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Martin Speake at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine odell on Sunday 5th August 2018

Leading British saxophonist, composer, and jazz educator Martin Speake celebrates his 60th birthday and the launch of his latest album, Intention (Ubuntu Music, 2018), with a UK tour, starting next month.

Martin Speake


Intention is a revival of his musical alliance with one of the most high-profile, exciting and innovative American jazz pianists, The Bad Plus’s Ethan Iverson who will be touring with Martin along with Fred Thomas (bass) and James Maddren (drums).

Citing Charlie Parker, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Rabih Abou Khalil amongst his major influences, Martin Speake has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz and an individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.

Martin Speake

A member of the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers in the 80s, he has recorded 18 albums as leader including the internationally acclaimed ECM release Change Of Heart with Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson and Mick Hutton.

Roger Odell, Martin Speake, Bernie Hodgkins and Simon Brown

Intention a quartet recording with Ethan Iverson, Fred Thomas and James Maddren, captures the breadth of his music within a selection of originals composed throughout his notable career revisited and reinterpreted alongside these three exceptional musicians.

Martin Speake played with:

Roger Odell

Simon Brown

Bernie Hodgkins

Larraine Odell

Roger Odell, Geoff Harriman, Bernie Hodgkins and Simon Brown


Following the Jazznights Raffle of three jazz CDs we have the sitting in spot which gives the opportunity for local musicians to sit in with the band. Tonight we had the plasure of Geoff Harriman playing his harmonica for two numbers.

Sunday 19th August 2018 Jazznights will have their special guest Liane Carroll (vocals and piano)

Nominated: Vocalist Of The Year 2016 – Jazz FM Awards 2016. Winner: Best British Jazz Vocalist – British Jazz Awards 2016. BASCA Gold Badge Award for Services to Music – 2016. “She seems in some magical way to be made out of music” The Observer. “Deeply soulful, wonderfully honest” The Times. “Liane Carroll doesn’t just sing jazz. She is jazz.” MOJO.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights, Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR NEXT JAZZNIGHTS GIG WILL BE AT THE READING ROOM, HIGH ST., GT. YELDHAM, ESSEX, CO9 4ER. THE BELL IS CLOSING FOR REFURBISHMENTS IN AUGUST. 

There is no bar so bring your own booze!  The Waggon & Horses is just across the road and the Village Local store nearby has a good selection of beer, wine, etc – open until 8pm.

Street car parking is available in Whitlock Drive opposite the venue. Please continue to support us through this temporary change!

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Paul Higgs at Jazznights with “Shades of Miles” with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Steve Cook with vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare, Sunday 22nd July 2018

Paul Higgs is renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and composers. 

Jazznights Paul Higgs 220718 (128)Blending the traditions of classical and jazz, he has the rare ability to capture the most elusive of dreams in his music, expressing subtle emotions and bold exciting energy with equal ease. Melodies soar and float, while rich harmonies create shadows and depths beneath.

Paul has had an extensive musical career in many fields including performing, composing and arranging music for film, TV and theatre. He was a Musical Director for many years for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. 

Jazznights Paul Higgs 220718 (130)He has performed with luminaries including Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Johnny Dankworth, Lulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Nancy Wilson and Shorty Rodgers. Paul has also performed in major concert venues around the world, such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Schubert Theatre (USA), Berlin Concert Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s.
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Simon Brown. Steve Cook. Roger Odell (hidden) and Paul Higgs

Paul Higgs played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

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Roger Odell

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Simon Brown

 

 

 

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Steve Cook

 

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With vocals from our resident songbird Larraine Odell

 

Nicolas Meier at Jazznights The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 24th June 2018 with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and George Double with vocals from Larraine Odell

In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original guitarists. Drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mix with jazz, Meier has developed his own unique sound with his regular group (latest release was his eight album with his full band.) See Media page for more details.

London based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier is one of the stars of a vibrant British jazz scene, his trademark sound, as heard on his MGP Records and Naim albums, a mixture of Methenyesque jazz and spicy Turkish and world music rhythms.

While in 2006 Meier and his band won the prestigious Grand Prize Of The Jury and 1st Prize Jazz Guitar at Jazz a Juan Revelations 2006: A competition open to the finest new jazz musicians and bands in Europe and run by the legendary Jazz A Juan Festival. He has become increasingly well known in his adopted country where his Nicolas Meier Group featuring some incredible musicians (listed below) has toured extensively for the last 8 years.

Meier draws on a multitude of influences: Jazz, Flamenco, Latin and middle-eastern music are all passionately explored in a series of heartfelt acoustic modern jazz originals and all represent part of Meier’s musical and personal world. His wife Songul is Turkish and he has spent time there and in Spain and ‘Orient’ draws on the melodies and rhythms of both countries. Writing in the Guardian, John Fordham described Meier as” elegant in tone and bubbling with ideas… his originality as a writer, a player and a team leader dispatches any doubts” and described his debut album Orient as ‘a seductive balance of strong themes, inventive improvising and dynamic variety’.

Meier who was born in 73 first picked up the guitar when he was 12. His parents, both art lovers, had wide-ranging musical tastes and he was exposed to classical, jazz, Latin, flamenco, rock and pop. And it was an early gift from his father of Joe Satriani’s legendary ‘Surfing with the Aliens’ and Tony MacAlpine’s Maximum Security (major intelligent rock guitar-god albums) that first really convinced a young Meier to get practicing. Perhaps his old man was worried because he was subsequently taken on a family outing to the Montreux Jazz festival (in what would become an annual pilgrimage) where he heard Carlos Santana with special guest Wayne Shorter. And later that summer Meier was blown away when he saw John McLaughlin’s trio in Antibes (Trilok Gurtu and Jeff Berlin). In fact Mclaughlin’s album Live at the Royal Festival Hall would be a major

influence on Meier with its mix of many styles.

Interestingly Meier’s passion for both rock and jazz persists to this day. Something he partly credits to his teacher Francis Coletta (at the Conservatoire Fribourg) who while inspiring a profound love of jazz and world music encouraged the young man to transcribe rock solos as well! In fact Meier is one of the rare musicians who plays both metal and jazz and has written books on both : ‘Heavy Metal part I: Rhythm Guitar’ and ‘Jazz part I: Chord Tones’. Both published by « http://www.ibreathemusic.com ». Meier states of his two seemingly divergent loves :“I deeply love both styles. There is magic in each style that the other one doesn’t have. I just love metal’s power and energy and at the same time I love jazz’s deep emotion. Both styles can give high energy but in different directions or different worlds”. at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday

Nicolas played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Simon Brown

Bernie Hodgkins

George Double

With vocals from Larraine Odell

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, George Double (hidden) and Larraine Odell

Following the raffle of three jazz cds, we have the sitting-in spot where local musicians can sit in with the band. Tonight we had vocals from Jean Faulkner

Sunday 8th July 2018 we have Tina May at Jazznights

Always a complete joy to get Tina May back at Jazznights. “May has a fine, expressive voice, with immaculate pitch, clear diction and no annoying mannerisms. She also has excellent pitch and diction that imparts a smile to her voice”. Dave Gelly – The Observer. “Considered as one of the finest jazz vocalists” All Music Guide.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights,
The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

Admission £10. Doors open 7.00 pm. Music 7.30 – 10.00 pm.


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Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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Emily Dankworth together with Alec Dankworth at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel, Clare with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and vocals also from Larraine Odell. 27th May 2018

Emily Dankworth graduated with an MMus in Jazz Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2013; Emily is now amongst London’s top emerging musical talents.  Emily’s standout performing ability is highly unique, likely given the diversity of her musical upbringing; travelling between Europe and USA during her career.

 

         “Emily has a lovely, natural quality to her voice that has an alluring purity. I look forward to seeing where she goes with this musically.”

– Phil Robson (Guitarist and Composer)

Given Emily’s musical heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth as well as niece to Jacqui Dankworth  and daughter to Alec Dankworth  – it is no surprise that she has her forte in music.

 

“Emily’s contribution to the album works beautifully on the simply Spanish folk tunes”

– Basho Records

 

In Emily’s career she has performed live at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, The Barbican Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Centre, (NYC), Boston Symphony Hall, The National Center for Performing Arts, (Beijing), The Elgar Room, Kings Place and has been featured on BBC Radio and BBC Television including The Paul O’Grady Show, BBC Radio 2, The One Show, BBC One ,The Choir, BBC Radio 3,  Ronnie Scotts’ Radio Show, JAZZ FM and Jamie Cullum’s Radio Show.

 

She has performed with many internationally acclaimed jazz musicians including Grammy and and Pulitzer-winning Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with whom she embarked on a month long tour around the USA in 2013 performing in over 16 cities.  She had the privilege of working alongside Damien Sneed and singing with the 70-voice Chorale Le Chateau.

 

Her classical solo performances include  ‘Feel The Spirit’ by John Rutter, as a soloist with Congleton Choral Society, Soprano Soloist for The Year of Jubilee, music by Harvey Brough and choral concerts, operas and zarzuelas(Spanish operettas) including La Traviata, Verdi’s Requiem and La Cavalleria Rusticana.  Emily also sang under the direction of Jose Maria Moreno with La Capella Mallorquina during 2007- 2010 choir in Spain, and had the opportunity to share the stage with Placido Domingo and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Emily’s most recent commitments were with the acapella group Vive ,with international performances as far away as China.  Emily is now focusing on her solo career and lives in London.  She regularly performs in Alec Dankworth’s World Spirit and Spanish Accents, The Jamie Leeming Group, Ben Castle’s Tombola Theory, and vocal Quartet Silk Street.

 

Emily was a chorister the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC in 1997 and also later received a choral scholarship to sing in Canterbury Cathedral, Kent and study at Canterbury University in 2004.

Emily was singing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell

Alec Dankworth

Simon Brown

With vocals from Larraine Odell

Simon Brown, Alec , Dankworth, Larraine Odell and Roger Odell

Alec Dankworth and Emily Dankworth at Jazznights 27th May 2018

Sunday 10th June 2018 Simon Spillett will be at Jazznights


Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as “formidable,” Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who has won several awards for his music including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal magazine’s Critic’s Choice CD of the Year and most recently the Services to British Jazz Award in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.
 

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights,
The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

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 Jaznights blog and pictures is now at
http://jazz-nights.blogspot.co.uk as well as at https://moreopinions.wordpress.com

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com

Allison Neale on Alto Flute with Jazznights Trio: Roger Odell, Simon Brown with vocals from Larraine Odell at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 13th May 2018

American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity.

As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and more recently tenorist Scott Hamilton as well as featuring in both the John Dankworth ‘Generations‘ Band and the “Back to Basie’ Orchestra. She frequently tours the UK with her current Quartet, which also features acclaimed jazz pianist Leon Greening, bassist Julian Bury and drummer Steve Brown and has two CDs to her name ‘Melody Express’ with guitarist Dave Cliff and ‘Blue Concept’ with trumpeter Gary Kavanagh , both on 33 Records. Her latest CD ” I Wished on the Moon ” due for release in January 2015 on the Trio Records label and features the quartet as well as Milt Jackson influenced vibraphonist Nat Steele.

“ Allison Neale plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges” Dave Gelly , The Observer

“ A talent to savour” Peter Vacher Jazz UK

Allison Neale playing with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

The Jazznights Trio were:

Roger Odell

Simon Brown

Bernie Hodgkins

Larraine Odell

Larraine Odell singing with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger 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 Harriman his harmonica

On Sunday 27th May we will have the pleasure of Emily Dankworth  singing for us at Jazznights – The Bell Hotel, Clare

Given Emily’s musical heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth as well as niece to Jacqui Dankworth and daughter to Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that she has her forte in music. Bonus: Alec will be on bass! “Flawless pitch with a lovely lyrical expression in her voice”. Tina May.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights,
The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

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 Jaznights blog and pictures is now at
http://jazz-nights.blogspot.co.uk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com

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Harry Greene (tenor sax) at Jazznights with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Joe Taylor with vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel Clare. 30th April 2018

Harry Greene first played at Jazznights in the sitting in spot at the age of 9 and he returns at the age of 20 as a featured special guest for this Jazznights gig.

 

Harry Greene with Steve Laws at Jazznights aged 9

 

 

Harry Greene at Jazznights aged 20

 

 

The Jazznights Trio: Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Joe Taylor playing with Harry Greene

 

“‘m a 20 year-old saxophonist and guitarist, currently based in London. Since picking up the sax and guitar at age 7, I’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with a wide range of international artists, such as Bellowhead, UK sax legend Pete King and Sugarhill Gangmember Skip McDonald. Performing at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, London Olympic Park as well as opportunities to perform with world class bands such as Derek Nash’s Protect the Beat and the Simon Bates Big Band, conducted by renowned composer Howard Blake.

I’m currently studying full-time on the jazz course at London’s Royal Academy of Music, as well as playing and writing for a wide range of different bands and projects including my own jazz/funk trio, big band work and an array of funk/soul bands, including MD’ing for ex-Drifter Maurice Cannon. I also play baritone sax/guitar in London-based West African/funk fusion band ‘Afrik Bawantu,’ led by Ghanaian percussion master Afla Sackey. Performance highlights with this band include performing at the 50th anniversary celebration of the BBC World Service, as well as many festivals around the UK and Europe. We’re currently putting the finishing touches to the second album, ‘It’s Not Easy.’
I’m currently guitarist for the the Ashton Jones Project, a hard-working, high-energy funk band for which I’m co-writing and arranging the debut album.
Pianist/producer Chris Ingham has also involved me as a guest on his latest quartet project, celebrating the music of Dudley Moore. The 16-track album, ‘Dudley’ has received critical acclaim from the Guardian and the Observer among others, and our show at Pizza Express, Soho went down a storm.
I’m very excited to be a member of a hard-bop quintet, the ‘Barford-Stoneman Organ Quintet,’ showcasing the music of Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Eddie Harris among others. We’re very much looking forward to supporting Liane Carroll, Claire Martin and Clare Teal and the Ella Fitzgerald centenary celebration at St John Smith’s Square as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Ex-Suzi Quatro guitarist and Cockney Rebel member Robbie Gladwell has also involved me in his band for many years, performing at a huge variety of venues across the UK as well as an annual 3-night charity event in aid of Cancer Research UK. It was when I first started playing with Robbie I had the opportunity to sign an endorsing artists contract with German amplifier company Hughes&Kettner.

I also work with a wide range of jazz/pop/soul function bands.”

The Jazznights Trio were:

Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Joe Taylor
With vocals from Larraine Odell
Larraine Odell with the Jazznights Trio
Harry with the Jazznights Trio

Sunday 13th May 2018 – ED JONES (sax)
will be at Jazznights

An award winning Uk jazz saxophonist/composer who has been based in London for over 25 years. He works in the UK and internationally with a wide range of his own projects and collaborations, and has over 70 published works as a composer and discographic credits on over 150 recordings.

THE BEST IN BRITISH MODERN JAZZ is at Jazznights,
The Bell Hotel. Clare, Suffolk. CO10 8NN

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 Jaznights blog and pictures is now at
http://jazz-nights.blogspot.co.uk

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com

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