“Tracks” featuring Bill Sharp, Keith Winter, Martin Elliott and Roger Odell at Jazznights at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 8th October 2017

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Tracks is the jazz-rock fusion band formed in the late 70’s which led to the formation of Shakatak. Tracks features current Shakatak members Bill Sharp (keys) and Roger Odell (drums) with ex-member Keith Winter (guitar) plus Martin Elliott (electric bass)

Roger Odell – Drums

I first began playing drums at about the age of 14 in a band that we formed at my school, Buckhurst Hill County High, and later I played in various dance bands in the Essex/Herts area. Jazznights Roger Odell 081017  (135)In my late teens I formed a modern jazz group and played regularly at The Greyhound in Harlow, and this led to my meeting up with jazz pianist Alan Gowen. The trio we subsequently formed with John Hosey on bass continued to play in the Harlow area, and as a rhythm section we accompanied most of the top names on the UK jazz scene. I also played in a student big band run by members of the John Dankworth Orchestra in London.

I turned fully professional in the 70’s with the Cambridge group C.M.U., touring throughout the UK and Europe and recording two albums for the Transatlantic label. These were called “Open Spaces”, and “Space Cabaret”, and have just been re-released on one CD on the See For Miles label- SEECD373. This group featured my wife Larraine as lead vocalist.

Towards the end of the 70’s I formed a jazz-rock band called Tracks with Trevor on bass, Bill Sharpe (keyboards) and Keith Winter (guitar). When Trevor left to form Buggles his replacement was Martin Elliot, now with Michael Nyman. Ian Hamlett, formerly of C.M.U., and bassist John Dover also played with Tracks. We recorded an EP which we released on “white label”, and sold at our regular Sunday lunch-time gig at Triad Arts Centre in Bishops Stortford. This is now available on CD.

As well as being a member of Shakatak, I free-lance in other situations and I also run my own Jazznights Roger Odell 081017  (139)bands, often featuring my wife Larraine as vocalist. Our son Jamie (Jimpster, Audiomontage, DJ, Re-mixer) is a keyboard playing Producer/Engineer rapidly making a name for himself with a variety of projects including The Bays, and we have a daughter, Maxine, who graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Culture, Communication and Media, and is now living and working in London. In late ’99, early ’00, I co-produced my own CD with Jamie, which features among others, Larraine and Jacqui Hicks on vocals, Mornington Lockett on saxes, Jamie on keyboards, Maxine on backing vocals, and myself on drums. The group is called Beatifik, and the CD is entitled “The Blue Window”.

Bill Sharpe – Keyboards

After graduating from Birmingham University with an honours degree in music, I started to Jazznights Bill Sharp 081017  (112)work for the BBC as a studio manager. At the same time, I continued to play in bands as I did throughout my years at school. One of the bands was called “Tracks” which comprised of Roger Odell, Keith Winter and Trevor Horn.

1980, along with Keith and Roger and producer Nigel Wright, I formed Shakatak. We toured the UK extensively during the early eighties and signed with Polydor records. In 1982 we had our first top 20 hit with “Easier said than done”, one of the hits that I wrote for the band. Others include “Night Birds”,”Invitations”, “Dark is the Night”, “Down on the Street” and “Mr Manic and Sister Cool”.

In 1983, international success began for the band in Europe, America and particularly in Japan where “Night Birds” became one of the biggest selling international albums of all time.

As the 90’s began , Shakatak and I found ourselves touring less and recording more due to the demand for recordings particularly in Japan. Our music was becoming very popular in America in the contemporary jazz market where they had two consecutive number 1 albums. Jazznights Bill Sharp 081017  (119)
At this time, since the band’s schedule was less hectic, I found time to start writing music for television which has remained an interest to this day. In 1996, through my consultancy work for Technics keyboards, I met the great jazz musician Don Grusin and after spending time helping with the design and specs for some new Technics products in Japan, we became good friends. In 1997, I had the time and opportunity to record my second solo album and asked Don Grusin to co-produce the record with me in Los Angeles. This enabled me to work with some of my favourite American musicians including Alex Acuna, Paulinho da Costa, Abe Laboriel as well as the great soul singer Jeffrey Osborne.

Martin Elliott – Electric bass

I turned professional in December 1978 and since then I’ve been lucky enough to play for many great musicians and singers, plus I have travelled all over the world.

Over the past 30 years or so some of the jobs I’ve had include playing for: Michael Nyman, Jazznights Martin Eliott 081017  (18)Gary Numan, Michael Ball, Shirley Bassey, Bucks Fizz, Petula Clark, The Nolans, Alice (Italy), London Saxophonic, Franco Battiato(Italy), The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Soweto String Quartet, Sacha Distel, Ute Lemper, Matt Munro, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and many others, plus I’ve played in theatres for: “Grease”, “Cats”, “Les Miserables”, “Chess”, “Whistle Down The Wind”, “The Jazznights Martin Eliott 081017  (20)Beautiful Game” and I’ve played many TV, radio, album (recently for John Barrowman and Will Martin) and film recording dates.

A couple of TV jobs that I’m most pleased to have done are: playing on the theme tune of “Blue Peter” (when it had a slapped Fender Jazz…I’m sure you remember that…) and playing my fretless on the show “Bottom” as part of the “Bum Notes”. During the late ’80s I played in the orchestra for “New Faces”, plus I regularly played in the house band for “Wogan”. I have also been involved as a co-producer with the Michael Nyman Band, for the piece “After Extra Time” and London Saxophonic, for the CD “An Eye for a Difference”.
In 1997 I had the unusual and privileged opportunity to perform a modern opera – “Dirty Tricks”, with music by Paul Barker – that was accompanied by solo bass guitar. I have also recorded a “concerto” for bass guitar written for me by the Spanish composer Chema Rivas.

Keith Winter – Guitar

Jazznights Tracks 081017  (41)A professional session player and gigging guitarist from the age of 19, Keith Winter went on to become a founder member of the 80’s jazz funk band Shakatak. The band achieved considerable chart success both here and abroad and toured extensively.

At the end of the 80’s, during an extended spell of nothing but recording, Keith felt the need to get out and play live again, returning to his early rockier roots with the band ‘Before The Storm’.

With Keith as the main composer along with singer Steve Scales, the band played some 200 gigs in and around the London area and was attracting record company Jazznights Keith Winter 081017  (127) - Copyinterest when Keith fell ill with a very rare condition that considerably damaged his sensory nervous system and left him severely disabled and unable to play the guitar or even walk properly. The consultants were of the opinion that recovery was unlikely due to the extent of the damage, so some seriously nice guitars and amps got sold!

That seemed to be it!

But amazingly, 21 years later and against all the odds, Keith has now recovered and is back playing again. Initially he started playing guitar with his daughter Cara, a young pianist and singer songwriter (myspace.com/carawinter). He then formed an 8 piece band called ‘Have You Heard’ with local musicians to play a selection of Pat Metheny Group tunes and has got back together again with Steve Scales as ‘Another Storm’ (myspace.com/anotherstorm)  playing the tunes written back at the start of the 90’s, with new material and CD planned for 2011.

The icing on the cake as far as he is concerned is the return of ‘Tracks’.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was the erudite Gareth Williams-James

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This gig was a truly rare stunning blast from the past and they should reform much more often to play their unique blend of Jazz Rock Fusion. Tonight they played many great numbers including:

Jalna  An original Tracks number written by Roger Odell – meaning of the title is somewhat obscure!
Monday Jump Another song penned by Roger Odell – we leave to you the meaning of the song title!
Maiden Voyage Tracks interpretation of the famous composition by Herbie Hancock from his 1965 album Maiden Voyage
Queen Mab A Tracks tune based on A Tale Entwined in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Freeway written by Bill Sharpe
Freeway Play based on Bill’s original Freeway
Arjen’s Bag from John McLaughlin’s Extrapolation is the debut album by jazz guitarist John McLaughlin.
Dreams of E.B. Frankenstein composed by Ian Hamett one of the original guitarists of the Cambridge C.M.U. band
Down Wind from Cerberus

LOZ SPEYER (trp) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 22nd October 2017

Loz Speyer’s music combines a playful and subversive spirit with a melodic sense deeply rooted enough to draw people in, with or without their having jazz ears. He possesses a bright trumpet tone combining generous doses of Clifford Brown and hints of Woody Shaw or mid-period Miles. “Serious fun of the first order. Recommended” Metro.

 

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
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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Josh Kemp at Jazz-Nights with the Roger Odell Trio featuring Peter Lemer, Bernie Hodgkins and vocals from Larraine Odell. Sitting-In spot with Carol Bleiker at the Bell Hotel, Clare on 24th September 2017

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Josh Kemp

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 Jazznights Josh Kemp 240917 (2)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. 

​ 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.

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.

Current projects include the Josh Kemp Hammond Organ Band (‘Rare Groove’ CD 2015) – with Steve Fishwick on Trumpet, Ross Stanley/Mike Gorman on Hammond Organ and Chris Higginbottom on Drums. The Jazz Prophets  (‘Tone Poetry’ CD 2014) – with Tim Lapthorn on Piano, Mick Hutton on Double Bass and Matt Skelton on Drums. The Josh Kemp Standards Quartet features Robin Aspland on Piano, Simon Thorpe on Double Bass and Paul Caviaciuti on Drums. Other projects include composing for and playing with the E17 Large Ensemble, and a variety of other projects including house musician for London’s Savoy and Dorchester Hotels.

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The Jazznights Trio – Peter Lemer, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

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Bernie Hodgkins                                                 Larraine Odell

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Carol Bleiker with the Jazznights Trio

Sun 08 Oct – TRACKS

An “unplugged” version of this high octane jazz-rock fusion band which features Shakatak members Bill Sharpe (keys) and Roger Odell (drs) with ex-Shakatak guitarist Keith Winter and the bass-guitarist Martin Elliott from the Michael Nyman band. Expect a full house for this rare appearance so early reservations strongly advised.

 

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
Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE
For further information on future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com


Mick Hanson one of the UK’s leading exponents of jazz guitar returned to Jazznights at The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 27th August 2017 to play with the Roger Odell Trio, Larraine Odell and with Reg Webb in the sitting in spot.

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Formerly from the local area, Mick Hanson moved on to establish himself as one of the major players on the UK jazz guitar scene with his duo performances with Dave Newton and in the trio Organic Matters. His forte is hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with a contemporary Blue Note school approach.
Mick Hanson is one of the UK’s leading exponents of jazz guitar. His unique style is a masterful fusion of his early blues roots with the honest swinging jazz of the 50’s and 60’s. Mick has worked and recorded with many of the worlds best known performers including Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Dick Morrissey, Brian Dee, Gordon Beck and Dave Newton, and recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a leader.
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  Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Mick Hanson and Roger Odell
Mick Hanson was be accompanied by the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio who were:
Roger Odell Drums
Roger was one of the founder members and drummer with the jazz-funk group Shakatak and
the forerunner band Tracks. Roger has toured internationally and recorded numerous CDs, which he Jazznights Roger Odell 270817 (151)continues to do on a regular basis to this day. Apart from a great power drummer he is also a prestigious arranger. Musically, his first love was always straight-ahead contemporary jazz, and in the past he has played with many of the great names on the UK scene including Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Dick Morrissey, Terry Smith, Joe Harriott and countless others. Roger is the author of three technical articles which appeared in the international magazine Modern Drummer.
Simon Brown – Piano
Simon’s piano playing has long been the sound accompaniment of first choice for nationally and internationally known jazz stars appearing at Jazznights as well as Norfolk’s two leading jazz venues, He is also an accomplished soloist in his own right, blending vivacity and creative attack with often Jazznights Simon Brown 270817 (85)gentle lyricism. His influences are Oscar Peterson, Nat “King” Cole and Bill Evans. Since graduating from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 1990, Simon has worked as a performer, teacher of piano and music arranger and regularly appears at the most popular jazz clubs in East Anglia. His involvement in Blues, Jazz and Jazz-Funk combos have led to appearances at many jazz festivals and has shared the billing with the likes of Jools Holland, The James Taylor Quartet, Stacey Kent and Bobby Wellins apart from his regular performances as a primary member of the Jazznights Roger Odell Trio.

Bernie Hodgkins – 5 strung double bass
He has toured in Europe and further afield with a wide variety of artists and  honed his skills and adding to his prodigious repertoire. Spending much of his time in the recording   studios, he is equally Jazznights Bernie Hodgkins 270817 (144)at home and in demand as an enthusiastic “live” rhythm section player.
Larraine Odell – vocals
Beginning her professional singing career with the group CMU with whom she recorded two albums, Larraine performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including the Purcell Room, RFH.  Boxford Fleece & Ronnie Scott’s.Larraine possesses a unique smouldering tonal quality and a Jazznights Larraine Odell 270817 (65)subtle jazz phrasing style that has elicited great praise from two of her own vocal mentors, Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan. “A sensitive singer who exudes a fine-honed jazz sensibility with every phrase.” She has since appeared at Ronnie Scott’s Club as a member of the group Jimpster, at the Boxford Fleece with pianist Steve Lodder, most of the other jazz clubs in the region, and at the Aldeburgh, Layer Marney and Southwold Jazz Festivals.
Larraine Odell opened the first set with some great jazz standards
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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 Reg Webb playing the piano.
Reg is an English musician and singer-son gwriter. He achieved success not only with his own band Fusihon (which later became The Reg Webb Band and featured  Nik Kershaw), but also touring with Lenny Kravitz, The Outfield, Suzi Quatr0 and others. He is also part of a duo called ‘Short People’.
Reg Webb predominantly plays keyboards and is a vocalist.

Sun 10 Sep – ADAM GLASSER (harmonica) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 10th September 2017
Award-winning Jazz harmonica player Adam Glasser grew up in South Africa and is currently London-based. He won the 2010 SAMA Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album and his recent album Mzansi was also nominated Best Jazz Album at the 2012 SAMA Awards. For this special night he pays tribute to the recently departed Toots Thielemans.

 

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
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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Deelee Dubé (voc) + RENATO D’AIELLO (sax) with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio Including Juan Gallardo and Bernie Hodgkins with additional vocals from Larraine Odell & the traditional Jazznights Sitting In spot at the Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 30th July 2017

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Deelee Dubé started out by performing as an ustic/jazz/blues popular singer songwriter with musicians in London’s live music circuit. She has worked as a session singer for several renowned artists and on musical projects with producers and emerging artists. Deelee has performed at several London venues and formed her first band at the age of 14. She studied at the BRIT School, where she also improved her piano playing skills and knowledge of music, she performed before record company A&R’s who showed great interest in her voice and song writing skills. She went on to perform within several other bands and then went on to develop her solo singing career.

As a singer, Deelee  tends to have a voice quality that is quite stunningly mature and sophisticated, with a wide vocal range that reflects an influential spectrum of styles ranging Jazznights Deelee Dubé 300717  (26)from vocal greats such as Sarah Vaughan,  Nina Simone, Karen Carpenter, Roberta Flack, Minnie Riperton, Joni Mitchell, Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday, amongst others. Deelee’s voice often catches the attention of audiences because of it’s distinctive quality, and Deelee’s sheer precision with words and phrasing expresses her unique delivery of emotion and intonation. Performing is somewhat like breathing to her, and is one of her greatest joys. She  is in her element on stage, and also when creating songs and composing music and lyrics.

Delee was the winner of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Competition held in Newark, New Jersey USA she is also a house singer at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.

Renato D’Aiello
Born in Naples 1959. Renato began to study the saxophone on 1979 at the age of 20, with virtuoso sax player Antonio Andolfi, then with Sal Nistico, Steve Grossman, Tony Scott.

Jazznights Renato D'Aiello 300717  (104)He started his professional career playing with Giovanni Tommaso big band for Pupi Avati’s tv program in 1986/87.
In 1987 he received a full tuition scolarship from Berklee college of Boston.
International tours followed in 1991 with Tony Scott and on 1992 Renato toured Japan with Yoshida Masahiro trio.
In 1993 and 1995 he toured Japan again with same trio.
Tours of Europe with Art Farmer and Rachel Gould in 1996/97.
His composition credits include music for an opera entitled “Seven Red Doors” by writer Oberto Airaudi and several co-productions for IRMA Records as sax player and producer.
In1999 became resident in UK.

He has played with a number of world class musicians in his career, including:
Art Farmer, Sal Nistico, Steve Grossman, Eddie Duran, Kirk Lightsey, Keith Copeland, Duffy Jackson, Roland Prince, Alain Jean Marie, Spike Robinson, Jim Mullen, Claire Teal, Bruce Forman, Gene Calderazzo, Phil Lee, Sax Appeal, Bruce Adams, Mark Bassey, C.Tracey, D.Green, G. Husband, P. Jacobsen, S. Melling, Gilad Atzmon, P. Robson, John Chritchinson, Patrice Galas.

Deelee and Renato sang and played with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio

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Roger Odell                                       Juan Galiardo

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Bernie Hodgkins                                                         Larraine Odell

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Larraine Odell singing with Juan Galiardo, 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 Sara Hawkes singing All Of Me and Geoff Harriman playing Misty on his harmonica

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Deelee Dubé singing with Renato D’Aiello. Juan Galiardo, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

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Deelee Dubé singing with Renato D’Aiello. Juan Galiardo, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

Sun 13 Aug – AARON LIDDARD (sax)

Aaron was most famously associated with Amy Winehouse with whom he recorded and toured before her tragic early demise. “Being smiled upon and encouraged by the two Parkers, Evan and Maceo, is a unique accolade….a sort of Official Thumbs-Up from both Professor Steven Hawkings and Wayne Rooney” Alastair Graham (Illustrator and jazz fan)

 

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

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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


Colin Watling with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio including Peter Lemer on piano and Bernie Hodgkins with his 5 string double Bass at the Bell Hotel in Clare with vocals from Larraine Odell Sunday 16th July 2017

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Peter King was unable to make the scheduled visit to Jazznights due to illness and we wish him our best good wishes and hopes he gets well soon when his jazznights trip will be rescheduled.

Colin Watling specialises in tenor sax and offers the full gamut of musical styles in his performances from soft and mellow, through to boppy and brassy….. and always in great humour. Colin is rated by many as one of the most exciting tenor saxophonists on the  circuit with his melodic, swinging sound. He is a mainstay of the region’s jazz scene, the Hertfordshire-based tenor sax colossus.

Colin made a superb CD with Roger Odell, Mike Harris and Chris Ingham called We’re All Done.

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Larraine Odell with Peter Lemer, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

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Sunday 30th July – DEELEE DUBE (voc) + RENATO D’AIELLO (sax) will be at Jazz Nights at the Bell Hotel Clare

As the winner of the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Competition held in the USA, Deelee is a very welcome debut artist at Jazznights along with partner Renato D’Aiello. She has a voice quality that reflects a spectrum of styles influenced by Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday amongst others.

 

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

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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


Jo Fooks with her tenor sax playing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio with José Canha and Dan Banks with vocals from Larraine Odell at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 2nd July 2017

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Jo Fooks, born in Edinburgh, began learning the saxophone at 15. In 1992 she won ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’. Inspired and encouraged by local Edinburgh musicians, Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London (1995-99). She also studied at the Berklee School of music in Boston after receiving a full fee scholarship for the summer jazz programme.
Jazznights Jo Fooks (96)After recording her debut album “Here and Now!”, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band. With whom she toured and performed in some of the most amazing theatres and venues in Britain. Humphs fun filled and melodic approach to music was to be a huge influence. And through performing in his band Jo also recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and played alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks,and many others.
Jo’s other influences include Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gorden, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans. Her mellow tone is often compared to Stan getz and Zoot Simms.
Jo began to compose her own music in2004 after learning and analysing a wide variety of Jazz standards. She currently gigs in and around the London area and her teaching positions have included tutoring the RAF bands men (2000-2006).

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Jose Canha                                                     Dan Banks

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 Carol Bleiker singing After You & Geoff Harriman playing Fly Me To The Moon on his harmonica

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Jo Fooks playing with vocals from Larraine Odell with the Jazznights Trio

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Jo Fooks with Dan Banks, Jose Canha and Roger Odell

Sun 16 Jul – PETER KING (sax)

 

“Peter King is the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world”. Dave Gelly. “I hear both Trane and Bird in his playing, but he is better than either of them”. Gene Lees. ”A wonderful musician – a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here in America as well as in England”. Elvin Jones.

 

HE 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

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen HERE

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


Debby Bracknell singing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio at Jazz Nights’ The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 18th June 2017 with vocals from, Larraine Odell

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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, completing an HND in Vocals, and receiving the high accolade of most outstanding vocalist of the year. A few years later she went back to college and trained at Access To Music college in London Jazznights Debby Bracknell 180617 (110)where she worked towards an ATCL in Session Vocals passing with distinction.
An experienced and talented singer, Debby is more than comfortable singing most styles of music and has performed both lead and backing vocals with many successful function and tribute bands and original artists in the UK and Europe.

Since 2006 Debby has had extensive involvement as a backing vocalist with the band Shakatak where she has been fortunate enough to tour and perform in many venues and festivals across the world including Japan, Canada, Italy, Indonesia, Russia, Armenia, Germany, Kazakhstan and the UK. Her background vocals also feature their last two album releases.

After forming a writing partnership with Shakatak’s bass player George Anderson they have Jazznights Debby Bracknell 180617 (54)written and produced many songs together and have released two albums to date, ‘Positivity’ and more recently ‘Expressions’ where Debby featured both as lead and backing vocalist.
Bands and artists worked with include Shakatak, The Pink Floyd Experience UK, George Anderson, Streetlife, MIB, Higher Ground, Hitmen & Her, A-Train, Songbird, Five Play, Marc Hockley, Famous Five, Funkadelics, Jason Lee, Infrasonic, Blues Associates, Sam Obernik, The Gary White Foundation, Jazz-a-la-carte, PSD, Fil Straughan, OTT, Otis B Driftwood, Jackson Live in Concert, GK’s Funky People, Smooth Criminals, Undercover Superstars, Freestyle Funk Collective, Agent 47, Groove Junction, Hula Groove, Mimosa, Mojo6, Soul Easy, Tamela Tigers, Sugartown, Re:cover and many more.

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Debby Bracknell with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

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Roger Odell                                       Simon Brown

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Bernie Hodgkins                                Larraine Odell

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The Jazznights Trio: Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins & Roger Odell

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Debby Bracknell singing with 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 Jean Faulkner & Geoff Harriman

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Jean Faulkner                                                               Geoff Harriman

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Debby Bracknell with The Jazznights Trio

Sun 02 Jul – JO FOOKS (sax)

After winning ‘The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year’ Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of Music in London and at the Berklee School of music in Boston, USA. After recording her debut album “Here and Now!”, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band.

HE 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.

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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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