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

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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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Simon Spillett at Jazznights at The Bell Hotel, Clare with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine Odell Sunday 19th May 2019

“Straight-ahead, high energy jazz is his line and he does it with aplomb” – The Guardian

Simon Spillett

Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as “formidable,” Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who leads his own quartet featuring Robin Aspland (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums). He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine’s Critic’s Choice CD of the Year (2009) Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007) and most recently the Services to British Jazz in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.

Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums, Introducing Simon Spillett (Woodville Records, 2007), Sienna Red (Woodville Records, 2008) andSquare One (Gearbox Records, 2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. His festival, concert and club appearances across the UK have included sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott’s and the Brecon Jazz Festival and he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz-Line Up with his own band.He is also a respected saxophone tutor, teaching individual students and providing masterclasses and workshops across the UK.In 2016, Simon was appointed to the board of patrons of The Jazz Centre UK, alongside Sir Michael Parkinson, Dame Cleo Laine, Jools Holland and Van Morrison.
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Simon Spillett and Roger Odell

Simon SApillett played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Larraine Odell

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 Carol Bleiker singing Everything’s in rhythm with my heart.

Sunday 2nd June 2019 Jazznights presents Luca Luciano

“Masterful Clarinet! Luca 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, “Such a virtuoso musical performance and such joyful uplifting music” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio.

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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Jill Saward at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins with additional vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 5th May 2019

Jill Saward began her musical career at the age of 16, with the British progressive jazz rock band Fusion Orchestra, from 1969 to 1972.[1]

Jill Saward and the Fusion Orchestra gained a following of fans who secured a record deal with EMI music to produce their first album Skeleton in Armour, an album that immediately received critical acclaim upon its debut, and is now considered a collector’s item which is highly sought after.[citation needed]

Jill Saward

After the band Fusion Orchestra split, Saward became involved in a new all female group, called Brandy. The band, produced by Polydor, was active for about three years in the UK and Europe, before disbanding in 1976.

Saward was spotted later by the band leader Nicky North who invited her to perform in the ‘Cats Whiskers’ with his own big soul funk band. She also made a name for herself as one of the UK’s session singers at that time. Saward also had a brief stint with a musical group of all women, called Citizen Gang, built by a French manufacturer of Orpheus Productions, and still managed to collaborate with the Nicky North Band. It was in this period she met band, Nigel Wright and Roger Odell, who are still components of jazz-funk band Shakatak.[2]

It was through them that Saward was able to record some vocals on an experimental track of a song called “Steppin“, and after nine top ten hits Saward was invited to be a permanent part of the group and started to tour worldwide.

Jill Saward

She became the leading voice of Shakatak sharing success for more than 35 years. The band is still touring and recording and still popular around the world, especially in Europe and the Far East. They usually publish a new album every two years for JVC Records and Secret Records.[3]

Despite constant touring and recording, Saward has always managed to find time to develop new projects, and still continues to write and record new material.[4]She has been married with the charismatic bass player George Anderson, also a member of Shakatak, with whom she had two sons, Luis and James. They divorced in 2001. [6]

The Shakatak frontwoman had the procedure while taking part in Living TV’s Pop Goes The Band, a show which sees former musical stars, as Bucks Fizz, Bananarama, Visage, Cleopatra, 911, Chaka Khan and more, undergoing surgery in a bid to relaunch their careers [6] .A source from that show in 2008 said: “Jill’s recovery was touch and go as to whether she would be healed in time for her ‘reveal’ on camera. She didn’t heal very well and had a bad infection.” [

When Jill Saward is not touring with her band Shakatak, she lives in Italy, in the small village of Martis in Sardinia, where she owns and runs a guest house with her current partner the businessman Chris Johnson.

Jill Saward

Jill was singing with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins

With additional vocals from:

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

Sunday 19th May 2019 – SIMON SPILLETT (sax)

A regular at Jazznights who always blows up a storm. Originally influenced by the great Tubby Hayes, Simon has now forged his own path in contemporary straight ahead modern jazz. He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards.

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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Renato D’Daiello at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Owen Morgan with vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 21st April 2019


Owen Morgan;  Double Bass, Electric Bass, Producer and Educator O

As a musician, teacher and student Owen has worked in a wide range of artistic activity as contrabassist, electric bassist, electronic musician, composer, engineer and producer. Although experienced in a wide range of musical styles as a performer and session musician, his focus is as an improvising musician, playing Jazz as a sideman and leader in many ensembles. As a composer he works with sound design and found-sound alongside traditional harmony and improvisation to create music with new sonic textures.  He currently teaches music at Summerhill School, one of the founding institutions for democratic, child-led education. 

Renato D’Aiello
Within Jazz Owen has recently worked with Pete King, Tina May, Jim Mullen, Steve Melling, Mark Crooks, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Allison Neale, Paul Higgs, Brigitte Beraha, Joanna Eden, Sarah Moule, Amit Chaudhuri, Jessie Barrett and Nat Steel. He is a regular member of the Norwich Philharmonic orchestra’s bass section. As an engineer and producer he has worked with artists such as Fionn Regan (100 Acres of Sycammore), Jetsam (A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes), The Darkness (Hot Cakes), Wild Beasts (Two Dancers), Adam Buxton, Max Rafferty (The Kooks), Imelda May, The Rifles, and Pnau. Within education he has worked with Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Norwich Future Projects, Access to Music, A.S. Neills Summerhill School and the Britten Sinfonia.
Renato D’Seiello with Owen Morgan
Simon Brown, Renato D’Aiello, Owen Morgan and Roger Odell

The Jazznights Trio accompanied Renato who were:

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Owen Morgan
Larraine Odell
Simon Brown, Owen Morgan, Larraine Odell and Roger Odell

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 Geoff Harriman oplaying harmonica with Brian Stapley on drums playing The Nearness Of You.

Brian Stapley and Geoff Harriman
Simon Brown, Renato D’Aiello, Own Morgan and Roger Odell

Sunday 5th May 2018 we have JILL SAWARD vocals

Shakatak’s Jill Saward has recently completed a number of special sold-out jazz club performances in Sardinia – now her main country of residence. This presented an ideal opportunity to invite her to bring her program of well-known standards for a very special performance at Jazznights!

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/

Hannah Horton at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 7th April 2019

A natural born improviser from an early age, Hannah has played the saxophone since before high school days. As a youngster she attended the prestigious Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in her teens became a lead member of NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) and the National Youth Music Theatre. Accomplished on flute, bassoon and clarinet as well as sax, she now teaches her own students to a high level whilst pursuing her performing career with the Hannah Horton Quartet in London and the South East.

Hannah Horton
Hannah Horton

Defying categorisation, Hannah’s music spans jazz, latin, funk, blues and rock along with classical influences. Her unique tone, melodic and creative improvisation, and sensitive phrasing have become her signature sound which is beautifully captured in her debut album Forget Me Not (released October 2012). Featuring the formidable talents of John Crawford (piano), Rob Statham (bass) and Nic France (drums), the album includes her own compositions, an original take on jazz standards such as Caravan, and some lesser known pieces.

Hannah Horton

Hannah played with the Jazznights Trio who were:


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

During the interval we had our traditional raffle with three jazz CD’s

Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Hannah Horton and Roger Odell

On Sunday 21st April we will feature – RENATO D’AIELLO

“Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul. He has all the virtues – a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique which effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas.” Ian Carr, Jazz writer. “D’Aiello’s weighty, behind-the-beat sound shows a poetic imagination.” 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/

Pete Neighbour at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Ted Beament and Bernie Hodgkins and vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare 24th March 2019

From relatively humble beginnings growing up in East London music has enabled Pete Neighbour to travel and perform extensively. Concert and guest  appearances on land have taken him all over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. In more recent years he has carved a niche for himself being one of very few jazz musicians to reach a wider audience by performing as a Headline Guest Entertainer on luxury cruise ships; thus enabling him to travel to some far flung corners of the world… Japan, Iceland, The Falkland Islands (some six times!) and even Antarctica to name a few. His act, when on cruise ships, focuses particularly on the ‘swing era’. The music and stories from that era never fail to ensure an enthralling evening’s entertainment.

Pete Neighbour

His love of jazz was nurtured from an early age and the complexities of improvisation became a challenge to be conquered… a challenge which excites him as much today as it did in those formative years. 

He is also still very much involved with corporate work, private functions, jazz festivals, master classes and recordings. Awards and accolades range from winning ‘most promising saxophonist’ at age 18 at a competition in London organised by ‘Jazz Journal’ magazine to being recently awarded the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award by the six star luxury cruise line ‘Silversea’, with whom Pete has had a long and successful relationship. He is constantly in demand in a variety of settings and has performed at private parties for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House as well as at house parties for Sir Michael Caine and Mick Jagger. He is repeatedly in attendance at many high profile corporate and showbusiness events. His performances have included venues as diverse as The Royal Festival Hall in London, The Lincoln Centre in New York, functions for the New York Historical Society, corporate events on board the ‘Orient Express’, parties at the Cannes Film Festival, in French Chateaux, The House of Lords in London, and Scottish Baronial castles.

Over the years he has performed with many great names from both the British and American jazz scenes ranging, stylistically from Al Casey (who performed regularly with ‘Fats’ Waller) to modern jazz names such as John Critchenson and the late Martin Drew.  He is proud to have played regularly alongside such musical luminaries as Warren Vache, Doc Cheatham, Wild Bill Davidson, Max Kaminsky, Scott Hamilton, George Chisolm, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilk. He has appeared as a guest artiste or leading his own band in jazz clubs in many cities from his native London to Paris, New York, New Orleans, Zurich, Rome, Singapore and Sydney…and many places in between.

Pete Neighbour

Pete is proud to an official endorser of the Conn-Selmer product. He plays Selmer instruments exclusively. His primary clarinet for performances and studio work is a relatively new Selmer Saint Louis. He is also the proud owner of two late model Selmer Mk VI saxophones; alto and tenor.

When spending time at his adopted home in South Carolina he enjoys being involved in the local thriving music scene. He is particularly grateful to Doctor Gordon (Dick) Goodwin, Emitrius Professor of composition at the University of South Carolina, who has written several arrangements for Pete. Furthermore, Pete has recorded and performed on numerous occasions with South Carolina saxophonist and bandleader Skipp Pearson. Skipp has been recognized by the State of South Carolina as its official “Ambassador of Jazz”.

Ted Beament, Bernie Hodgkins, Pete Neighbour and Roger Odell

There are currently three albums available under the leadership of Pete Neighbour. The latest, “Back in the Neighbourhood” was recorded, as the title suggests, back in London in September of 2014. It was released in early 2015 to very favourable reviews. It features some old friends of Pete and who are some of the finest players currently performing on the British and European jazz scene. Two other albums, “Friends & Neighbour” and “It’s Alright With Me” are also availble – see the ‘CD’ page for sound clips and details on how to purchase. Downloads are also availble via iTunes, amazon.com and cdbaby.com.

With his hectic travel and touring schedule, Pete’s time at home in  South Carolina is precious; it is invariably spent in the company of his wife, Vickie, catching up with friends and eating fine food (usually cooked by Vickie…) and drinking fine wines (usually chosen by Pete!)

Pete Neighbour played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell
Ted Beament
Bernie Hodgkins

With vocals from Larraine Odell

Larraine 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 Harrriman playing his harmonica and vocals from Carol Bleiker:
Geoff Harriman
Carl Bleiker

Ted Beament, Bernie Hodgins, Pete Neighbour and Roger Odell

Jazznights will have Hannah Horton (sax) at Jazznights (sax) on Sunday 7th April 2019

A natural born improviser from an early age, Hannah has played the saxophone since before high school days. As a youngster she attended the prestigious Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in her teens became a lead member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Now her hallmark velvet tone and versatility are attracting growing audience

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/

Jo Harrop at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins at The Bell Hotel, Clare Sunday 10th March 2019 with vocals from Larraine Odell

A talented singer inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Jo Harrop performs a beautiful, straight-ahead set of timeless jazz standards. Already highly experienced she includes performances at the likes of the Jazz Cafe, Royal Albert Hall, the Sage Gateshead, Pizza Express, St. Martins In The Fields and Zedel and has been featured on Courtney Pines’ Radio 2 show ‘Jazz Crusade’, Jazz FM and BBC Radio London.

Jo Harrop

She began her career as a singer/songwriter, writing and recording a song for Acoustic Alchemy’s album “Radio Contact” and as a backing vocalist, worked with internationally renowned artists including Leanne Rimes, Neil Diamond and Enrique Iglesias! Her numerous current projects include ‘Fever’, a celebration of jazz diva Peggy Lee and a big band tribute to Anita O’Day. For this 606 performance Jo will be surrounded by a phenomenally talented band, including special guest, rising star tenor saxophonist and composer, Alex Hitchcock. The lineup is completed by Jo’s handpicked trio, including the beautifully melodic Harry Sankey on guitar, winner of the Musicians’ Company’s “Young Jazz Musician Award” 2017 Will Barry on piano and up-and-coming talent Joe Downard (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) on bass. Promises to be a wonderful evening for anyone who likes their jazz hip, swinging and heartfelt.

Jo Harrop with Roger Odell

“This girl was born to sing jazz!” Blues & Soul; “A singing sensation… her voice is amazing…a class act” BeBop Spoken Here; “Excellent tone and great stage presence” Marlbank; “Alex Hitchcock….undoubtedly one of the stars of the future” Jazz FM

Jo Harrop was singing with the Jazznights Trio who were: Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins

Additional vocals from Jazznights resident song bird Larraine Odell

Bernie Hodgkins, Jo Harrop and Roger Odell
Larraine 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 Harrriman playing his harmonica with Brian Stapley on drums
Bernie Hodgkins, Geoff Harriman and Brian Stapley
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Jo Harrop and Roger Odell

Sun 24 Mar – PETE NEIGHBOUR (clt)

Sunday 24th March 2019 Pete Neighbour will be at Jazznights

Pete Neighbour is a highly respected clarinet & sax player, originally from London and now based in the USA. He travels extensively performing in his own inimitable style of swing era jazz but for the 21st Century. He performs regularly, worldwide, in a variety of settings with concert and guest appearances all over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

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/