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Estelle Kokot at Jazznights at The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 6th October 2019 with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Hannah Horton with additional vocals from Larraine Odell

Estelle performed at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival in 2015, with Chicago born saxophonist Chico Freeman and launched an album they recently recorded in Cape Town called The Sound of You. It featured South African jazz greats, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Kevin Gibson on drums.

While touring South Africa during the past five years, Estelle has appeared at The Orbit in Johannesburg 6 times, The State Theatre African Jazz & Music Nights, Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg, The Crypt in Cape Town, UKZN in Kwazulu Natal, PE Opera House and the music college at Fort Hare University amongst others.

Estelle Kokot


Estelle performed with UK cellist Kate Shortt at the London Jazz Festival in November 2016 and they presented their show at The Pheasantry and The Vortex. She is back at The Vortex Jazz Club on the 30th of December 2017 showcasing new material with her trio and will be featuring contemporary classical composer and climate change activist Lola Perrin’s piano pieces.

“If you want to hear a genuine innovator with a creative twist on Jazz vocals include Estelle Kokot” London Jazz Festival

Estelle Kokot

Estelle recorded 2 singles when she was 18 with guitar legend Johnny Fourie and piano maestro Lionel Pillay. Her stage debut in 1987 with jazz super group Phambili at Kippies in Joburg caused a sensation. She went on to guest with South African World Music Stars Bayete, also appearing with SA Jazz greats Barney Rachabane and Mike Makhalemele.  “South Africa, here is a real jazz singer” Don Albert, South Africa

1988 saw Estelle Kokot joining jazz fusion band Rush Hour and their album ‘The Perfect Way’ went on to top the charts. The band embarked on a successful tour of the club, festival and concert circuit in South Africa.

“Nothing short of stunning” Bongani Hlatshwayo

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell (hidden)

In 1990 Estelle went solo. She has sung at 5 Big band Jazz Galas at Pretoria’s State Theatre and presented her solo shows at the Windybrow and Grahamstown Arts Festivals.

Estelle moved to London at the end of 1993 and soon established herself on the live scene, performing at Pizza Express and The Vortex Jazz Clubs, Cambridge Modern Jazz Cub and Band on the Wall in Manchester.

She has performed at the Cork, London and Soho Jazz festivals, as well as the Dusseldorf Jazz Rally and clubs and theatres in Switzerland and Germany.

Estelle sang with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins

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Hannah Horton
Larraine Odell
Estelle Kokot, Bernie Hodgkins, Roger Odell and Hannah Horton
Bernie Hodgkins, Larraine Odell and Roger Odell

Sunday 20th October 2019 – NIC MEIER (gtr) will be at Jazznights

In just a few short years, UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more — all mixed with jazz — Meier is one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene.

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 Here

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Josh Kemp at Jazznights with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Stuart Pringle with vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell, Clare on Sunday 22nd September 2019

A jazz saxophonist with a gift for melody, Josh is known for his lyrical improvising style and attractive compositions. Whether its bluesy standards rooted in the tradition or original pieces in a contemporary style, expect high-energy swing with an enjoyable and relaxed groove from a top-level ensemble.

A regular performer at Ronnie Scotts and Jazz Clubs and Festivals around the UK, Josh Kemp has released 5 CDs of original compositions to widespread acclaim, and completed several Art-Council funded national tours. His top-class ensemble blends the ‘Blue Note’ tradition into a fresh contemporary setting to create an exciting and powerful melodic sound. 

Bernie Hodgkins, Josh Kemp and Stuart Pringle

​Sounding equally impressive playing within the jazz standards tradition and also presenting his own original compositions, Saxophonist and Composer Josh Kemp has completed major UK tours in 2014 and in 2015, gaining many plaudits along the way for his fluid improvising style and attractive compositions.

Josh Kemp

With a playing style combining melodic inventiveness, a rich tone and a lyrical style of improvisation, Josh is a regular performer at Jazz Clubs and Festivals across the UK, with recent performances including Ronnie Scott’s and the London Jazz Festival.

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Josh Kemp and Stuart Pringle

Josh Kemp was Playing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Stuart Pringle

With vocals from Larraine Odell

Larraine Odell
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Stuart Pringle

Sunday 6th October 2019 – ESTELLE KOKOT (vocals will be at Jazznights)

“If you want to hear a genuine innovator with a creative twist on Jazz vocals include Estelle Kokot” London Jazz Festival. “She is the queen of nuance, understands the power of dramatic expression when sincerely delivered and crashes through the barriers of convention with disarming honesty then delivers the unbelievable”. Gisele Turner – Going Places.

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 Here

Matt Wates at Jazznights Sunday 8th September 2019 – at the Bell Hotel, Clare with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine Odell

Matt was born in London in 1964 and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1988. He has appeared with Bucky Pizzarelli, John Colianni, Humphrey Lyttelton, Georges Arvanitas, Helen Shapiro, Don Weller, Bobby Wellins, Dusko Goykovich, Duncan Lamont, Ian Shaw, Norma Winstone and Peter King.

Matt Wates

He has recorded with Paz, Roadside Picnic, Itchy Fingers, NYJO, the Michael Garrick Big Band, Sax Appeal and Jamie Cullum.

The Matt Wates Sextet has recorded eleven albums on the Audio-B label. He won the Rising Star award in the 1997 BT British Jazz Awards, and the Matt Wates Sextet won the Best Small Group award in 2001.

Matt Wates

“A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist”
Dave Gelly, Observer

“A performer of boundless ability”

Ken Rattenbury, Crescendo

“The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic”
Duncan Lamont

“An incredibly talented musician and composer”

John Dankworth

“In his modest way, Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon”

Dave Gelly, Observer

Bernie Hodgkins, Matt Wates and Roger Odell
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Matt Wates and Roger Odell

Matt was playing with:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Larraine Odell

Following the Raffle of two jazz CDs in the sitting in spot which invites local musicians to play with the band we had the pleasure of Lynn singing I Only Have Eyes For You

The Jazznights Trio: Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Matt Wates and Roger Odell (hidden behind Matt)

On Sunday 22nd September 2019 – JOSH KEMP (sax) will be at Jazznights

With a playing style combining melodic inventiveness, a rich tone and a lyrical style of improvisation, Josh is a regular performer at Jazz Clubs and Festivals across the UK, with recent performances including Ronnie Scott’s and the London Jazz Festival. A musician in the finest tradition – just 100 per cent free-range swing.

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 Here

Mark Nightingale at Jazznights – The Bell Hotel, Clare 25th August 2019 with the Jazznights Trio and with vocals from Larraine Odell

Mark has won the following British Jazz awards: –

‘Rising Star’
1993

‘Best Trombonist’
1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF MUSICIANS Young Jazz Musician Award 1996

Mark Nightingale with Bernie Hodgkins and Stuart Pringle

Just some of the artists Mark has played or recorded with…

Jazz

Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Clark Terry, James Morrison, Slide Hampton, Conte Candoli, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler, Dado Moroni, Carl Fontana, Jiggs Whigham, Claire Martin, Andy Panayi, Scott Hamilton, Nigel Hitchcock, Laurence Cottle, Ken Poplowski, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, John Surman, Stan Tracey, Lee Konitz, George Shearing, Mike Gibbs, Georgie Fame, Bill Holman, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Davies, Charlie Watts, Bill Frisell, Bob Florence, Peter King, Warren Vache, BBC Big Band, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, Louie Bellson.

Pop

Steely Dan, Sting, Kylie Minogue, Cher, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Take That, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Westlife, Pet Shop Boys, Blur, McFly, Wet Wet Wet, The Spice Girls, Elton John,

Other

Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Michel Le Grand, London Brass, New Trombone Collective, Tony Bennet, Peggy Lee, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Julie Andrews, James Galway, London Sinfonietta, London Brass Virtuosi, Reg Vardy Band,

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Mark Nightingale and Stuart Pringle

Mark was playing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Stuart Pringle

Vocals from Larraine Odell

Larraine Odell
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Mark Nightingale and Stuart Pringle

Sunday 8th September 2019 – MATT WATES (sax) will be at Jazznights

“A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist” Dave Gelly, Observer. “A performer of boundless ability” Ken Rattenbury, Crescendo. “The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic” Duncan Lamont. “An incredibly talented musician and composer” John Dankworth. “In his modest way, Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon” Dave Gelly, Observer.

Sun 08 Sep – MATT WATES (sax)

“A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist” Dave Gelly, Observer. “A performer of boundless ability” Ken Rattenbury, Crescendo. “The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic” Duncan Lamont. “An incredibly talented musician and composer” John Dankworth. “In his modest way, Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon” Dave Gelly, Observer.

Kevin Fitzsimmons at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Dave Olney and vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell, Clare on Sunday 14th July 2019

Creative & original mainstream jazz from one of today’s most individual new male jazz voices – charismatic singer/songwriter, Kevin Fitzsimmons – praised by jazz critics for his naturally swinging vocal, elastic phrasing and engaging, highly personable stage presence. Together with some of the UK’s top straight-ahead & modern bebop musicians (players described by Jazzwise Magazine in review of Fitzsimmons’ album as “the cream of UK straight-ahead jazz musicians”).  Known for their sassy new take on the genre, they re-style carefully-chosen standards from likes of Legrand, Strayhorn, Jobim, Mercer, Ellington with taste & verve. Interspersed with their formidable jazz versions of classic pop recordings (Beatles, Sam Cooke, Sting, Billy Preston, Paul Weller, Supergrass) plus a few of Fitzsimmons’own songs – some co-written with Sax Appeal frontman Derek Nash – has garnered them fans far & wide.  In addition, the band offer several projects particularly suitable for jazz festivals:- “Bright Lights, Big City: Tribute to Cannonball Adderley/Ernie Andrews/Eddie Vinson” (read preview here http://www.londonjazznews.com/2016/03/preview-kevin-fitzsimons-bright-lights.html); “The ‘In Crowd’: Jazz In The Swinging 60s “(explores jazz artists that seeped into the mainstream during this unique time alongside new jazz translations of era’s pop hit-makers),  “Too Marvellous: Sinatra At Capitol Today” (reimagines the rich seam from Sinatra’s supreme time on the Capitol label for today’s jazz fans).

Kevin Fitzsimmons

About Kevin Fitzsimmons

Long a fan of Mark Murphy, Kevin Fitzsimmons is a London born jazz singer, bandleader, lyricist & songwriter, with a self-produced album ‘Show Me The Way’ released to considerable critical acclaim. He’s enjoyed many sell out shows at Ronnie Scotts and at venues nationwide, a concert broadcast live on Jazz FM, headlined in 400 seater Athens concert backed by pioneers of Greek jazz scene, The Dimitris Kalantzis Quartet, and with his band appeared in E4′s Made In Chelsea.  He plays all the top London jazz clubs, including The 606, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, has several festival appearances under his belt including Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and has sang at Birdland Jazz Club, NYC. His distinctive vocals been used by by global brands (like Louis Vuitton, Hermes) and corporations for campaigns in New York, Far East, Europe, London, as well as for TV and radio commercials – including a TV advert with Hollywood film star Naomi Watts.  Furthermore, as a favoured vocalist on the corporate/party/private events scene, he’s entertained royalty twice and been booked by many celebrities and sports stars to sing at their own private events. A natural lyricist (& artist/cartoonist), he also writes in collaboration with musicians, most notably the Jools Holland saxophonist Derek Nash. In addition, and running separately to his career on the UK jazz scene, Kevin Fitzsimmons also fronts a touring Big Band theatre concert alongside the Pete Long Orchestra (‘Sinatra Sequins & Swing (The Capitol Years Live!’) based on Sinatra’s supreme era on the Capitol label.

Kevin Fitzsimmons
  • “Lovers of the jazz vocal mainstream have another star to follow” – JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
  • “Fitzsimmons shows he is a thoroughbred jazz singer and can even swing a superior rock song such as “Paul Weller’s ‘You Do Something To Me” – MARLBANK
  • “Has the most unenviable job in jazz: sounding original in the male-jazz-vocalist mould. But he’s his own man, highly personable, “a musician’s singer” – JAZZ JOURNAL
  • “Unique interpretations, superb presence, unique personality.  A brilliant gig”  – MOREOPINIONS (JAZZNIGHTS) BLOG
  • “A very encouraging sign that modern jazz and male vocals are not incompatible” – UKVIBE (JAZZ CULTURE ONLINE)
  • “Lush Life is something of a test, and he passes it with honours” – THE IRISH/SUNDAY INDEPENDENT
  • “Reminiscent of Kurt Elling’s in that Fitzsimmons isn’t afraid to nonchalantly wander off the melody line while still capturing the song’s essence” –JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
  • “Blessed with a rich voice, mature phrasing and a superb sense of swing” – JAZZ CAMERA
  • “Supple, naturally versatile vocal & the warmth of his voice helps to steer the session away from the schmaltzy showbiz side of popular jazz vocals” – JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
  • “Wow Kevin Fitzsimmons can really swing a song” – Birdland Jazz Club, New York
Simon Brown, Dave Olney, Kevin Fitzsimmons and Roger Odell

Kevin sang with :

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Dave Olney
Larraine Odell
Kevin Fitzsimmons duetting with Larraine nOdell

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 Our Love Is Here To Stay and Jean Faulkner singing Misty

Carol Bleiker
Jean Faulkner

Simon Brown, Dave Olney, Kevin Fitzsimmons and Roger Odell

On Sunday 28th July 2019 – MICK FOSTER (bari) & GEOFF MASON (trb) will be at Jazznights

Mick Foster and Geoff Mason perform a tribute to their past heroes. Mick’s baritone sax and Geoff’s trombone pay their respects to the cool sounds of the 1950’s that were produced by Gerry Mulligan’s sax and Bob Brookmeyer’s valve trombone where their warm and swinging sounds found a way into the public’s soul worldwide.

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 Here

Tim Whitehead at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 30th June 2019

Tim Whitehead was born in Liverpool, the son of one of the original writers of Dennis the Menace in the children’s comic, The Beano. His first public performance was as solo clarinettist in his school orchestra’s rendition of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, conducted by his fellow pupil, the now knighted, Sir Simon Rattle. From this promising musical beginning, Tim decided to follow a career in Law, but was pulled back to music, and more specifically jazz, soon after qualifying.

Tim Whitehead

During his career, Tim has played extensively throughout the UK and Europe, and more recently in the USA with American pianist Phil DeGreg. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music and won the Young Jazz Musicians of the Year Award with his own band South of the Border in 1977.

 In the 80’s he was a member of the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes, and continued to develop his own music, recording for Spotlite Records and Editions EG – English People (1983) and Decision (1987) with his own bands, featuring at different times John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen.  In the 90’s he recorded Authentic and Silence Between Waves, on Ronnie Scott’s Jazz House Label with Dave Barry, Pete Jacobsen and Arnie Somogyi, and received The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz, as well as several other commissions during this period.  In 1999 Tim released Personal Standards, an album of soul and pop tunes arranged for jazz quartet, which received widespread interest and critical praise including Jazz Album of the Year in the BBC Music Magazine, and led to an educational project at Trinity College of Music under the same title.  In 2000, Contemporary composer Colin Riley and Tim won the Peter Whittingham Award to complete and record Tides with the Homemade Orchestra.  This was the beginning of a long term collaboration.  Since then the HomeMade Orchestra have toured extensively and received several awards and commissions as well as releasing their second album, Inside Covers in 2005.

  In 2004 Tim founded the musicians’ co-operative WayOutWest, which he continued to chair until 2010, presenting regular performances at the Ram Jam Club in Kingston and latterly, The Orange Tree in Richmond, and at local theatres as well as workshops and discussion groups.  Early in 2005, Tim toured with the award-winning Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi.  This led  to the release of their album Lucky Boys (in the UK and Japan) in 2006 and since then they have continued to work together both in the UK and Europe.  Also during this period, Tim premiered Landscape with Birds, a saxophone concerto by Colin Riley, with the Orchestra Viva.  In November 2007 he featured with BBC New Generations Artist Gwilym Simcock in The Free Thinking Festival at St George’s Hall in Liverpool, recorded live for BBC Radio 3, also collaborating with Gospel singer Jennifer Johns on his own piece‘Let Her Rave’.

Tim Whitehead

In 2008-9 Tim toured and recorded a new work, ‘Nonsense’, co-written with Colin Riley and Liam Noble  featuring settings of Children’s Poet Laureate Michael Rosen’s two books of Nonsense poetry, which was performed at The Queen Elizabeth Hall , Southbank Centre in London in The London Jazz Festival 2008.

In 2009 he was the first ever musician Artist in Residence at Tate Britain (funded by an award from The Leverhulme Trust), to research and compose music in response to the work of JMW Turner. During the residency he wrote ‘Colour Beginnings’, a series of compositions written from transcribed improvisations performed in front of and in response to a selection of JMW Turner’s watercolour sketches. The work was performed at Tate Britain in November 2009 following a series of lecture demonstrations in October. The performance was also recorded for release in 2010 and filmed for a profile on the project by Gwynhelek Productions. December 2009 saw a collaboration with Colin Riley and The Royal College Of Music String Orchestra, to perform‘Landscapes With Birds’ by Riley for tenor and soprano saxes, which Tim performed with them at St James Church Piccadilly in London , and which was also performed at The Royal College Of Music in January 2010.

‘Colour Beginnings’ has been shortlisted again, this time for the Parliamentary All Party Jazz Awards 2011 Album Of The Year.

In 2010 Tim continued touring ‘Nonsense’ with Michael Rosen and The Homemade Orchestra remained active in the Way Out West co-operative, and organised a fund raising concert for the charity ‘Parents For Inclusion’, for whom he served as a trustee. In Autumn he toured and released the CD album ‘Colour Beginnings’, to critical acclaim, receiving a four star review in The Guardian, five stars in The BBC Music Magazine and three in The Times, and was shortlisted for THE BRITISH COMPOSER AWARDS 2010 for ‘Colour Beginnings’.

Tim Whitehead with Roger Odell

In 2011 ‘Colour Beginnings’ was again being toured from April onwards, and work began on a new project for young children with Michael Rosen and The Homemade Orchestra, and the album was also shortlisted for Jazz Album Of The Year 2011

In May 2012 Colour Beginnings was performed on WDR German Radio by Tim’s Personal Standards Quartet.

The London Jazz Festival commissioned Tim to compose ‘Turner And The Thames’ for the 2013 and 2014 festivals, which were performed by Tim’s quartet at The Festival Hall Ballroom and The Maritime Museum in Greenwich at the opening of their exhibition‘Turner And The Sea’. The second stage of the commission is scheduled for three performances at the LJF 2014 and a UK tour in March 2015.

In 2014 Tim collaborated with his daughter Maisie, composing and performing an orchestral score for her dance and aerial show‘Strung Out’, which was performed at ‘The Place’ (London Contemporary Dance), in February and three performances in The Kingston International Youth Arts Festival in July.

Tim co-founded and chaired Jazz Umbrella in the 90’s, and WayOutWest in 2004, and was for some years an active member of the Musician’s Union. He was also chair person of the charity Parents For Inclusion for 7 years to 2011.

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins Tim Whitehead and Roger Odell

Tim played with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine Odell

Larraine Odell
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 Geoff Harriman playing “You Don’t Know Me” on his harmonica

Geoff Harriman
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Tim Whitehead and Roger Odell

Thursday 11th July 2019 – JAZZNIGHTS @ BURES

As part of the Bures Music Festival we are organising the Jazz Evening at St Mary’s Church, Bures. The evening will start with our own Larraine Odell followed by the outstanding clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle. Julian will then join our headliner vocalist Jacqui Hicks for the main set. The Jazznights Trio accompany.

Sunday 14th July 2019 – KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (voc) will be at Jazznights

Performing his own brand of fresh-sounding vocal improvisations to jazz standards and his own jazz arrangements of iconic pop/soul tunes & jazz originals (including some co-written with Jools Holland sax star Derek Nash) Kevin has garnered critical acclaim and fans far and wide with performances at Ronnie Scott’s and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

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

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