Sun 18 Dec - TENOR MADNESS (saxes)
A real battle of the saxes with two of the finest tenor players in the UK going head to head on some classic jazz standards. Both Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling run their own quartets with whom they have recorded great CDs. A fantastic night of straight ahead jazz and a brilliant way to finish an amazing year at The Bell.
Sun 01 Jan - ALAN BARNES (saxes)
One of the most popular jazz musicians in the UK and a winner of numerous awards. "Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz". John L. Walters - The Guardian.
Sun 15 Jan - ADAM GLASSER (harm)
Award-winning Jazz harmonica and keyboard 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. He pays tribute to the recently departed Toots Thielemans.
Sun 29 Jan - MATT WATES (sax)
"A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist" Dave Gelly - Observer. "A performer of boundless ability" Ken Rattenbury - Crescendo. "The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic" Duncan Lamont. "An incredibly talented musician and composer" John Dankworth . "Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon" Dave Gelly - Observer.
Sun 12 Feb - MARK NIGHTINGALE (trb)
Mark is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians. He performs in several groups and bands including his own Quintet and Big Band, The Sound of J&K, and The Andy Panayi Quartet. "Mark Nightingale is one of the most sensational musicians this country has ever produced". Humphrey Lyttelton.
Sun 26 Feb - JACQUI HICKS (voc)
Having sung with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on a regular basis in 1992 Jacqui joined and toured the world with jazz funk band Shakatak. She has recorded a number of CDs with her own quartet and she is the featured singer on both Beatifik CDs and on The Boaters Project CD. Jacqui is a highly skilled singer with charm and intelligence.
Sun 12 Mar - ROBERT FOWLER (sax)
Since leaving the Pasadena Roof Orchestra Robert has worked with many bands and has also released his own CD "Front and Centre" which demonstrates the strong influence of some of the greats of the classic jazz era - Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. He has also been working and touring with Bryan Ferry on his recent album As Time Goes By.
Sun 09 Apr - NIC MEIER (gtr)
In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original guitarists and drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mixed with jazz he has developed his own unique sound. He was sensational at last year's Bures Festival Jazz Night after touring with Jeff Beck.
Sun 23 Apr - KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (voc)
Kevin has performed at jazz venues throughout the UK and at top London clubs including Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club & the Pizza Express Jazz Club. His fresh-sounding renditions of jazz standards and iconic pop tunes has garnered him critical acclaim and fans far and wide. “….his voice is an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble" Jazz FM.
Sun 07 May - SIMON SPILLETT (sax)
Only a few years ago Simon Spillett was hailed as a major new voice on the straight-ahead British Jazz Scene but in a very short time he established himself as an award winning saxophonist of the highest order. A real virtuoso, he is steeped in the music of Tubby Hayes, but is very much his own man.
Sun 21 May - MORNINGTON LOCKETT (sax)
A very special night! When Ronnie Scott expanded his band he could have chosen any saxophonist in the world. He chose Mornington! As a very exciting extra, tonight's rhythm section also features the ex-Ronnie Scott pianist John Critchinson and the ubiquitous bassist Dave Green who has played with everyone. Drummer Roger Odell will do his best to keep up!
Sun 04 Jun - CRISSY LEE QUARTET
Crissy is widely acclaimed as being the UK’s and Europe’s finest female drummer. Born in Colchester, Essex her career has seen Crissy travel the globe, appearing on numerous TV programmes and bringing the rich rewards of sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest celebrities. The quartet have recorded a new CD "My Favourite Things".
Sun 18 Jun - DEBBY BRACKNELL (voc)
Debby started her vocal training at the Academy of Contemporary Music completing an HND in Vocals and she received the high accolade of most outstanding vocalist of the year. Since 2006 Debby has had extensive involvement as a backing vocalist with the band Shakatak where her background vocals are featured on their recent albums.
Sun 02 Jul - CHRIS ALLARD (gtr)
Chris has worked with many top artists and performed at major festivals and venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican, the O2 Arena, Montreux Jazz Festival and the Royal Festival Hall. He has worked with Jacqui Dankworth, Tim Garland, Dame Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Claire Martin, Jamie Cullum, the BBC Big Band and many others.
Sun 30 Jul - DEELEE DUBE (voc) + RENATO D'AIELLO (sax)
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.
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)