Gig Diary Archive
Sun 23 Feb - ART THEMEN (sax)
Famously combining the careers of jazz saxophonist and orthopaedic surgeon, Art has been described by critic John Fordham as "an appealing presence on the British jazz circuit for over 40 years. Originally a Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins disciple he has proved himself remarkably attentive to the saxophone styles of subsequent generations".
Sun 26 Jan - SAM DUNN (gtr)
"Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners. And with his fast ears and quick wit, he's great fun on the bandstand" - Judy Carmichael, US Pianist. "Keep playing those right chord changes, you sound great!" George Wein, Newport Jazz Festival
Sun 12 Jan - DEREK NASH (sax)
Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion. He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones.
Sun 29 Dec - HARRY GREENE (sax)
This 20 year-old saxophonist and guitarist is currently based in London. Since picking up the sax and guitar at age 7 Harry was sitting in at Jazznights soon after. He has since performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, London Olympic Park, Southbank and the Bures Jazz Festival.
Sun 15 Dec - LAURA ZAKIAN (voc)
Laura brings her new project Minor Moments to Jazznights after it's sensational reviews and live performances. The band will feature her husband Paul Bartholomew on baritone sax, the brilliant pianist Steve Lodder with Bernie and Roger accompanying. A very special "Christmas Gig" night to end a great year at The Bell.
Sun 01 Dec - JO FOOKS (sax)
Unfortunately Andi Hopgood has laryngitis and is unable to sing for us this Sunday but luckily the wonderful saxophonist Jo Fooks happens to be available and is able to deputise. Andi's gig will be rescheduled for 2020.
Sun 17 Nov - CHRISTIAN BREWER (sax)
"Christian Brewer is the kind of mainstream-to-postbop alto saxophonist who's easy to take for granted on the UK jazz scene. He's almost as agile and fluently expressive as the Charlie Parker disciple Phil Woods on fast pieces, and his ballad playing echoes the raw-nerve soulfulness of the late Art Pepper", John Fordham - The Guardian.
Sun 03 Nov - DEBBY BRACKNELL (voc)
Debby has many years of experience as a professional singer in both live settings and in the studio. She started her vocal training at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford receiving the high accolade of most outstanding vocalist of the year. She has worked as backing vocalist for Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Shakatak & Mica Paris.
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.
Sun 06 Oct - ESTELLE KOKOT (voc)
“If you want to hear a genuine innovator with a creative twist on Jazz vocals include Estelle Kokot” London Jazz Festival. "She is the queen of nuance, understands the power of dramatic expression when sincerely delivered and crashes through the barriers of convention with disarming honesty then delivers the unbelievable". Gisele Turner - Going Places.
Sun 22 Sep - JOSH KEMP (sax)
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. A musician in the finest tradition - just 100 per cent free-range swing.
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 25 Aug - MARK NIGHTINGALE (trb)
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 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 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 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.
Thu 11 Jul - JAZZNIGHTS @ BURES
As part of the Bures Music Festival we are organising the Jazz Evening at St Mary's Church, Bures. The evening will start with our own Larraine Odell followed by the outstanding clarinettist Julian Marc Stringle. Julian will then join our headliner vocalist Jacqui Hicks for the main set. The Jazznights Trio accompany.
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 16 Jun - MIDNIGHT OIL
Martin Dobson's Midnight Oil band are featured this week with Martin on saxes & flute with Simon Brown (keys), Bernie Hodgkins (bs gtr & bs) plus the brilliant Crissy Lee on drums. They always play great sets of well known jazz standards that move towards the funky side of jazz in the style of Grover Washington.
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 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 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 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 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.