Lee Gibson at Jazznights with Roger Odell, Simon Brown, Steve Cook and vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel, Clare Sunday 12th November 2018


‘World-class British jazz singers are a rare breed at the moment, but Lee Gibson is certainly one of them. She continues to go from strength to strength, both on record and in person. While Cassandra Wilson leads the female vocal field in America, Lee Gibson has comparable status in Britain.’ (Manchester Evening News)

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Lee Gibson is a ‘jazz vocal sensation’ (The Independent). A nationally and internationally acclaimed singer who has delighted critics and fans alike with her wonderful voice, innate sense of swing and dynamic stage presence. ‘She is that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship.’ (Time Out).

‘Subtle…sensuous…joyful…musical’ (The Stage). A superb, charismatic performer with a reputation for excellence that pulls in the crowds, her live appearances regularly set venue attendance records. ‘Soaring, meticulous vocals….the perfect jazz voice, truly playing it like an instrument (Blackpool Evening Gazette).

She has featured in over 1,000 broadcasts on BBC Radio including ‘live’ broadcasts with the BBC Big Band (with whom she has also appeared in concert on many occasions) and the BBC Concert Orchestra on ‘Friday Night is Music Night’.

Lee has appeared at The Barbican, The Purcell Room, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Fairfields Hall, Ronnie Scotts, seven seasons at Pizza on the Park, the 606 Club, The Spice of Life and at all the major jazz venues throughout the UK and Europe.

Festival appearances in the UK and Ireland include Appleby, Ealing, London, Birmingham, Wigan, Marlborough, Edinburgh, Dundee, Newbury, Bude, Derry, Cork, Preston, Swanage, the Isle of Man, Dartmouth and Swansea. In 2016, Lee appeared at festivals in Llandeilo and Abergavenny.

Lee has a long association with leading UK jazz independent record label Spotlite Records which has seen the release of three solo albums ‘Songs of Time and Place’, ‘Linger Awhile’ and ‘Here’s to Love’. All have received universal critical acclaim. She will be looking to return to the studio in 2018 to record a new CD.

Her many film and television credits include ‘Victor Victoria’, ‘Privates on Parade’, ‘The Great Muppet Movie’, ‘An American Tail’, ‘Willow’, ‘Yentl’, ‘The Two Ronnies’, ‘The Morecambe and Wise Show’, ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘Barrymore’, ‘The Benny Hill Show’ and 7 Royal Variety Shows.

‘As far as I am concerned there can never be too much Lee Gibson…she lights up any song with her musicality.’ (The Observer) ‘She is, without doubt, the best jazz singer this country has produced in the last 40 years.’ (Digby Fairweather) 

Simon Brown, Steve Cook, Lee Gibson and Roger Odell

Lee Gibson sang with 

Roger Odell
Simon Brown
Steve Cook

Additional 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 our faourite harmonica player Geoff Harriman
Geoff Harriman
Simon Brown, Steve Cook, Lee Gibson and Roger Odell

Sunday 9th December 2018 Jazznights welcomes Josephine Davies (saxophone)

Josephine has an unusual background as a jazz musician, having initially trained in classical flute and piano. She then studied alto saxophone at the Guildhall School in London, but then switched her instrument to tenor sax. “A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist” All About Jazz. “…confident, fluent and imaginative” The Jazzman.

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 seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dancerd

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

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Tracks: Bill Sharpe, Roger Odell, Keith Winters and Martin Elliott atJazznights – The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 28th October 2018

TRACKS

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. 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 ands, 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 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. 
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.


Keith Winter and Martin Elliott

 

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, 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 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

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 interest 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
The Red Baron

TRACKS

Sunday 11th November 2018 Lee Gibson (vocals) will be at Jazznights

Lee Gibson is a ‘jazz vocal sensation’ (The Independent). A nationally and internationally acclaimed singer who has delighted critics and fans alike with her wonderful voice, innate sense of swing and dynamic stage presence. ‘She is that rarity, a swinging singer who has also reached the highest standards of musicianship.’ Time Out.

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 Jaznights blog and pictures is now athttps://moreopinions.wordpress.com

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dancerd

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

Karen Sharp (baritone & tenor saxes) at Jazznights at The Bell Hotel Clare 14th October 1918 with Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins and Alex best with vocals from Larraine Odell

Born in Suffolk in 1971, Karen Sharp developed a love of music from an early age. She took up the piano and clarinet whilst at primary school and it was not long before she began writing music and working as an accompanist for local music groups. After graduating in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Karen discovered a love of jazz and was inspired to play the tenor sax by two giants of improvisation – Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins.

On relocating to London in 2000, Karen’s career took off when she was asked to join Humphrey Lyttelton’s band with whom she toured the UK and Europe for four years. During this period Karen also worked hard to establish her own band, recording the first of five albums under her own name and touring at festivals and jazz clubs. She has also toured and recorded extensively as a ‘side man’ with some wonderful musicians that include Tina May, Nikki Iles, Esther Miller, Jeremy Pelt, Alan Barnes, John Dankworth and Jacquie Dankworth.

During this time Karen began appearing as a soloist working alongside musicians such as Ken Peplowski, Howard Alden, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache and Harry Allen. Highlights of this period include the Ginza Festival in Tokyo, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and the Singapore International Jazz Festival.

A busy and popular musician with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. She tours regularly with her quartet which features Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown and she plays with numerous larger ensembles including Robert Fowler’s ‘Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band’, Steve Waterman’s Big Band and the Stan Tracey Big Band.

More recently Karen was delighted to be part of the ‘Guy Barker Big Band’, performing at the BBC proms in 2015 and 2017. Recent recording projects include the ‘Barnes/O’Higgins – The Sax Section’, a project for five saxophones, Alan Barnes’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, and her latest quartet album, ‘The Sun, the Moon and You’ to be released March 2018 on ‘Trio Records’.

 

Bernie Hodgkins, Karen Sharp and Alex Best
Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins, Karen Sharp and Alex Best
Larraine Odell
Simon Brown
Bernie Hodgkins
Alex Best
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Bernie Hodgkins, Karen Sharp and Alex Best

Sunday 28th October 1918 – TRACKS will be at Jazznights


A return visit from this fusion band which features three of the original Shakatak members – Bill Sharpe, Keith Winter and Roger Odell plus Michael Nyman bassist Martin Elliott. They play “acoustic” versions of mainly original material influenced by the 70’s jazz-rock of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

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 Jaznights blog and pictures is now athttps://moreopinions.wordpress.com

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dancerd

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


Tara Minton – a wonderful evening of jazz with Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins witjh vocals from Larraine Odell at Jazznights, The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 30th September 2018

Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Since relocating to London in the Spring of 2011 she has built an international reputation as a performing artist and educator.

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Tara Minton

Tara and her trio have played some of London’s most iconic venues including The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, The Pizza Express Soho, Ronnie Scott’s Upstairs, The Pheasantry, Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, Le QuecumBar, The St Pancras Old Church and Brasserie Zédel. They have toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe with notable appearances including The Camac Harp Festival in Geneva 2012, a sold out season at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2013 (where she performed in a revue alongside Mary Wilson of the Supremes and duetted with Olympic diving champion turned cabaret star, Matthew Mitchem), The World Harp Congress in Sydney 2014, Krakow Harp Days 2015 with renowned New York session guitarist, Tristan McCoppin, The Rockwood Music Hall in New York 2015, five sold out dates in Lithuania 2015, The Cambridge Jazz Festival 2015, Payes de Ancenis Harp Festival 2016, Squinterno Music Festival and Italian tour with Gypsy jazz outfit, Harp Bazaar 2016, Birmingham Harp Day 2017, The Camac Harp Festival in Rotterdam 2017 and the Camac Cardiff Harp Weekend 2017.

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Tara Minton

Tara’s much anticipated solo album “The Tides of Love” was launched this year at The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall on the 6th of April and will be released worldwide on the 14th of July this year.

Tara is proudly endorsed by Camac Harps.

“I recommend her highly, to everyone interested in an artist whose musical expression is equalled only by her warmth and integrity.” – Jakez Francois, Director of Camac Harps.

“An astonishingly gifted performer who grabs hold of music by the scruff on the neck and won’t let go.” – Tim Boniface (Arranger, Composer, Saxophonist, Pianist.)

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Simon Brown, Tara Minton, Bernie Hodgkins and Roger Odell

“Tara is a wonderful musician and songwriter. The concert with her trio presenting her new album was stylish and heartwarming. All three are fantastic musicians who clearly love what they do and shared their emotions with an enthusiastic audience. They make you feel like you’re part of the family.” – Gabriella Dall’Olio, Head of Harp, Trinity Laban College of Music.

“The Tides of Love is a masterpiece!” – Amanda Whiting, Jazz harp consultant at The Royal Welsh College of Music.

“Minton’s voice is clear, strong and pure and conveys a great deal of sincerity – ‘February Forever’’s verse has a tumbling flow of confessional lyrics that clearly owe a debt to Joni Mitchell, whose influence can also be seen in the swooping multi-register melody and the carefully thought out complexity of the arrangement…with the harp taking on the role usually given to the piano, adding an attractive space and lightness.” – Eddie Myer, Jazz Views

Tara played with:

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Roger Odell

 

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Simon Brown

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Bernie Hodgkins

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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 vocalist Carol Bleiker

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Carol Bleiker

Sunday 14th October, 2018 – KAREN SHARP (sax) will be at Jazznights

Karen’s career took off when she was asked to join Humphrey Lyttelton’s band with whom she toured the UK and Europe for four years. During this period Karen also worked hard to establish her own band, recording the first of five albums under her own name and touring at festivals and jazz clubs.

 

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 Jaznights blog and pictures is now at https://moreopinions.wordpress.com

Pictures from past gigs can also be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dancerd

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

 

Simon Hurley/Andy Watson Quartet with Bernie Hodgkins and Alex Best at The Bell Hotel, Clare on Sunday 16th September 2018

Simon first picked up the guitar 25 years ago and, after having been self-taught, decided to embark upon his first formal musical education in 2006. In 2010 he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Colchester Institute, also being awarded the Centre Prize for Music. It was here that he began to study jazz under the tutelage of session guitarist Andy Watson, a relationship that has now developed into the Watson/Hurley Jazz Guitar Duo.

Jazznights Simon Hurley & Andy Watson 160918 (26)Although he is competent in many styles of playing from rock and blues to country and funk, as well as theatre work (having performed with Heather Peace and Marc Almond), he also performs regularly in small jazz groups and larger ensembles. Simon feels equally at home within more intimate duo settings. He is a fluent soloist as well as accompanist, often simultaneously mixing chords, walking bass lines and single note passages. His jazz playing is much inspired by that of Joe Pass and Martin Taylor, who described his playing as ‘Just beautiful’.

Jazznights Simon Hurley 160918 (88)He has also had the pleasure of playing alongside such jazz artists as Simon Spillett, Alan Barnes, Georgina Jackson, Martin ShawBrandon AllenJosh KempSimon Allen, Matt Waies, Martin Speake (ECM records), Nigel Price (Woodville records), Osian RobertsSteve Fishwick (Hard Bop Records),Quentin CollinsRoger Beaujolais, Mick Hutton (ECM records), Digby Fairweather…

Simon divides his times between teaching, recording, accompanying and performing in and around the Essex area. In another life he has also been the 5-string banjo player and singer in the Bluegrass quintet ‘The Ragged String Band’with many high profile appearances to their name including the Maverick Festival, Camp Bestival and Harvest at Jimmy’s Farm (supporting Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran).

So, if you are in need of a musician for a performance/event or wish to learn the guitar in the Colchester area, please contact Simon today.

Andy Watson’s professional qualifications are:

Jazznights Andy Watson 160918 (85)G.D.L.M.  –  Graduate Diploma in Light Music…a graduate qualification in Popular Music and Jazz from the City of Leeds College of Music.

A.R.C.M.  –  Associate of the Royal College of Music…a diploma in Classical Guitar Performance

P.G.C.E.  –  Postgraduate Certificate in Education…a teaching qualification achieved by further study after a degree in music

I have run workshops around the UK. I have written for “Guitarist” and “Music Teacher” magazines and I run a successful part time private teaching practice at my studio in Chelmsford.

I have been a professional musician for the whole of my working life as both player and educator. My experience as a session player includes live and TV work including a number of  West End Shows (7 in total). As a solo artist I have performed nationally and internationally at many different venues and festivals. My teaching experience includes work in schools and colleges as both a guitar teacher and as a lecturer and I have directed many

The quartet included:

 

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Bernie Hodgkins – 5 string Double Bass

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Alex Best – drums

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Bernie Hodgkins, Simon Hurley, Alex Best and Andy Watson

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 vocalist Larraine Odell followed by Geoff Harriman  playing his harmonica

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Larraine Odell

 

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Geoff Harriman playing with the band

Sunday 30th September 2018 Jazznights will have the pleasure of:

Tara Minton is a harpist, vocalist and songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia and since relocating to London in the Spring of 2011 she has built an international reputation. Tara has played some of London’s most iconic venues including The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, The Pizza Express Soho and Ronnie Scott’s.

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 Jaznights blog and pictures is now 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
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Tenor Madness: Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling play with the Roger Odell, Simon Brown and Bernie Hodgkins with vocals from Larraine Odell at The Bell Hotel Clare on Sunday 2nd September 2018


Kevin Flanagan
 and Colin Watling feature in a “Battle of the Saxes” brought to mind the famous saxophone duets of John Coltrane/Sonny Rollins and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis/Coleman Hawkins. This proved to be a night of hard swinging fireworks from these two brilliant musicians in a programme drawn from the classic 40’s to 60’s period of modern jazz.

Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling

Rebop’s Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling feature in a “Battle of the Saxes” brought to mind the famous saxophone duets of John Coltrane/Sonny Rollins and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis/Coleman Hawkins. This proved to be a night of hard swinging fireworks from these two brilliant musicians in a programme drawn from the classic 40’s to 60’s period of modern jazz. Tenor Madness features the tenor saxophones of Kevin Flanagan & Colin Watling.

Dr Kevin Flanagan

Kevin Flanagan comes from Lowell MA, USA. He has been involved in jazz and blues, both recording and performing. He settled in the UK Kevin Flanagan Rebop Jazznights 180410 (7)in 1985, playing with his own group and with musicians such as Dick Morrissey, Alan Barnes, Gerard Precenser, and Dave Cliff. He has made two successful CDs with Chris Ingham as the Flanagan-Ingham Quartet and with Roger Odell

Kevin Flanagan

Kevin comes from Lowell, Mass., USA. He initially studied music and philosophy at the University of New Hampshire, and was part of Antares, a free improvisatory group that toured the New England through the mid-70s to early 80s. During this period he was also involved in jazz, blues, and popular music, both recording and performing. He settled in the UK in the mid-80s, and worked on the London jazz and pop scene, playing and recording with members of Pink Floyd, Ben E. King, the Sex Pistols, Jools Holland, Led Zeppelin, B.B. King, Portishead, and many others. By the late 1980s he was primarily involved with jazz, playing with his own )group or with musicians such as Dick Morrissey, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Gerard Precenser, Don Weller, Dave Cliff, Mark Edwards, Adrian Utley, and the Tommy Chase quartet around the festivals of the UK and Europe.

Colin Watling

Colin Watling

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.

The two tenors played with the Jazznights Trio who were:

Roger Odell – Drums

Roger Odell

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.

Simon Brown

Simon Brown – Piano

Leading UK Jazz innovator and musical entrepreneur Simon Brown is a highly respected and popular jazz pianist who is equally known for his arranging skills. His bands include the  quintet Beyond Cantaloupe featuring the music of Herbie Hancock, as well a the very popular Simon Brown Trio and Quartet.  He is also a stalwart of the Jazznights Trio with Roger Odell and Bernie Hodgkins.

Bernie Hodgkins – Double Bass

Bernie is an demand bass player with both the electric and the double bass. Bernie plays with a 5 string bass with an extra c string to great effect

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Brian Stapley and Carol Bleiker
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 vocalist Carol Bleiker and drummer Brian Stapley with September In The Rain

Sunday 16th September 2018 – SIMON HURLEY & ANDY WATSON BAND will be at Jazznights.

The Andy Watson/Simon Hurley Band was formed in 2010 with a view to exploring a carefully selected repertoire of song and jazz standards. The duo is strongly influenced by the Jim Hall/Pat Metheny, Louis Stewart/Martin Taylor and Jimmy Raney/ Doug Raney partnerships – which have been an inspiration to both players for many years.

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 Jazznights is back at The Bell Hotel, Clare

serve 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
 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

Liane Carroll with Roger Carey and Roger Odell at Jazznights Sunday 19th August 2018

Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty-five years.

Liane Carroll

Born in London and raised in Hastings; from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song.

Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined in 2016 at Finsbury Parks Hospital in the Park festival. She appeared with them again at Glastonbury Festival 2017.

Equally at home in intimate jazz venues and vast performance spaces, in the summer of 2016 Liane took part in the BBC Late Night Proms performing at The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Of Scotland.

Liane is a great supporter of young and emerging artists and is much in demand by youth orchestras, ensembles and colleges for her inspirational approach to teaching. She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the revered Guildhall School Of Music and Drama.

Roger Carey and Liane Carroll

As a recording artist Liane has gained much critical acclaim. Her four most recent
albums (Slow Down, Up and Down, Ballads, Seaside) all earned a four star review in The Guardian newspaper. Her latest release Seaside (Linn Records), homage to her life by the coast, is her third with Grammy nominated producer James McMillan of QuietMoney Studios and holds a coveted British Jazz Award for Best New CD (2015).

As well as Liane’s solo performances; her current projects include her Trio with her husband bassist Roger Carey and drummer Russell Field and a vocal trio with long time friends Sophie Bancroft and Sara Colman.

Awards

Winner: Best Vocalist and Best of Jazz – BBC Jazz Awards 2005
Winner: Musician Of The Year – British Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008
Winner: Best Jazz Album of the Year – Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2012
Nominated: Best UK Vocalist of 2012 – Jazz FM Awards 2013
Winner: Best British Vocalist – British Jazz Awards 2013
Winner: Best new CD – British Jazz Awards 2015 (Seaside)
Nominated: Jazz Album Of The Year – Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016 (Seaside)
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 Magazine

Roger Odell, Roger Odell and Liane Carroll

Roger Odell

Roger Carey

Liane Carroll


Sunday 2nd September 2018 – TENOR MADNESS (saxes) will be at Jazznights


Featuring two great saxophonists Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling
, Tenor Madness is a Battle Of The Saxes where everyone wins! With a repertoire drawn mainly from the famous Blue Note era, they explore the recordings of Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and other legends from the 50’s and 60’s

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.

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