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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.

You can join us at facebook, read reviews of previous performances on more opinions blog or tweet at twitter.com/jazznightsuk

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

Debby Bracknell at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Steve Cook and additional vocals from Larraine Odell at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 3rd November 2019

Debby has many years of experience as a professional singer in both live settings and in the studio. 

She started her vocal training at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, completing an HND in Vocals, and receiving the high accolade of most outstanding vocalist of the year.  She continued her studies at the Access to Music College in London where she worked towards an ATCL in Session Vocals passing with distinction.

Debby Bracknell

An experienced and talented singer, Debby is more than comfortable singing most styles of music and in addition to her own bands has performed and recorded both lead and backing vocals with many successful function bands, tribute bands and original artists across the UK and abroad. 

Debby Bracknell

Artists and Bands…

Since 2006 Debby has had extensive involvement as a backing vocalist with the jazz/funk band Shakatak performing with them in many national and international venues on tours, festivals and private gigs. Her backing vocals also feature in several of their album releases. 

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Artists/shows she has performed and/or recorded with include:-

Mariah Carey
Ariana Grande
Boy George & Culture Club
Shakatak
Mica Paris
The Shires
SuRie – Eurovision Song Contest
Oli Silk

George Anderson Band
Steve Nichol
 (Loose Ends)
ACM Gospel Choir (Last Choir Standing)

To name but a few

Simon Brown, Steve Cook, Debby Bracknell and Roger Odell


Debby was singing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Steve Cook

With additional vocals from our resident songbird Larraine Odell

Larraine OIdell
Larraine and Debby

Following the raffle of three jazz CDs we had the sitting in spot where local musicians can play with the Trio. Tonight we had Geoff Harriman playing his harmonica and  Carol Bleiker singing East Of The Sun.

Geoff Harriman
Carol Bleiker

Sunday 17th November – CHRISTIAN BREWER (sax) will be at Jazznights

“Christian Brewer is the kind of mainstream-to-postbop alto saxophonist who’s easy to take for granted on the UK jazz scene. He’s almost as agile and fluently expressive as the Charlie Parker disciple Phil Woods on fast pieces, and his ballad playing echoes the raw-nerve soulfulness of the late Art Pepper”, John Fordham – The Guardian.

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

Nic Meier playing with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine Odell at Jazz-Nights, The Bell, Clare on Sunday 20th October 2019

UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the world’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’s versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that, even. (… so much so, that his considerable talents drew the attention of rock guitar legend, Jeff Beck, who made Nicolas a mainstay in The Jeff Beck Group — carrying him on two world tours during the course of the last several years.)

Nicolas Meier

Meier originally hails from Switzerland; born in 1973, to parents who are great lovers of the arts. Never short on ambition, Meier founded his own record label, MGP Records, in 2009. To date, he’s produced twelve albums: as a solo artist; in various group formats (The Nicolas Meier Group; Nicolas Meier Trio; Eclectica!; Nicolas Meier World Group); with his heavy metal band, Seven7, and; in a duo format, with long-time partner, fellow guitarist and collaborator, the fabulous UK master, Pete Oxley. (Their 2015 release, “Chasing Tales,” was a masterful, benchmark album, in the dual-guitar format.)

Nicolas Meier

2017 was a breakthrough year: one in which Steve Vai’s Favored Nations Records released Nicolas’ brilliant solo album, “Infinity.” The album was recorded in LA and performed in a trio format — featuring fellow virtuosic veterans, Jimmy Haslip, on bass, and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. Most recently, Nicolas has completed and released two new albums on MGP (Meier Group Productions): the already-well-received album new duo album with Pete Oxley, “The Alluring Ascent,” and; (as of this writing) the just-released Nicolas Meier World Group’s pristine effort, “Peaceful.” Meier will support the new release with a 30-date UK tour; with European dates, early next year, followed by more US dates in the fall (of 2020).

Simon Brown, Nic Meier, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

Having made a lasting impression on gentlemen the likes of the great Bill Bruford, (the aforementioned) Jeff Beck and Steve Vai, Nicolas Meier is unquestionably one of today’s most well-rounded, ambitious and masterful up-and-coming talents on guitar. Stay tuned … this is one star that is still on the rise!

Nic Meier was playing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Larraine Odell
Bernie Hodgkins, Larraine Odell and Roger Odell

Following the raffle of three jazz CDs we had the sitting in spot where local musicians can play with the Trio. Tonight we had Geoff Harriman playing his harmonica and our MC Gareth Williams-James paying with Nic Meier

Geoff Harriman
Gareth Williams-James playing with Nic Meier
Nic Meier, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

Sunday 3rd November 2019 – DEBBY BRACKNELL (voc) will be at Jazznights

Debby has many years of experience as a professional singer in both live settings and in the studio. She started her vocal training at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford receiving the high accolade of most outstanding vocalist of the year. She has worked as backing vocalist for Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Shakatak & Mica Paris.

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

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

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.