Roger Beaujolais at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Hurley and Bernie Hodgkins at The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 3rd December 2017

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Simon Hurley, Bernie Hodgkins, Roger Beaujolais and Roger Odell

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Roger Beaujolais

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Simon Hurley

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Bernie Hodgkins

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Roger Odell

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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 Geoff Harriman playing All Of Me.

Sun 17 Dec – LAURA ZAKIAN (voc) & KEVIN FLANAGAN (sax) at Jazznights

 Celebrate a great year at Jazznights when Laura is joined by Kevin for this Christmas Special! Jazz standards plus a few Xmas songs. “Laura Zakian is a true jazz vocalist. She employs her voice as a musical instrument, improvising and moulding the melodic line to lend each lyric the best possible effect”.

 

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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Que Pasa Jazz Quintet explore and improvise in a range of musical languages, from Jazz, through Cuban to modern and home-grown. Between them they have worked with acts such as Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Ginger Baker, Mike Oldfield, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The best genre from the best in the business. At Jazz-Nights, the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday19th November 2017

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Que Pasa Jazz Quintet explore and improvise in a range of musical languages, from Jazz, through Cuban to modern and home-grown. Between them they have worked with acts such as Nina Simone, Grace Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Ginger Baker, Mike Oldfield, The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The best genre from the best in the business. At Jazz-Nights, the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday19th November 2017


Que Pasa explore and improvise in a range of musical languages from Jazz, through Cuban to modern and home-grown. Featuring internationally renowned players Pete Lemer on keys, Paul Robinson on drums, Steve Cook on bass, with Adam Amor on sax and brilliant trumpet player Paul Higgs. Hot Latin!

Featuring:

ADAM AMOR – LEADER, TENOR & SOPRANO SAX

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Founder, composer and arranger for the Spanish Harlow Orchestra.Adam played in New York for five years and studied at Long Island University, Brooklyn, where he was taught by, 11, Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Vega and Tito Puente.He was active on the jazz scene in New York and played for Sonny Rollins’ honorary graduation at LIU and with James Spaulding.Adam now balances lecturing in music and performing arts and composing and playing with the SHO and Back 2 Fun.

 

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Peter Lemer – Piano

Peter has worked with the Peter Lemer Quintet, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Annette Peacock, Harry Beckett, Emily Dankworth, Mike Oldfield Group, He currently works Cahoots, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia. Peter made his recording debut as leader Jazznights Peter Lemer 191117 (6)with Local Colour in  1996, the band then included John Hiseman, John Surman, George Jazznights Peter Lemer 191117 (6)Khan and Tony Reeves. A year in New York then followed which included extensive gigging, jamming and study. Coaches then included famed pianists Jaki Byard and Paul Bley and double bass guru David Walters. He also studied at Royal Academy of Music.In 1969, he worked with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. In the last few years, Lemer has remained a fixture of In Cahoots – he can be heard on Parallel (1996), Out Of The Blue (2001), All That (2003) and Conspiracy Theories (2006), most of which also feature his writing.

Steve Cook – Double Bass

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Steve has a wonderful rounded tone with great clarity. In the 1960s and 70s Steve Cook played with many leading jazz artists including Don Rendell, Art Themen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Alan Skidmore, Pete Jacobsen, Michael Garrick and numerous others.  He was in several of Barbara Thompson’s bands including the Quintet, Jubiaba and Paraphernalia.  He toured and recorded with progressive rock bands CMU, Gilgamesh, Seventh Wave, Mirage and Soft Machine.   He worked at Ronnie Scott’s with Mark Murphy and Gil Evans.  He spent several years touring and recording with the Mike Westbrook orchestra, appearing on three albums.  He’s done dance bands, pit bands, and film and TV soundtracks.  Recently Steve has played salsa with the Spanish Harlow Orchestra, Latin jazz with Que Pasa, and recorded albums with folk and world musicians Wes McGhee, Janie Romer and Ravi.  He may occasionally be seen with the Harmony in Harlem band and the Cambridge Sinfonietta.  He has also had a 35-year career as a professional software engineer.

Paul Robinson – Drums
1976 was a good year for progression! I moved firmly into the Jazz world. I was asked to join a new band called Turning Point. This band was led by Jeff Clyne, one of Britain’s Jazznights Paul Robinson 191117 (26).JPGleading bass players, & singer Pepi Lemer. Jazz gigs & sessions continued, Zoot Money, The Buggles, Cleo Laine, Billy Ocean, Billy Conelly, Jesse Green, Colin Hodgkinson, (Back Door), & countless other sessions, (TV. radio etc) Too many to remember!!!. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 With Paul Buckmaster is one I can remember!) I also did an album for Shusha with Paul Buckmaster.
1984 I received a call from Martin Drew (Jazz drummer) Martin was the house drummer at Ronnie Scotts Club in London. He had started a 2-week engagement with Nina Simone when he received a call from Oscar Peterson, (one of Martins other gigs) so off he went, booking me to complete the following 8 or 9 days. When the gig was over I thought that was it! How wrong can one be!! That was actually the start of a gig & relationship that would dominate the next 19 years of my life!

Paul Higggs – TRUMPET

He has an extensive music career in many fields including performing, composing for Jazznights Paul Higgs 191117 (34).JPGfilm and TV, musical directing for companies such as the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, and arranging music for film and TV.  He is particularly sought after as a brass arranger within all mediums and genres of music.
He is most renowned as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and works both as a performer and session musician.  He has performed for luminaries including Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Lulu, Tony Hatch, John Williams, Vic Damone, Nancy Wilson, Brook Benton, Jackie Trent, Al Martino, The Foundations, Danny Williams, Rolf Harris, Johnny Dankworth and Shorty Rodgers. Paul is a mainstay of the jazz group Rebop.

 

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Sun 03 Dec – ROGER BEAUJOLAIS (vibes) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 3rd December 2017

Jazznights Roger Beaujolais 171010 (1).JPGWith a long career taking in jump-jive and acid jazz along the way, Roger Beaujolais has quietly emerged as an essential player on Britain’s jazz scene. His technique on the vibraphone is masterly, and his mature style is so broadly based that he can switch from funk to delicate ballad in an instant, without the least strain.

 

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

 

Christine Tobin & Phil Robson at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Steve Cook at the Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 5th November 2017

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Christine Tobin is based between New York City and London. The Irish born vocalist and composer is renowned for her unique rich voice and original compositional style. With eleven Jazznights  Christine Tobin 051117(4)highly acclaimed CDs under her own name and four major awards under her belt, Christine is treasured in the UK and beyond as one of the leading lights on the contemporary scene. Her authentic sound was described by The Guardian as ‘Tobin’s 24 carat voice’ while praising her both for the poetry of her compositions and the warmth of her golden voice. Her style, although rooted in jazz, is eclectic and draws on a broad range of influences. The Irish Times called it ‘music that veers from grungy, post-industrial grooves to wispy romanticism to abstracted contemporary classical’.
MOJO Music Magazine said of her ‘Christine Tobin really transcends glib genre-fication. Her expressive range acknowledges finely acquired folk, jazz and 20th-century classical influences, which already sets her apart. And everything is shot through with an unmistakable refinement, free-spirited earthiness and giddy romanticism, this singer-songwriter is in a field of one.’ She has led various projects and in 2012 ‘Sailing to Byzantium’, her settings of WB Yeats poems, won a British Composer Award. The following year she won a ‘Herald Angel Award’ at the Edinburgh Festival for her show ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep”, her imaginative versions of Cohen classics. And in 2014 she won ‘Jazz Vocalist of the Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Earlier in her career Christine won ‘Best Vocalist’ at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.

Born in Derby (Derbyshire), England in 1970,[1] Phil Robson began guitar studies at age 14.[2] He played in the house rhythm section at the local club with such visiting musicians as John Etheridge and Bheki Mseleku as well as with his clarinettist father, Trevor Robson. He moved to London at the age of 18 where he studied at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama, being the youngest student at the time to do the post graduate course in jazz studies. He went on to be an integral part of the London scene & has since been the leader of several acclaimed musical projects of his own as well as appearing as a sideman with many Jazznights Christine Tobin & Phil Robson 051117 (73)international artists including Barbra Streisand, Django Bates, Mark Turner (musician), Kenny Wheeler, David Liebman, Dame Cleo Laine, Maceo Parker, Donny McCaslin and Charles Earland to name just a few. He has also co-led the seminal UK jazz rock band “Partisans” since 1996 with Julian Siegel & has been a long time partner of the great Irish singer/songwriter Christine Tobin. Robson is a recording artist for Babel Label & more recently Whirlwind Recordings.

Phil is a professor of music at Trinity College Of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. He was elected in 2015 as an honorary associate of the Royal Academy Of Music. He has been a visiting tutor at summer schools such as ‘The Dordogne International Jazz Summer School’ in France, ‘The European Jazz Academy’ in Germany, & continues to be an educator.

 

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The Jazznights Trio

Simon Brown’s piano playing has long been the sound accompaniment of first choice for nationally and Jazznights Simon Brown 270817 (85)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 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 Trio

 

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Steve Cook

Steve has a wonderful rounded tone with great clarity. In the 1960s and 70s Steve Cookplayed with many leading jazz artists including Don Rendell, Art Themen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Alan Skidmore, Pete Jacobsen, Michael Garrick and numerous others.  He was in several of Barbara Thompson’s bands including the Quintet, Jubiaba and Paraphernalia. He may occasionally be seen with the Harmony in Harlem band and the Cambridge Sinfonietta.  He has also had a 35-year career as a professional software engineer.

 

 

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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 continues to do on a regular basis to this day.

 

 

 

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Sunday 19th November – QUE PASA will be at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel, Clare

Jazznights Que Pasa rhythm section190715 (91)Que Pasa explore and improvise in a range of musical languages from Jazz, through Cuban to modern and home-grown. Featuring internationally renowned players Pete Lemer on keys, Paul Robinson on drums, Steve Cook on bass, with Adam Amor on sax and brilliant trumpet player Paul Higgs. Hot Latin!

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


“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


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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Larraine Odell with Bernie Hodgkins and Roger 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:
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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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