Sun 07 Apr - HANNAH HORTON (sax)
A natural born improviser from an early age, Hannah has played the saxophone since before high school days. As a youngster she attended the prestigious Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in her teens became a lead member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Now her hallmark velvet tone and versatility are attracting growing audiences.
Sun 21 Apr - RENATO D'AIELLO
“Renato is a superlative saxophonist with a passionate and poetic soul. He has all the virtues – a beautiful sense of time and pacing and a technique which effortlessly projects his brilliantly flowing ideas.” Ian Carr, Jazz writer. “D’Aiello’s weighty, behind-the-beat sound shows a poetic imagination." John Fordham, The Guardian,
Sun 05 May - JILL SAWARD (voc)
Shakatak's Jill Saward has recently completed a number of special sold-out jazz club performances in Sardinia - now her main country of residence. This presented an ideal opportunity to invite her to bring her program of well-known standards for a very special performance at Jazznights!
Sun 19 May - SIMON SPILLETT (sax)
A regular at Jazznights who always blows up a storm. Originally influenced by the great Tubby Hayes, Simon has now forged his own path in contemporary straight ahead modern jazz. He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards.
Sun 02 Jun - LUCA LUCIANO (clt)
“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” The Musician magazine, “Such a virtuoso musical performance and such joyful uplifting music" Tom Robinson, BBC Radio.
Sun 16 Jun - MICK HANSON (gtr)
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 and recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a leader.
Sun 30 Jun - TIM WHITEHEAD (sax)
Tim was famously a member of the ground-breaking band Loose Tubes. "Those of us who have caught him live have been left blinking in disbelief. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive." Dave Gelly (The Observer/ BBC ).
Sun 14 Jul - KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (voc)
Performing his own brand of fresh-sounding vocal improvisations to jazz standards and his own jazz arrangements of iconic pop/soul tunes & jazz originals (including some co-written with Jools Holland sax star Derek Nash) Kevin has garnered critical acclaim and fans far and wide with performances at Ronnie Scott’s and the EFG London Jazz Festival.
Sun 28 Jul - MICK FOSTER (bari) & GEOFF MASON (trb)
Mick Foster and Geoff Mason perform a tribute to their past heroes. Mick’s baritone sax and Geoff's trombone pay their respects to the cool sounds of the 1950’s that were produced by Gerry Mulligan’s sax and Bob Brookmeyer’s valve trombone where their warm and swinging sounds found a way into the public’s soul worldwide.
Sun 11 Aug - TRACKS
Featuring Bill Sharpe and Roger Odell from Shakatak, Keith Winter and Martin Elliott, Tracks bring their "acoustic fusion" to Jazznights playing mainly original material influenced by Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock & Weather Report. This has become an annual gig at The Bell and it's always a very popular event.
Sun 25 Aug - MARK NIGHTINGALE
Mark is rightly considered to be one of the best trombonists in the world. As a session musician he has worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini and Michel Le Grand on the one hand to Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney and Elton John on the other! He wins British Jazz Awards on an annual basis.
Sun 08 Sep - 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. "In his modest way, Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon" Dave Gelly, Observer.
Sun 20 Oct - NIC MEIER (gtr)
In just a few short years, UK-based guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original and uniquely talented guitarists. Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more -- all mixed with jazz -- Meier is one of the rising stars in a vibrant British jazz scene.