Gig Diary Archive
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.
Sun 24 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 performing in his own inimitable style of swing era jazz but for the 21st Century. He performs regularly, worldwide, in a variety of settings with concert and guest appearances all over Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.
Sun 10 Mar - JO HARROP (voc)
Jo Harrop is a jazz singer who has a refined mellow sound evoking the greats such as Anita O’Day & Billie Holiday and has graced many prestigious stages and studios around the UK. She delivers a beautifully warm and swinging sound and includes songs associated with the great Peggy Lee in her repertoire.
Sun 03 Mar - NO GIG THIS SUNDAY!
We pick up again next Sunday 10th March then fortnightly after that.
Sun 17 Feb - NIGEL PRICE (gtr)
Nigel has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours (including a 56 date tour in late 2016) and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way. He is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.
Sun 03 Feb - SUE RICHARDSON (trp & voc)
Since being tipped for the top by Jazzwise magazine, Sue’s career has gone from strength to strength. "If Chet Baker and Clifford Brown are two of her main role models - her timbre is warm and full-bodied - her soloing, while avoiding high-note theatrics, evokes the generosity and exuberance of players from the swing era.” The Times.
Sun 20 Jan - JULIAN MARC STRINGLE (clt)
"Julian is an immense talent! Probably the best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz for several decades. His playing has ‘world class’ written all over it". Sir John Dankworth. "Stringle's clarinet sound is exquisite. It has freshness, sparkle and a flute-like softness. At times he makes the clarinet sound re-invented". John Fordham, The Guardian.
Sun 06 Jan - ANDY PANAYI (saxes & flute)
Andy is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician, skilled in performance, composition and arranging. He plays all the flutes and all the saxophones and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He is professor at The Royal College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Sun 23 Dec - ALAN BARNES (saxes & clt)
Our Xmas gig could feature no one better than the great Alan Barnes. His unique musicianship, indefatigable touring, and warm rapport with audiences have made him uniquely popular in British jazz. He has received over 25 British Jazz Awards, most recently in 2014 for clarinet, and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year.
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.