Gig Diary Archive
Sun 09 Dec - JOSEPHINE DAVIES (sax)
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.
Sun 25 Nov - TRUDY KERR (voc)
Trudy Kerr is renowned as one of the UK's finest jazz vocalists. All About Jazz has described her as "100% real jazz musician with fluid phrasing and a mellifluous, warm and sensuous tone." Trudy will feature songs from her new CD which is based around the Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond repertoire.
Sun 11 Nov - LEE GIBSON (voc)
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.
Sun 28 Oct - TRACKS
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.
Sun 14 Oct - KAREN SHARP (sax)
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.
Sun 30 Sep - TARA MINTON (harp & voc)
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.
Sun 16 Sep - SIMON HURLEY & ANDY WATSON BAND
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.
Sun 02 Sep - TENOR MADNESS (saxes)
Featuring two great saxophonists in 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.
Sun 19 Aug - LIANE CARROLL (voc & pno) NOTE: This gig is at THE READING ROOM, HIGH ST., GREAT YELDAHAM!
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.
Sun 05 Aug - MARTIN SPEAKE (sax)
‘Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.’ Thomas Conrad - Jazz Times. “Speake is a strikingly talented improviser with a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration.” - Encyclopedia of Popular Music. “An alto saxophonist who sounds only like himself.” Dave Gelly - The Observer.
Sun 22 Jul - PAUL HIGGS (trp)
Paul presents his "Shades of Miles", a tribute to Miles Davis, the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time who was at the forefront of several major innovations in jazz from the mid '40s to the early '90s - bebop, cool, hard bop, modal, jazz funk and jazz fusion. Paul plays well-known favourites from these styles as well as some less familiar gems.
Sun 08 Jul - TINA MAY (voc)
Always a complete joy to get Tina May back at Jazznights. "May has a fine, expressive voice, with immaculate pitch, clear diction and no annoying mannerisms. She also has excellent pitch and diction that imparts a smile to her voice". Dave Gelly - The Observer. "Considered as one of the finest jazz vocalists" All Music Guide.
Sun 24 Jun - NICOLAS MEIER (gtr)
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 10 Jun - SIMON SPILLETT (sax)
Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable," Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who has won several awards for his music including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards, Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year and most recently the Services to British Jazz Award in the 2016 British Jazz Awards.
Sun 27 May - EMILY DANKWORTH (voc)
Given Emily’s musical heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth as well as niece to Jacqui Dankworth and daughter to Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that she has her forte in music. Bonus: Alec will be on bass! "Flawless pitch with a lovely lyrical expression in her voice". Tina May.
Sun 13 May - ALLISON NEALE (sax)
American born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper with whom she has a particular affinity. "...plays the alto saxophone with a tone so light and airy it positively melts at the edges” Dave Gelly , The Observer. “A talent to savour” Peter Vacher Jazz UK.
Sun 29 Apr - HARRY GREENE (saxes & gtr)
Harry is a 20 year-old saxophonist and guitarist currently based in London. Since picking up the sax and guitar at age 7 he was sitting in at Jazznights soon after! He is currently studying full-time on the jazz course at London's Royal Academy of Music, as well as playing and writing for a wide range of different bands.
Sun 15 Apr - ATILA (voc)
Atila started his professional career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and he is now an established Jazz singer in the UK. Sartorially stylish and musically classy, his interpretations of the American Songbook take influence from early Frank Sinatra. “I was very impressed with his singing, he has a real feel for the lyric” Sir Michael Parkinson.
Sun 01 Apr - CHRIS RAND (sax)
London based Saxophonist Chris Rand grew up on the south coast of Dorset. He moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and quickly became one of the UK’s top saxophone side men playing and recording throughout the world with many of UK’s top Jazz and Blues artists. "A self-confessed rock ‘n’ roller who flirts with jazz" Jazzwise.
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. Pete includes Jazznights @ The Bell in his annual UK Tour for 2018. “Pete negotiates passages with ease, soaring with his clear tone intact.”
Sun 04 Mar - MARTIN DOBSON (saxes, flt, clr)
Throughout a remarkable career, Martin has recorded with Eurythmics, Elkie Brooks, Cliff Richard amongst many others and toured with Marvin Gaye, Johnny Mathis, Supremes, Four Tops and the Temptations to name just a few. He has performed on countless TV and Film sessions and he now fronts his own band "Midnight Oil".
Sun 18 Feb - ANDY PANAYI (saxes & flutes)
Andy Panayi is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician who plays all the flutes, all the saxophones and he currently leads his own groups. Andy has received The Marty Paich Arranging Award, The John Dankworth Soloist Award, The Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal and the British Jazz Awards for his Jazz Flute performances.
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 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.