009)

Internationally recognised for his groundbreaking 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.

Luca Luciano

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 with a portfolio that also features the best universities of the UK and South 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, six solo albums, orchestra and chamber music.

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Roger Odell and Luca Lucioano

Larraine Odell

Luca played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins

Following the interval Raffle of three jazz CDs we had the traditional sitting in spot which gives local musicians to st in with the band, tonight we had  the pleasure of Carol Bleiker singing “When You Have Got To Sing”

Carol Bleiker
Bernie Hodgkins, Larraine Odell and Roger Odell

On Sunday 16th June 2019 Jazznights will present – MIDNIGHT OIL

Martin Dobson’s Midnight Oil band are featured this week with Martin on saxes & flute with Simon Brown (keys), Bernie Hodgkins (bs gtr & bs) plus the brilliant Crissy Lee on drums. They always play great sets of well known jazz standards that move towards the funky side of jazz in the style of Grover Washington. (Roger Odell is away in Japan with Shakatak

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/
and at google photos at 
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM1nC8IDiDYGa1__XMU_NiRx8V-JK9ApKwdisfiJ3wo1tFwQa_xdK3bxXa9FVNuUw?key=U1VUN1E4bXlWaEdLZ0o0WFFFdV9adlZIOUlJeFF3