Gig Diary Archive
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 16 Jul - COLIN WATLING (sax)
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 26 Mar - SNOWBOY (perc)
One of Europe’s finest percussionists and congueros, Snowboy has recorded or performed percussion with artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Amy Winehouse, Deodato, Big John Patton, Airto Moreira and many, many more. He celebrates his 30th Anniversary since his debut single in 1985 with his 16th album ‘New York Afternoon’.
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 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 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 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 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.