Gig Diary Archive
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.
Sun 07 Jan - LIANE CARROLL (voc & pno)
An exciting debut at Jazznights! From the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen Liane has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song. She is accompanied by husband Roger Carey (bs) and the other Roger.
Sun 17 Dec - LAURA ZAKIAN (voc) & KEVIN FLANAGAN (sax)
Celebrate a great year at Jazznights when Laura is joined by Kevin for this Christmas Special! Jazz standards plus a few Xmas songs. "Laura Zakian is a true jazz vocalist. She employs her voice as a musical instrument, improvising and moulding the melodic line to lend each lyric the best possible effect".
Sun 03 Dec - ROGER BEAUJOLAIS (vibes)
With a long career taking in jump-jive and acid jazz along the way, Roger Beaujolais has quietly emerged as an essential player on Britain's jazz scene. His technique on the vibraphone is masterly, and his mature style is so broadly based that he can switch from funk to delicate ballad in an instant, without the least strain.
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)