Christian Brewer (alt & sop) playing with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine Odell at the Bell, Clare on Sunday 17th November 2019

Christian Brewer is a leading saxophonist and composer on the London jazz scene, Christian’s performing work has taken him all over the world, and his jazz credits read like a who’s who of the contemporary scene…apart from his impressive cv as a gun for hire with pop artists like Paul Weller and Seal.

Christian Brewer

He is a regular at London’s prestigious Ronnie Scott’s and both he and his band are in great demand.
His musical roots besides jazz also include funk and groove orientated music. This has lead to commercial work with reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez, Push, Otis Grand and the Ragga Twins amongst many others. This diversity has enriched his musical outlook and is evident in his style of playing and composing, whilst never compromising the authenticity of the jazz.

Christian studied at Leeds and The Guildhall School of Music. However, the defining musical inspiration came from playing alongside Julian Joseph and the Mondesir brothers in Ian Carr’s London Jazz fusion orchestra.

Christian Brewer

He has performed in Europe’s top clubs and festivals. With pianist Chano Dominguez and bass player Francisco Bosē he played in most of Spain’s international festivals including Seville, Malaga, Granada, Huelva, Jaen and Ceuta (North Africa). The group they formed, ‘Decoy’, also performed in Café Central in Madrid and recorded for television (Jazz Entre Amigos) and radio. In Spain he also collaborated with tenor saxophonists Dave Schnitter (ex Art Blakey), Jorge Pardo and Antonio Mesa; and played extensively with guitarist Tito Alcodo.

Christian Brewer

In the UK Christian has worked predominantly with trumpet player Damon Brown, touring England, Scotland and Italy. He has featured on two of Damon’s CDs and performed at Barcelona’s ‘Jamboree’. With top bass player Geoff Gascoine’s sextet he played extensively and has worked alongside the cream of the jazz scene such as Carl Orr, Jim Mullen and John Donaldson.

“…a remarkably fluent and craftsmanlike improviser… a real sense of purpose about his work” Jazz UK

“…A Phil Woods-like accuracy on fast tracks …and a soul searching Art Pepper quality quality to his ballad playing” Jazzwise

“The future of neo-bop is in safe hands” Evening Standard

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Christian Brewer and Roger Odell

With vocals from Larraine Odell

Larraine Odell

Following the raffle of three jazz CDs we had the sitting in spot where local musicians can sit in and pl;ay with the Jazznights Trio. Tonight we had vocals from Carol Bleiker and Geoff Harriman playing his harmonica.

Carol Bleiker
Geoff Harriman
Bernie Hodgkins, Christian Brewer and Roger Odell

The Jazznights Trio were:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins

Sunday 1st December 2019 – ANDI HOPGOOD (voc) will be at Jazznights.

Andi’s performance work has taken her all over the UK, Europe and USA. She has released two albums under her own name and is hoping to release another at the end of this year. Alongside her solo work, current projects include The London Vocal Project led by Pete Churchill, a jazz duo with pianist Jim Watson and trio with saxophonist Martin Hathaway.

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.

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and at google photos Here

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