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 - 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.
Thu 06 Jul - JAZZNIGHTS @ BURES
SUE RICHARDSON presents her "Too Cool - The Life & Music of Chet Baker" programme. “The trumpeter and singer Sue Richardson’s homage to Chet Baker brings the boy wonder back to life”. The Sunday Times. KAREN SHARP was most famously a key member of the HUMPHREY LYTTELTON BAND. After her own set she will join Sue for the Gerry Mulligan Quartet portion of Sue's homage to Chet. LARRAINE ODELL opens proceedings as the resident Jazznights singer and co-organiser of Jazznights @ Bures. THE JAZZNIGHTS TRIO featuring Simon Brown, Bernie Hodgkins & Roger Odell accompany all three artists.
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.
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)
Sun 27 Aug - MICK HANSON (gtr)
Originally from the local region Mick Hanson has established himself as one of the major players on the UK jazz guitar scene through 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 and he is one of the UK's most popular jazz guitarists.
Sun 10 Sep - ADAM GLASSER (harm)
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.
Sun 24 Sep - JOSH KEMP (sax)
Josh Kemp is a musician at the coal face of jazz, his expression of the idiom uncut with additives or E numbers. No slugged hip hop beats or EDM drops here, just 100 per cent free-range swing. Josh is currently on a UK tour. ‘A mix of Stan Getzian breeziness and Coltrane’s imploring cry.’ The Guardian.
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.
Sun 22 Oct - LOZ SPEYER (trp)
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.
Sun 05 Nov - CHRISTINE TOBIN (voc) & PHIL ROBSON (gtr)
Now resident in New York City, this remarkable duo make a flying visit to the UK and add Jazznights to their tour schedule. Accompanied tonight by the Jazznights Trio they present a program of well known standards. ‘Tobin’s 24 carat voice’ The Guardian. Phil Robson - ‘Best Jazz Musician Of The Year’ in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
Sun 19 Nov - QUE PASA
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!
Sun 03 Dec - ROGER BEAUJOLAIS (vibes)
With 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.
Sun 17 Dec - LAURA ZAKIAN (voc) & KEVIN FLANAGAN (sax)
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".
Sun 07 Jan - LIANE CARROLL (voc & pno)
An exciting debut at Jazznights! From the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen Liane 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. She is accompanied by husband Roger Carey (bs) and the other Roger.
Sun 21 Jan - 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 04 Feb - LUCA LUCIANO (clt)
“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer who now makes his home in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” - The Musician. Described by BBC Radio as “one of Europe’s leading exponent of jazz clarinet”.
Sun 18 Mar - PETE NEIGHBOUR (clt)
Pete Neighbour is a highly respected clarinet & sax player, originally from London and now based in the USA. He travels extensively all around the world performing in his own inimitable style of swing era jazz... for the 21st Century. Pete includes Jazznights @ The Bell in his annual UK Tour for 2018. “Pete negotiates passages with ease, soaring with his clear tone intact.”